Preston Park railway station

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Preston Park National Rail
Preston Park Station.jpg
Preston Park in 2006
Location
Place Preston Village
Local authority City of Brighton and Hove
Grid reference TQ299067
Operations
Station code PRP
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.374 million
2012/13 Increase 0.410 million
2013/14 Increase 0.439 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.436 million
2015/16 Increase 0.568 million
History
1 November 1869 Opened (Preston)
1 July 1879 Renamed (Preston Park)
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Preston Park from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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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-line from London Victoria and is situated between Hassocks and Brighton stations.

It is managed by Southern, which also operates the trains that call, along with Thameslink.

There are also two spur lines which run from Preston Park through a tunnel to Hove.

History[edit]

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.

Facilities[edit]

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.

Services[edit]

The typical Monday-Friday service from this station is:

The typical Saturday service from this station is:

The typical Sunday service from this station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hassocks   Southern
Brighton Main Line
  Brighton
  Thameslink
Thameslink
 
Burgess Hill   Southern
West Coastway
  Hove
Burgess Hill or
Hassocks
  Southern
Gatwick Express
Peak Times Only
  Brighton

See also[edit]

References[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. 

External links[edit]

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