Horley railway station

Horley railway station serves the town of Horley in Surrey, England. It is on the Brighton Main Line, 25 miles 60 chains (41.4 km) down the line from London Bridge via Redhill, and train services are provided by Thameslink and Southern.

Horley National Rail
Horley station building.jpg
Horley is located in Surrey
Location of Horley in Surrey
Local authorityReigate and Banstead
Grid referenceTQ286426
Managed bySouthern
Station codeHOR
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zoneD
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Increase 1.076 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 0.924 million[2]
2017–18Increase 0.972 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 0.970 million[2]
2019–20Increase 1.010 million[2]
Key dates
1841first station opened
31 December 1905resited
Other information
External links
WGS8451°10′08″N 0°09′40″W / 51.169°N 0.161°W / 51.169; -0.161Coordinates: 51°10′08″N 0°09′40″W / 51.169°N 0.161°W / 51.169; -0.161
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
Southern 377421 at platform 2 with a service to Horsham.
Gatwick Express & Southern service approaching and leaving Horley

There are 4 platforms, all 270 yards (247 m) long, capable of accepting 12-car-long trains.[3]


The present Horley station is in fact the second in the town. The original station, constructed by the London and Brighton Railway, opened on 12 July 1841, was located 301 yards (275 m) north of the present site, where the Factory Shop is.[4] The first station was designed by David Mocatta and was on a larger scale than other intermediate stations on the line. Horley was situated almost midway between London and Brighton, and was chosen for the erection of the London and Brighton Railway carriage sheds and repair workshops. These were later moved to Brighton railway works. The station was enlarged in 1862 by addition of a second storey to the building. A canopy and footbridge were added in 1884.[5]

The current Horley station opened 31 December 1905, to coincide with the quadrupling of the railway line by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway. The original station then became the Station Master's house and survived until the 1960s.[6]

In the 1870s William Stroudley considered moving the locomotive works to Horley but was persuaded to keep them in Brighton. Nevertheless, the sidings at Horley were used for storing withdrawn locomotives and those awaiting repair until the First World War.


  • Concourse
  • Ticket Office (1 Window)
  • Quick Ticket
  • Café
  • Waiting Room (x2)
  • Telephone
  • Toilet (Unisex)
  • Car Park (x2)


The typical off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:[7]

Although the station is outside Greater London, Oyster Pay as you go and contactless payment cards are valid. However, the station is outside the London Fare Zone area and as a result, special fares apply.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Redhill or Salfords   Thameslink
Brighton Main Line
  Gatwick Airport

Future developmentsEdit

The Thameslink Programme (formerly Thameslink 2000) project proposes to turn some of the Southern services over to the expanded Thameslink network currently operated by Govia Thameslink Railway. This project will see services that currently terminate at London Bridge continuing through Central London and northwards via the Midland Main Line or East Coast Main Line to destinations such as Peterborough.[8][9] This however is not imminent, a Department for Transport whitepaper states only that "the Thameslink Programme will be completed by the end of 2015" and that "interim outputs will be delivered by the end of 2011",[10] leaving Southern as the main operator for several more years to come.


  1. ^ "Horley (HOR)". National Rail Enquiries. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Rules Of The Plan" (PDF). Network Rail. 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  4. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 123.
  5. ^ Minnis, John (1999). The London Brighton and South Coast railway, Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-1626-X, pp.19-20.
  6. ^ Howard Turner, J.T. (1979), The London Brighton and South Coast Railway. 3. Completion and Maturity, Batsford, London, ISBN 0-7134-1389-1, p. 152.
  7. ^ Thameslink and Southern timetable changes from 13 December 2015 : Thameslink Archived 23 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Thameslink Programme (Thameslink 2000)". Transport for London. 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  9. ^ "Thameslink Programme". Network Rail. 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Delivering a Sustainable Railway - White Paper CM 7176". Department for Transport. 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.

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