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Trains to run throughout the night during Pride 2019 celebrations

Besi Besemar June 19, 2019

Trains will run throughout the night to make exit from the city for visitors smoother following this years Brighton Pride celebrations.

GOVIA Thameslink will run longer trains throughout the night during Brighton Pride this year while operating a ‘rainbow themed’ queueing system to help disperse crowds quickly and safely from Preston Park.
Last year following the appearance of Britney Spears on the main stage at Pride, the train company struggled to disperse the crowds from Brighton Station quickly and effectively after Sussex police gave the order to lock the gates to Brighton station, leaving departing trains running empty from the station.
This year, a new queuing system with Rainbow signs will be in operation to help crowds disperse quickly after the appearance of Kylie Minogue at Preston Park on Saturday, August 3.
Angie Doll
Angie Doll

Angie Doll, Passenger Services Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “We are really proud to play our part in making sure travellers can get to and from this year’s Pride, which promises to be another dazzling celebration of inclusivity. 

“This year, we are really pleased to support the organisers and partner agencies with an enhanced queuing system which will really help get people safely away from the event towards the train station. We are providing extra services but as you would expect for such a popular event, it will be very busy, so I would ask everyone coming to the event to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get home.” 

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink added: “We have additional trains late into the night from Brighton which will provide capacity for 10,000 extra passengers into London after 10.30pm on Saturday, August 3.

“All our London trains except one will be full-length, 12-carriage services (normally many are eight-to-10 carriages long).”

Paul Kemp
Paul Kemp

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Pride 2019, said: “Pride is an important event for our City with visitors coming in from across the UK & worldwide. We are extremely heartened by the positive working partnership and support over Pride weekend and the enthusiasm from all at GTR.”

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