Goring-by-Sea railway station

Coordinates: 50°49′04″N 0°25′57″W / 50.81778°N 0.43250°W / 50.81778; -0.43250
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Goring by Sea
National Rail
General information
LocationGoring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex
Grid referenceTQ104031
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codeGBS
ClassificationDfT category E
Opened16 March 1846
2017/18Increase 0.504 million
2018/19Increase 0.560 million
2019/20Decrease 0.555 million
2020/21Decrease 0.178 million
2021/22Increase 0.425 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Goring-by-Sea railway station is in Goring by Sea in the county of West Sussex. It is 13 miles 7 chains (21.1 km) down the line from Brighton. The station is operated by Southern. It serves the Worthing suburb of Goring and the neighbouring village of Ferring. It is also located between two education facilities, thus providing a method of transport for students of St. Oscar Romero Catholic School and Northbrook College's West Durrington campus, also known as University Centre Worthing.

This station has a ticket office which is open for part of the day. There is a self-serve ticket machine on either platform at the station. All Southern trains are served by Class 377's.


Opened by the Brighton & Chichester Railway on 16 March 1846, Goring-By-Sea is one of the oldest stations on the Sussex coast. Originally called ‘Goring’ and constructed with just a single track, it was soon absorbed by the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) who quickly doubled the track.

In 1890, a three road goods yard was opened. A ‘Saxby & Farmer’ signalbox was opened on the upside (platform 1) in 1900 and, in the same year, a cast iron footbridge was constructed. The station was renamed to ‘Goring-by-Sea’ in 1908 to avoid any confusion with Goring & Streatley station on the Great Western mainline. The track was electrified in 1938. In 1958, an awning was constructed over platform 1.

As with all local stations, ownership was transferred to the Southern Railway in 1923 and, subsequently, British Railways in 1948. Although the goods yard was closed in 1962, and the signal box was removed when manual signalling was abolished in 1988, the station has won the ‘Best Kept Station’ for many years. In 1987, the station was refurbished under the new management of Network SouthEast.[1]

In 2020, platform 1 was extended so it could accommodate an 8-carriage train.[2] The cast iron footbridge was renovated in 2021.


All services at Goring-by-Sea are operated by Southern using Class 377 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[3]

During the peak hours, the station is served by a small number of direct trains between Brighton and Littlehampton, and between Brighton and Portsmouth & Southsea, as well as a single peak hour service per day between London Bridge and Littlehampton.

On Sundays, the service between Littlehampton and London Victoria is reduced to hourly, but the station is served by an additional hourly service between Brighton and Portsmouth Harbour.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station


Facilities are limited and is the smallest station on the West Coastway line from Littlehampton to Brighton with 3 or more trains per hour on each platform:

  • Ticket Office
  • Telephone
  • Departure boards on each platform and in ticket hall
  • Ticket machines on each platform
  • Information point
  • Seating around station
  • Car Park
  • Bicycle storage



  1. ^ "Celebrating 175th anniversary of Goring-by-Sea Railway Station". www.sussexexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  2. ^ "More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex". Rail Technology Magazine. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ Table 186, 188 National Rail timetable, May 2023

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