Uncover Brighton Mainline’s history as you travel along it with new podcast

Posted On 16 Jul 2015 at 12:36 pm

Not many people will know that there are 11 million bricks beneath them as they travel over the Balcombe Viaduct or that Gatwick Airport Station predates the airport itself.

Balcombe Viaduct by Steve Slater on Flickr

Balcombe Viaduct by Steve Slater on Flickr

Delving into the history of the Brighton Mainline, Southern’s first heritage podcast explores interesting sites, revealing little known facts about the line.

Southern has a unique place in the communities and history of the cities, towns and villages across the South of England. Many places owe their existence to the railway, and continue to benefit from the role it plays in shaping their futures.

Each day almost 450,000 people travel on the rail network, whether for work or for leisure – but how many people are aware of what’s available on lines other than their normal routes, what it takes to run such a complex network or the rich history the local railway has played in shaping our country.

Southern’s new heritage podcast has been sponsored and created by its Stakeholder Advisory Board, a voluntary group of passengers and employees who ensure Southern’s decisions and business practice properly take into account the interests, aspirations and concerns of stakeholders.

The podcast features:

  • Dr Sue Berry from Brighton Museum
  • Simon Potter from the Jack and Jill Windmills Society
  • Andrew John Stephenson Clarke from Borde Hill Garden
  • Jessica from Washbrooks Family Farm
  • Catherine Williams from Gatwick Airport

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