The nine-day closure of one of Britain’s busiest railway lines required the biggest replacement bus service yet attempted anywhere in the country. As MARK LYONS explains, the Go-Ahead Group rose to the occasion with 250 vehicles from 30 different operators and a large contingent of essential staff.

Go-Ahead London PVL223 (Y823 TGH), a Plaxton President-bodied Volvo B7TL photographed at Three Bridges, was given this promotional wrap to publicise the nine-day and subsequent closures. NETWORK RAIL

The line linking Brighton and London — one of the busiest in Britain — is undergoing a £300million upgrade to improve reliability, and part of it was closed completely for nine days over the February school half-term break.

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