Horley railway station

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Horley National Rail
Horley station.jpg
Place Horley
Local authority Reigate and Banstead
Grid reference TQ286426
Station code HOR
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.934 million
2012/13 Increase 0.952 million
2013/14 Increase 0.955 million
2014/15 Increase 0.985 million
2015/16 Increase 1.076 million
1841 first station opened
31 December 1905 resited
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Horley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Southern 377421 at platform 2 with a service to Horsham.
Thameslink 700108 passing through Horley on a test run
Gatwick Express & Southern service approaching and leaving Horley

Horley railway station serves the town of Horley in Surrey, England. It is on the Brighton Main Line 26 miles (42 km) south of London Victoria, and train services are provided by Southern.

There are 4 platforms, all 270 yards (247 m) long, capable of accepting 12 car long trains.[1]


The present Horley station is in fact the second in the town. The original station, constructed by the London and Brighton Railway, opened on 12 July 1841, was located 301 yards (275 m) north of the present site, where the Factory Shop is.[2] The first station was designed by David Mocatta and was on a larger scale than other intermediate stations on the line. Horley was situated almost midway between London and Brighton, and was chosen for the erection of the London and Brighton Railway carriage sheds and repair workshops. These were later moved to Brighton railway works. The station was enlarged in 1862 by addition of a second storey to the building. A canopy and footbridge were added in 1884.[3]

The current Horley station opened 31 December 1905, to coincide with the quadrupling of the railway line by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway. The original station then became the Station Master's house and survived until the 1960s.[4]

In the 1870s William Stroudley considered moving the locomotive works to Horley but was persuaded to keep them in Brighton. Nevertheless, the sidings at Horley were used for storing withdrawn locomotives and those awaiting repair until the First World War.


  • Concourse
  • Ticket Office (1 Window)
  • Quick Ticket
  • Café
  • Waiting Room (x2)
  • Telephone
  • Toilet (Unisex)
  • Car Park (x2)
  • Taxi booking office (no rank)


The typical service from the station is:

There is also a limited service calling at Horley which runs to Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis during the week at peak hours.

An hourly night service also operates between Three Bridges and London Victoria.

Although the station is outside Greater London, Oyster Pay as you go and contactless payment cards are valid. However, the station is outside the London Fare Zone area and as a result, special fares apply.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Salfords   Southern
Arun Valley Line
  Gatwick Airport
East Croydon   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Gatwick Airport
or Burgess Hill

Future developments[edit]

The Thameslink Programme (formerly Thameslink 2000) project proposes to turn some of the Southern services over to the expanded Thameslink network currently operated by Govia Thameslink Railway. This project will see services that currently terminate at London Bridge continuing through Central London and north wards via the Midland Main Line or East Coast Main Line to destinations such as Peterborough.[6][7] This however is not imminent, a Department for Transport whitepaper states only that "the Thameslink Programme will be completed by the end of 2015" and that "interim outputs will be delivered by the end of 2011",[8] leaving Southern as the main operator for several more years to come.


  1. ^ "Rules Of The Plan" (PDF). Network Rail. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 123.
  3. ^ Minnis, John (1999). The London Brighton and South Coast railway, Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-1626-X, pp.19-20.
  4. ^ Howard Turner, J.T. (1979), The London Brighton and South Coast Railway. 3. Completion and Maturity, Batsford, London, ISBN 0-7134-1389-1, p. 152.
  5. ^ Thameslink and Southern timetable changes from 13 December 2015 : Thameslink
  6. ^ "Thameslink Programme (Thameslink 2000)". Transport for London. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Thameslink Programme". Network Rail. 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Delivering a Sustainable Railway - White Paper CM 7176". Department for Transport. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 

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Coordinates: 51°10′08″N 0°09′40″W / 51.169°N 0.161°W / 51.169; -0.161