MAJOR works coinciding with a music festival are causing huge crowds at a train station.

Hordes of people are at Preston Park station due to the suspension of all services between Hove and Brighton.

The works are planned to stabilise a railway cutting in Hove and prevent delays caused by landslips, which in recent years have caused significant delays to passengers.

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Passengers now have to divert to Preston Park in order to get a train into Brighton.

This has meant the station is now crowded with revellers heading to the Boundary Brighton festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary today.

One traveller, who was not heading to the festival, said: “I was trying to get into back into Brighton from Shoreham.

“There were no trains direct to Brighton, so I had to get to Preston Park and change.

“The carriages were heaving with people drinking and shouting and it was a nightmare trying to swap trains to get back into town.”

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To stabilise the cutting and protect the railway from rockfall Network Rail will be installing 1012 rock bolts into the ground during the blockade.

These bolts will hold rock netting in place that will catch loose rocks and in the areas where required hold the ground together.

Until next Friday, Southern Rail customers will need to change train at Preston Park to travel to and from Brighton.