Sittingbourne railway station
View of main platform from platform 2
|Local authority||Borough of Swale|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|– Interchange||0.592 million|
|– Interchange||0.562 million|
|– Interchange||0.570 million|
|– Interchange||0.546 million|
|– Interchange||0.307 million|
|25 January 1858||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sittingbourne from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Sittingbourne railway station is on the Chatham Main Line and the Sheerness Line in north Kent. The station is 44 miles 1260 yards from London Victoria according to the mileage sign on the footbridge. Train services are provided by Southeastern. Ticket barriers are sometimes in operation, depending on the time of day.
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.
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
- In January 1861, a passenger train was derailed. One passenger was killed.
- On 31 August 1878, a passenger train collided with some goods wagons. Five people were killed.
- On 27 July 1966, a freight train was derailed at Sittingbourne West Junction. The line was blocked for two days.
Typical off-peak services are:
- 2 tph to London St Pancras via Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to London St Pancras via Faversham, Ramsgate, Deal, Dover Priory and Ashford International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to Faversham (High Speed)
- 3 tph to London Victoria via Bromley South with 1 tph stopping at Denmark Hill (Main Line)
- 2 tph to Dover Priory via Canterbury East (Main Line)
- 1 tph to Ramsgate via Faversham and Margate (Main Line)
- 2 tph to Sheerness-on-Sea starting here (Main Line)
Peak hour mon-fri to London Bridge & Cannon Street
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Chatham Main Line
High Speed 1 London-Broadstairs
- Kidner, R. W. (1977) . The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 89.
- Moody, G. T. (1979) . Southern Electric 1909-1979 (Fifth ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd. pp. 169–70. ISBN 0 7110 0924 4.