Minster railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|13 April 1846||Opened as Minster|
|1 Jan 1852||Renamed Minster Junction|
|1 Aug 1901||Renamed Minster Junction (Thanet)|
|7 May 1945||Renamed Minster (Thanet)|
|1952||Renamed Minster (Thanet), Junction for Sandwich, Deal and Walmer|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Minster from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Minster railway station serves Minster in Kent and surrounding villages. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Southeastern. On the Ramsgate-bound platform, there is a PERTIS passenger-operated self-service ticket machine issuing Permits to Travel, but the staffed booking office here closed in the 1990s.
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Opened on 13 April 1846 by the South Eastern Railway (SER) on the Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line. To the east is the junction station for the SER branch line to Deal via Sandwich - itself opened on 1 July 1847. Originally there was no connection for trains running from Ramsgate SER Station to Deal and services were provided from a bay platform. Services from Sandwich and Deal terminated at Minster, where passengers then had to change trains for services towards Ramsgate. The station running boards up until the late 1970s read 'Minster - Junction for Sandwich, Deal and Dover'.
The Victorian Station Building was demolished in the late 1980s, replaced by British Rail with bus shelter design passenger areas. A Goods Yard was located on the downside with some refuge sidings adjacent to the Deal Branch. The late 19th century signalbox is still used.
As of December 2011[update] the current typical off peak services from this station are:
- 1tph (trains per hour) to London Charing Cross
- 1tph to Ramsgate.
There is a limited service to and from Sandwich.
Although there is not a ticket office or a ticket machine at the station, Minster still remains a Penalty fare zone. A Permit to Travel machine has been installed, so that customers can legally start their journey without incurring a penalty.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line
Kent Coast Line
|Grove Ferry and Upstreet||British Rail
Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
|Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt|
- 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.
- Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
- Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011