Canterbury East railway station

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Canterbury East National Rail
Canterbury East railway station building.JPG
Station building
Location
Place Canterbury
Local authority City of Canterbury
Grid reference TR146572
Operations
Station code CBE
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.175 million
– Interchange  Increase 22,550
2012/13 Decrease 1.044 million
– Interchange  Decrease 15,832
2013/14 Decrease 0.946 million
– Interchange  Increase 15,976
2014/15 Increase 1.004 million
– Interchange  Increase 21,604
2015/16 Increase 1.034 million
– Interchange  Decrease 19,288
History
Key dates Opened 9 July 1860 (9 July 1860)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Canterbury East from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Canterbury East railway station is on the Dover branch of the Chatham Main Line in England, and is one of two stations serving the town of Canterbury, Kent. It is 61 miles 65 chains (99.5 km) down-line from London Victoria and is situated between Selling and Bekesbourne.

The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.

The station and its line were built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, while Canterbury West station was built by the South Eastern Railway.

Although called Canterbury East, the station is about 12 mile (0.8 km) due south of Canterbury West station, and only about 20 yards (20 m) to its east.

The framework of the platform canopies were originally installed at the never-opened station at Lullingstone.

The semaphore signals at the station were replaced with coloured lights in December 2011. The elevated signal box remains but is no longer in use, with signalling on the line operated from a control room at Gillingham. The signal box has now been given Grade II listed building status.[citation needed]

Canterbury East's ticket barriers were removed in early 2011, as they were the only ones of the kind in the country and spare parts were no longer easy to obtain. Work began to install a new gate-line in October 2016. Coventry and Earlsfield are the only other stations to lose their ticket barriers.[citation needed]

The station has a ticket office, an electronic ticket machine, a cafe and toilets.

Services[edit]

The typical Monday to Saturday off-peak service from the station is:

The typical Sunday service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Selling   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch
  Bekesbourne

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Fictional reference[edit]

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem, a short story in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson hide from Professor Moriarty at a station in Canterbury. The station is unspecified but is likely to have been Canterbury East as Holmes and Watson were making their way to catch a boat on the Continental Express from London Victoria station.

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Coordinates: 51°16′27.28″N 1°4′33.34″E / 51.2742444°N 1.0759278°E / 51.2742444; 1.0759278