Hove railway station
|Local authority||Brighton & Hove|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 October 1865||Opened (Cliftonville)|
|1 July 1879||Renamed (West Brighton)|
|1 October 1894||Renamed (Hove and West Brighton)|
|1 July 1895||Renamed (Hove)|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hove from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Hove railway station is in Hove in the county of East Sussex, England. The station and the majority of trains serving it are operated by Southern. The only other operator is First Great Western, who provide a limited number of services each day to Wales and the West Country. However Gatwick Express Class 442s stable at Hove from time to time. The station is 51 miles (82 km) south of London Victoria.
The original Hove railway station, situated further to the east, opened on 11 May 1840 by the London and Brighton Railway, on its line from Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea. It closed on 1 March 1880, and was converted into the Holland Road Goods Depot.' A wooden halt named Holland Road Halt was also opened a short distance to the west in 1905, served by local trains towards Worthing and on the branch line to Devil's Dyke. This closed in 1956, and no trace now remains of its platforms.
The present Hove station was opened on 1 October 1865. It was originally named Cliftonville, then West Brighton, before being renamed Hove and West Brighton in 1894 and finally Hove in 1895.
The original station building, dating from the station's opening in 1865, is on the south side of the line and to the east of the present ticket office and concourse, being separated from this by a long footbridge (a public right of way) linking the residential roads of Goldstone Villas and Hove Park Villas. The section of road on which the original building stands is called Station Approach. It is currently in commercial use. The design is very similar to that of the buildings still in use at West Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Portslade and London Road stations, and the former Kemptown station in Brighton.
In 1893, coinciding with the first renaming, a new building was provided to the west. This contains the current ticket office and other station facilities. A large steel and glass porte-cochere stands outside at an angle, sheltering the taxi rank, forecourt and entrance area. This was moved from London Victoria following rebuilding works there which had rendered it redundant.
The island platform is reached by subway; access from the footbridge between the old and new buildings is no longer possible, as the stairs from it are locked out of use. This platform has a modest building incorporating a café, staff accommodation and waiting room, with a separate toilet block. A wide canopy runs for most of the length of the platform.
The Thameslink 2000 project (now known as the Thameslink Programme) contains proposals to extend the Thameslink network to various additional routes in southern England; one of these would be the section of the West Coastway line between Hove and Littlehampton, with services running via the Cliftonville Curve from the Brighton Main Line. This will see services that currently terminate at London Bridge continuing through Central London and northwards via the Midland Main Line or East Coast Main Line to destinations such as Luton or Cambridge. This however is not imminent, a Department for Transport whitepaper states only that "the Thameslink Programme will be completed by the end of 2015" and that "interim outputs will be delivered by the end of 2011".
There are three platforms- Platforms 1 and 2 can be (and are) used for any combination of arrival or departure. Platform 3 cannot be used for arrivals from the West Coastway or departures towards London in the up direction.
The station is situated a short distance west of the junction between the West Coastway line from Brighton and the Cliftonville Curve, which connects the West Coastway route with the Brighton Main Line. As a result, the station is often used for interchange between Brighton trains and those running to and from London Victoria via the Brighton Main Line. An island platform allows straightforward cross-platform interchange. A separate side platform, with direct access to the station concourse and exit, is used for westbound services.
The typical off-peak service pattern is as follows:
- 6tph to Brighton
- 2tph to London Victoria, of which:
On Sundays, there are three trains per hour to Brighton and one semi-fast train per hour to London Victoria, calling additionally at Burgess Hill.
- 1tph to Southampton Central, calling at Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea, Goring-by-Sea, Angmering, Ford, Barnham, Chichester, Emsworth, Havant, Cosham, Fareham and Swanwick
- 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour, calling at Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Worthing, Angmering, Barnham, Chichester, Southbourne, Emsworth, Havant, Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea
- 2tph to Littlehampton, calling at Portslade (1tph), Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing (1tph), Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea, Goring by-Sea and Angmering
- 2tph to West Worthing, calling at Aldrington, Portslade, Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, East Worthing and Worthing
- 2tpd to Bristol Temple Meads via Southampton Central, Salisbury and Bath Spa, one of which continues to Great Malvern via Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.
On Sundays, there is an additional Portsmouth Harbour service every hour which calls at all stations, including those listed above as well as Aldrington, Fishersgate, East Worthing, West Worthing, Ford, Fishbourne, Bosham, Nutbourne, Warblington and Bedhampton. The Southampton service also calls at Aldrington, Fishersgate and East Worthing on Sundays. One of the Littlehampton services and both of the West Worthing services do not operate on Sundays. There are also three trains per day to Bristol on Sundays, with one extending to Cardiff Central via Newport.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
West Coastway Line
(Burgess Hill on Sundays)
|Brighton||First Great Western
- Ticket office (x2)
- Quick ticket
- Automatic ticket gates
- News agents
- Flower shop
- Post box
- Photo booth
- Cash machine
- Waiting room (x2)
- Information office
- Taxi rank
- Car park
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 124.
- Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the Southern Region. Patrick Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-297-X
- Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (1983). South Coast Railways - Brighton to Worthing. Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-03-7
- "Delivering a Sustainable Railway - White Paper CM 7176". Department for Transport. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- My Brighton and Hove - Holland Road Halt
- My Brighton and Hove - the original Hove station and surroundings
- Route description