Ouse Valley Viaduct The Ouse Valley Viaduct is just a couple of miles along the Haywards Heath Road from Balcombe.


Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct (also called Balcombe Viaduct) over the River Ouse on the London-Brighton Railway Line north of Haywards Heath and south of Balcombe is 1,475 feet (450 m) long, 96 feet (29 m) high and is carried on 37 semi-circular arches with pierced piers.

It was designed by engineer John Urpeth Rastrick in association with the architect of the London to Brighton railway, David Mocatta. Construction completed 1842. The 11 million bricks needed for its construction travelled up the Ouse River (via Newhaven and Lewes) from Holland. It was restored in 1996. The structure is a Grade II listed building.

The viaduct is still used, with around 110 trains a day passing over it on the Brighton Main Line.


Horsham photographer Nick Sharpin has taken this great photo of the viaduct. Contact him on Facebook if you would like to use it.







For more information about access to the viaduct, please contact the Parish Clerk Rosemary Robertson on 01444 811833, parish.clerk@btconnect.com

Radio 4 London-Brighton Railway

Download clip from BBC Radio 4's programme Making History next Tuesday 30th April 2013 about the role Balcombe played in the London to Brighton railway. Interview with author John Ireland.


The Ouse Valley Way


15 minute Photo Challange - Balcombe Viaduct - Week 65

Train crossing viaduct

Heart of Sussex Part 2


+1 # Guest 2012-01-02 15:53
I wish to contest the statement regarding the origin of brick used in construction of the ouse valley viaduct,whearas there is some debate about their providence,they certainly did not come from the continent,the logistics alone would not permit 300.000 barge movements,my research suggests they were hand made locally with Mr Rastrick specifying the size that became the london brick,however there is an invoice in the ouse valley navigation books for the bricks from a brickmakers in piddinghoe,the cement would have come from Lewes area and the stonework did come from Caen,I have published a booklet on the building of the viaduct should anyone want a copy.
Mike Laker January 2012
# Guest 2013-04-25 17:53
Dear Mr Laker,
Interested to receive a copy of your Ouse Viaduct booklet.
Please advise.
Maggie O
# Guest 2013-10-15 09:27
I would very much like to receive the booklet on the Ouse Valley Viaduct as I'm hoping to lead my local Ramblers walk from Balcombe over the next few weeks. Please let me know the cost.
kind regards
Alison bents
# David Bacon 2016-10-24 14:58
This is an amazing viaduct. Breathtaking in its elegance and an amazing structure for 1841.

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