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Littlehampton railway station is in Littlehampton in the county of West Sussex, England. The station and the trains serving it are operated by Southern.
The station is a terminus at the end of a short branch off the West Coastway line. It currently has 4 platforms, two of which are of twelve carriage length, one of eight carriage length and one of seven carriage length. It is served by 377 "Electrostars" and Class 313s
A station called Arundel and Littlehampton opened in 1850 on the main Brighton–Portsmouth Line.
This closed when the branch line to the town itself opened in August 1863, when a west-facing connection was made at Ford Junction.
In 1887, the third side of the triangle was constructed, allowing through running from the lines from Horsham and Brighton.
The south junction was named Littlehampton Junction, while the eastern connection was named Arundel Junction.
A station building similar to that at Arundel was provided; this lasted until 1937, after which redevelopment was severely delayed by the Second World War and planning disputes.
One original structure remained until 1986, when Network SouthEast started building a new concourse and ticket office.
This was finished late in 1987, and was officially unveiled on 15 January 1988.
The line was electrified in 1938, with an official unveiling ceremony being held on 30 June 1938.
The station handled goods traffic until 1970.
There is a mechanical signal box to the north west of the station.
In 4 August 1920, the 13.10 train from Ford had a brake failure.
The train hit the buffer stops, demolishing them, going through the station and Albert Road, eventually coming to rest in Franciscan way.
There were about thirty passengers in the train, of whom thirteen suffered from minor injuries, or from the effects of shock.
The driver and fireman escaped injury by jumping from the foot-plate just before the collision occurred.
In the summer of 2009 a Train collided with the buffer stops on Platform 2. No one was injured in the collision.
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