Updated: Newhaven Signal Boxes to be Demolished This Month

Newhaven Signal Boxes Demolished

Newhaven Harbour signal box was demolished in March 2020. Newhaven Town signal box is scheduled for demolition Saturday 20th June into Sunday 21st June 2020.

Having been in service for so many years, we are devastated that these historical buildings haven’t been preserved by other parties.

Newhaven Harbour Signal Box was knocked down 14th March 2020.

Newhaven Harbour Signal Box
Newhaven Harbour signal box complete with partially faded Network Southeast name plate. Newhaven Marine siding is just to the left out of the shot.
Newhaven Harbour Signal Box Gone
As seen above , Newhaven harbour signal box is now gone. The two above photos taken in the same place.

The 2 Newhaven boxes are of 3 signal boxes on the Southern East Coastway between Brighton and Seaford, all 3 of which were closed during the Seaford resignalling works. Lewes signal box remains standing, and is a grade II listed structure of historical importance. Fingers crossed this box stands for many years, or even decades, to come.

Control of the Southern East Coastway route between Brighton and Glynde, Plumpton and Seaford, moved over to Three Bridges railway operations center during the Seaford resignalling work. As a result, the 3 signal boxes which control the Seaford branch and surrounding area, were made obsolete.

Newhaven Town’s signal box frame was aquired by The Bluebell Railway in recent months for their own uses, although the signal box is expected to be torn down at some point this year. It was originally decided to be removed at the same time as the Harbour box but was postponed.

Newhaven Town Signal Box
A close-up photograph of Newhaven Town signalling box.
  • Newhaven Harbour signal box knocked down Saturday 14th March 2020.
  • Newhaven Town was also to be knocked down the same weekend but was postponed.
  • Newhaven Town signal box to be knocked down Saturday 20th June 2020

Newhaven Town Signal Box before demolition

Above: plastic sheets and scaffolding protect the structures behind the box, as preparations are made for the signal box to be knocked down the weekend of Saturday 20th June 2020. The box is completely cleared out inside.

As of Sunday 21st June we’re sad to hear the Newhaven Town Signal Box has been demolished

Newhaven Town Signal Box Gone

Author: matt

Owner of Rail Record

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Peter J Cox
Peter J Cox
4 years ago

Grapevine reported it was discovered power supply still connected and in use on present systems so box not demolished 15/03/20. Newhaven Harbour Box was demolished 15/03/20 and new East Quay Bridge put over the railway. Work on Newhaven Town Level Crossing
track 29/03/20 and not sure if Newhaven Town box demolished but line not opened as planned Monday morning 30/03/20

4 years ago
Reply to  Peter J Cox

Thankyou Peter, I saw the works on the level crossing Saturday morning during a quick walk. They were replacing the ballast as there was a big hole where the crossing was. Didn’t seem to have touched the box at that time, but I’ll check again soon if I drive past on way for emergency shopping.

Peter Cox
Peter Cox
4 years ago

Can’t get there to have a look but Seaford Line was late opening Monday morning and I saw on my system opened 08 45. I understand the box was not demolished 15/03/20 as a power supply still in use had to me moved not necessarily connected to present systems

Bradley Taplin
4 years ago

we need to stop these morons, Lewes box is grade listed

4 years ago

“Having been in service for so many years, we are devastated that these historical buildings haven’t been preserved by other parties.”

I too am gutted that the 150 year old Harbour box has been allowed to just go but sadly these ‘other parties’ rely on volunteer members to do the work… We are all guilty of comments like the above but the reality is that if nobody actually comes forward and says “I will get that done” than buildings like these will simply continue to be demolished.

Lewes Box is staying by the way, it is all part of the listed station I understand.

A bit off route but does anyone know what is happening with Havant Box?
I understood that it was saved demolition because a local group would be taking care of it however having passed it all be it about a year ago it certainly didn’t look too ‘cared for’ – this of course then makes it even harder for well meaning groups to be given permission by NR to take on and save buildings especially if they are staying in situ.

Best we all support what is already saved I suppose, places like Amberley Museum and the many heritage lines in our area all need visitors (and members)…. actually that reminds me, I still haven’t been to see Billingshurst Box in it’s new home it must be refurbished by now.

4 years ago
Reply to  Lee

There’s a bit about Havant here – https://hcsnew.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/hcs-sbox-18-5-18.pdf

Looks like NR stopped the local group taking it on after all due to the closeness of the box to the running rails.

There was a meeting a few years ago to look at cleaning it up but nothing since shows on the civic society web pages


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Rob Fradley-Wilde
Rob Fradley-Wilde
6 months ago

If anyone is interested, Newhaven Harbour Signal Box was used for, and operated in, the [excellent] 1947 film ‘Temptation Harbour’, starring Robert Newton, William Hartnell, and Simone Simon. Well worth a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwOFt593i0

Rob Fradley-Wilde
Rob Fradley-Wilde
6 months ago

CORRECTION! Sorry, my mistake. Those film scenes were shot at Folkestone Harbour, not Newhaven. [I went wrong because the story is based on a Simenon story with Newhaven in the title.]
Still interesting, of course, because we can see a little of what Folkestone harbour station was like before the inevitable sad development.