Brighton railway station


Brighton Railway Station is a rail transport hub in Brighton, Brighton and Hove in East Sussex, England. The covered with a steel and glass hall railhead is located just north of the city center. The station is the terminus of the Brighton Main Line from London and the West Coastway Line starting point to Southampton / Portsmouth and the East Coastway Line to Seaford / Eastbourne - Hastings.


The Brighton station was put into operation in 1840, as the built by the London and Brighton Railway section Brighton - Shoreham- by-Sea West Coastway Line today was opened. In addition to the passenger station, a freight train and a locomotive depot were created.

1841 with the gap closing Brighton - Haywards Heath completed the Brighton Main Line, and thus the direct train to London.

1846, the East Coastway Line to St. Leonard's Marina West ( District of Hastings ) was opened. 1933, the Brighton Main Line and until 1937, the stretches of coast line was electrified with a lateral track.


The still existing station building was designed by the architect David Mocatta in the Italian Renaissance style and opened the way to Shoreham 1841.

1882/83, the station was expanded considerably. The impressive train shed and the roof above the garage were built. 1999/2000, the hall was thoroughly renovated and restored to its blue hue.

The station has eight platform tracks at four central platforms. Exists between track 7 and 8 nor the former "Cab Way ", the taxi right of way, which is no longer used. The former platform track 9 only serves as a siding, the platform serves as a pedestrian precinct outside the partitioned area with platform screen doors. Until 1971, two tracks 10 and 11 were outside of today's train shed, which had become superfluous to Brighton's Kemp Town district with the decommissioning of the short branch line.

The same view in 2003; front of the building and the canopy behind the double-span train shed of 1882/83

Wickets in the hall

Located outside the wickets Platform 9

In the triangle between the western coast line and the Brighton Main Line, there was the railway depot, a little further towards London the car plant, which is still in operation today.

East of the station was located from 1852 to 1958, the locomotive factory in the Southern Railway and its predecessor companies. After a British license built the Isetta was manufactured in the halls still for a few years, the plant was demolished in 1969 and used the land as a parking lot. Since 2009 it is being redeveloped as an urban development project in the New England Quarter.

The freight station, located next to the valley station and the locomotive factory, was shut down in the eighties. Part of it has already been redeveloped, partly it is developed in the framework of the New England Quarter project.

Locomotive factory (photo from 1961 with the famous electric Pullman ZugBrighton Belle)

The locomotive factory premises as a parking lot 1971 to around 2006

New England quarterback on the locomotive factory premises



The train station is traversed by the companies Southern, Gatwick Express, First Capital Connect and First Great Western.

The Cross Country presented the end of 2008 their trains to Birmingham one, which led across the West London Line.


  • Brighton - Gatwick Airport - London Victoria (Southern)
  • Brighton - Gatwick Airport - London Bridge - Snow Hill Tunnel - London St Pancras - Bedford ( First Capital Connect and Thameslink )
  • Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport - London Victoria (only at peak times )
  • Brighton - West Worthing (Southern)
  • Brighton - Hove ( Southern)
  • Brighton - Southampton Central ( Southern)
  • Brighton - Portsmouth & Southsea - Portsmouth Harbour ( Southern)
  • Brighton - Worcester Shrub Hill / Great mallows ( First Great Western)
  • Brighton - Newhaven - Seaford (Southern)
  • Brighton - Lewes (Southern)
  • Brighton - Lewes - Eastbourne - Hastings - Ore ( - Ashford International) (Southern)

The trains of the West Coastway Line and the East Coastway Line to / from London drive around Brighton train station.