Reigate railway station
|Local authority||Reigate and Banstead|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 4 July 1849|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Reigate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Reigate railway station serves the town of Reigate, Surrey, England, on the North Downs Line. The station is managed by Southern, which use it as one of their termini and provide an hourly direct service to London Bridge.
The original Reigate stations were located two miles from the town centre in a hamlet then known as Warwick Town but which later became Redhill. Red Hill and Reigate Road station was opened by the London and Brighton Railway on 12 July 1841. The nearby town was then served by a horse-drawn omnibus service operated by the railway. This was followed on 26 May 1842 by the South Eastern Railway (SER) Red Hill station (later misleadingly renamed 'Reigate'). Both these stations closed on 15 April 1844 when a new joint Redhill and Reigate station opened on the site of the present Redhill railway station.
The current Reigate station opened 4 July 1849 with the opening of the branch line from Redhill to Reigate by the Reading Guildford and Reigate Railway. It was then called Reigate Town. The station was operated by the SER until 1898, the South Eastern and Chatham Railway until 1922, the Southern Railway (UK) until 1947 and British Railways until 1997.
The line to Redhill to Reigate was electrified 1 January 1933 but the remainder remains unelectrified.
The buildings on the down side are original, dating from 1849.
First-time users are often confused how to get between platforms when the ticket office is shut: there is a signposted but often overlooked underpass approximately 15 metres west of the ticket office over to Platform 2. On Sundays the ticket office is shut, so access to the less-used north platform (1) is enabled via a gate set into the fence approximately 40 metres further away from the subway. Westbound services to Dorking, Guildford and Reading always leave from the south platform (2); as a terminus, so too does the service to London Bridge via Redhill. Eastbound services toward Gatwick Airport via Redhill leave from platform 1.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Dorking Deepdene||First Great Western
North Downs Line
fast and stopping services between Reading and Gatwick Airport
|Betchworth||First Great Western
North Downs Line
hourly in peak hours/every two hours
First Great Western
Westbound, the semi-fast service calls only at Dorking (Deepdene), Guildford, North Camp, Blackwater, Wokingham and Reading. This service starts from Gatwick Airport. The stopping service's calling points alternate every two hours as follows:
|Hour 1||Dorking (Deepdene)||Gomshall||Chilworth||Shalford||Guildford||Ash||North Camp||Farnborough North||Blackwater||Sandhurst||Crowthorne||Wokingham||Reading|
|Hour 2||Betchworth||Dorking (Deepdene)||Dorking West||Shalford||Guildford||Ash||North Camp||Farnborough North||Blackwater||Sandhurst||Crowthorne||Wokingham||Reading|
This service starts from Redhill.
Similarly, eastbound, the stopping service runs only to Redhill (non-stop), while the semi-fast service continues to Gatwick Airport.
In peak hours the stopping service calls at all stations in both directions.
On Sundays the service is hourly in each direction. Eastbound, all off-peak trains continue to Gatwick Airport. Westbound, trains alternate each hour between:
- running semi-fast to Guildford, then stopping at all stations to Reading;
- stopping at all stations to Guildford, then running semi-fast to Reading.
The station also incorporates a signal box, built in 1929 to replace an earlier box at the other end of the station. This remained in use in 2012 to operate the Level crossing gates.
Notes and references
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