Balcombe railway station
|Local authority||District of Mid Sussex|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 12 July 1841|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Balcombe from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Balcombe railway station is on the Brighton Main Line in England, serving the village of Balcombe, West Sussex. It is 33 miles 64 chains (54.4 km) down-line from London Victoria and is situated between Three Bridges and Haywards Heath. It is managed by Southern.
Trains calling at Balcombe are primarily operated by Thameslink, with some Southern services during the peaks.
The original station was opened in July 1841 by the London and Brighton Railway, which became the London Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1846. The station was resited to its present position in 1848 or 1849.
The station became part of the Southern Railway during the grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways.
The typical off-peak service from the station is one train per hour to Brighton via Burgess Hill and one train per hour to London Bridge via Gatwick Airport and East Croydon (some peak services run to London Victoria or Bedford). On Sundays all services run to London Victoria rather than London Bridge.
There is also one service per weekday on the West Coastway Line to Littlehampton (from London) but no return service. On the East Coastway Line, there are two services to London from Eastbourne (one of which runs from Hastings via Eastbourne) but no return service.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- Station on navigable O.S. map
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Brighton Main Line