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Hampden Park railway station serves Hampden Park in the northern areas of the seaside town of Eastbourne in East Sussex. It is on the East Coastway Line, and train services are provided by Southern. Opened on 1 January 1888, it was originally called Willingdon, but was renamed Hampden Park for Willingdon on 1 July 1903. The name became Hampden Park under British Railways.[1] It is one of two stations serving Eastbourne, the other being Eastbourne railway station

Hampden Park National Rail
Hampden Park Railway Station.jpeg
Hampden Park railway station in 2008
Location
PlaceHampden Park
Local authorityEastbourne
Coordinates50°47′46″N 0°16′44″E / 50.796°N 0.279°E / 50.796; 0.279Coordinates: 50°47′46″N 0°16′44″E / 50.796°N 0.279°E / 50.796; 0.279
Grid referenceTQ607021
Operations
Station codeHMD
Managed bySouthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.583 million
2014/15Increase 0.594 million
2015/16Increase 0.600 million
2016/17Decrease 0.506 million
2017/18Increase 0.543 million
History
Original companyLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
1 January 1888 (1888-01-01)Opened as Willingdon
1 July 1903renamed Hampden Park for Willingdon
?Renamed Hampden Park
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hampden Park from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station is located on a spur line originally termed the Eastbourne Branch.[2] There was a rarely used triangular junction between Polegate and the now-closed Stone Cross which allowed trains to bypass the Branch; the track has now been lifted. Services along the coast have almost invariably served Eastbourne, and as Eastbourne is at the end of the spur line, the trains pass through Hampden Park station twice - once on the way to Eastbourne, and once on the way out of Eastbourne - although not all trains stop on both occasions. Because of this arrangement, some connections are advertised to allow passengers on the Victoria-Eastbourne service to use Hampden Park to pick up the stopping service to Hastings and vice versa.

The level crossing at Hampden Park is thought to be one of the busiest in the country,[3] with an average fourteen train movements an hour off-peak, and this can lead to significant traffic congestion on adjacent roads. The signal box which controlled the crossing was abolished in February 2015 when the controls were transferred to Three Bridges Regional Operations Centre.

ServicesEdit

The typical Mondays-Fridays off-peak service is:

  • 1tph to Ore (stopping before Eastbourne)
  • 1tph to Hastings (stopping before Eastbourne)
  • 1tph to Ashford International
  • 2tph to Eastbourne (direct)
  • 1tph to Brighton (stopping after Eastbourne)
  • 1tph to London Victoria (stopping before Eastbourne)
  • 1tph to London Victoria (stopping after Eastbourne)
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Polegate   Southern
Mainline East (Victoria-Eastbourne)
  Eastbourne
Eastbourne   Southern
Mainline East (Victoria-Ore)
  Pevensey & Westham
Polegate   Southern
East Coastway Stopping
(Before Eastbourne)
  Eastbourne
Eastbourne   Southern
East Coastway Stopping
(After Eastbourne)
  Pevensey & Westham
Polegate   Southern
East Coastway Fast
Sundays only
  Eastbourne

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 251, 113. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Handbook of Stations ... on the Railways of Great Britain and Ireland British Transport Commission (Railway Clearing House) 1956
  3. ^ "Level crossing warnings at Hampden Park". Eastbourne Herald. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010.

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