Bexhill railway station

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Bexhill National Rail
2018 at Bexhill station - exterior.JPG
Location
Place Bexhill-on-Sea
Local authority Rother
Grid reference TQ743075
Operations
Station code BEX
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*
2012/13 Decrease 1.623 million
2013/14 Decrease 1.578 million
2014/15 Decrease 1.510 million
2015/16 Increase 1.525 million
2016/17 Decrease 1.207 million
History
27 June 1846 opened as Bexhill
9 July 1923 renamed Bexhill Central
? renamed Bexhill
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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 railway station serves Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex, England. It is on the East Coastway Line, and train services are provided by Southern.

History[edit]

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Bexhill.

'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[1] the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, as a result of which for many years it had the longest platform in England outside London.

Description[edit]

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.

Services[edit]

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:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Collington   Southern
Brighton/London Victoria - Ore
  St Leonards Warrior Square
Eastbourne   Southern
Brighton - Ashford
  St Leonards Warrior Square

Camapigns for service improvements[edit]

A local campaign group Bexhill Rail Action Group (BRAG)*[1] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victoria and Albert Museum". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°50′28″N 0°28′37″E / 50.841°N 0.477°E / 50.841; 0.477