Balcombe Rail Timetable Changes

A revised rail timetable (coming into effect from 20 May 2018) has recently been released. Unfortunately, this revised timetable appears to show a substantial reduction in service for northbound commuters during peak travel hours. At present Balcombe station has 12 northbound trains across Southern and Thameslink services between 5:34am to 9.22am. The revised timetable, however, shows only 8 trains between 5.34am and 9.24am, with only one train between 7am and 8am. After 9.24am there are two northbound services at 22 minutes and 52 minutes past the hour. Clearly, this reduction in service adds further inconvenience to commuters and is not acceptable. Whilst the Council will voice its complaints over the new timetable to both Southern and Thameslink, we ask that all commuters do the same and contact both customer relations departments within the train operating companies. The greater the number of complaints the more likely we are to see the reinstatement of service.  In addition, commuters should contact our local MP, Jeremy Quin ( in order to add further weight to our complaints.  You can tweet to @SouthernRailUK or @TLRailUK or write to Govia Thameslink Railway, PO Box 10240, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, LE65 9EB or there is an online form. 

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Bus Strategy Consultation

Have your say on the West Sussex County Council Bus Strategy which will explore ways in which they can work with bus companies and other partners to help sustain and improve bus services.

To give feedback go to or call 01243 642105 to request an information pack.  The closing date is 6 June 2018.

Click here for more information

Bus Strategy Consultation Deadline 6 June 18



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M23 Smart Motorway Update

The programme to update the M23 to a Smart Motorway between Junctions 8 and 10 will mean two years of road works and speed restrictions.    For the full story click below:-

Highways England M23 Update to Smart Motorway

More immediately the M23 Northbound  (plus slip road) between Junctions 10 (Copthorne) and 9 (Gatwick) will be closed for resurfacing work on the following dates.  This is to complete the previous works that were postponed by severe weather conditions in January 2018.    The Southbound carriageway is unaffected.

M23 junction 10 on slip & lanes 1 & 2 on the M23 between Junctions 10 & 9 London bound  on Thursday 19 April 2018 10 pm – Friday 20 April 4am

M23 junction 10 to junction 9 London bound & M23 junction 10a on slip on Friday 20 April 10pm – Monday 23 April 4am

For more information click on the link below:-

M23 Northbound Closures April 18



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Joint Minerals Local Plan Consultation

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex. This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003).

Following public examination hearings in September last year on the submission draft Joint Minerals Local Plan, a number of modifications have been proposed and published to allow representations to be made on their ‘soundness’ and ‘legal compliance’, until 15 March 2018.

For further information on the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan, please visit

Please click on the link below to view Balcombe Parish Council’s response.

BPC Response to WSCC Local Minerals Plan Modifications Consultation Mar 18


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UK Power Networks Recommends – 17 Jan 2018

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

· Visit for the latest updates

· Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

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Network Rail & Govia announce 18 Days of Rail Closures in 2018 & 2019

Rail passengers across Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line was announced today by Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

The work in October 2018 and February 2019 is a key part of a £300m government-funded programme to tackle delay hotspots and boost the reliability of the railway in the south east, cutting delays and providing a better, more reliable rail service to the 300,000 passengers who travel on the Brighton Main Line each day.

From Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2018 and from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February 2019, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes.

The unprecedented access provided by these planned closures will allow Network Rail engineers to renew and upgrade a stretch of railway that is responsible for more delays to Southern and Thameslink passengers than any other.

Please click on the link for more information.





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West Sussex County Council Agenda

S T O P    P R E S S     9   J A N U A R Y    2 0 1 8  : WSCC have GRANTED THE APPLICATION

A meeting of the Planning Committee to determine the application below will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RQ

To consider and determine the following application:

WSCC/040/17/BA Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration. Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH

Please click on the link to see the full Agenda.



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