Preston Park railway station

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Preston Park
National Rail
Preston Park Station.jpg
Preston Park in 2006
LocationPreston Village, City of Brighton and Hove
Grid referenceTQ299067
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codePRP
ClassificationDfT category D
Key dates
1 November 1869Opened (Preston)
1 July 1879Renamed (Preston Park)
2016/17Decrease 0.527 million
2017/18Decrease 0.504 million
2018/19Increase 0.545 million
2019/20Increase 0.673 million
2020/21Decrease 0.222 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
RCTS railtour in 1962.

Preston Park railway station is on the Brighton Main Line in England, serving Preston Village and the northern suburban areas of the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex. It is 49 miles 21 chains (79.3 km) down the line from London Bridge via Redhill and is situated between Hassocks and Brighton.

The station is managed by Southern, which is one of two companies that serve the station, alongside Thameslink. Between 2008 and 2018, Gatwick Express also served Preston Park with a limited number of services at peak times only; these services were withdrawn as part of the May 2018 timetable change.

There are also two spur tracks which run south from Preston Park through Prestonville Tunnel to Hove.


The London Brighton and South Coast Railway opened a new station named Preston, on 1 November 1869 to serve the growing parish of Preston, then north of the Brighton boundary. The station was enlarged and remodelled to its present design in 1879 during the construction of the Cliftonville Curve spur line from the main line to Hove and the West Sussex coast line.[1] The station was then renamed Preston Park although the nearby Preston Park did not exist until 1883.

In 1881 the railway murderer Percy Lefroy Mapleton alighted at the station after having killed Isaac Frederick Gold and dumped his body in Balcombe tunnel.


The station has a pair of island platforms, linked by a subway; only three platform faces are now in operation. The three tracks through the station reduce to two before traversing Patcham Tunnel, almost two miles (3.2 km) further north.

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club's former home, Withdean Stadium is located a short walk from the station, and for this reason, during its tenancy of the stadium, the club offered free travel vouchers with its match tickets — allowing fans to travel from Brighton to Preston Park without there being an apparent surcharge of the train fare.


Trains at Preston Park are operated by Thameslink and Southern. The typical off-peak service from this station is:[2]

Additional Thameslink services to Cambridge and Littlehampton call at the station during the peak hours.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turner, John Howard (1979). The London Brighton and South Coast Railway 3 Completion and Maturity. Batsford. pp. 105–7. ISBN 0-7134-1389-1.
  2. ^ "Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade". Southern, May 2020.

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Coordinates: 50°50′45″N 00°09′18″W / 50.84583°N 0.15500°W / 50.84583; -0.15500