Worthing railway station
Looking westwards from Worthing station
|Location||Worthing, West Sussex|
|Classification||DfT category C|
|Opened||24 November 1845|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail & Road
Worthing railway station is the largest of the five stations serving the town of Worthing in West Sussex (The other stations being East Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea and Goring-by-Sea). It is 10 miles 46 chains (17.0 km) down the line from Brighton. The station is managed by Govia Thameslink Railway who operate all the services. It is one of the main stations on the West Coastway Line; all timetabled trains stop here.
At times in its history the station had 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.
Worthing is the only station in DfT category C that has not been given a subcategory; it is listed by the Department for Transport as simply "C", while all other stations in this group have been divided into C1 and C2.
The station opened on 24 November 1845. The first service arrived early in the morning from Shoreham but the official opening was scheduled for mid-day. Crowds thronged on Teville Bridge adjoining the station to witness a train from Shoreham drawn by a locomotive called "Ercombert", probably named after Eorcenberht of Kent (died 664), a king of Kent. As the train passed under the bridge, a local band of musicians played the National Anthem.
The original station buildings opened in 1845 and are now Grade II listed. They were converted into 2 cottages sometime after 1859 when a new station was built further west. This "new" station was rebuilt and expanded in 1911.
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. In April 2009, the station was made fully accessible to disabled passengers, with new ticket windows that can be adjusted to height, a ramp was also provided, the station was also fitted with new folding doors.
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. 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.
The station has three platforms, all of which are long enough to accommodate 12-carriage trains.
- Platform 1: only used at peak times, often for terminating services
- Platform 2: used for eastbound services to Brighton, London Victoria and Bedford
- Platform 3: used for westbound services to Littlehampton, Portsmouth Harbour & Southampton Central
The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:
- 2 tph to London Victoria via Gatwick Airport
- 4 tph to Brighton (2 semi-fast, 2 stopping)
- 2 tph to West Worthing
- 2 tph to Littlehampton
- 1 tph to Portsmouth Harbour
- 1 tph to Southampton Central
On Sundays, the services to West Worthing do not run and the service to London Victoria and Littlehampton is reduced to 1 tph.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Bedford to Littlehampton
Peak Hours Only
- ^ a b "Part D: Annexes" (PDF). Better Rail Stations. Department for Transport. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- ^ "Worthing. Opening of the Railway". Brighton Gazette l. England. 27 November 1845. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- ^ Historic England, "The Original Worthing Railway Station (1263260)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
- ^ "Observations". Chichester Observer. England. 19 April 1911. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- ^ Table 186, 188 National Rail timetable, May 2020
- ^ Great Western Railway to terminate Brighton services Rail issue 952 9 March 2022 page 22
- ^ Great Western Railway set to axe Brighton service The Argus 21 April 2022
- ^ Great Western Railway services calling at Worthing on 13 May 2022 Realtime Trains
Media related to Worthing railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Train times and station information for Worthing railway station from National Rail
Coordinates: 50°49′07″N 0°22′33″W / 50.81861°N 0.37583°W / 50.81861; -0.37583
Brighton Main Line
Arun Valley line
Heritage railway stations (West Sussex)