Wye railway station

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Wye
National Rail
Wye railway station in 2009.jpg
LocationWye, Ashford
England
Grid referenceTR048469
Managed bySoutheastern
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeWYE
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Opened6 February 1846
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.196 million
2017/18Increase 0.221 million
2018/19Increase 0.256 million
2019/20Increase 0.258 million
2020/21Decrease 77,282
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Wye railway station serves Wye in Kent, England, on the Ashford to Ramsgate line. The station and all trains that serve the station are operated by Southeastern.

History[edit]

The first plan for a station near Wye was in 1812, when John Rennie the Elder proposed building a canal to connect the River Medway in North Kent with the River Rother in East Sussex. A tramway would connect Wye to the canal. The proposal was abandoned in favour of through railways.[1]

The station was opened by the South Eastern Railway on 6 February 1846, along with the rest of the line from Ashford to Canterbury West.[2][3] It was a constructed next to a level crossing with the main road, on the grounds that Parliament believed trains would not be frequent.[4] A crane for goods traffic was installed in 1852.[5] The station began serving local gravel goods traffic in 1919.[6] Freight facilities were closed on 10 June 1963.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The platforms were connected by a concrete footbridge in 1960. This was replaced with a 12.5-metre (41 ft) steel footbridge in 2015.[8] There is a manned level crossing at the south end of the station. This is a local traffic bottleneck, causing delays when it is closed for maintenance.[9]

The station is manned for part of the day. There is a passenger-operated ticket machine located on the Ashford-bound platform, by the footbridge.[10]

The station buildings on the Ashford-bound platform contain the booking office. There is a shelter on the Canterbury-bound platform.[11]

Services[edit]

The typical off peak services from this station in trains per hour is:[12]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Ashford
International
  Southeastern
Ashford to Ramsgate line
  Chilham or Canterbury West

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ Gray 1990, p. 6.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 256.
  3. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 53.
  4. ^ Gray 1990, p. 244.
  5. ^ Gray 1990, p. 248.
  6. ^ Gray 1998, p. 125.
  7. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 128.
  8. ^ "Wye Station Footbridge". Nusteel Structures. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Wye level crossing closure to cause diversions and traffic in Ashford". Kent Online. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Wye". SouthEastern. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Wye". National Rail. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Timetable 3 - London to Ashford International and Canterbury West via Maidstone East. Strood to Maidstone West, Paddock Wood and Tonbridge" (PDF). SouthEastern. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2020.

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Coordinates: 51°11′06″N 0°55′44″E / 51.185°N 0.929°E / 51.185; 0.929