Bearsted railway station
|Local authority||Maidstone (borough)|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 July 1884||Opened as "Bearsted"|
|1 July 1907||Renamed (Bearsted & Thurnham)|
|12 May 1980||Renamed (Bearsted)|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
|UK Railways portal|
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.
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. The goods yard was on the up side. It comprised three sidings, one of which served a goods shed. A 30 cwt-capacity crane was provided. Freight facilities were withdrawn on 7 October 1968. The signal box closed on 14 April 1984. A refuge siding was located on the down side.
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||Following station|
Maidstone East Line
- 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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