Sittingbourne railway station
View of Main Platform from Platform 2
|Local authority||Borough of Swale|
|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|25 January 1858||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.
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.
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
- In January 1861, a passenger train was derailed. One passenger was killed.
- On 31 August 1878, a passenger train collided with some goods wagons. Five people were killed.
Typical off-peak services are:
- 2tph to London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet International
- 2tph to London Victoria via Chatham and Bromley South
- 4tph to Faversham, of which two terminate at Faversham and two split there, one portion continuing to Dover Priory via Canterbury East and the other to Ramsgate via Margate
- 2tph to Sheerness-on-Sea
Peak hour mon-fri to London Bridge & Cannon Street
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Chatham Main Line
High Speed 1 London-Broadstairs
- Kidner, R. W. (1977) . The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 89.