Minster railway station

Minster railway station serves the village of Minster in Kent and surrounding villages. It is next to a junction between Canterbury West, Ramsgate and Sandwich.

National Rail
Minster Railway Station.jpg
LocationMinster-in-Thanet, Thanet
Grid referenceTR311641
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeMSR
ClassificationDfT category F1
Key dates
13 April 1846[1]Opened as Minster
1 January 1852Renamed Minster Junction
1 August 1901Renamed Minster Junction (Thanet)
7 May 1945Renamed Minster (Thanet)
1952Renamed Minster (Thanet), Junction for Sandwich, Deal and Walmer
1971Renamed Minster
2016/17Increase 66,796
 Interchange Increase 2,517
2017/18Increase 75,968
 Interchange Increase 3,111
2018/19Increase 78,422
 Interchange Decrease 2,719
2019/20Decrease 72,806
 Interchange Decrease 1,522
2020/21Decrease 20,300
 Interchange Decrease 594
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Southeastern. On the Ramsgate-bound platform, there is a ticket machine offering a full range of tickets. The former booking office is still standing but no longer in use.[2]


The station was opened on 13 April 1846 by the South Eastern Railway (SER) on the Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line.[1] To the east is the junction station for the SER branch line to Deal via Sandwich - itself opened on 1 July 1847.[3][4]

Originally there was no connection for trains running from Ramsgate SER Station to Deal and services were provided from a bay platform. Services from Sandwich and Deal terminated at Minster, where passengers then had to change trains for services towards Ramsgate. A connecting spur opened in October 1858 to resolve this issue.[5]

Along with other stations along the line, electrification took place in 1962, with services beginning on 18 June. Goods services were withdrawn on 9 September 1963. A set of refuge sidings were retained, which closed later.[6]

The station has had a number of names over its lifetime. It was renamed Minster Junction on 1 January 1852, then Minster Junction (Thanet) on 1 August 1901, Minster (Thanet) on 7 May 1945, and reverting to Minster around 1971.[1]


The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[7]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Kent Coast Line
Limited Service
Disused railways
Grove Ferry and Upstreet   Southern Railway
Kent Coast line
  Richborough Castle Halt
Grove Ferry and Upstreet   British Rail
Southern Region

Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
  Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt



  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 161.
  2. ^ "Minster". National Rail. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Opening of the Minster and Deal Railway". London Evening Standard. England. 1 July 1847. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 53.
  5. ^ Gray 1990, p. 252.
  6. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, pp. 53, 128.
  7. ^ "Timetable 1: London to Ashford, Dover and Ramsgate" (PDF). Southeastern, May 2020.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Gray, Adrian (1990). South Eastern Railway. Middleton Press. ISBN 978-0-906520-85-7.
  • McCarthy, Colin; McCarthy, David (2007). Railways of Britain : Kent and Sussex. Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3222-4.

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Coordinates: 51°19′44″N 1°19′01″E / 51.329°N 1.317°E / 51.329; 1.317