Seaford branch line
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|Seaford branch line|
South East England
Branch to Newhaven Marine (station closed)
|Rolling stock||Class 313
Class 377 "Electrostar"
|Line length||7 miles 66 chains (12.59 km)|
|Number of tracks||2 (Southerham Junction–Newhaven Harbour)
1 (Newhaven Harbour–Seaford)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC Third Rail|
|Seaford Branch Line|
Mileage from London Bridge via Plumpton
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, which is still technically open but is fenced off from the public and not on any timetables.
Engineered by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's Chief Engineer Frederick Banister, the first section of the line was opened in 1847 to aid the transport of goods to and from Newhaven. The line was extended in 1864 to serve the holiday town of Seaford. There used to be extensive sidings at Newhaven Docks and even a railway swing bridge over the River Ouse to connect to the other side. These have now been removed or have become overgrown, as has the defunct Newhaven Marine station, which has been fenced off from the public. Once a thriving station serving ferries to and from France, the walk of just under 1/4 mile to Newhaven Harbour station and the cessation of winter ferries forced its closure. 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 to save costs in 1975.
- Services stop at Lewes on the East Coastway Line, the last before the branch line splits off
- Branch line starts at Southerham Junction on the East Coastway Line
- Southease (serves the South Downs Way)
- Newhaven Town (town centre of Newhaven across swing bridge over River Ouse, and ferries to France a short walk from here)
- Newhaven Harbour (does not anymore serve ferries to France)
- Small branch splits off to Newhaven Marine, now closed to passengers
- Line becomes single track, one of a few single-track third-rail lines in the country
- Closed station of Bishopstone Beach Halt
- Bishopstone (on the edge of Seaford)
- Seaford (end of the line)
At off peak times, connections with services towards London can be made at Lewes.
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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