Worthing railway station
Main entrance and forecourt at Worthing station
|Local authority||Worthing, West Sussex|
|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 24 November 1845|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Worthing from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Worthing railway station is the main station serving the town of Worthing in West Sussex. The station and the majority of trains serving it are operated by Southern. The other operator is First Great Western. It is one of the main stations on the West Coastway Line; all timetabled trains stop here.
The main station entrance is on the south side in Station Approach. The passenger car park is on the north side of the station in Southcourt Road and has a separate entrance to the station. Parking is free only on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Some trains travelling from London to destinations west of Worthing (such as Southampton Central and Littlehampton) divide at Worthing. Passengers must ensure they are travelling in the correct portion of the train; platform and on-train announcements provide details. Similarly, some trains travelling from west to east towards London join at Worthing to form a single train. All three platforms are long enough to accommodate 12-coach trains.
At times in its history the station has been named Worthing Central. This name is sometimes incorrectly still used, either out of habit or intentionally to distinguish it from West Worthing and East Worthing stations.
The concourse and ticket office leads directly to the side platform (Platform 3), which is used mostly for westbound services. The island platform (Platforms 1 and 2) is connected to this platform by a subway, which also leads out to the car park.
In August 2007, ticket barriers were introduced separating the platforms from the ticket office. However, their effectiveness is compromised by the layout of the station insofar as the rear car park entrance leads directly to the subway connecting the platforms. A small ticket booth, frequently unmanned, has been installed in the subway in an attempt to address this issue.
Between November 2007 and February 2008, a refurbishment of the station took place, with it being re-painted it in the new Southern Trains colours. Replacement of the roof glass on the station canopies also took place.
In April 2009, the station was made fully accessible to disabled passengers, which new ticket windows which can be adjusted to height and a ramp was also provided. The station was also fitted with new folding doors.
Platform 1 Sometimes used in peak service only.
- Booking hall
- Ticket Office (3 windows)
- Automatic Ticket Gates
- Espresso Coffee shop (also sells newspapers)
- Snack bar(in booking hall)
- Waiting rooms
- Toilets (refurbished February 2007)
- Subway between platforms 1,2 & 3
- Departure boards: 2 on each platform and 4 in ticket hall(1 which only show direct services)
- Car Park
- 3 platforms
- Bicycle Storage
The station and all train serving it are run by Southern, with the typical off-peak service consisting of the following:
- 1tph to Southampton Central
- 1tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 2tph to Littlehampton
- 2tph to West Worthing
- 2tpd to Bristol Temple Meads via Southampton Central, Salisbury and Bath Spa, one of which continues to Great Malvern via Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Worcester Foregate Street.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Worthing or Lancing||Southern
West Coastway Line
|Shoreham-by-Sea||First Great Western
Class 150 DMU arriving at Platform 2 at Worthing on a First Great Western service from Bristol Temple Meads, in the twilight on 15 December 2006
Worthing is a major station where most people get off from the Brighton to West Worthing service to go to Littlehampton, Southampton, Portsmouth, Chichester and Bognor Regis.