Preston Park railway station

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Preston Park National Rail
Preston Park
Preston Park station looking northwards, viewed from the side path to Woodside Avenue - Photographed 9 December 2006
Location
Place Preston Village
Local authority Brighton & Hove
Grid reference TQ299067
Operations
Station code PRP
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.284 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.268 million
2006/07 Increase 0.287 million
2007/08 Increase 0.302 million
2008/09 Increase 0.321 million
2009/10 Increase 0.323 million
2010/11 Increase 0.335 million
2011/12 Increase 0.374 million
2012/13 Increase 0.410 million
History
1 November 1869 Opened (Preston)
1 July 1879 Renamed (Preston Park)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Preston Park from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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RCTS railtour in 1962

Preston Park railway station serves Preston Village and the northern suburban areas of Brighton in East Sussex, England. The station is on the Brighton Main Line and Thameslink 1 12 miles (2.4 km) north of Brighton railway station, and train services are provided by Southern and First Capital Connect. There are also two spur lines which run from Preston Park through a tunnel to Hove station.

History[edit]

The London Brighton and South Coast Railway opened a new station named Preston, on 1 November 1869 to serve the growing parish of Preston, then north of the Brighton boundary. The station was enlarged and remodelled to its present design in 1879 during the construction of the spur line from the main line to Hove and the West Sussex coast line.[1] The station was then renamed Preston Park although the nearby Preston Park did not exist until 1883.

In 1881 the notorious railway murderer Percy Lefroy Mapleton alighted at the station after having killed Isaac Frederick Gold and dumped his body in Balcombe tunnel.

Facilities[edit]

The station has a pair of island platforms, linked by a subway; only three platform faces are now in operation. The three tracks through the station reduce to two before traversing Patcham Tunnel, almost two miles (3.2 km) further north.

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club's former home, Withdean Stadium is located a short walk from the station, and for this reason, during its tenancy of the stadium, the club offered free travel vouchers with its match tickets — allowing fans to travel from Brighton to Preston Park without there being an apparent surcharge of the train fare.

Preston Park station was featured in parts of Rizzle Kicks Music video for their single "Down with the Trumpets" which peaked at No' 8 in the UK's top 40 in the summer of 2011.[citation needed]

Services[edit]

The typical Monday-Friday service from this station is:

The typical Saturday service from this station is:

The typical Sunday service from this station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hassocks   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Brighton
  First Capital Connect
Thameslink
 
Burgess Hill   Southern
West Coastway
  Hove
Burgess Hill or
Hassocks
  Southern
Gatwick Express
Peak Times Only
  Brighton

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. pp. 105–7. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°50′45″N 00°09′18″W / 50.84583°N 0.15500°W / 50.84583; -0.15500