Friday, 16 August 2013

west coastway


(All 4.9.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/The Rail Thing)

My childhood and teenage haunts were mainly along the Coastway West line, in West Sussex. This route was - incredibly - under threat of closure in the late 60s and early 70s, but I don't think the threat was ever real. It would have ruined my life had the line closed, as I used it to get everywhere!

I went to school in Durrington and used the train nearly every weekday between 1967-1972, Littlehampton to Durrington-on-Sea. I knew every inch of this route. Further east Lancing was a bit more exotic, though I did occasionally travel there after school to visit the J D Morris model shop, which had N gauge!

Years later I got these shots of Lancing which turned out to be a pretty good spot for photos. I must visit it again one day!

More info (from Wikipedia)

Lancing railway station is in Lancing in the county of West SussexEngland. The station is operated by Southern.
Platform 1 is for trains to Brighton and London Victoria, and Platform 2 is for trains to WorthingPortsmouth Harbour and Southampton.
The station has 1 ticket office located on Platform 2, and 2 self-service ticket machines, one on Platform 1 and one outside the front of the main station building adjoining Platform 2.
There are no ticket barriers at the station, however regular ticket checks are carried out at the exits from the platforms, by Southern Railway staff and Rail Neighbourhood Officers


Typical off-peak service consists of 5 trains per hour (tph) in each direction:



Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.729 million
2005/06Increase 0.744 million
2006/07Increase 0.758 million
2007/08Increase 0.801 million
2008/09Increase 0.817 million
2009/10Increase 0.833 million
2010/11Increase 0.911 million
2011/12Increase 0.952 million
2012/13Increase 0.972 million


  1. which school at Durrington? I travelled daily from SOuthwick to Durrington (Worthing Technical High School) from '62 - '68. It was always interesting to see what was lurking in the carriage works reception sidings at Lancing.