About 30 people were present to hear the talk by Jim Grozier and Elspeth Broady on the History of London Road Station.
London Road Station was built some time after the opening of the Brighton to Lewes line, probably to support the new suburban Kemp Town branch. This had several stations at close intervals; the line can still be followed in places to its terminus in the Freshfield Industrial Estate (Stevenson Road). It may have been built to block a proposal by a rival railway company to build a line from London to Kemp Town. Architecturally, the station is similar to some other local small stations. There was discussion of the former allotment area on the northwest side of the station, and how knowledge of local history was able to block attempts to build on it.
This is by far the largest number we have had so far. There were about 8 people who had come because they knew one of the speakers and several people from Ditchling RIse Area Residents Association (DRRA) were present. There was discussion about increasing liaison between the local residents’ associations. This could be by each group sending one person to the committee meetings of the other groups, and/or by having an annual meeting open to everyone. The railway bridge was discussed, and DRRA (or friends of London Road Station) said there might be an opportunity to move the bike channels to a more useful position.