Hastings railway station

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Hastings National Rail
Hastings station front.jpg
The new (2004) station building at Hastings
Location
Place Hastings
Local authority Hastings, East Sussex
Coordinates 50°51′29″N 0°34′34″E / 50.858°N 0.576°E / 50.858; 0.576Coordinates: 50°51′29″N 0°34′34″E / 50.858°N 0.576°E / 50.858; 0.576
Grid reference TQ814097
Operations
Station code HGS
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 2.019 million
2013/14 Increase 2.069 million
2014/15 Increase 2.248 million
2015/16 Increase 2.314 million
2016/17 Decrease 2.030 million
History
Original company SER/LBSCR joint
Pre-grouping SE&CR/LBSCR joint
Post-grouping Southern Railway
13 February 1851 Opened
1931 Rebuilt
2004 Rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hastings from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hastings railway station is the southern terminus of the Hastings line in the south of England and is one of four stations that serve the town of Hastings, East Sussex. It is also on the East Coastway Line to Eastbourne and the Marshlink Line to Ashford International. It is 62 miles 33 chains (100.4 km) from London Charing Cross measured via Chelsfield and Battle; and 82 miles 33 chains (132.6 km) from Charing Cross via Chelsfield and Ashford.[1]

The station and most trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.

History

It was formerly operated by the South Eastern Railway and the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and was the scene of bitter rivalry between those companies.

A 1914 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing lines around Hastings

The first train arrived at Hastings station in 1851 and with it began Hastings’ heyday. The station was originally V-shaped allowing the two railway companies to have separate platforms and booking areas: one side for SER trains to pass through and the other as a terminal for LBSCR services.

The whole station was reconstructed in a neo-Georgian style in 1931 by the architect James Robb Scott and only the goods shed remained unchanged. All trains now ran through the two new island platforms and a huge central booking hall welcomed travellers.

The station building was re-built in 2004, with the neo-Georgian booking hall demolished and replaced with a modernist building. The southernmost loop platform has been curtailed into an Ashford facing bay. The station contains a small police post manned by British Transport Police, although this is a satellite of the Ashford International police station.

Services

Railway stations in Hastings
Ore
Mount Pleasant tunnel
230 yd
210 m
Hastings
Hastings tunnel
788 yd
721 m
St Leonards Warrior Square
West St Leonards
Bo-peep tunnel
1318 yd
1205 m
St Leonards West Marina
Bulverhythe
Glyne Gap Halt

Services at the station are operated by either Southeastern Trains via the Hastings Line or by Southern Trains via the East Coastway Line and the Marshlink Line. Southeastern services use Class 375 electric multiple units. Southern services use Class 377 electric multiple units and Class 171 diesel multiple units.

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

There are also peak hour services from Ore to Cannon Street operated by Southeastern.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St Leonards Warrior Square   Southeastern
Hastings Line
London Charing Cross/London Cannon St
to Hastings
  Terminus
or
Ore
Peak Times Only
St Leonards Warrior Square   Southern
East Coastway Line
London Victoria/Brighton to Ore
  Ore
St Leonards Warrior Square   Southern
Brighton - Ashford
  Winchelsea
or
Three Oaks
or
Ore
Disused railways
St Leonards Warrior Square
Had to pass through Warrior Square
to West Marina until December 1870
  LB&SCR
Brighton, Lewes and Hastings railway
  Terminus

Facilities

The station provides a ticket office, waiting room and toilets. Retail facilities include a coffee shop and newsagent. Outside the station there are a bus station, taxi rank and car park.

Other stations in Hastings

References

  1. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald, ed. Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 18C. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  2. ^ Network Rail Timetable May 2010: Table 206

External links

  • Train times and station information for Hastings railway station from National Rail
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