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Faversham railway station

Faversham railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Faversham, Kent. It is 51 miles 77 chains (83.6 km) down the line from London Victoria. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.

Faversham National Rail
Faversham Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceFaversham
Local authoritySwale
Grid referenceTR016609
Operations
Station codeFAV
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms4
DfT categoryC2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 1.382 million
– Interchange Decrease 23,545
2014/15Increase 1.430 million
– Interchange Increase 44,122
2015/16Increase 1.468 million
– Interchange Increase 0.111 million
2016/17Increase 1.499 million
– Interchange Decrease 43,917
2017/18Increase 1.549 million
– Interchange Increase 63,700
History
Key datesOpened 25 January 1858 (25 January 1858)
National RailUK railway stations
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 Faversham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

The original 1858 station (built for the East Kent Railway) was rebuilt in 1898 and is an example of London, Chatham and Dover Railway architecture. The buildings are Grade II listed,[1] and have been well maintained by Network Rail in recent years. A brick engine shed (also Grade II listed [2]) has, however, fallen into ruinous condition at the junction to the east of the station, mainly due to its inaccessibility. A further engine shed, formerly on the Faversham Creek spur has now been renovated and converted as offices. Sidings and other small buildings remain, some a legacy from pre-electrification days (1959) when Faversham Shed (73E) was of some importance. The spur line to Faversham Creek has now disappeared and incorporated into a housing development. The track ran along Standard Quay (a building beside the creek). In 1967, the track on Standard Quay was lifted, although a tiny section survives and Iron Wharf still has a few railway goods vans,[3] now used by the boating fraternity. The brick built signal box dated from 1959 when electrification was completed. In 2009 preparatory works were completed before services to London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet International commenced on 13 December 2009. This forms part of the UK's first domestic high speed service (beyond Gravesend) with typical journey times of around 65 minutes. The Chatham Main Line was re-signalled east of Faversham during 2011, and the Faversham signal box was decommissioned in late December (still remaining in situ in August 2014). Signalling responsibilities were transferred to the power box at Gillingham.

Faversham had a barrow crossing but the section to platforms 1 and 2 was removed in 2009 to enable a platform extension as part of a multimillion-pound signalling and platform upgrade.[4] Replacement 'platform' lifts were installed in March 2012, but they were not in use until later in the year. Replacement lifts were installed in December 2018 in a joint project between Southeastern Railway and Network Rail. They are of a better design with automatic sliding doors, one-touch operation and incorporating cctv at all levels and inside the fully enclosed lift car; they were officially opened by the Faversham MP Helen Whately on 14 December 2018.[5]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • In May 1862, a passenger train was derailed due to defective track. Three people were killed.[6]

ServicesEdit

Typical journey times for fastest services to Victoria is 70 minutes, and 65 minutes to St Pancras.

Typical off-peak services are:

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Teynham   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Ramsgate Branch
  Whitstable
  Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch
  Selling
Sittingbourne   Southeastern
High Speed 1
St Pancras International - Faversham
St Pancras International-St Pancras International Circular
  Terminus
Whitstable

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Faversham Railway Station, Faversham". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Engine Shed at Faversham Station, Faversham". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Old railway van, Iron Wharf boatyard, Faversham Creek". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  4. ^ "New lifts at rail station". www.thisiskent.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Faversham MP officially opens lifts". Twitter. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  6. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1977) [1963]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 89.

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