Durrington-on-Sea railway station
|Local authority||Worthing, West Sussex|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 4 July 1937|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Durrington-on-Sea from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
It was designed in the Modernist style by the architect to the Southern Railway, James Robb Scott and opened on 4 July 1937. The architecture and design of station has drawn criticism from locals as the "grimmest stop in the South", but owners (Network Rail) and operator (Southern), refute claims of problems and cite lack of central government funding to rebuild stations. Facilities at the station are limited - there is no enclosed waiting room or toilets.
The brick structure on top of the main station building, used to house a diesel generator as backup to power the train lines. It is only accessible via a small ladder from the roof. The structure now sits empty.
The station is staffed at the following times: Monday-Friday 0620-1645, Saturday 0720-1400, and Sunday 0810-1645.
There is step free access available from the street outside the main entrance to platform 1 (for services to London and Brighton) is available via the side gate. There is a footbridge with steps to platform 2 (services to Littlehampton and Portsmouth). Entrance to the ticket office is by steps from the street, although step-free access is possible via platform 1. In September 2008, the rear entrance direct to platform 2 was adapted for step free access.
The station and all trains serving it are run by Southern but during peak times a few Thameslink trains to Littlehampton and Farringdon call here with the typical off-peak service consisting of the following:
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
West Coastway Line
- "The grimmest stop in the South" - The Argus - Paul Holden - 12 December 2006
- Wright, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Modernism in Miniature". The Beauty of Transport. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
- "Worthing's New Railway Station". Worthing Gazette. England. 7 July 1937. Retrieved 6 July 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
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