Worthing railway station

Railway station in West Sussex, England

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Looking westwards from Worthing Station - geograph.org.uk - 1713673.jpg
Looking westwards from Worthing station
General information
LocationWorthing, West Sussex
Grid referenceTQ145033
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codeWRH
ClassificationDfT category C[1]
Opened24 November 1845
2016/17Decrease 2.104 million
2017/18Increase 2.225 million
2018/19Increase 2.395 million
2019/20Decrease 2.342 million
2020/21Decrease 0.698 million
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.[1]


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.[2]

The original station buildings opened in 1845 and are now Grade II listed.[3] 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.[4]

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.

Platform layout

The station has three platforms, all of which are long enough to accommodate 12-carriage trains.


Off-peak services at Worthing are operated by Southern using Class 313 and 377s.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[5]

These services are operated by Southern. During the peak periods, there are a small number of trains between Littlehampton, London Bridge and Bedford, operated by Thameslink.

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 National Rail Following station
Bedford to Littlehampton
Peak Hours Only

Until May 2022 Great Western Railway operated limited services between Brighton, Portsmouth Harbour and Bristol Temple Meads that called at Worthing.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Worthing. Opening of the Railway". Brighton Gazette l. England. 27 November 1845. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ Historic England, "The Original Worthing Railway Station (1263260)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 June 2017
  4. ^ "Observations". Chichester Observer. England. 19 April 1911. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Table 186, 188 National Rail timetable, May 2020
  6. ^ Great Western Railway to terminate Brighton services Rail issue 952 9 March 2022 page 22
  7. ^ Great Western Railway set to axe Brighton service The Argus 21 April 2022
  8. ^ Great Western Railway services calling at Worthing on 13 May 2022 Realtime Trains

External links

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

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