Newick and Chailey railway station

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Newick and Chailey
Newick and Chailey Station.jpg
Place Newick
Area Lewes District, East Sussex
Grid reference TQ400210
Pre-grouping London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
1 August 1882 Opened
29 May 1955 Closed
7 August 1956 reopened
17 March 1958 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Newick and Chailey was a railway station located about halfway between the villages of Newick and Chailey in East Sussex, England. It was part of the East Grinstead to Lewes line, more popularly known as the Bluebell Railway.


The station was located on the single line, but consisted of two side platforms on a loop line. There were substantial station buildings on each platform with a pedestrian footbridge connecting the two. The old Up platform had a restaurant facility and toilets until rationalisation in the 1930s which removed all the buildings on this platform and the footbridge span.


Following the withdrawal of the services on the line in 1955, a Chailey resident, Margery Bessemer, forced its re-opening in 1956 for a short period when she discovered that the original Acts of Parliament which authorised the line's construction imposed a statutory obligation on British Railways to continue running services. British Railways responded by running the most meagre timetable possible, the so-called "Sulky Service". Parliament did eventually repeal the original Acts and the line closed in 1958.[1]

The track was removed in 1960 and the station buildings were demolished around 1967/8. The site of the station platforms in a cutting was subsequently infilled and covered by housing. Their site is identified in a road still today called Lower Station Road. Despite the reopening of part of the line by the Bluebell Railway, an extension south now seems improbable, although the possibility has not been ruled out.[2]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Sheffield Park
Line closed, station open
  London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Lewes and East Grinstead Railway
Line and station closed


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Coordinates: 50°58′19″N 0°00′23″W / 50.9720°N 0.0063°W / 50.9720; -0.0063