Westenhanger railway station

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Westenhanger National Rail
Westenhanger Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceWestenhanger
Local authorityFolkestone & Hythe
Grid referenceTR128372
Operations
Station codeWHA
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13Increase 68,998
2013/14Decrease 65,112
2014/15Increase 67,500
2015/16Decrease 66,508
2016/17Decrease 64,032
History
Key datesOpened 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 the 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 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