Bat & Ball railway station
|Bat & Ball|
|Local authority||District of Sevenoaks|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Sevenoaks, Maidstone and Tonbridge Railway|
|2 June 1862||Opened as Sevenoaks|
|1 August 1869||Renamed as Sevenoaks Bat & Ball|
|1 January 1917||Closed|
|1 March 1919||Reopened|
|5 June 1950||Renamed as Bat & Ball|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bat & Ball from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Bat & Ball railway station is located on Bat & Ball Road in Sevenoaks in Kent, England. The station is managed by Southeastern however all train services (except for two evening peak departures) are operated and provided by Thameslink.
Bat and Ball railway station lies just to the north of Sevenoaks, Kent, on the Sevenoaks-Swanley via Otford route. There is a shelter containing a bench on the northbound platform, and in August 2014 new benches and a public information speaker were installed on the southbound platform towards Sevenoaks. It has been unstaffed since closure of the booking office on 30 November 1991 - although its staffing had been sporadic prior to that date.
Southeastern have fitted an electronic screen with the latest train times and calling points.
The station has a car park. In 2010 a fee of £3 per day to park was introduced, although the car park was previously free to use. The charges resulted in the displacement of parking by rail commuters from the station car park into the surrounding residential streets, particularly into Chatham Hill Road. This has created several parking problems for local residents, whilst leaving the station's car park almost deserted.
A PERTIS 'permit to travel' machine is located at the entrance to the southbound platform on the 'down' side. Prior to de-staffing in 1991, it had converted from the previous NCR21 card ticket system to APTIS on 12 April 1988. A rare misprint on some tickets issued just after conversion to APTIS rendered the station name as BAT BALL.
Services at Bat & Ball
Monday to Friday Off-Peak -
- 2tph West Hampstead Thameslink via Catford (Thameslink)
- After 9pm London Blackfriars via Catford (Thameslink)
- 2tph Sevenoaks
- Evening Peak: 2tph London Victoria : 1821 / 1848 (Southeastern)
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays -
- 2tph London Blackfriars via Catford (Thameslink)
- 2tph Sevenoaks (Thameslink)
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Sevenoaks Town Council and the Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association have founded a Friends of Bat & Ball group to promote improvements to the station and its environment.
The not-for-profit Sevenoaks Rail Travellers' Association (SRTA) corresponds and meets with Southeastern Railway, Thameslink, Transport for London, the Department for Transport, members of parliament and other relevant parties to represent the interests of passengers using Sevenoaks and stations nearby including Bat & Ball.
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- Butt (1995), page 29
- "Residents' fury as commuters' cars clog roads". Kent and Sussex Courier (Local World Limited). 12 November 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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