Margate railway station
|Number of platforms||4|
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|Key dates||Opened 5 October 1863|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Margate from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Trains from the station generally run to London Victoria via Chatham, or to London St Pancras via Ramsgate, Canterbury West and Ashford International. Peak hour trains run to St Pancras via Chatham and Gravesend and to London Cannon Street.
In the media
As of December 2011[update] the typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 2tph (trains per hour) to London Victoria via Faversham, Chatham and Bromley South
- 1tph to London St Pancras via Ramsgate, Canterbury West, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International
- 2tph to Ramsgate only
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Chatham Main Line - Ramsgate Branch
Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line
High Speed 1
London-Broadstairs via Chatham
High Speed 1
London-Margate via Ashford
|Ramsgate and Margate|
The arrangement inherited by the Southern Railway in 1923 with the lines and stations closed in 1926 shown in pink (St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay had closed in 1916). The dotted line represents the new surface line and stations. Ramsgate and Dumpton Park both opened in 1926.
Trains first reached Ramsgate in April 1846 when the South Eastern Railway (SER) opened a line from Canterbury. It terminated at Ramsgate SER, later to be called Ramsgate Town. Later the same year the line opened across Thanet to Margate, to Margate SER, (later Margate Sands). Trains from Canterbury for Margate had to reverse at Ramsgate Town; a chord was built bypassing the station, but not often used. St Lawrence station was opened in 1864 just before this chord but closed in 1916.
The London Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) reached Margate from Herne Bay in 1863. This called at Margate C&D (later Margate West), East Margate (later Margate East), Broadstairs and via a 1630 yd tunnel terminated at Ramsgate C&D (later Ramsgate Harbour), located near the harbour and beach.
This arrangement was inherited by Southern Railway on grouping in 1923. To simplify the arrangement in 1926 a new line was opened connecting the SER line from east of Ramsgate Town to the LCDR line just south of Broadstairs. The current Ramsgate station and a new station at Dumpton Park were built on this new line. The Ramsgate Harbour station, line through the tunnel, and the Ramsgate Town station and old SER line across to Margate Sands were all closed in July 1926. Margate West station was renamed Margate in 1926. Margate East closed in 1953.
Until 1967 a service operated between Margate and Birkenhead Woodside via Ashford, Redhill, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham Snow Hill and Shrewsbury. The stock was provided on alternate days by successors to the Southern Railway and the Great Western. At Ashford a portion from Sandwich, Deal and Dover was attached/detached, likewise a Brighton portion at Redhill.