Hove railway station

Coordinates: 50°50′07″N 0°10′15″W / 50.83528°N 0.17083°W / 50.83528; -0.17083
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National Rail
The main façade in 2010, looking northwest
General information
Grid referenceTQ289055
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codeHOV
ClassificationDfT category C2
Key dates
1 October 1865Opened (Cliftonville)
1 July 1879Renamed (West Brighton)
1 October 1894Renamed (Hove and West Brighton)
1 July 1895Renamed (Hove)[1]
2018/19Increase 2.332 million
2019/20Decrease 2.329 million
 Interchange 0.370 million
2020/21Decrease 0.631 million
 Interchange Decrease 92,369
2021/22Increase 1.457 million
 Interchange Increase 0.227 million
2022/23Increase 1.767 million
 Interchange Increase 0.328 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The original station building at Hove, now used as a hand car wash.
The island platform looking east, with the long footbridge behind. Southern EMU 377436 stands at Platform 1 with a London Victoria service.

Hove railway station serves Hove, in Brighton and Hove in the county of East Sussex, England. It is 50 miles 56 chains (81.6 km) measured from London Victoria. The station and the majority of trains serving it are operated by Southern.

Gatwick Express trains stable at Hove from time to time.

It is the closest railway station to the County Cricket Ground, Hove where Sussex CCC play matches.


The original Hove railway station, situated further to the east, opened on 11 May 1840 by the London & Brighton Railway, on its line from Brighton to Shoreham-by-Sea, designed by the architect David Mocatta.[2] It closed on 1 March 1880, and the site became part of Holland Road Goods Depot.'[3] A wooden halt named Holland Road Halt was also opened a short distance to the west in 1905, served by local trains towards Worthing and on the branch line to Devil's Dyke. This closed in 1956, and no trace now remains of its platforms.[4]

The present Hove station was opened on 1 October 1865. It was originally named Cliftonville,[5] then West Brighton, before being renamed Hove and West Brighton in 1894 and finally Hove in 1895.[6]

Station architecture[edit]

The original station building, dating from the station's opening in 1865, is on the south side of the line and to the east of the present ticket office and concourse, being separated from this by a long footbridge (a public right of way) linking the residential roads of Goldstone Villas and Hove Park Villas. The section of road on which the original building stands is called Station Approach. It is currently in commercial use. The design is very similar to that of the buildings still in use at West Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Portslade and London Road stations, and the former Kemp Town station in Brighton.

In 1893, coinciding with the first renaming, a new building was provided to the west. This contains the current ticket office and other station facilities. A large steel and glass porte-cochere stands outside at an angle, sheltering the taxi rank, forecourt and entrance area. This was moved from London Victoria following rebuilding works there which had rendered it redundant.

The island platform is reached by subway; access from the footbridge between the old and new buildings is no longer possible, as the stairs from it are locked out of use. This platform has a modest building incorporating a café, staff accommodation and waiting room, with a separate toilet block. A wide canopy runs for most of the length of the platform.

Future developments[edit]

In 2007, a Department for Transport white paper on the Thameslink Programme contained proposals to extend the Thameslink network to various additional routes in southern England; one of these would have been the section of the West Coastway line between Hove and Littlehampton, with services running via the Cliftonville Curve from the Brighton Main Line.[7] Two trains per peak hour have been extended from London Bridge to Bedford from 20 May 2018 and an extra service will join in December 2018.[8][needs update] These services were removed in 2023.


Both the West Coastway line (through the station from Brighton) and the Cliftonville Curve (a few hundred metres east of the station, connecting services to/from the west with the Brighton to London mainline) are double track.

There are three running lines through the station, on which – numbered from north to south - island platform faces 1 and 2 can be (and are) used for any combination of arrival or departure, whilst southernmost platform 3 (where the main entrance, ticketing facilities and newspaper shop are found - see photo of building taken from Goldstone Villas, to the south) cannot be used for eastbound arrivals from the West Coastway or departures towards London in the up direction.[citation needed]


All services at Hove are operated by Southern using Class 377 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[9]

During the peak hours, the station is served by a small number of direct trains between Brighton and Littlehampton, as well as a single peak hour service per day between London Bridge and Littlehampton.

Until May 2022, Great Western Railway operated limited services between Brighton, Portsmouth Harbour and Bristol Temple Meads that called at Hove.[10][11] Thameslink also operated peak services between Littlehampton and Bedford until January 2023. These services were cut back to London Bridge in January 2023, before the service transferred to Southern in May 2023[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Brighton   Southern
  Aldrington or Portslade

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 124.
  2. ^ Cole, David (1958). "Mocatta's stations for the Brighton Railway". Journal of Transport History. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 5 (3): 149–157. doi:10.1177/002252665800300304. ISSN 0022-5266. S2CID 115346320.
  3. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the Southern Region. Patrick Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-297-X
  4. ^ Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (1983). South Coast Railways - Brighton to Worthing. Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-03-7
  5. ^ Turner, JT Howard (1978). The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 2: Establishment & Growth (First ed.). London: BT Batsford Ltd. p. 250. ISBN 0-7134-1198-8.
  6. ^ Turner, JT Howard (1979). The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 3: Completion and Maturity (First ed.). London: BT Batsford Ltd. p. 68. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
  7. ^ "Delivering a Sustainable Railway - White Paper CM 7176". Department for Transport. 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Countdown to massive train timetable changes". Eastbourne Herald. 17 May 2018.
  9. ^ Table 123, 184, 186, 188 National Rail timetable, May 2023
  10. ^ Great Western Railway to terminate Brighton services Rail issue 952 9 March 2022 page 22
  11. ^ Great Western Railway set to axe Brighton service The Argus 21 April 2022

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