Wivelsfield railway station

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Wivelsfield National Rail
Wivelsfield
Location
Place Burgess Hill
Local authority Mid Sussex, West Sussex
Grid reference TQ320200
Operations
Station code WVF
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.421 million
2005/06 Increase 0.427 million
2006/07 Increase 0.451 million
2007/08 Increase 0.463 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.460 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.444 million
2010/11 Increase 0.484 million
2011/12 Increase 0.493 million
2012/13 Increase 0.496 million
History
1854 First station opened at Keymer Junction
1 August 1886 Present station opened
1 July 1896 Renamed (Wivelsfield)
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Wivelsfield railway station serves World's End and other northern parts of Burgess Hill in West Sussex. It is approximately 2 miles from the village of Wivelsfield, which lies northeast of the town of Burgess Hill. The station is also 9.9 miles (16 km) north of Brighton. The station is just north of Keymer Junction, where the East Coastway Line towards Lewes and Eastbourne diverges from the Brighton Main Line and Thameslink.

History[edit]

The London Brighton and South Coast Railway opened a station called Keymer Junction on the Lewes line, just beyond the junction, towards the end of 1854, although, it appears that some trains may have called at Keymer Crossing from the completion of the junction in 1847.[1] The station was closed on 1 November 1883 to allow for the proposed remodelling of the junction. However, when the railway later sought Parliamentary authority to abandon their planned changes, they were required to provide a replacement station to the north of the junction on the present site.[2]

The second Keymer Junction station was opened on 1 August 1886 and retained that name until 1 July 1896 when it was renamed Wivelsfield. Construction of the new station involved widening a narrow, high embankment. Just over two months after it opened, heavy rain caused a landslip which caused a long section of the Up (northbound) platform, and the waiting room building, to collapse and fall down the embankment.

On 23 December 1899, a serious accident happened here, when a red signal was obscured by thick fog. A train from Brighton collided with a boat train from Newhaven Harbour at 40 mph, and six passengers were killed and twenty seriously injured.[3] The accident resulted in improvements made to the signalling at Keymer Junction.

Services[edit]

Train services are provided by Southern and Thameslink.

The typical service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Haywards Heath   Southern
East Coastway Line
  Plumpton
or Lewes
Haywards Heath   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Burgess Hill
  Thameslink
Thameslink
 
Haywards Heath   Southern
Gatwick Express
Peak Times Only
  Burgess Hill

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 2 Establishment and Growth. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.  p.250.
  2. ^ Turner, John Howard (1978). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.  p.127.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (1986). Southern Main Lines - Three Bridges to Brighton. Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-35-5. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°57′50″N 0°07′15″W / 50.96389°N 0.12083°W / 50.96389; -0.12083