Herne Bay railway station

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For the station in Sydney, Australia formerly as Herne Bay, see Riverwood railway station.
Herne Bay National Rail
Herne Bay
Location
Place Herne Bay
Local authority City of Canterbury
Grid reference TR171674
Operations
Station code HNB
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.700 million
2005/06 Increase 0.736 million
2006/07 Increase 0.762 million
2007/08 Increase 0.809 million
2008/09 Increase 0.828 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.779 million
2010/11 Steady 0.779 million
2011/12 Increase 0.795 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.773 million
History
Key dates Opened 13 July 1861 (13 July 1861)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Herne Bay from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Herne Bay is a railway station on the Chatham Main Line in North Kent, England serving the town of Herne Bay. Train services are provided by Southeastern.

History[edit]

Constructed by the Herne Bay and Faversham Railway Company, the station originally opened in 1861 as "Herne Bay and Hampton-on-Sea" as the terminus of a line from Faversham; however, this station was a temporary one, located just west of where Greenhill Bridge is now situated. The line was extended to Ramsgate on 5 October 1863, roughly when the current station was brought into use. The line was worked by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway which acquired the Herne Bay Company in 1871.[1] On the station platform in 1879-1880, a Hampton-on-Sea sign was added to the Herne Bay one in the expectation of the development of a new settlement next to what is now Hampton, but Hampton-on-Sea was drowned due to coastal erosion by 1921. It is not recorded how long the sign survived.[2]

(See historic photo, right): The buildings on the Down platform are all that remain of the original station building, as the Up side was reconstructed by the Southern Railway in 1926 as part of its plan to modernise the Thanet Lines. Goods facilities at the station were limited, consisting of two sidings on the Down side, a goods shed and two loading docks. In 1902 coal sidings were added to the Up side, followed by a private siding to the local gasworks. Electrification took place on 15 June 1959 and the old semaphore signals were replaced by colour-lights. General goods traffic ceased on 16 October 1965, with coal deliveries continuing until 1968.[3]

Herne Bay Railway Station was also featured briefly in the British Sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, in the episode "Have a break, take a Husband" which originally aired 8 March 1973.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to London Victoria via the Medway Towns and Bromley South, and two trains per hour to Ramsgate via Margate.

Since 13 December 2009 this station has been served during peak hours by fast trains travelling over High Speed 1 to London St Pancras.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chestfield & Swalecliffe   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Ramsgate Branch
  Birchington-on-Sea
Whitstable   Southeastern
High Speed 1
Peak Hours Only
London-Broadstairs
  Birchington-on-Sea

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herne Bay on Kent Rail
  2. ^ Easdown, Martin (2008). Adventures in Oysterville: The failed oyster and seaside development of Hampton-on-Sea. Michael's Bookshop, Ramsgate. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Pryer, G.A.; Bowring, G.J. (1980). An Historical Survey of Selected Southern Stations: Volume One. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. p. 75. ISBN 0-86093-016-5. 

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Coordinates: 51°21′52.18″N 1°7′4.14″E / 51.3644944°N 1.1178167°E / 51.3644944; 1.1178167