Westenhanger railway station

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Westenhanger National Rail
Westenhanger Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Westenhanger
Local authority District of Shepway
Grid reference TR128372
Operations
Station code WHA
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 62,164
2012/13 Increase 68,998
2013/14 Decrease 65,112
2014/15 Increase 67,500
2015/16 Decrease 66,508
History
Key dates Opened 7 February 1844 (7 February 1844)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Westenhanger from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Westenhanger railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, serving the villages of Westenhanger and Stanford, as well as Folkestone Racecourse, in Kent. It is 64 miles 15 chains (103.3 km) down-line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Ashford International and Sandling. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.

British Rail proposed the closure of the station as from 3 February 1969.[1] Objections were made which were considered by a Transport Users' Consultative Committee, after which the Minister of Transport decided against closure.[1]

The station is un-manned; a PERTIS 'permit to travel' machine is located on the 'up' (London-bound) platform. The one-time station building, on the 'up' side, was restored in March 2009.[citation needed]

Westenhanger (Folkestone) Racecourse station[edit]

There was a station about 250 metres west of Westenhanger station which was built to serve the adjacent Folkestone Racecourse. It was only used on race days. It closed in the 1960s. As at January 2012 there are substantial remains of the two platforms. High Speed 1 runs parallel to the station.[2]

Service[edit]

From January 2015 the off-peak service has been reduced from 2 trains per hour in each direction to 1:

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Ashford International   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  Sandling
Disused railways
Smeeth   British Rail
Southern Region

South Eastern Main Line
  Sandling for Hythe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minehead and Westenhanger closures postponed". Railway Magazine. 115 (814): 111. February 1969. 
  2. ^ Private and Untimetabled Railway stations by G. Croughton
  3. ^ Network Rail Timetable January 2015: Table 207

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°05′42″N 1°02′17″E / 51.095°N 1.038°E / 51.095; 1.038