Longfield railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened June 1872|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Longfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Although situated in Longfield, the station opened as Fawkham station in June 1872. The name of a nearby village was chosen as a local land owner had offered land and cash for provision of a station.
The original station was destroyed by fire around 1900, but rebuilt in the same location. The railway line through Fawkham station was electrified in 1939 with electric trains operating between Victoria and Gillingham. Steam trains continued to pass through the station on their way to/from the Kent Coast until June 1959 when those services were then also turned over to electric operation.
With the start of summer timetable in 1961, the true location of the station was recognised when it was renamed 'Longfield for Fawkham & Hartley' from 12 June. By the end of the 1960s the cumbersome appendences were dropped in favour of plain Longfield, although the longer name survived on some signs and tickets well into the next decade.
Usage of the station has grown considerably in the last thirty years, as it rests within a large catchment area of residential development. The frequency of services and journey times to and from London also attracts commuters away from the slower North Kent Line services provided at Gravesend, Northfleet and Swanscombe stations.
The Monday to Friday off-peak service from the station will be 3 trains per hour to London Victoria, 1 train per hour to Gillingham and 2 trains per hour to Ramsgate and Dover Priory dividing at Faversham.
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Chatham Main Line
- "Longfield". Kent Rail website. David Glasspool. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-24.