Cooden Beach railway station

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Cooden Beach National Rail
Cooden Beach station.jpg
The platforms at Cooden Beach station, looking west
Location
PlaceCooden Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea
Local authorityRother, East Sussex
Coordinates50°49′59″N 0°25′37″E / 50.833°N 0.427°E / 50.833; 0.427Coordinates: 50°49′59″N 0°25′37″E / 50.833°N 0.427°E / 50.833; 0.427
Grid referenceTQ709065
Operations
Station codeCOB
Managed bySouthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.126 million
2015/16Decrease 0.123 million
2016/17Decrease 85,186
2017/18Increase 90,694
2018/19Increase 0.108 million
History
Original companyLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
11 September 1905 (1905-09-11)Opened as Cooden Golf Halt
by 1922Renamed Cooden Halt
7 July 1935Renamed Cooden Beach
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 Cooden Beach from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Cooden Beach serves Cooden at the western end of Bexhill in East Sussex. It is on the East Coastway Line, and train services are provided by Southern.

The station[edit]

The station was first opened on 11 September 1905 as Cooden Golf Halt[1] to serve a growing area of new, mainly high quality, housing located close to the beach (hence its later name). By 1922, the name had been simplified to Cooden Halt.[1] With the growing housing development of the 1930s and the electrification of the line a new enlarged station was built adopting its present name of Cooden Beach on 7 July 1935.[1] The station building is at street level and a subway leads to the platforms with their wooden shelters. The shop next to the ticket office (now combined) has been a sporting goods store and a carpet store.

In the latter half of 2005 and early 2006, Cooden Beach station underwent a minor refurbishment programme to bring the station in line with Southern's image (the company's dark green colour scheme was implemented). The improvements included new double glazing on the subways leading to the platforms and opening up the waiting rooms, which had been closed for at least a decade. The last major refurbishment, by Connex, opened up the old ticket office and shop and turned it into a Costcutter supermarket but a whole station refurbishment was never completed.

The station had a ticket office since its change from a halt, as well as an adjoining shop; however since the latter days of British Rail and early Connex times, the station was unmanned and a single ticket machine and Permit to travel dispenser were the only station furniture. The introduction of the mini-market seems to have boosted visits to the station and trains now run more frequently. Although in 2008 the mini market was sold off and a new ticket office was built.

Cooden Beach is a penalty fare station with most trains operating Southern's strict Penalty Fares policy.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Normans Bay   Southern
East Coastway Line Stopping
  Collington

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 68. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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