Bexhill railway station
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|27 June 1846||opened as Bexhill|
|9 July 1923||renamed Bexhill Central|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bexhill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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'Bexhill' was the original name of Bexhill West railway station which was on a branch from the Hastings Line at Crowhurst. This provided direct services north to London. That station and line closed in 1964.
The station known today as Bexhill was previously known as Bexhill Central. The station had a moment of glory in December 1911, when the platform was especially lengthened to accommodate the funeral train of Nripendra Narayan the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, as a result of which for many years it had the longest platform in England outside London.
The station is a Grade II listed building, and a restoration project to the platform canopies and ticket office area was completed in the summer of 2008.
The station is accredited as part of the Department for Transport's Secure Stations scheme, with a digital CCTV system in place. It is staffed during the daytime but not late in the evenings.
Since December 2005, transport links to and from Bexhill by rail have been strengthened with an hourly express service between Brighton and Ashford International which stops at Bexhill station. The typical off-peak service is:
- 2tph to Brighton via Eastbourne and Lewes
- 1tph to Eastbourne
- 1tph to London Victoria via Eastbourne, Gatwick Airport and East Croydon
- 3tph to Hastings of which 1tph continues to Ashford International via Rye while 2tph terminate at Ore
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Brighton/London Victoria - Ore
|St Leonards Warrior Square|
Brighton - Ashford
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Camapigns for service improvements
A local campaign group Bexhill Rail Action Group (BRAG)* was formed in 2005 in response to proposals to end through services to London Victoria. The campaign was successful and BRAG continues to campaign for local rail improvements.
Campaigners are seeking to upgrade and electrify the Marshlink Line to extend Southeastern high speed train services (which operate from London St Pancras via High Speed 1 to Ashford International) onwards via Rye to Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne, and which, if realised could slash journey times between Bexhill and the capital to around 1 hour and 15 minutes, instead of the average 1 hour 52 minutes currently.
- "Victoria and Albert Museum". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
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