Canterbury West railway station
|The platforms, viewed from the passenger bridge|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|- Interchange||0.103 million|
|- Interchange||0.106 million|
|Key dates||Opened 6 February 1846|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
|UK Railways portal|
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 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) due north of Canterbury East station, and only about 20 yards (20 m) to its west.
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.
The Whitstable branch closed to passenger traffic on 1 January 1931, 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 Freight services were withdrawn on 13 September 1965 and the central through tracks were removed later in 1979.
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.
In December 2013, a £535,000 upgrade to the station's forecourt and car park was completed.
A ticket office (staffed 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 were toilets on the Ramsgate-bound platform until 1986, when they were closed on orders from the Department Of Transport, citing safety concerns.
There is parking in the adjacent purpose-built car park and a taxi rank.
As of December 2011[update] the typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 1tph (trains per hour) to London St Pancras
- 2tph to London Charing Cross, via Ashford and Sevenoaks
- 2tph to Ramsgate, one continuing to Margate
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
High Speed 1
Canterbury and Whitstable Railway
|Blean & Tyler Hill Halt|
Elham Valley Railway
- "Canterbury West". Kent Rail. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
- Oppitz, Leslie (2003). Lost Railways of Kent. Countryside Books. p. 109. ISBN 1-85306-803-9.
- Oppitz, Leslie (2003). Lost Railways of Kent. Countryside Books. p. 19. ISBN 1-85306-803-9.
- "Canterbury West Re-opened" (Press release). Southeastern Railways. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Forecourt work complete at Canterbury West station" (Press release). Southeastern. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011