Crawley railway station
Crawley Railway Station
|Local authority||Crawley, West Sussex|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|14 February 1848||Opening of original station|
|28 July 1968||Closure of original station and opening of present station to the east|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Crawley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Crawley railway station is a railway station serving the town of Crawley in West Sussex, England. The station is 29½ miles (47 km) south of London Victoria and is operated by Southern. The station is the last stop on the Arun Valley Line before it rejoins the Brighton Main Line
The single track branch line of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway between Three Bridges and Horsham was opened 14 February 1848. Crawley and Faygate were intermediate stations each with two platforms to enable trains to pass. The line was doubled throughout during 1862 to coincide with the extension of the railway from Horsham to the Arun Valley.
The first Crawley station was situated immediately adjacent to the main High Street, with station buildings on the north side of the railway line.
With the continued development of the New Town during the 1950s and 1960s it soon became clear that the station was too small, and a new station building was opened 28 July 1968 at the current site. The new station was funded by a six-storey commercial development above the new British Rail station. The original station buildings were demolished in August 1968, but the platforms still survive.
A planning application was submitted in April 2016 for the complete demolition and redevelopment of the station building.
- Ticket office (x2)
- Quick Ticket
- Vending Machine
- Pumpkin Cafe
- Waiting room (x2)
- Car Park
- Bicycle storage
- Ticket Barriers
Monday to Saturday daytimes there is a half-hourly service to London Victoria, and a half-hourly service to London Bridge. Westbound there are 4 trains per hour to Horsham, two terminating and two splitting in half. Of the two splitters the front portion goes to either Portsmouth Harbour or Southampton Central alternately and the rear portion continues to Bognor Regis serving the Arun Valley stations south of Horsham.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Arun Valley Line
West Coastway Line
The original signal box, dating from 1877, survives. It is a tall box with a timber superstructure on a brick base and was built by the firm of Saxby and Farmer. It was made redundant in 1978 when the railway level crossing gates were removed. It is a Grade II listed building and has recently been partially restored.
The former goods yard to the east of the old Crawley Station was closed in the 1960s and demolished to make way for the new station.
- *Howard Turner, Charles (1977). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway. 1 Origins and Formation (1st edn ed.). London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-0275-X. 232-4.
- Bastable, Roger (1999). No.1 Crawley High Street in Photographs. Crawley: Roger Bastable Publications. pp. 54–57.
- Body, Geoffrey (1989). PSL field guide to the railways of Southern Region. Wellinborough: Patrick stephens Ltd. p. 75. ISBN 1-85260-297-X.
- Council, Crawley Borough. "Planning Applications Search". crawley.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
- *Minnis, John (2012). Railway Signal Boxes: a Review (PDF) (1st edn ed.). London: Ebglish Heritage. ISSN 2046-9799. 9.
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