Sittingbourne railway station

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Sittingbourne National Rail
Sittingbourne
View of Main Platform from Platform 2
Location
Place Sittingbourne
Local authority Swale
Grid reference TQ905638
Operations
Station code SIT
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.910 million
2005/06 Increase 1.936 million
2006/07 Increase 2.029 million
2007/08 Increase 2.166 million
2008/09 Increase 2.215 million
2009/10 Decrease 2.035 million
2010/11 Increase 2.051 million
2011/12 Decrease 2.020 million
2012/13 Decrease 1.949 million
History
25 January 1858 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sittingbourne from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Sittingbourne railway station is on the Chatham Main Line and the Sheerness Line in north Kent. The station is 44 miles 1260 yards from London Victoria according to the mileage sign on the footbridge. Train services are provided by Southeastern. Ticket barriers are sometimes in operation, though it depends on the time of day.

Map of the Sittingbourne Railway Station in relation to other local stations and the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway. The Chatham Main Line run along the bottom, east to west, while the Sheerness Line branches off northwards, west of Sittingbourne.

Two new lifts linked by a new footbridge have created a step-free route between the station entrance and platforms to provide better access to train services. The improvements have been funded through the government’s Access for All programme and cost around £1,800,000.[1]

The work has also included a series of enhancements to station facilities funded through the National Stations Improvement Programme and include: Relocating and increasing the number of cycle parking spaces outside the station, Renovating all passenger toilets, Creating new waiting shelters on the platforms and a new waiting room on platform, Repositioning the ticket gates to create more space for passengers in the ticket office, and installing a new customer information screen and non-slip flooring in the ticket office.

The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway's station at Sittingbourne Viaduct is a short walk away.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In January 1861, a passenger train was derailed. One passenger was killed.[2]
  • On 31 August 1878, a passenger train collided with some goods wagons. Five people were killed.[2]

Services[edit]

Typical off-peak services are:

Peak hour mon-fri to London Bridge & Cannon Street

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newington   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
  Teynham
Kemsley   Southeastern
Sheerness Line
  Terminus
Rainham (Kent)   Southeastern
High Speed 1 London-Broadstairs
  Faversham

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rail.co/2011/06/02/work-starts-to-improve-access-at-sittingbourne-station/
  2. ^ a b Kidner, R. W. (1977) [1963]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 89. 

Coordinates: 51°20′31.23″N 0°44′5.31″E / 51.3420083°N 0.7348083°E / 51.3420083; 0.7348083