Rainham railway station (Kent)
Rainham railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in south-east England, serving the town of Rainham, Kent. It is 38 miles 74 chains (62.6 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Gillingham and Newington.
|Local authority||Borough of Medway|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|25 Jan 1858||Opened as Rainham and Newington|
|1 Aug 1862||Renamed Rainham|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rainham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern. Following a timetable change on Sunday 20th May 2018, some trains are operated by Govia Thameslink. The station has three platforms.. Platform 0 is an "up" bay platform, used mainly by Thameslink Services. Platform 1 is an up through towards London, and platform 2 is a "down" through heading towards Ramsgate and Dover Priory.
It is sometimes shown as Rainham (Kent) in order to distinguish it from the station of the same name in London.
Typical off-peak services are:
- 2tph to Luton via Dartford, Greenwich, London Bridge, St Pancras International, St Albans City and Luton Airport (Thameslink)
- 2 tph to London St Pancras via Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to London St Pancras via Faversham, Ramsgate, Deal, Dover Priory and Ashford International (High Speed)
- 1 tph to Faversham (High Speed)
- 3 tph to London Victoria via Bromley South with 1 tph stopping at Denmark Hill (Main Line)
- 2 tph to Dover Priory via Canterbury East (Main Line)
- 1 tph to Ramsgate via Faversham and Margate (Main Line)
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Chatham Main Line
High Speed 1
Chatham Main Line
In connection with the rebuild of Rochester Station, a new bay platform has been added on the south side (facing towards London).
Trains are now able to use this new platform as the East Kent Resignalling Project has been completed. Initially, only a couple of trains used it in the evening rush hour, but since May 2018, Thameslink trains are now starting from here to Luton, via Gravesend, Dartford and Greenwich. This replaces the Gillingham to Charing Cross services, meaning passengers will have to change at Dartford or London Bridge for Charing Cross or Cannon Street.
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- "Planning permission for new Rochester station". Southeastern Railway. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- "Network Rail unveils plans for new railway station in Rochester, UK". Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Boyden, Katie (23 November 2017). "A new train service which was set to revolutionise travel for some people in Kent has been delayed". kentlive.news. Retrieved 7 April 2018.