Bat & Ball railway station

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Bat & Ball National Rail
Bat & Ball
Location
Place Sevenoaks
Local authority Sevenoaks
Coordinates 51°17′24″N 0°11′39″E / 51.2899°N 0.1942°E / 51.2899; 0.1942Coordinates: 51°17′24″N 0°11′39″E / 51.2899°N 0.1942°E / 51.2899; 0.1942
Grid reference TQ530568
Operations
Station code BBL
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 68,671
2005/06 Increase 71,586
2006/07 Increase 91,963
2007/08 Increase 0.108 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.104 million
2009/10 Decrease 81,820
2010/11 Decrease 75,416
2011/12 Increase 75,692
2012/13 Decrease 74,214
History
Original company Sevenoaks, Maidstone and Tonbridge Railway
Pre-grouping SE&CRCJMC
Post-grouping Southern Railway
2 June 1862 Opened as Sevenoaks[1]
1 August 1869 Renamed as Sevenoaks Bat & Ball[1]
1 January 1917 Closed[1]
1 March 1919 Reopened[1]
5 June 1950 Renamed as Bat & Ball[2]
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* 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.
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Bat & Ball railway station is located on Bat & Ball Road in Sevenoaks in Kent, England. Train services are provided by Southeastern.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1862.[1] It was previously named Sevenoaks Bat & Ball and was renamed in 1950.[2] The name derives from the Bat & Ball Inn, which no longer exists.

The station in 1962

Facilities[edit]

Bat and Ball railway station lies just to the north of Sevenoaks, Kent, on the Sevenoaks-Swanley via Otford route. There are no benches, adverts or speakers in use. 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.

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 from Bat & Ball[edit]

Monday to Friday Off-Peak -

  • 2tph Kentish Town via Catford (First Capital Connect)
  • After 9pm London Blackfriars via Catford (Southeastern)
  • 2tph Sevenoaks
  • Evening Peak: 2tph London Victoria : 1821 / 1848 (Southeastern)

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays -

  • 2tph London Blackfriars via Catford (Southeastern)
  • 2tph Sevenoaks (Southeastern)
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Otford   Southeastern
Sevenoaks - Bedford (via Swanley) Line
  Sevenoaks

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 208
  2. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 29

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