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Folkestone Central railway station

Folkestone Central railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, and is the main station serving the town of Folkestone, Kent. It is 69 miles 73 chains (112.5 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Folkestone West and Dover Priory. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.

Folkestone Central National Rail
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Location
PlaceFolkestone
Local authorityFolkestone & Hythe
Grid referenceTR220362
Operations
Station codeFKC
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryC1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.056 million
– Interchange Increase 4,434
2014/15Decrease 1.037 million
– Interchange Increase 14,961
2015/16Decrease 0.995 million
– Interchange Decrease 12,192
2016/17Increase 1.021 million
– Interchange Increase 12,626
2017/18Increase 1.092 million
– Interchange Increase 12,837
History
1 September 1884Opened as "Cheriton Arch"
September 1886Renamed "Radnor Park"
1 June 1895Renamed "Folkestone Central"
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Folkestone Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Folkestone

HistoryEdit

The South Eastern Main Line reached Folkestone in 1843, with a station being opened at Folkestone Junction (Folkestone East) on 18 December 1843. Folkestone West was then opened in 1863, with a station named Cheriton Arch being provided between the two on 1 September 1884. The name Radnor Park was adopted in 1886, and for a few years with just two platform faces, the station was rebuilt in 1890 to add a bay.[1] The station was renamed Folkestone Central in 1895.

The station was rebuilt at the time of the route's electrification in 1961[2] with two island platforms, linked by a subway and with ramps leading up from the ticket office and concourse, which is itself above street level (an approach road and accompanying pedestrian ramp leads up from Cheriton Road). In 1999 one island platform was abandoned, along with the subway; the platform has not been demolished, although all buildings have been removed.[1]

Services to and from Dover Priory were suspended on 24 December 2015 due to major damage to the track and sea wall near Dover harbour caused by strong winds & tidal surges.[3] A replacement bus service was operation between the two stations, along with a modified timetable whilst repair work was carried out. This was expected to continue throughout 2016, whilst a new £44.5 million viaduct was constructed to replace the old rail embankment and sea wall.[4] The line reopened on 5 September 2016, as the work progressed faster than originally anticipated.[5]

ServicesEdit

The off-peak service as of September 2016 is:


Preceding station   National Rail Following station

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Folkestone West   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
  Dover Priory
Folkestone West   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Dover
  Dover Priory
Disused railways
Folkestone West
Line and station open
  British Rail
Southern Region

South Eastern Main Line
  Folkestone East
Line open, station closed
    Folkestone Warren Halt
Line open, station closed
Folkestone West
Line and station open
  SECR
Folkestone Harbour Branch
  Folkestone Harbour
Line and station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Folkestone Central". Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey. PSL Field Guide – Railways of the Southern Region (1984), pages 96–97. Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-664-5
  3. ^ "Railway between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central closed after damage to sea wall"Network Rail Media Centre 27 December 2015; Retrieved 5 February 2016
  4. ^ "Dover to Folkestone railway expected to reopen in December"Network Rail press release; Retrieved 8 April 2016
  5. ^ "Dover to Folkestone railway to reopen on Monday, 5 September, three months ahead of schedule."Network Rail press release 22 August 2016; Retrieved 25 August 2016

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