Higham (Kent) railway station

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Coordinates: 51°25′36.12″N 0°27′58.71″E / 51.4267000°N 0.4663083°E / 51.4267000; 0.4663083

Higham National Rail
Higham Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Higham
Local authority Borough of Gravesham
Grid reference TQ715726
Operations
Station code HGM
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.191 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.183 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.181 million
2014/15 Increase 0.182 million
2015/16 Increase 0.187 million
History
Original company Gravesend and Rochester Railway[2]
South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
8 Feb 1845 Opened[2]
13 December 1846[1] Closed (G & R)
23 Aug 1847 Reopened (SE)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Higham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Higham railway station is in the hamlet of Lower Higham in North Kent. The village of Higham is about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south. Train services are operated by Southeastern.

The ticket office, on the 'up' side, is situated in the substantial station building. This is manned only during part of the day; at other times a PERTIS passenger-operated ticket machine issues 'Permits to Travel' - which are exchanged on-train or at manned stations for travel tickets - and is located at the entrance to the up platform, at the foot of the staircase.

From Higham to Strood, the railway passes through a tunnel built for the Thames and Medway Canal, and the station building was converted from the home of the canal towing contractor. The waiting room was heated by the original open fire until as recently as the 1980s.

One of the more unusual pieces of freight handled by the station was a Swiss chalet, in 94 separate pieces, packed into 58 boxes. It arrived over Christmas 1864 as a gift for Charles Dickens at nearby Gad's Hill.[3]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, L, H, C and there was a 1-ton 2 cwt crane. [4]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Gravesend   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Strood
Historical railways
Denton Halt
Line open, station closed
  British Rail Southern Region
North Kent Line
  Strood
Line and station open
Milton Range Halt
Line open, station closed
  British Rail Southern Region
North Kent Line
  Strood
Line and station open
Disused railways
Gravesend
Line and station open
  South Eastern Railway
North Kent Line
  Strood (1st)
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ The Chalet in the Shrubbery - Retrieved 4 January 2006
  4. ^ Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission, 1956

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