Seaford Branch Line

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Seaford Branch Line
Newhaven Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 867316.jpg
Looking out toward Seaford from Newhaven Harbour Station
Overview
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East Sussex,
South East England
Termini Southerham Junction
Seaford
Stations 5
Operation
Opened 1864
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southern
Rolling stock Class 313
Class 377 "Electrostar"
Technical
Line length 7.66 miles
No. of tracks two / one
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 V DC Third rail
Seaford Branch Line
distance from London Bridge
East Coastway Line
to Lewes
51m 11ch Southerham Junction
East Coastway Line
to Eastbourne and Hastings
53m 40ch Southease
55m 58ch Newhaven Town Yard
UK road A259.PNG
56m 25ch Newhaven Town
56m 51ch Newhaven Harbour
56m 55ch Newhaven Harbour Junction
56m 67ch Newhaven Marine
57m 34ch Bishopstone Beach Halt
Bishopstone Tide Mills
58m 03ch Bishopstone
58m 77ch Seaford

The Seaford Branch Line is a rural railway line in East Sussex constructed in 1864 primarily to serve the port of Newhaven and the town of Seaford. It now sees fairly regular trains across the line except for the Newhaven Marine branch.

Route[edit]

Engineered by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's Chief Engineer Frederick Banister,[1] the line starts at Lewes and runs to Southerham Junction where it diverges from the main East Coastway Line to Eastbourne and Hastings. It then continues down the Ouse Valley past Southease to Newhaven. Beyond Newhaven Harbour station the line reduces to a single track and continues through Bishopstone to Seaford. A short 16-chain (1,100 ft; 320 m) spur connects Newhaven Harbour to Newhaven Marine station.

Places served[edit]

The line serves the towns and villages of Southease, Newhaven, Bishopstone, and Seaford. The active and inactive stations on the line are Southease, Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour, Newhaven Marine, Bishopstone Beach Halt, Bishopstone and Seaford.

Line Alteration[edit]

The line was electrified (750 V DC third rail) by the Southern Railway in 1935. The line between Newhaven Harbour and Seaford was reduced to single track in 1975.

Train services[edit]

Train services are operated by Southern.

Passenger volume[edit]

Comparing the number of passengers in year beginning April 2002 to the year beginning April 2010, Southease has increased by 96%, Newhaven Town by 45%, Bishopstone by 58% and Seaford by 56%. Newhaven Harbour has declined by 51%.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Federick Dale Banister". GracesGuide.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Station Usage". Rail Statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Retrieved 7 January 2013.