The station is located on a spur line originally termed the Eastbourne Branch.Handbook of Stations ... on the Railways of Great Britain and Ireland British Transport Commission (Railway Clearing House) 1956 There was a rarely-used triangular junction between Polegate and the now-closed Stone Cross which allowed trains to bypass the Branch; the track has now been lifted. Services along the coast have almost invariably served Eastbourne, and as Eastbourne is at the end of the spur line, the trains pass through Hampden Park station twice - once on the way to Eastbourne, and once on the way out of Eastbourne - although not all trains stop on both occasions.
Because of this arrangement, some connections are advertised to allow passengers on the Victoria-Eastbourne service to use Hampden Park to pick up the stopping service to Hastings and vice versa. This connection works satisfactorily in the London-bound direction but is less reliable homebound. In the event of a late-running train from London, the connecting service to Hastings is rarely held, and train doors regularly close in the faces of passengers who have just crossed over the footbridge. Passengers on the London... Read More