Worthing marks 175th anniversary of Goring-by-Sea Railway Station

Southern has today celebrated the 175th anniversary of Goring-by-Sea Railway Station, one of the five stations on the mainline in Worthing.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:27 am

The station was first opened on March 16, 1846, and pre-Covid around 500,000 passengers were using it every year.

In the past year, Network Rail has made a significant investment in the station, including extended the up platform, improving platform surfaces and installing better fencing and lighting.

There is a new road crossing and the refurbished footbridge is due to be unveiled later this month, having last been restored in 1987.

Rob Whitehead, community engagement officer, and Sharon Smith, station sales clerk, celebrating the 175th anniversary of Goring by Sea railway station on March 16, 2021

From next week, work will start on additional projects, such as new information screens, new benches, a platform shelter and ticket machine canopy.

Robert Walker, area manager, said: “With so much investment happening at Goring-by-Sea, it’s fantastic to be celebrating such a significant anniversary.

“These improvements directly benefit Goring and its surrounding areas, providing customers with a better, safer station that’s ready for the next 175 years.”

Goring by Sea station considerably pre-dates Durrington-on-Sea, which opened in 1937, and West Worthing station, which dates back to 1887.

The scene in 1908, the year the station's name was changed to Goring by Sea. On the right is the station master's house and in the centre is the 'lamp room', which still survives.

Rowena Tyler, community development officer with Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, said: “The Sussex Coast Line has a number of stations which have recently, or are soon-to-be, celebrating 175 years.

“Commemorating the important milestones help to inform the local community, especially at stations which have been adopted by local schools or community groups.”

John Vaughan, railway enthusiast, author and photographer, was keen to ensure the anniversary was marked but said due to current restrictions, it was more of a commemoration than a celebration.

He said: “The line was constructed by the Brighton & Chichester Railway, which was soon absorbed by the London Brighton & South Coast Railway. The single track was soon doubled.

As it is today, the same scene as the 1908 photograph. The up platform awning was added in 1958.

“In 1890, a three road goods yard opened and in 1900 a new up side Saxby & Farmer signalbox was opened and an iron pedestrian overbridge constructed.

“Goring station was renamed Goring-by-Sea in 1908 to avoid confusion with Goring on Thames (Goring & Streatley). In 1938, the line was electrified and 20 years later, an up side station awning was provided.

“Over the years there have been a large number of other station improvements. For many years, the station won the Best Kept Station award, with railway staff caring for platform gardens.

“The goods yard closed in 1962 and manual signalling was abolished in 1988, the area being controlled from Lancing panel. Over 175 years, there have been half a dozen primary train operators.”

Rob Whitehead, community engagement officer, and Sharon Smith, station sales clerk, beside a Class 377 unit on the London Victoria to Littlehampton service at Goring by Sea on March 16, 2021, the station's 175th anniversary celebration