Volunteers get Seaford Station on track for its 150th birthday

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Volunteers set about sprucing up Seaford Station on Saturday (October 26) to start getting it ready for its 150th birthday next year.

The Seaford Station Community Scheme was a great success and organisers Sylvia Dunn, Chair of Smarter Seaford, Jenny Thornton, who works at the station, and Mike Franklin, of Network Rail, along with five volunteers managed to clear the disused track bed area of brambles, weeds and rubbish.

Sylvia and Jenny said: “It was a great morning, even the sun shone, and we managed to clear the whole area ready for the next stage, which will be to prepare and level the ground ready for planting.

“We would also like to thank all the volunteers for giving up their time and for their hard work.”

Sylvia and Jenny are already planning the next date and will be once again looking for volunteers.

“This is a very exciting project,” they said. Seaford Station is 150 years old in 2014 and we intend to have the station looking at its best in time for the celebrations.”

Seaford Station was opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway on June 1 1864 and is the terminus of the Seaford Branch Line of the East Coastway Line.

It was designed as a through station for a proposed extension to Eastbourne that was never built.

The station has been reduced to single track and only one platform remains of the original two.

A working model of Seaford Station in the 1920s is displayed at Seaford Museum.