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Could bringing back the Brighton Belle work?

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Daniel740

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Obviously not the train, but the idea of a non-stop service between London and Brighton. Surely there must be enough demand for this?
 
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Obviously not the train, but the idea of a non-stop service between London and Brighton. Surely there must be enough demand for this?
Demand possibly, but not enough space on the Brighton Mainline, which is very, very crowded. Any such train would end up being stuck behind a train stopping at Clapham, E Croydon and Gatwick, similar to how the Gatwick Express doesn't go any faster from Victoria to Gatwick than a train that stops at Clapham and E Croydon.
 

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There wouldn't be much point as the service wouldn't be much faster than the current services due to how congested the Brighton Main Line is. And if you mean a new service there is no space for it.

The Gatwick Express trains that run to Brighton basically do this anyway with Gatwick Airport being the only intermediate stop.
 

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Modern high performance EMUs accelerate fast enough that there is little to be gained from non stop services any more.
 

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In my day, there were London-Brighton trains with one stop at East Croydon.

They could have the non-stop nature but could they recreate phase 1 CIG type comfort !
 

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It could go without stop, slowing down if necessary, there would be something agreeable and exclusive about that, no disturbance caused by passengers joining and alighting
 

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It could go without stop, slowing down if necessary, there would be something agreeable and exclusive about that, no disturbance caused by passengers joining and alighting
I see where you're coming from, but that will immediately lead to complaints that either a) the train is too slow (from those on it) or b) if it's going slow through 'my' station why not make the extra stop so 'I' can get on (from those not on it).
 

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Southern can get from Brighton to Victoria 1 hour dead with 3 intermediate stops. Thameslink can get to London Bridge in 1 hour 10 minutes with 8 intermediate stops. How much time would a non stop service serve?
 
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