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Unfortunately I need to travel back home (after a trip for work purposes) on the day of a reported strike. I will be travelling from Brighton to London. I am pretty flexible in times. What would happen if the route is down, how would I get home :s. Do the operators arrange coaches? Sorry for the novice questions, I am just a bit concerned :s :s
 
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Can you research coach services? You may get a more comfortable journey, and if it's a cheap ticket you can book you could have it as a backup. Of course I personally much prefer a train to a coach, but at least you'd get a seat.
 

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There will be plenty of trains, but when I did this journey recently it was a lottery how many coaches were on each train, e.g. just 4 cars on a train after a long gap, while others were 8 or 12 car. If you are prepared to wait for a decent length train and board at the front, you will get a seat.

Also a lot of people avoid travelling during the strike, but the Brighton to London route isn't particularly affected, so you will probably find it less busy than normal .

They don't give hassle to users of Thameslink Only tickets during strike days either.
 
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There will be plenty of trains, but when I did this journey recently it was a lottery how many coaches were on each train, e.g. just 4 cars on a train after a long gap, while others were 8 or 12 car. If you are prepared to wait for a decent length train and board at the front, you will get a seat.

Also a lot of people avoid travelling during the strike, but the Brighton to London route isn't particularly affected, so you will probably find it less busy than normal .

They don't give hassle to users of Thameslink Only tickets during strike days either.

Many thanks. ;) I look forward to my train journey which will be a lot more interesting then my work related matters unfortunately!

Can you research coach services? You may get a more comfortable journey, and if it's a cheap ticket you can book you could have it as a backup. Of course I personally much prefer a train to a coach, but at least you'd get a seat.

I've had a look. If worse comes to worse, I'll take a coach, but the above advice is encouraging. I also do tend to get a little coach sick and I haven't been feeling well for a week so not really too keen on that.
 
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I just wanted to say I had a pleasant trip. Going back from Brighton to Victoria, I was surprised to see the Southern service was cheaper than the Thameslink service to West Hampstead, so I saved myself an hour or so too!
 

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The though fare is the same price for any of the company's routes (via Victoria on their Southern branded trains or their slower Gatwick Express branded trains , changing onto the Victoria & Northern lines or alternatively via their Thameslink route). So you can travel either way.

Glad you had a good journey.
 

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There will be plenty of trains, but when I did this journey recently it was a lottery how many coaches were on each train, e.g. just 4 cars on a train after a long gap, while others were 8 or 12 car. If you are prepared to wait for a decent length train and board at the front, you will get a seat.
Do Thameslink ever run any 12-car trains at the weekend? I went to Brighton on a recent sunny Sunday and the 8-car train was wedged on the way down, full and standing on the way back.
 

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I don't think GTR run any (or many) 12cars on their Thameslink route at weekends but I will mention this to someone who will know for sure...
 
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