| In the lead-up to Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 taking place this weekend, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is finalising preparations at the station to help the city celebrate the event. |
Brighton & Hove Pride attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK, so the station and trains will be very busy. To help passengers with their onward journeys, a rainbow queuing system will be in place at the station throughout the weekend.
Working with the organisers, this has been extended beyond the station to direct passengers leaving the city into the correct queue before they get to the station.
** On the Saturday evening, passengers are advised to aim to be at the station for 23:00 as trains will be extremely busy.**
The purple queue is for the West Coast, with services towards Hove, Worthing, Littlehampton and Southampton. The green queue will take passengers to the East Coast on trains towards Lewes, Eastbourne and Ashford International. The blue queue is for London-bound trains, with services towards Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, London Victoria and Bedford.
As confirmed last month, GTR will operate an enhanced rail service including additional and longer trains across the weekend and trains running late into the night on Saturday evening to help visitors get home from the city.
GTR’s LGBT+ network will be out in force on the day; the company has a float in the parade for the first time and the station has been decorated to welcome customers as they enter Brighton.
In mid-July, GTR unveiled a special Pride ‘trainbow’ to mark the occasion, designed by apprentice Maggie Luckhurst in support of GTR’s active LGBT+ network. The Thameslink Class 700 (unit 700155) has subsequently been delighting passengers and staff across the network, with hundreds of pictures shared on social media.