Sittingbourne railway station

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Sittingbourne
National Rail
Sittingbourne railway station (geograph 6295159).jpg
Eastbound view of the station from platform 1
LocationSittingbourne, Swale
England
Grid referenceTQ905638
Managed bySoutheastern
Platforms3
Other information
Station codeSIT
ClassificationDfT category C2
Key dates
25 January 1858Opened
Passengers
2015/16Increase 2.111 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.307 million
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
Notes
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.

Facilities[edit]

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]

Services[edit]

Typical off-peak services are:

Peak hour mon-fri to London Bridge & Cannon Street

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newington or Rainham (Kent)   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
  Teynham or Faversham
Kemsley   Southeastern
Sheerness Line
  Terminus
Rainham (Kent)   Southeastern
High Speed 1 London-Broadstairs
  Faversham

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rail.co/2011/06/02/work-starts-to-improve-access-at-sittingbourne-station/
  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.

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