2019 -Year of the Network Railings
refurbishing the railway which straddles Chiltington LaneC L Scribbler - February
At times this week it seemed that
the number of people working in the lane and wearing yellow jackets adorned with
Network Rail logos outnumbered the residents. The 9 day (predicted) work is part
of a major renovation project which is of historic proportions.
described in this
bulletin ... "Major improvement work is taking place between Three
Bridges and Brighton, closing all lines. No trains will call at the following
stations:- Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks,
Preston Park, Plumpton and Cooksbridge."
rail work alongside Chiltington Lane seemed to peak yesterday as today there
were only 5 vans parked here and a handful of people out on the tracks. The
view below is from Bridge 669 looking towards Plumpton. If you click on it
you'll see a higher resolution image.
|I walked along to the other intersection of the
railway with Chiltington Lane - which is by Bowling Green - but this morning I
couldn't see anything railway-workwise going on there. So maybe that stretch
has been finished too.|
On the way there I did see something interesting
though - a duck swimming in the ditch along the lane between 63 Hurst Barns
and Lower Burrells.
Going back to refurbishing the railway - the
images below are from the wider regional area of the works as
and published by Network Rail.
see also:- Travelling
by GoblinRail - from my story on
Later note - added April
Looking back on 2019 Network Rail made many more visits to
Chiltington Lane and its environs. So much so that to accomodate the big tonka
toys and materials needed to rebuild and strengthen the earthworks around the
tracks they had to create a temporary car park, road and materials depot
near the bridge which crosses Novington Lane in order to keep the flow of work