Folkestone West railway station
|Local authority||Folkestone & Hythe|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|1 November 1863||Opened as "Shorncliffe Camp"|
|2 July 1926||Renamed "Shorncliffe"|
|10 September 1962||Renamed "Folkestone West"|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Folkestone West from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Folkestone West railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, serving the western area of Folkestone, Kent. It is 69 miles 22 chains (111.5 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Sandling and Folkestone Central, the other station serving the town. Folkestone West and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.
The ticket office, in a room on the extensive 'up' side buildings on the London-bound platform, is manned only during part of the day; at other times a PERTIS permit to travel machine, located outside the ticket office, suffices. The substantial 'down' (country-bound) platform building is occupied as offices by Network Rail.
The South Eastern Main Line reached Folkestone in 1843, with a station being opened at Folkestone Junction (Folkestone East) on 18 December 1843. Folkestone West was opened on 1 November 1863 as Shorncliffe Camp, initially with two platform faces either side of double track. In 1881 the station was rebuilt with two platform faces either side of four tracks. Sometime around 1887 a bay was added to the down platform as from 1887 to 1947 the station served as the southern terminus and interchange for the Elham Valley Railway with services to Canterbury. The station was altered during the 1960-61 Kent Coast Electrification as the line from Folkestone Central to near the site of Cheriton Junction was quadrupled. Following the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the loss of the boat train traffic, in 1994 the two centre tracks were removed.
In 2008 alterations were made on the north side of the station to provide car parking and coach loading bays, the latter in connection with the operation of the 'Orient Express' which until then operated from Folkestone Harbour Station.
The off-peak service as of September 2016[update] is:
- 1tph (trains per hour) to London St Pancras
- 1tph to London Charing Cross, which run via Sevenoaks
- 2tph to Dover Priory of which one continues to St Pancras via Ramsgate, Faversham and Chatham
Belmond transferred their Orient Express luxury train services to a new facility at Folkestone West from their original location at Folkestone Harbour. The company runs two British Pullman trains per week between the end of March and the beginning of November, which connect via the Channel Tunnel with the Venice Simplon Orient Express train in Calais.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
South Eastern Main Line
High Speed 1
March to November
via Eurotunnel Shuttle
|Cheriton Halt||Southern Railway
Elham Valley Railway
- "Miscellaneous". Dover Express. England. 31 October 1863. Retrieved 27 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Folkestone West at kentrail.co.uk". Retrieved 5 February 2009.
- Railway Herald Issue 127[permanent dead link]
- "Venice Simplon Orient Express Train Timetables". Luxury Trains. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
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