Chatham railway station

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This article is about the station in Medway, England. For other uses, see Chatham railway station (disambiguation).
Chatham National Rail
Chatham
Chatham railway station
Location
Place Chatham
Local authority Medway
Coordinates 51°22′50″N 0°31′14″E / 51.3805°N 0.5205°E / 51.3805; 0.5205Coordinates: 51°22′50″N 0°31′14″E / 51.3805°N 0.5205°E / 51.3805; 0.5205
Grid reference TQ755676
Operations
Station code CTM
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2.893 million
2005/06 Increase 2.945 million
2006/07 Increase 3.093 million
2007/08 Increase 3.262 million
2008/09 Decrease 3.247 million
2009/10 Decrease 2.920 million
2010/11 Decrease 2.884 million
2011/12 Decrease 2.861 million
- Interchange 711
2012/13 Decrease 2.743 million
- Interchange Increase 741
History
Key dates Opened 25 January 1858 (1858-01-25) (25 January 1858 (1858-01-25))
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chatham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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North Kent Line (& High Speed)
to London Bridge & St Pancras
Chatham Main Line
to Victoria & Blackfriars
Medway Valley Line
to Maidstone
Halling
Cuxton
Strood
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Rochester Bridge
Rochester Common
Rochester
Chatham Central
River Medway
Chatham
Gillingham
Rainham
Chatham Main Line
to Faversham, Dover and Ramsgate

Chatham railway station is situated in Chatham, Medway, South East England. It is on the Chatham Main Line between Rochester and Gillingham, and is 34.3 miles (54 km) from London Victoria. Train services are provided by Southeastern.

There are two platforms, one for each direction, each capable of handling 12-car trains.

There are tunnels at either end of the station: Fort Pitt Tunnel (428 yards/385m) at the London end and Chatham Tunnel (297 yards/267m) at the other end.

Services[edit]

Typical off-peak services are:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Rochester   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Gillingham
Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
Rochester   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Broadstairs
  Gillingham

History[edit]

The station in 1983
This 2007 photo, facing east and showing the Chatham Tunnel and Maidstone Road bridge, clearly illustrates the effect of the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme. Loop platforms existed either side of the mainline platforms, with the London bound loop being situated in the foreground where one of the car parks is currently.
British Railways Southern Region totem sign for Chatham station.

The station was opened on 25 January 1858, when the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) (then known as the East Kent Railway) opened a single line eastwards to Faversham. Two months later (29 March 1858) the link with the North Kent Line at Strood was opened; and the new railway reached Dover Priory in 1861. The Chatham Dockyard branch connection is made near Gillingham.

As built the station had two platforms with the station buildings being on the Down side. A note on the working drawings states that the station had to be visible from Fort Pitt. About 1881 it was rebuilt with two island platforms, and the station buildings were moved onto the road bridge, then known as Rome Place. In 1958 the station was converted back to two platforms as part of the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme, Stage 1. The station had been electrified in 1939 but the 1958 scheme lengthened the platforms to 12 car EMUs, which due to the geography of the station - between two tunnels - necessitated the abandoning of the other platforms.

A modern entrance and booking hall replaced the originals in 1981. Further remodelling in the 1990s and 2000s has seen the ticket office moved twice, accompanied by the opening, closing and re-opening of retail areas. A small shop selling eateries and general corner shop stock was also opened. The building is located at one side of the road bridge (now Railway Street) over the track, with a taxi rank located between the road and the building. Stairs lead down to the platforms: a buffet is located on the London-bound platform.

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