Newhaven Marine railway station

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Newhaven Marine
Newhaven Marine Station - January 2014..JPG
The entrance to the platform at Newhaven Marine, the semaphore signal is out of sight to the left.
Place Newhaven
Local authority Lewes
Coordinates 50°47′15″N 0°03′24″E / 50.7875°N 0.0566°E / 50.7875; 0.0566Coordinates: 50°47′15″N 0°03′24″E / 50.7875°N 0.0566°E / 50.7875; 0.0566
Grid reference TQ450006
Station code NVM
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Original company LB&SCR
Pre-grouping LB&SCR
Post-grouping Southern Railway
17 May 1886 Opened as "Newhaven Harbour (Boat Station)"
14 May 1984 Renamed "Newhaven Marine"
August 2006 service suspended for safety
National RailUK railway stations
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Newhaven Marine railway station was a station in Newhaven, East Sussex, England near Newhaven Harbour. It is legally open, but has been closed to passenger trains since August 2006 due to "safety concerns" [1] about the "condition of the roof/canopy".[2] The station was featured on a BBC Radio 4 programme, The Ghost Trains of Old England, in October 2010[3] and other 'Ghost Train' videos.[4]


The first station adjacent to the site was named Newhaven Wharf which opened with the line from Lewes on 8 December 1847 and closed when Newhaven Harbour station opened.[5][6] The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) opened the station on 17 May 1886, as Newhaven Harbour (Boat Station). On 14 May 1984 British Railways renamed it Newhaven Marine.[7]

The line to Newhaven Marine branches off the Seaford line at Newhaven Harbour Junction. The single platform of Newhaven Marine is numbered 3; it is long enough for 12 coaches, and is 16 chains (320 m) to the south of Newhaven Harbour station. There is a run-round loop.[8]

The branch is sometimes used as a turn-around for diverted trains in the event of disruption on the Eastbourne line, or for 'Ghost Trains' switching back to Newhaven Harbour.


As of October 2010, there are no advertised passenger services from the station. Southern train operating company used to offer a complimentary taxi from Marine station for any passengers with a Marine ticket. This service was withdrawn when the station was removed from the fares database.[3] In 2016, the station was re-added to the fares database on self-service machines, however no fare pricing is displayed when selecting the station as an option. However, there is the option of buying tickets for travel from Newhaven Marine when purchasing from some machines at London Victoria station.[citation needed]

Site today[edit]

The station site is now run by the Southern train operating company.[2] The station site can still be accessed as there is no longer fencing at the entrance to the platform and every night at 20:15, a parliamentary train is scheduled to stop at the station, turn round and leave,[9] more recently in April 2017 the scheduled service has been cancelled each day.[10] As of May 2017, the station structure has been demolished.[11]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Southern
Seaford Branch Line
  Newhaven Harbour

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Newhaven Marine Railway Station". Hansard. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b "The Ghost Trains of Old England". BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Pipe, Vicki; Marshall, Geoff (2011-06-01). "Newhave Marine Ghost Train". Geoff Marshall (YouTube). Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  7. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 169. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  8. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 17A. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3. 
  9. ^ "Newhaven Marine Ghost Train". Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  10. ^ Ltd, swlines. "Realtime Trains | 2F30 2015 Newhaven Marine to Lewes". Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  11. ^ Marshall, Geoff. "Switch! Reverse that! - Day 9 - Bognor Regis to Gatwick Airport". All the Stations. YouTube. Retrieved 18 May 2017.