Chatham railway station
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Chatham railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Medway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 25 January 1858|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
Chatham railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Chatham, Kent. It is 34 miles 25 chains (55.2 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Rochester and Gillingham.
There are two platforms, one for each direction and both capable of accommodating 12-coach trains.
There are tunnels at either end of the station: Fort Pitt Tunnel (428 yards) at the London end, and Chatham Tunnel (297 yards) at the country end.
The station was opened on 25 January 1858, when the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) (then known as the East Kent Railway) opened a single line eastwards to Faversham. Two months later (29 March 1858) the link with the North Kent Line at Strood was opened; and the new railway reached Dover Priory in 1861. The Chatham Dockyard branch connection is made near Gillingham.
As built the station had two platforms with the station buildings being on the Down side. A note on the working drawings states that the station had to be visible from Fort Pitt. About 1881 it was rebuilt with two island platforms, and the station buildings were moved onto the road bridge, then known as Rome Place. In 1958 the station was converted back to two platforms as part of the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme, Stage 1. The station had been electrified in 1939 but the 1958 scheme lengthened the platforms to 12 car EMUs, which due to the geography of the station - between two tunnels - necessitated the abandoning of the other platforms.
A modern entrance and booking hall replaced the originals in 1981. Further remodelling in the 1990s and 2000s has seen the ticket office moved twice, accompanied by the opening, closing and re-opening of retail areas. A small, general corner store was also opened. The building is located at one side of the road bridge (now Railway Street) over the track, with a taxi rank located between the road and the building. Stairs lead down to the platforms. A cafe is located on the London bound platform. There is also a coffee shop located at the main entrance of the station.
Southeastern - High Speed
- 2 tph to London St Pancras International via Gravesend
- 1 tph to London St Pancras International via Ramsgate, Dover Priory and Ashford International
- 1 tph to Faversham
Southeastern - Mainline
- 2 tph to London Victoria (semi-fast)
- 1 tph to London Victoria via Denmark Hill
- 1 tph to Ramsgate
- 2 tph to Dover Priory via Canterbury East
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
High Speed 1
Chatham Main Line
North Kent Line
- "Timetable 2 - London to The Medway Towns, Ramsgate and Dover" (PDF). Southeastern, December 2019.
- "Timetable 06 - Luton to Dartford and Rainham" (PDF). Thameslink, December 2019.
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