Seaford Branch Line
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|Seaford Branch Line|
Looking out toward Seaford from Newhaven Harbour Station
South East England
|Rolling stock||Class 313
Class 377 "Electrostar"
|Line length||7.66 miles|
|No. of tracks||two / one|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC Third rail|
|Seaford Branch Line|
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.
Engineered by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's Chief Engineer Frederick Banister, 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.
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.
Train services are operated by Southern.
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%.
|Seaford (East Sussex)||493,247||596,021||630,624||697,956||769,510||797,008||765,776||769,870|
|The annual passenger usage is based on sales of tickets in stated financial years from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. The statistics are for passengers arriving and departing from each station and cover twelve month periods that start in April. Please note that methodology may vary year on year.|
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