Folkestone West railway station

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Folkestone West National Rail
Folkestone West
Location
Place Cheriton
Local authority Shepway
Grid reference TR209364
Operations
Station code FKW
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  79,810
2005/06 Increase 82,527
2006/07 Increase 0.154 million
2007/08 Increase 0.195 million
2008/09 Increase 0.226 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.209 million
2010/11 Increase 0.287 million
2011/12 Increase 0.313 million
2012/13 Increase 0.316 million
History
1 November 1863 Opened as "Shorncliffe Camp"
2 July 1926 Renamed (Shorncliffe)
10 September 1962 Renamed (Folkestone West)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Folkestone West from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Folkestone West railway station is one of two open railway stations in Folkestone in Kent, England. The station is operated by Southeastern.

The ticket office, in a room on the extensive 'up' side buildings on the London-bound platform, is manned only during part of the day; at other times a PERTIS 'permit to travel' machine, located outside the ticket office, suffices. The substantial 'down side' platform building is occupied as offices by Network Rail.

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 opened in 1863 as Shorncliffe Camp, initially with two platform faces either side of double track. In 1881 the station was rebuilt with two platform faces either side of four tracks. Sometime around 1887 a bay was added to the down platform as from 1887 to 1947 the station served as the southern terminus and interchange for the Elham Valley Railway with services to Canterbury. The station was altered during the 1960-61 East Kent Electrication as the line from Folkestone Central to near the site of Cheriton Junction was quadrupled. Following the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the loss of the boat train traffic, in 1994 the two centre tracks were removed.[1]

In 2008 alterations were made on the north side of the station to provide car parking and coach loading bays, the latter in connection with the operation of the 'Orient Express' which until then operated from Folkestone Harbour Station.

Services[edit]

The off-peak service as of December 2011 is:

From 2nd January 2015 the off peak service will be:

Venice Simplon Orient Express transferred their services to a new facility at Folkestone West from their original location at Folkestone Harbour.[3] VSOE runs two trains per week between the end of March and the beginning of November.[citation needed]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sandling   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  Folkestone Central
Ashford
International
  Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Dover
  Folkestone Central
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
London Victoria   Venice Simplon Orient Express
London-Paris-Venice
March to November
  Calais-Ville
via Eurotunnel Shuttle
Disused railways
Cheriton Halt   Southern Railway
Elham Valley Railway
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Folkestone West at kentrail.co.uk". Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011
  3. ^ Railway Herald Issue 127

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°05′06″N 1°09′14″E / 51.085°N 1.154°E / 51.085; 1.154