Broadstairs railway station

Broadstairs railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the seaside town of Broadstairs, Kent. It is 77 miles 9 chains (124 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Margate and Dumpton Park.

National Rail
Broadstairs Railway.jpg
View of Main Platform
General information
LocationBroadstairs, District of Thanet
Grid referenceTR391679
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeBSR
ClassificationDfT category E
Opened5 October 1863
2016/17Increase 0.710 million
2017/18Increase 0.764 million
2018/19Increase 0.799 million
2019/20Decrease 0.747 million
2020/21Decrease 0.188 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
View NNW, towards Margate in 1963. Crampton Tower on the left

The station and all trains that serve the station are operated by Southeastern. Trains to London can run either way through the station, depending on the route either via Margate or Ramsgate.


Broadstairs station under British Rail with two Class 411s in 'Jaffa cake' livery in 1990.

The first proposal for a station at Broadstairs was by the South Eastern Railway (SER) in November 1859, who wanted to extend their existing station at Ramsgate towards Broadstairs at an estimated cost of £20,000. However, the scheme was refused permission by the station master at Ramsgate.[1]

Instead, the station was built by the Kent Coast Railway as part of an extension from Margate to Ramsgate Harbour.[2] It opened on 5 October 1863.[3] From the beginning, the line was operated by the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (LCDR), who bought the Kent Coast Railway on 1 July 1871.[2]

The station was run by the Southern Railway (SR) following the Railways Act 1921. Having inherited lines from the LCDR and SER, the SR decided to simplify services by constructing a new line linking Broadstairs directly to the current Ramsgate station, thus joining the stations together and forming a loop along Kent. This opened on 2 July 1926.[4]

Electric services began at Broadstairs on 15 June 1959.[4] Goods services were withdrawn from the station on 3 June 1963.[5] A high-speed service to London St Pancras began on 13 December 2009.[6]


In 2015, a woman was killed by a train at the station.[7]


All services at Broadstairs are operated by Southeastern using Class 375 and 395 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[8]

Additional services including trains to and from London Bridge and London Cannon Street call at the station in the peak hours.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Disused railways
Margate East
Line open, station closed
  London, Chatham & Dover Railway
  Ramsgate Harbour
Line and station closed



  1. ^ Gray 1990, p. 34.
  2. ^ a b McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 30.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 45.
  4. ^ a b McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 66.
  5. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 121.
  6. ^ "High Speed". Southeastern. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  7. ^ Collins, Julia (11 August 2015). "Woman dies at Broadstairs rail station after being hit by train". Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  8. ^ Table 194, 207, 212 National Rail timetable, December 2021


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Coordinates: 51°21′38″N 1°26′1″E / 51.36056°N 1.43361°E / 51.36056; 1.43361