Littlehaven railway station

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Littlehaven
National Rail
Littlehaven Crossing and Box 02-09-07.JPG
General information
LocationLittlehaven, Horsham, Horsham, West Sussex
England
Grid referenceTQ186324
Managed bySouthern
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeLVN
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
1848Line opened
1 June 1907Station opened (Rusper Road Halt)
1 July 1907Renamed (Littlehaven Crossing Halt)
31 December 1907Renamed (Littlehaven Halt)
5 May 1969Renamed (Littlehaven)
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 0.269 million
2017/18Increase 0.280 million
2018/19Decrease 0.275 million
2019/20Increase 0.282 million
2020/21Decrease 64,950
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Littlehaven railway station serves the areas of Littlehaven, Holbrook and Roffey in the northeast of the town of Horsham, West Sussex, England. It is on the Arun Valley Line, 36 miles 50 chains (58.9 km) down the line from London Bridge, measured via Redhill.[1]

History[edit]

The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway opened the first part of the line in 1848. However, the stations at Littlehaven, Roffey Road Halt and nearby Ifield were not opened until 1907; Littlehaven opened as Rusper Road Halt and subsequently changed to Littlehaven Crossing Halt and then Littlehaven Halt all within the first year of service. Similarly, Ifield was initially known as Lyons Crossing Halt. Roffey Road Halt closed in 1937.

The station was completely rebuilt with minimal facilities after traffic decreased.[citation needed]

In 2013, work began to extend the platforms to handle 8 carriages (up from 4), which will reduce delays caused by longer trains blocking the road while stopped.

In 2021, platform 2 was extended to handle 12 carriages, to allow passengers to embark and disembark from the whole train without walking down the train, and to avoid trains blocking the road crossing. [2]

Level crossing[edit]

There is a level crossing at the eastern (London) end of the platforms, where the line crosses Rusper Road. The crossing gates were considered for replacement with modern barriers in the early 1990s but as there was a history of late passengers running over the crossing to catch their train it was dismissed. Therefore, the adjacent signal box was staffed 24 hours a day. In October 2012 the level crossing was rebuilt and automatic barriers installed to replace the old fashioned gates. This meant that the crossing operator's job was now redundant, with CCTV used to control the crossing from the Three Bridges signal centre.[3] This upgrade was finally made necessary due to a number of incidents of people driving through the wooden gates when closed, resulting in expensive replacement gates having to be constructed.[4][5]

Facilities[edit]

Facilities include disabled access to both platforms via side ramps from the level crossing, and a ticket office on the Horsham-bound platform. Its opening hours are 0640–1334 Monday to Saturday only.[6] In early 2022, Govia Thameslink Railway intend to close the current ticket office permanently. Ticket vending machines are located on both platforms for customers to purchase tickets. Their sales information highlighted that 96% of pre Covid ticket sales at Littlehaven were purchased via the ticket vending machines.

Services[edit]

Thameslink operate all off-peak services at Littlehaven using Class 700 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[7]

The station is also served by a limited number of Southern services to London Victoria, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service in each direction although northbound trains run to London Bridge only.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Faygate or
Ifield
  Thameslink
  Horsham
  Southern
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 19B. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  2. ^ "A complex project involving 120 different sites and the closure of over 40 miles of railway on the Arun Valley line is now complete".
  3. ^ "Crossing changes good news says councillor".
  4. ^ "People carrier hits barrier at train station crossing".
  5. ^ "Camera deployed to stop level crossing crime".
  6. ^ "Littlehaven Station Information". Southern. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  7. ^ Table 183 National Rail timetable, May 2020

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°04′48″N 0°18′29″W / 51.080°N 0.308°W / 51.080; -0.308