Folkestone Central railway station

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Folkestone Central National Rail
Folkestone Central
Location
Place Folkestone
Local authority Shepway
Grid reference TR220362
Operations
Station code FKC
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.877 million
2005/06 Increase 0.910 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.906 million
2007/08 Increase 0.945 million
2008/09 Increase 0.966 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.886 million
2010/11 Increase 1.005 million
2011/12 Increase 1.082 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.038 million
History
18 August 1884 Opened as "Cheriton Arch"
September 1886 Renamed (Radnor Park)
1 June 1895 Renamed (Folkestone Central)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Folkestone Central from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Folkestone

Folkestone Central railway station is one of three railway stations in Folkestone, Kent, England. It is the more central of the two main stations in the town. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southeastern.

History[edit]

The South Eastern Main Line reached Folkestone in 1843, with a station being opened at Folkestone Junction (Folkestone East) on 18 December 1843. Folkestone West was then opened in 1864, with a station named Cheriton Arch being provided between the two on 1 September 1884. The name Radnor Park was adopted in 1886, and for a few years with just two platform faces, the station was rebuilt in 1890 to add a bay.[1] The station was renamed Folkestone Central in 1895.

The station was rebuilt at the time of the route's electrification in 1961[2] with two island platforms, linked by a subway and with ramps leading up from the ticket office and concourse, which is itself above street level (an approach road and accompanying pedestrian ramp leads up from Cheriton Road). In 1999 one island platform was abandoned, along with the subway; the platform has not been demolished, although all buildings have been removed.[1]

Services[edit]

The off-peak service as of December 2011 is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Folkestone West   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  Dover Priory
Folkestone West   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Dover
  Dover Priory
Disused railways
Folkestone West
Line and station open
  British Rail
Southern Region

South Eastern Main Line
  Folkestone East
Line open, station closed
Folkestone Warren Halt
Line open, station closed
Folkestone West
Line and station open
  SECR
Folkestone Harbour Branch
  Folkestone Harbour
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Folkestone Central". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey. PSL Field Guide – Railways of the Southern Region (1984), pages 96–97. Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-664-5
  3. ^ Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°04′58″N 1°10′11″E / 51.0827°N 1.1697°E / 51.0827; 1.1697