Appledore (Kent) railway station

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Appledore National Rail
Appledore
Location
Place Appledore
Local authority Ashford
Coordinates 51°01′59″N 0°48′59″E / 51.0330°N 0.8164°E / 51.0330; 0.8164Coordinates: 51°01′59″N 0°48′59″E / 51.0330°N 0.8164°E / 51.0330; 0.8164
Grid reference TQ975297
Operations
Station code APD
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Decrease 21,126
2005/06 Decrease 20,718
2006/07 Increase 25,693
2007/08 Increase 31,457
2008/09 Increase 32,856
2009/10 Decrease 31,488
2010/11 Increase 34,182
2011/12 Decrease 31,346
2012/13 Increase 36,908
History
Key dates Opened 13 February 1851 (13 February 1851)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Appledore from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Appledore railway station lies east of Appledore in Kent, England. It is on the Marshlink Line, and train services are provided by Southern. The station is located almost two miles from Appledore village and 8 12 miles (13.7 km) south of Ashford.

Description[edit]

It is at a junction of a freight branch line running to Dungeness nuclear power station via Lydd. Appledore is also the start of the single track section of the Marshlink line, which runs through to Ore near Hastings with a passing loop at Rye.

There are no ticketing facilities at Appledore, although APTIS was once provided here until the booking office closed in the very early 1990s. The office buildings on the Ashford-bound platform are derelict.

Trains serving the station are Southern diesel Class 171 Turbostars, used on the non-electrified Ashford-Rye-Hastings (Marshlink) route.

A rail track engineering company occupies the yard just south of the station.

History[edit]

Opened by the South Eastern Railway, which then merged with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway to form the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, it became part of the Southern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Network South East until the Privatisation of British Railways.

Name curiosities[edit]

According to National Rail, this station's official name is Appledore (Kent), despite the other Appledore station in Devon having closed in 1917. On official documents and railway company websites, the station is referred to as Appledore (Kent), although most locals know it as just 'Appledore'.

Service[edit]

Trains run once every sixty minutes during the day in each direction, north to Ashford and south to Hastings and beyond to/from Brighton via Lewes and Eastbourne.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Rye   Southern
Marshlink Line
  Ham Street
Historical railways
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Marshlink - Dungeness branch
  Brookland Halt

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