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WEST SUSSEX RAIL USERS ASSOCIATION
64, Brampton Court, Stockbridge Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8PD
Tel: 01243 788028
Details of the AGM on Saturday 2nd November were given in our September Newsletter. There have been no nominations for the Committee so here is the updated Agenda:
We would welcome more members on our Committee and if you are willing to join us let me know before the AGM or at the meeting. After the formal business our guest speaker will be Angie Doll, Managing Director, Southern and Gatwick Express who will talk to us about the past year on Southern and GTR’s plans for the future. There will be ample time for you to ask questions on Southern’s recent performance and other matters. We hope that you we be able to attend the meeting. If you are unable to join us and have a question for the Committee or Angie Doll, please let me have the details as soon as possible.
Our suggestions for expenditure of our “share” of the £15m released to GTR by the Department for Transport have been accepted by the GTR Passenger Benefit Fund team and included in the list sent to the Department for Transport for approval or otherwise. We hope to hear more about this at the AGM.
As mentioned in our June Newsletter a nine-day line closure will take place in October/November 2019 affecting the West Coastway between Barnham and Havant. There will also be several subsequent weekend closures. This is to allow Network Rail to replace the tracks and replace life expired equipment at several level crossings with new, more reliable, technology. The work will improve the reliability of rail services on the line and the reliability of the level crossings, reducing delays for rail passengers and motorists.
On the weekdays, from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2019, buses will replace trains between Fareham, Havant and Chichester and journeys will take longer than usual. The closure has been carefully planned for school half-term, when passenger numbers are lower and some people may be able to be more flexible with their travel plans or take holiday.
On the following weekend dates buses will replace trains between Havant and Barnham:
Throughout the work there will be no Southern services between Havant and Portsmouth or Southampton. Trains to London and Brighton will still run from Bognor. During the weekdays (Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November), trains to London and Brighton will also still run from Chichester.
The revised train and bus timetables are now in Journey Planners and you can see and check these at www.nationalrail.co.uk. I have had a look at the weekday service operating between Monday 28 October and Friday 1 November 2019 and it does confirm there will be a near-normal train service on the Arun Valley line east and north of Chichester, Bognor and Barnham to Horsham and London. On the West Coastway, the normal services will operate from Chichester and Bognor except that the hourly service between Littlehampton and Chichester (normally Portsmouth & Southsea) will not run.
Replacement buses between Chichester and Havant for the weekday service are frequent. There will be two every hour to Fareham calling only at Havant. These leave Chichester at 05 and 45 minutes past each hour taking 20 minutes to Havant and 50 minutes to Fareham. Both of these have onward connections at Fareham for Southampton and Salisbury. There will be other non-stop buses between Chichester and Havant at 03, 20, 33 and 50 minutes pat each hour taking 20 minutes with onward connections to Portsmouth, Petersfield, Guildford and London Waterloo. Finally there will be two all-stations buses at 18 and 48 minutes past each hour along the A259 calling at the rail replacement bus stops on that road.
In the opposite direction there will be two trains every hour from Fareham at 25 and 40 minutes past each hour calling only at Havant. From Havant there will be non-stop buses to Chichester at 05, 11 (from Fareham), 25, 41 (from Fareham) and 55 minutes past each hour Finally there will be two all-stations buses at 29 and 59 minutes past each hour along the A259 calling at the rail replacement bus stops on that road.
Saturday bus times are similar except that all buses run through Chichester on to Barnham. All the replacement buses from Chichester will operate from the South side car park which will be closed for normal parking.
Most members have now paid their 2019 subscriptions. If you have not paid, a renewal form is enclosed and we would be grateful if any outstanding amounts could be paid as soon as possible or, at the AGM if you attend. If you no longer wish to remain a member, please let me know by e-mail, post or telephone.