Rush hour train changes for Hassocks, Burgess Hill, and Haywards Heath

Southern train
Southern train

Rail commuters have experienced the first morning of major changes to Brighton to Victoria rush hour train services.

The 7.20am service, from Haywards Heath to Victoria, has ceased as part of Southern Railway’s changes which aim to ‘improve performance’.

Southern has scheduled the 7.29am Brighton to London Victoria train service train to arrive three minutes later and no longer stop at Wivelsfield station.

It has also cancelled some services altogether for the new timetable.

Since Sunday, the 6.56am service to Victoria no longer runs from Brighton, but instead starts at Gatwick Airport station.

Nicki Tang wrote to the Mid Sussex Times to inform of how this would affect local commuters.

She said: “They are forcing the existing passengers from Brighton, Hassocks, Preston park and Haywards Heath, to use alternative existing services - 7.06am and 7.35am - which are already at capacity and will mean standing room only for Haywards Heath, as proven on the occasions they’ve cancelled the 7.20am in the past.

“It also means there will be a gap of 30 minutes between direct trains during one of the busiest times for passengers wishing to travel to Victoria. At the same time they increased season ticket prices again this year.”

A Southern spokesman said: “This is not about one train. The new timetable includes hundreds of changes, all designed to improve performance across the whole of the Southern network. These changes will free up space to allow a more even spread of trains and make the timetable more resilient.

“We understand that many of our passengers will experience changes to their normal patterns, but these changes are being made so that punctuality improves across the whole of the Southern network.”

Were you affected by the changes this morning? Let us know how it impacted on your journey.