Tunbridge Wells railway station

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Tunbridge Wells National Rail
Tunbridge Wells station west platform.jpg
Tunbridge Wells station, western approach
Location
Place Royal Tunbridge Wells
Local authority Tunbridge Wells
Grid reference TQ584392
Operations
Station code TBW
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 3.532 million
2012/13 Decrease 3.481 million
2013/14 Increase 3.487 million
2014/15 Increase 3.733 million
2015/16 Increase 3.811 million
History
20 September 1845 first station opened[1]
25 November 1846 present station opened
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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 Tunbridge Wells from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Tunbridge Wells station, eastern approach (Mount Pleasant Road)
Southbound view towards Grove Tunnel
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Tunbridge Wells railway station

Tunbridge Wells railway station serves Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by Southeastern. It is located directly on the double-tracked electrified Hastings Line.

The station is located in an open cut with tunnels at both ends of the station. The station has entrances on both sides. The ticket office and platform 1 can be accessed directly from street level on the west side of the station or by a footbridge from the east side; platform 2 is accessible from the street (Mount Pleasant Road) or footbridge by stairs and a staff-operated lift. Both platforms are signalled for reversible working and trains arrive/depart at either platform in either direction.

Just beyond Grove Tunnel at the south end of the station was Grove Junction, where trains took the single line branch to Tunbridge Wells West. The branch closed on 6 July 1985. Ticket barriers are now in operation.

History[edit]

The first station was a temporary terminus opened on 20 September 1845 situated north of Wells Tunnel. This closed when the line was extended to the present station which opened on 25 November 1846. It became a through station in 1851 when the line opened to Robertsbridge and a year later opened through to Hastings. The LBSCR line from Grove Junction to Tunbridge Wells(West) opened in 1867 for goods and 1876 for passenger. Immediately after becoming part of the Southern Railway in 1923 the station was named Tunbridge Wells Central. In 1985 preparation for electrification the platforms were rebuilt and the tracks were resignalled. Electric trains started running in 1986. The station again became just Tunbridge Wells.


Services[edit]

As of 12 January 2015 the typical off-peak service from the station is:


Preceding station National Rail Following station
High Brooms   Southeastern
Hastings Line semi-fast
  Wadhurst
  Southeastern
Hastings Line slow
  Frant
  Southeastern
Cannon Street to Tunbridge Wells
  Terminus
Disused railways
High Brooms
Line and station open
  British Rail
Southern Region

Cuckoo Line
  Tunbridge
Wells West

Line and station closed
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Tunbridge Wells Central to Three Bridges line
  Tunbridge
Wells West

Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  2. ^ Network Rail Timetable May 2010: Table 206

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°07′48″N 0°15′47″E / 51.130°N 0.263°E / 51.130; 0.263