Gillingham railway station (Kent)

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National Rail
New Gillingham Station Front.JPG
LocationGillingham, Borough of Medway
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°23′12″N 0°33′00″E / 51.386569°N 0.549886°E / 51.386569; 0.549886Coordinates: 51°23′12″N 0°33′00″E / 51.386569°N 0.549886°E / 51.386569; 0.549886
Grid referenceTQ775683
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeGLM
ClassificationDfT category C1
Key dates
July 1858[1]Opened as New Brompton
May 1886Renamed New Brompton (Gillingham)
1 Oct 1912Renamed Gillingham
2014/15Increase 2.540 million[2]
 Interchange Increase 0.355 million
2015/16Increase 2.629 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.183 million
2016/17Increase 2.731 million[2]
 Interchange Increase 0.313 million
2017/18Increase 2.744 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.308 million
2018/19Increase 2.747 million[2]
 Interchange Decrease 0.170 million

Gillingham railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Gillingham, Kent. It is 35 miles 75 chains (57.8 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Chatham and Rainham.

The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern. Following a timetable change on Sunday 20 May 2018, some trains are operated by Govia Thameslink. It is commonly suffixed as Gillingham (Kent) to distinguish it from the station of the same name in Dorset.

The station first opened in 1858. It currently has three platforms (two for London-bound services and one for country-bound services) and a passenger lift from the station entrance to the platforms.

The station underwent an extensive facelift between 2010 and 2012. This included a new entrance, better pavements, new roof, refurbished waiting rooms, and new cycle storage units.[3]


Medway Towns
Rochester BridgeStrood (1st)
Goods station
Rochester Common
Chatham Central

London bound services from Gillingham terminate at London Victoria via Rochester, the line through Meopham and Bromley South; London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet International; and Luton via London Blackfriars.

Trains from London Charing Cross used to terminate on platform 1 and either then continue eastbound to Gillingham Rail Depot or then become London bound services to Charing Cross. Platform 1 is now a spare platform due to the introduction of Thameslink services terminating and starting from Rainham, however it can still be used for peak hour services to and from Victoria via Denmark Hill. Through trains from the east run from Platform 2. Trains from platform 3 (far left) usually go to Ramsgate or Dover.

Looking coastbound. The building on the left is a train crew depot.

The May 2018 off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Chatham   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
High Speed 1
Chatham Main Line


  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Station revamp ahead of 2012 London Olympics". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  4. ^ Table 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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