Barnham railway station
|Local authority||Arun, West Sussex|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|– Interchange||0.918 million|
|– Interchange||0.922 million|
|– Interchange||0.887 million|
|– Interchange||0.684 million|
|– Interchange||0.764 million|
|Key dates||Opened 1 June 1864|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barnham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK railways portal|
It is located on the West Coastway Line between Brighton and Southampton, 63 miles 22 chains (101.8 km) down the line from London Bridge via Redhill. The station and the majority of trains serving it are operated by Southern. The other operator is Great Western Railway who run limited services to the West Country (normally Bristol Temple Meads or Cardiff Central). The station is served by Southern 313 and 377s, and Great Western Railway 158s.
Barnham is the junction station for the short branch to Bognor Regis. It is also a well-used interchange for passengers between slow and fast services. It has services to London Victoria via Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Littlehampton (via Ford) and the occasional long-distance services to the West Country. Trains travelling from east to west (i.e. heading towards Chichester and Bognor Regis) sometimes divide at Barnham.
- Platform 1 - Bognor Regis from Barnham & Littlehampton, London Victoria via Horsham (Sundays)
- Platform 2 - Westbound services towards Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton, Bognor Regis from London
- Platform 3 - Eastbound services towards Littlehampton, Brighton, London
The off-peak service pattern is as follows:
- 4tph to Bognor Regis
- 2tph to Southampton Central
- 1tph to Portsmouth & Southsea
- 2tph to Portsmouth Harbour
There are two services per day, operated by Great Western Railway to Bristol Temple Meads via Southampton Central, Salisbury and Bath Spa, with one continuing to Great Malvern via Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
(Brighton-Portsmouth or Southampton)
(London-Portsmouth or Southampton via Horsham)
|Ford or Littlehampton||Southern
(London-Portsmouth via Hove)
|Great Western Railway
Peak Times Only
- Ticket office (1 Window)
- Quick ticket (2 machines)
- Departure boards (2 on all 3 platforms and 3 in the Ticket office)
- Coffee Shop
- Waiting Room (x2)
- Sheltered seating around whole station
- Taxi Rank
- Telephones (x1)
- Car Park
- Bus stop (Opposite station and next to car park entrance)
- Southern Train Crew Depot
Accidents and incidents
- On 1 August 1962, an electric multiple unit was derailed when points switched under it due to an electrical fault. Thirty-eight people were injured. The cause was an electrical short circuit due to a metal washer that had been left behind after maintenance, which caused a false feed to the points motor under unusual circumstances with a very high power load from 3 trains accelerating simultaneously. Adrian Vaughan commented; "One gets a nasty feeling wondering where the next washer is, at this moment, lying in wait with the potential of mayhem". Before his book had even been published, the Clapham Junction disaster occurred, with a very similar cause.
- "Accident at Barnham on 1st August 1962 :: The Railways Archive". www.railwaysarchive.co.uk.
- Earnshaw, Alan (1989). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 5. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 41. ISBN 0-906899-35-4.
- Vaughan, Adrian (1989). Obstruction Danger. London: Guild Publishing. p. 216-221. ISBN 1-85260-055-1.