UK’s railway infrastructure operator Network rail has started construction work on the Brighton Main Line as part of a multi-million pound project to deliver better and reliable passenger services.
Work on the planned improvement programme will start on the last weekend of this month and will continue during the four weekends in October.
Enhancements on the line include a new track, new signalling system, better drainage and a new footbridge.
Network Rail route managing director Dave Ward said: "By upgrading the track at two important junctions, we will reduce the need for ongoing maintenance, which actually means less disruption for passengers in the long-run and we will also improve the smoothness and reliability of their journeys.
"Doing our drainage and signalling upgrades at the same time means we are making the best use of the time we have while the line is closed."
As part of this project, tracks and points will be deployed at Hayward’s Heath junction and Keymer Junction, where the lines from Lewes connect the Brighton Main Line.
The 40-year-old tracks in these areas have caused delays and speed restrictions for trains.
Along with these, Hayward’s Heath Tunnel will witness a drainage work and a new footbridge will be installed near Balcombe, replacing a closed foot crossing.
Southern deputy managing director David Scorey said: "The work will mean that journeys on the Brighton Main Line south of Three Bridges will have to be made partly by bus, but to get a more reliable railway, which is something we and our passengers very much want, the work needs to be done."
Installation of the new bidirectional signalling in the Balcombe area will allow trains to run in either direction on each track.
Image: Network rail engineer carries out renovation works during night to minimise disruptions. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.