Burgess Hill railway station

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Burgess Hill
National Rail
Morning @ BUG.jpg
LocationBurgess Hill, District of Mid Sussex
United Kingdom
Grid referenceTQ316187
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codeBUG
ClassificationDfT category C2
Opened21 September 1841 (21 September 1841)
2014/15Increase 1.783 million[1]
2015/16Increase 1.890 million[1]
2016/17Decrease 1.808 million[1]
2017/18Increase 1.820 million[1]
2018/19Increase 1.839 million[1]
Northward view of the platforms in 1961
Northward view of the platforms in 2007

Burgess Hill railway station is on the Brighton Main Line and Thameslink in England, serving the town of Burgess Hill, West Sussex. It is 41 miles 39 chains (66.8 km) down the line from London Bridge via Redhill and is situated between Wivelsfield and Hassocks on the main line.[2] Train services are provided by Southern and Thameslink.


The first station at Burgess Hill was opened on 21 September 1841 by the London and Brighton Railway (L&BR), at the time of the completion of the route to Brighton. The original facilities were all in the small wooden hut (which still stands on platform 1) and wooden platforms set beside the main line. The L&BR became the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) in 1846 and a track plan of the station dating from 1874 shows that by then several sidings and a signal box had been constructed at the station.[3]

The present station building dates from 1877 and is typical of LB&SCR stations of the period.[4]

Layout and facilities[edit]

The station has a typical double-track layout, with two side platforms each long enough to hold a 12-car train.[5] Both platforms are signalled bidirectionally, but in normal service platform 1 is used by northbound services towards London (and beyond to Bedford and Cambridge), while platform 2 is for southbound trains to Brighton and Littlehampton.[5] Both platforms are covered by shelters approximately four carriages long at the north end, and there are also smaller shelters further down the platforms.[5] There is a small café and an accessible toilet located on platform 1 and a small waiting room on platform 2.[5]

The station has two car parks: the main one next to platform 1 and a smaller one adjacent to platform 2. Both car parks include disabled parking spaces.[5]

There are three entrances/exits to and from the station, all featuring ticket barriers. The main entrance/exit is through the station building on Station Road, which includes the ticket office and also houses a small newsagent and a cash machine. Access to the platforms from the station building is via two sheltered sets of stairs, which also act as a footbridge between the two platforms.[5] The other two entrances/exits link the platforms directly with the station's car parks. These entrances/exits are both fully wheelchair-accessible, but each one only connects directly to one of the platforms - access to the other platform is only via the aforementioned footbridge. This means that step-free access is available to both platforms, but step-free access between the two platforms is only possible by venturing outside the station.[5] Ticket machines are located by each of the three entrances.[5]


Services at Burgess Hill are operated by Southern and Thameslink. As of May 2020, the typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 15C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. p. 131. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
  4. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railway of the Southern Region. Patrick Stephens. p. 58. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Station facilities for Burgess Hill - National Rail Enquiries
  6. ^ Timetables : Southern
  7. ^ "Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade". Southern, May 2020.

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Coordinates: 50°57′11″N 00°07′39″W / 50.95306°N 0.12750°W / 50.95306; -0.12750