Rye railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 13 February 1851|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rye from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Rye railway station serves Rye in East Sussex, England. It is on the Marshlink Line 11 1⁄4 miles (18.1 km) east of Hastings providing a passing place between two single track sections. Train services are provided by Southern. The staggered platforms are linked by footbridge. Owing to a prolonged threat by British Rail to close the line, the station remained unmodernised and gaslit well into the 1970s.
The station opened on 13 February 1851, six weeks before the 1851 census. The census lists the station master as 23-year-old James Broderick from London. In each of the four successive censuses, William Hunt from Devon is named as station master, indicating at least a 40-year spell in charge. In 1901 it shows Richard Hunnisett as station master and in 1911 it is George Geer.
The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to Eastbourne via Hastings and one train per hour to Ashford International.
At peak times an Ashford to Rye shuttle also operates meaning that between 0600 and 0900 six trains operate towards Ashford International and the wider network of services available there. In the reverse direction in the evening some six trains operate between 1730 and 2000. As of the Southern May 2018 new timetable,[timeframe?] the fast service to Brighton has been discontinued. Now trains only go as far as Eastbourne.
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The station's signal box, opposite Platform 2 (Brighton-bound platform)