Bearsted railway station

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Bearsted National Rail
Bearsted Station 03.JPG
Location
Place Bearsted
Local authority Maidstone (borough)
Grid reference TQ798561
Operations
Station code BSD
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.317 million
2005/06 Increase 0.327 million
2006/07 Increase 0.372 million
2007/08 Increase 0.421 million
2008/09 Increase 0.462 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.411 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.394 million
2011/12 Increase 0.396 million
2012/13 Steady 0.396 million
History
1 July 1884 Opened as "Bearsted"
1 July 1907 Renamed (Bearsted & Thurnham)[1]
12 May 1980 Renamed (Bearsted)[2]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bearsted from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bearsted railway station serves Bearsted in Kent, England. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern. Inside the station building are a manned and self-service ticket sales and a café. A new footbridge was built on the opposite side of the station from the original in mid-2011.

History[edit]

Bearsted station opened on 1 July 1884 as part of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway's extension of the line from Maidstone to Ashford West.[3] The goods yard was on the up side. It comprised three sidings, one of which served a goods shed.[4] A 30 cwt-capacity crane was provided.[5] Freight facilities were withdrawn on 7 October 1968. The signal box closed on 14 April 1984.[6] A refuge siding was located on the down side.[5]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to Ashford International and two trains per hour to London Victoria via Maidstone East. There is also a peak hour service via Thameslink across London, serving City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International before travelling onto Bedford. The service is operated by First Capital Connect.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Maidstone East   Southeastern
Maidstone East Line
  Hollingbourne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 90.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 30.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Historical Background.
  4. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Bearsted.
  5. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 85.
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 89.
Sources
  • Butt, R. V .J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1995). Swanley to Ashford. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1 873793 45 6. 


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Coordinates: 51°16′34″N 0°34′41″E / 51.276°N 0.578°E / 51.276; 0.578