Robertsbridge railway station

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National Rail
Robertsbridge Station 02.JPG
The station in 2007
LocationRobertsbridge, Rother
Grid referenceTQ733235
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeRBR
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
1 September 1851Opened
2015/16Decrease 0.298 million
2016/17Increase 0.309 million
2017/18Increase 0.314 million
2018/19Increase 0.321 million
2019/20Decrease 0.302 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
View southward, towards Hastings in 1954
Last Train on the K&ESR in 1954

Robertsbridge railway station is on the Hastings line in the south of England and serves the village of Robertsbridge, East Sussex. It is 49 miles 47 chains (79.8 km) down the line from London Charing Cross . The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.


A 1906 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (lower right) railways in the vicinity of Robertsbridge. SER in pink; KESR in blue.

Robertsbridge was temporarily the terminus of the South Eastern Railway's (SER) "Hastings Line" from Tunbridge Wells. This section was opened on 1 September 1851, with the 5.99 mile (9.64 km)[1] stretch to Battle following four months later. A connection was then made with the existing route to Hastings on 1 February 1852;[2] the line connecting St Leonards (West Marina) with Hastings having been opened by the SER on 13 February 1851, and which initially gave the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway access to the latter town.[3] A large station building was provided on the Down side, along with a signal box at the south end of the Down platform.

Robertsbridge became a junction in 1900 with the opening of the Rother Valley Light Railway to Tenterden. The line was extended to Headcorn in 1905, and was renamed the Kent and East Sussex Railway. In 1954 all regular passenger services were withdrawn and the line beyond Tenterden Town was completely closed. The line to Tenterden continued to be used by freight services and occasional special passenger trains (e.g. hop pickers trains) until closed by British Railways on 12 June 1961. About half a mile length of line remained in use as a siding to serve Hodsons Mill on the outskirts of Robertsbridge until 1970.The bay platform, on the Down (eastern) side of the station, is still in place and used for engineers trains. A railway preservation society, the Rother Valley Railway, have built a new separate station named Robertsbridge Junction on the east side of the car park, and have rebuilt the line from here to Northbridge Street. The first train on this rebuilt section ran in September 2013. They have plans to rebuild the rest of the route eastwards to join up with the Kent and East Sussex Railway and restore services along the line. (Steam trains already run on another section of the line, between Tenterden Town and Bodiam, 3½ miles from Robertsbridge.)


The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to London Charing Cross via Tunbridge Wells, and one train per hour to Hastings.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Etchingham   Southeastern
Hastings line
Disused railways
Salehurst Halt   British Railways
Southern Region

Etchingham   Southern Railway
Hastings line
  Mountfield Halt



  1. ^ Marsden, Colin J (1985). Route Recognition: 1 — Southern Region (page 96). Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton. ISBN 0-7110-1553-8.
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey. PSL Field Guide – Railways of the Southern Region (1984), pages 161-162. Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-664-5
  3. ^ Dendy Marshall, C.F.; Kidner, R.W. (1963) [1937]. History of the Southern Railway (2nd ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 204. ISBN 0-7110-0059-X.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Network Rail Timetable May 2010: Table 206

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Coordinates: 50°59′06″N 0°28′08″E / 50.985°N 0.469°E / 50.985; 0.469