Staplehurst railway station

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Staplehurst National Rail
Staplehurst
Location
Place Staplehurst
Local authority Maidstone
Grid reference TQ783444
Operations
Station code SPU
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.814 million
2005/06 Increase 0.840 million
2006/07 Increase 0.887 million
2007/08 Increase 0.934 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.923 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.866 million
2010/11 Increase 0.879 million
2011/12 Increase 0.901 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.863 million
History
Key dates Opened 31 August 1842 (31 August 1842)
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Staplehurst from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Staplehurst, 1950
Legend
Running line
Sidings
to Marden
Staplehurst (A229) Maidstone
to Headcorn

Staplehurst railway station serves Staplehurst in Kent, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Southeastern. Staplehurst is 42 miles (67 km) south east of London Charing Cross on the South Eastern Main Line.

Staplehurst railway station is located in the north of the Staplehurst urban area - which lies in the Maidstone Borough Council administrative area. The ticket office, staffed for part of the day, is located in a modern building on London-bound platform 1. A passenger-operated self-service ticket machine is located by the platform 1 entrance.

The station is used by commuters to London from Cranbrook, Sissinghurst and Hawkhurst, which have no stations of their own. Arriva Southern Counties bus 5 links these three settlements to the station.

Services[edit]

As of May 2010 the typical off peak services from this station are:

Accessibility[edit]

There is step free access to both platforms following the construction of a new footbridge incorporating lifts in 2009.

Rail accidents[edit]

  • The stretch of line near the station which crosses the River Beult (pronounced "Belt") was the site of a fatal train accident on 9 June 1865. This accident is well known in literary circles as Charles Dickens was on the stricken train and survived. He later wrote a short story, "The Signal-Man", which was said to have been inspired by this accident, although it was actually based on the earlier Clayton Tunnel rail crash of 1861. The accident left Dickens very anxious about rail travel.
  • On 14 September 1996,[2] an eastbound Railfreight Distribution service, train number 6O67, the 00:53 Wembley Yard to Dollands Moor Yard, hauled by locomotives 47 033 and 47 360, came to a stand under the Sweetlands Lane bridge east of Staplehurst. A French-owned wagon loaded with steel coil derailed nearly 3 miles (4.8 km) earlier, at Godden Cottages foot crossing; but as the derailed wagon was mid-train it remained upright and in formation, until striking a crossover at Staplehurst, causing the derailed bogie to disintegrate. The wagon mounted the station platform breaking the train brake pipe thus applying the brakes. The older brick section of the station platform deflected the wagon back onto the line, narrowly missing the A229 trunk road bridge, which otherwise would have been severely damaged.[citation needed][original research?]
It took three days to re-open the railway after the accident. The damaged steel coil wagon was moved to a site west of the station on the London-bound side of the line to be unloaded.[citation needed]
The cause of the accident was that the train was travelling at up to 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), which was in excess of the 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) limit of the wagon. Although it was not possible to weigh the derailed wagon, other wagons in the train were unevenly loaded, which meant that individual wheel loads exceeded permitted limits.[2]
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Marden   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  Headcorn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Network Rail Timetable May 2010: Table 207
  2. ^ a b "Staplehurst 14/09/1996". Rail Safety & Standards Board. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°10′16″N 0°33′00″E / 51.171°N 0.550°E / 51.171; 0.550