Arun Valley

Extra £5 million investment to improve Arun Valley Line

Network Rail has announced an extra £5m investment into the Arun Valley line to improve stations, track and signalling across the route.

The investment will allow for stations along the Arun Valley line to be deep cleaned and refurbished, track circuits to be replaced and the renewal of sections of track at Pulborough, Warnham and Barnes Green brought forward.

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The improvement works will be delivered over a nine-day closure from August 14 to August 22, 2021, as well as during several weekends between July and October.

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Network Rail engineers will also carry out the replacement of nine sets of switches and crossings at Horsham and the installation of a new crossover on the approaches to Horsham station to provide greater flexibility for services using the line.

Essential drainage work carried out to help reduce the risk of flooding on the line.

Network Rail Southern region’s Investment Director Paul Harwood said: “Network Rail is committed to making journeys better for passengers and this project will help to improve the reliability of services on the Arun Valley line.

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“By doing the work over a nine-day closure, we can not only get essential work done more quickly with less overall disruption to passengers but deliver more improvement work than traditional weekend access approaches allow.

“Which is why today we were able to announce an extra £5m investment to improve stations, signalling and track along the whole line, as well as deliver essential upgrades to track at Horsham.

“I’d like to also thank passengers for their patience while we carry out these important works. We are working with Southern, Thameslink and stakeholders so people are aware of the changes to their journeys.”

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