Sevenoaks railway station
Sevenoaks railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, serving the town of Sevenoaks, Kent. It is 22 miles 9 chains (35.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Dunton Green and Hildenborough stations. Trains calling at the station are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink.
The station in 2009
|Local authority||District of Sevenoaks|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|– Interchange||0.356 million|
|– Interchange||0.411 million|
|– Interchange||0.868 million|
|– Interchange||0.410 million|
|– Interchange||0.386 million|
|Key dates||Opened 2 March 1868|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sevenoaks from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Trains from the station run northbound to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Charing Cross via Orpington, or to Blackfriars via Swanley and Catford; and southbound to Ashford International and Ramsgate via Dover Priory, or Tunbridge Wells and Hastings.
Sevenoaks railway station was opened on 2 March 1868. It was formerly known as "Tubs Hill", after the adjacent area. There is a second station, on the branch to Swanley Junction, which opened on 2 June 1862. The station is named after the Bat & Ball local inn which is now closed, and serves the north end of the town.
The two lines to Sevenoaks were electrified in January 1935. When the station was reconstructed in the 1970s a new ticket office was built replacing the old wooden S.E.R. building. The largest version of the Southern Region D70 type glass box station, this reconstruction was designed by regional architect Nigel Wikeley. Two additional side platforms were also abolished.
Sevenoaks is part of the rail franchise which, post-privatisation, was served by Connex South Eastern. Subsequent to their 'sacking' in 2003 due to poor financial management (although their train operating performance had been very poor), services were operated by South Eastern Trains, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). On 1 April 2006, Southeastern, owned by Govia, took over management of the station as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise.
7 June 1884 - A double-headed freight train ran into the rear of another freight train at Tub's Hill station. Both crew of the first train were killed. The Hildenborough signalman was charged with causing their deaths. The trains were being worked under the time interval system.
24 August 1927 - the Sevenoaks railway accident. River class tank locomotive No. 800 River Cray derailed at Shoreham Lane between Dunton Green and Sevenoaks. Thirteen people were killed and 20 were injured. The locomotives were withdrawn and rebuilt as tender locomotives.
As of the August 2016 timetable off-peak services from this station from Monday to Friday are:
- 2 (trains per hour) to London Charing Cross (fast service to London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross only).
- 2 tph to London Charing Cross (stopping service via Orpington and Grove Park)
- 4 tph to London Charing Cross (semi-fast service calling at Orpington, London Bridge, Waterloo East, and Charing Cross only
- 2 tph to London Blackfriars (stopping service via Bromley South and Catford)
- 2 tph to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells (one semi-fast, one slow)
- 2 tph to Tunbridge Wells
- 1 tph to Dover Priory via Ashford International
- 1 tph to Ramsgate via Ashford International and Canterbury West
There are two island platforms - 1 & 2, and 3 & 4.
- Platform 1- Northbound fast trains (through Dunton Green) fast to London Bridge, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street
- Platform 2- Slow trains starting/terminating at Sevenoaks (through Dunton Green) to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via Orpington and Lewisham
- Platform 3- Southbound trains via Tonbridge (destinations are Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Ashford International, Canterbury and Ramsgate).
- Platform 4- Thameslink trains (through Bat & Ball) which all start/terminate here.
During the peak period there are fast direct services to London Cannon Street.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
South Eastern Main Line
|Bat & Ball||Thameslink
The not-for-profit Sevenoaks Rail Travellers' Association (SRTA) corresponds and meets with Southeastern Railway, TfL, the DfT, MPs and other relevant parties to represent the interests of passengers using Sevenoaks and stations nearby – Bat & Ball, Dunton Green, Eynsford, Kemsing, Otford, and Shoreham. 
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