Canterbury West railway station

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Canterbury West National Rail
Canterbury West
The platforms, viewed from the passenger bridge
Location
Place Canterbury
Local authority Canterbury
Grid reference TR145583
Operations
Station code CBW
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2.015 million
2005/06 Increase 2.172 million
2006/07 Decrease 1.135 million
2007/08 Increase 1.338 million
2008/09 Increase 1.390 million
2009/10 Increase 1.464 million
2010/11 Increase 1.921 million
2011/12 Increase 2.132 million
- Interchange 0.103 million
2012/13 Decrease 2.121 million
- Interchange Increase 0.106 million
History
Key dates Opened 6 February 1846 (6 February 1846)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Canterbury West from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Canterbury West railway station is the busier of the two stations in Canterbury in Kent, England. All services are operated by Southeastern with both classic and high speed trains serving the station.

Although called Canterbury West, the station is about 12 mile (0.8 km) due north of Canterbury East station, and only about 20 yards (20 m) to its west.

The station and its line was built by the South Eastern Railway, while Canterbury East was built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway.

History[edit]

The station opened on 6 February 1846 when the South Eastern Railway began services to Ashford. Two months later in April services were extended to Ramsgate, and to Whitstable after conversion of the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway and closure of the North Lane terminus. The station was built with two central through tracks and three platforms, one for the Whitstable branch.[1]

On 1 July 1889 the Elham Valley Railway reached Canterbury from Folkestone[2] and at this time the run-in boards read Canterbury (SER) Change for Whitstable and Elham Valley Line.[1]

The Whitstable branch closed to passenger traffic on 1 January 1931,[3] and traffic from the Elham Valley into Canterbury ceased from 1 December 1940. Following the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme Phase 2 electric services started on 9 October 1961. Freight services were withdrawn on 13 September 1965 and the central through tracks were removed later in 1979.[1]

In December 2009, Canterbury West became part of the Southeastern High Speed service to London St Pancras using the High Speed line from Ashford, significantly reducing journey times to London.

In 2010, the railway station was refurbished to improve the station's accessibility. Funded by the Department for Transport's Access for All Scheme, the main change was the construction of a new footbridge allowing a step-free route between the station entrance and both platforms using two lifts. Other improvements include new tactile paving along the edge of the platform, new toilet facilities, new customer information screens and lighting, the redecoration of the ticket office and changes to the car park layout.[4]

In December 2013, a £535,000 upgrade to the station's forecourt and car park was completed.[5]

Station facilities[edit]

The building at Station Rd West

A ticket office (manned part-time) and two ticket machines are contained within the main ticket hall, and the station is fitted with ticket barriers.

There are cafes on both platforms, and toilets on the London-bound platform.

There is parking and a taxi rank.

Services[edit]

As of December 2011 the typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chartham   Southeastern
Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
  Sturry
Ashford International   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Margate
  Ramsgate
Disused railways
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Canterbury and Whitstable Railway
  Blean & Tyler Hill Halt
Terminus   Southern Railway
Elham Valley Railway
  Canterbury South

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Canterbury West". Kent Rail. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Oppitz, Leslie (2003). Lost Railways of Kent. Countryside Books. p. 109. ISBN 1-85306-803-9. 
  3. ^ Oppitz, Leslie (2003). Lost Railways of Kent. Countryside Books. p. 19. ISBN 1-85306-803-9. 
  4. ^ "Canterbury West Re-opened" (Press release). Southeastern Railways. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Forecourt work complete at Canterbury West station" (Press release). Southeastern. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°17′2.63″N 1°4′31.37″E / 51.2840639°N 1.0753806°E / 51.2840639; 1.0753806