Seaford Branch Line

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Seaford Branch Line
miles/chains (from London Bridge)
51m 11ch East Coastway LineSoutherham Jn
53m 40ch Southease
55m 58ch Newhaven Town Yard
56m 25ch Newhaven Town
56m 51ch Newhaven Harbour
56m 55ch Newhaven Harbour Jn
56m 67ch Newhaven Marine
(Passenger services to Newhaven Marine suspended since 2006,
however the line and station remain open)
57m 34ch Bishopstone Beach Halt
Bishopstone Tide Mills
58m 03ch Bishopstone
58m 77ch Seaford

The Seaford Branch Line is a rural railway line in England constructed in 1864 primarily to serve the port of Newhaven and the town of Seaford.


Engineered by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's Chief Engineer Frederick Banister,[1] the line starts at Lewes and runs to Southerham Junction where it diverges from the main East Coastway Line to Eastbourne and Hastings. It then continues down the Ouse valley past Southease to Newhaven. Beyond Newhaven Harbour station the line reduces to single track for the remainder of the route through Bishopstone to Seaford.

Places served[edit]

The line serves the towns and villages of Southease, Newhaven, Bishopstone, and Seaford.


The line was electrified (750 V DC third rail) by the Southern Railway in 1935. The line between Newhaven Harbour and Seaford was reduced to single track in 1975.

Train services[edit]

Train services are operated by Southern.

Passenger volume[edit]

Comparing the number of passengers in year beginning April 2002 to the year beginning April 2010, Southease has increased by 96%, Newhaven Town by 45%, Bishopstone by 58% and Seaford by 56%. Newhaven Harbour has declined by 51%.[2]


  1. ^ "Federick Dale Banister". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Station Usage". Rail Statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 7 January 2013.