WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE (BRIGHTON) As the countdown to the most colourful weekend on the south coast continues, rail provider Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has confirmed plans for extra Saturday train services to help visitors to the city get home from Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 weekend, this summer.
A highlight in Brighton’s calendar, Pride takes place from Friday to Sunday, 2-4 August, with Kylie Minogue headlining the main LGBTQ Pride fundraising event at Preston Park on Saturday
The operator, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services out of Brighton, is adding and lengthening services to bolster capacity throughout the weekend, particularly after the main Pride in the Park event finishes on Saturday evening when additional services will run late into the night.
GTR has been planning for the event since January, working closely with the Brighton & Hove Pride organisers, Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and other local partners.
In the spirit of Pride, the organisers and partners have worked closely with GTR to extend the train station’s rainbow queuing system outside, to direct passengers leaving the event into the appropriate queue for their train before they get to the station.
Angie Doll, Passenger Services Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said:
“We are really proud to play our part in making sure travellers can get to and from this year’s Pride, which promises to be another dazzling celebration of inclusivity.
“This year, we are really pleased to have supported the organisers and partner agencies in an enhanced queuing system which will really help get people safely away from the event towards the train station. We are providing extra services but as you would expect for such a popular event, it will be very busy, so I would ask everyone coming to the event to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get home.”
Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Pride 2019, said:
“Pride is an important event for our City with visitors coming in from across the UK & worldwide. We are extremely heartened by the positive working partnership and support over Pride weekend and the enthusiasm from all at GTR.”
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Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria
About Brighton Pride
Brighton & Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community organisation. All tickets revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising.
Brighton Pride has raised over £705,000 for the Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last six years. The Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton and Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.
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