Sittingbourne railway station

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Sittingbourne railway station (geograph 6295159).jpg
Eastbound view of the station from platform 1
General information
LocationSittingbourne, Swale
Grid referenceTQ905638
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeSIT
ClassificationDfT category C2
Key dates
25 January 1858Opened
2016/17Increase 2.164 million
 Interchange Increase 0.382 million
2017/18Increase 2.224 million
 Interchange Increase 0.395 million
2018/19Increase 2.295 million
 Interchange Increase 0.438 million
2019/20Decrease 2.253 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.433 million
2020/21Decrease 0.750 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.117 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Sittingbourne railway station is on the Chatham Main Line and the Sheerness Line in north Kent. It is 44 miles 59 chains (72.0 km) down the line from London Victoria. Train services are provided by Southeastern. Ticket barriers are sometimes in operation, depending on the time of day.

Map of the Sittingbourne Railway Station in relation to other local stations and the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway. The Chatham Main Line runs along the bottom, east to west, while the Sheerness Line branches off northwards, west of Sittingbourne.


Two new lifts linked by a new footbridge have created a step-free route between the station entrance and platforms to provide better access to train services. The improvements have been funded through the government’s Access for All programme and cost around £1,800,000.[1]

The work has also included a series of enhancements to station facilities funded through the National Stations Improvement Programme and include relocating and increasing the number of cycle parking spaces outside the station; renovating all passenger toilets; creating new waiting shelters on the platforms and a new waiting room on platform; repositioning the ticket gates to create more space for passengers in the ticket office; and installing a new customer information screen and non-slip flooring in the ticket office.

The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway's station, at Sittingbourne Viaduct, is a short walk away.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In January 1861, a passenger train was derailed. One passenger was killed.[2]
  • On 31 August 1878, a passenger train collided with some goods wagons. Five people were killed.[2]
  • On 27 July 1966, a freight train was derailed at Sittingbourne West Junction. The line was blocked for two days.[3]


All services at Sittingbourne are operated by Southeastern using Class 375 and 395 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[4]

Additional services including trains to and from London Bridge and London Cannon Street call at the station in the peak hours.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newington or Rainham   Southeastern
  Teynham or Faversham


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  2. ^ a b Kidner, R. W. (1977) [1963]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 89.
  3. ^ Moody, G. T. (1979) [1957]. Southern Electric 1909-1979 (Fifth ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. pp. 169–70. ISBN 0-7110-0924-4.
  4. ^ Table 194, 212 National Rail timetable, December 2021

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Coordinates: 51°20′31.23″N 0°44′5.31″E / 51.3420083°N 0.7348083°E / 51.3420083; 0.7348083