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Great to be able to share this positive news during Pride month.

Enhanced train services for Brighton Pride Weekend.

TODAY: 17 JUNE 2024 (Brighton) The countdown is on and it’s now less than two months to go until Brighton & Hove Pride 2024. We are encouraged that GTR, the rail operator that manages Southern and Thameslink, has confirmed their plans to run additional trains with extra carriages to support the event. Thanks to their work on resilience plans and strengthening their resources, if they were to be faced with the same scenario for Brighton & Hove Pride Weekend as last year, they have confirmed they would be able to serve the city.

Train operators GTR have liaised closely with Pride organisers and are part of the year-round strategic planning group alongside the local council and Blue Light services.

The strengthened train service will boost capacity and help people get to and from one of the biggest events in the Pride calendar.

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Pride, said: “We welcome the news of strengthened train services and the resilience planning. We have had many months of planning meetings with GTR, and we are grateful to the whole team for committing time and effort to plan the best possible services over this summer’s Pride weekend. Train services into our city are essential for tourism all year round, as well as for the future success of Pride.

“We’ve also added the option of booking protection on all Pride events for extra customer reassurance.

“We are excited to work more collaboratively with GTR and expect this year to be one of the best for Pride in the city.”

Chris Fowler, Head of Network Operations at GTR, said: “With so many fantastic things to see and   do across Brighton & Hove Pride weekend, we’re really looking forward to bringing people to and from the city to celebrate Pride. As this is a largescale event, we’re again working incredibly closely with event organisers and city partners to ensure Pride visitors can have lots of fun, whilst keeping safe

More detailed travel information will be provided by GTR at the end of July and can be found at: Brighton-Pride.org/travel

 

Frequently asked questions

How do I plan my journey to Brighton?

You can check journey options and book tickets for trains directly at www.southernrailway.com or www.thameslinkrailway.com. You can also look at coach services such as www.nationalexpress.com and local bus services at www.buses.co.uk

Planners such as www.traveline.info can give you ideas as to how to combine different public transport options.

For rail journeys, Preston Park and London Road stations will be closed during the event, so travel to and from Brighton station.

When will more information be available?

Final details such as arrangements for queue systems are expected to be published in the week of 22 July.

2023 was very disrupted by industrial action, what happens if something similar happens again?

While Pride does not run the trains, we have been working collaboratively with the train operator. While we very much hope it will not be needed, Govia Thameslink Railway has resilience plans in place so that Brighton station would still be served if we faced a similar scenario in 2024.

We also have Payment Protection insurance available, so you can book Pride event tickets in total confidence.