Brighton and Chichester Railway
Following the completion of the London and Brighton Railway (LBR) in 1841, with its branch line running to Shoreham, a natural extension appeared to be westwards towards Chichester and ultimately Portsmouth. A new company was therefore created in 1844 to build the first stage of such a line, which would then be operated by the LBR. The new company achieved Parliamentary approval in July of that year construction began.
- Shoreham - Worthing, November 1845
- Worthing - Littlehampton, March 1846
- Littlehampton - Chichester, June 1846.
Formation of LB&SCR
Construction of the extension to Havant was just commencing when the company ceased to exist when it was formally merged with others to form the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) by Act on 27 July 1846.
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- White, H.P. (1961). a regional history of the railways of Great Britain: II. Southern England. London: Phoenix House. p. 99.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>