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.

Sevenoaks
National Rail
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The station in 2009
LocationSevenoaks, District of Sevenoaks
United Kingdom
Grid referenceTQ522553
Managed bySoutheastern
Platforms4
Other information
Station codeSEV
ClassificationDfT category B
History
Opened2 March 1868 (2 March 1868)
Passengers
2014/15Increase 4.138 million[1]
 Interchange Increase 0.411 million
2015/16Increase 4.139 million[1]
 Interchange Increase 0.868 million
2016/17Increase 4.160 million[1]
 Interchange Decrease 0.410 million
2017/18Decrease 4.154 million[1]
 Interchange Decrease 0.386 million
2018/19Increase 4.376 million[1]
 Interchange Decrease 0.355 million

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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.

AccidentsEdit

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.[3]

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.

Platforms and ServicesEdit

 
The view from platform 3 at Sevenoaks, looking south towards Tonbridge with a Thameslink train operating on behalf of Southeastern

PlatformsEdit

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.

ServicesEdit

As of December 2019, the typical off peak service at the station is:[4][5][6]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
SoutheasternTerminus
Southeastern
Southeastern
ThameslinkTerminus

Passenger RepresentationEdit

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.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Lawrence, David (2018). British Rail Architecture, 1948-97 (First ed.). Manchester, UK: Crecy Publishing Ltd. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-86093-685-5.
  3. ^ Jewell, Brian (1984). Down the line to Hastings. Southborough: The Baton Press. ISBN 0-85936-223-X.
  4. ^ "Timetable 1: London to Ashford, Dover and Ramsgate" (PDF). Southeastern, May 2020.
  5. ^ "Timetable 4: London to Tunbridge Wells and Hastings" (PDF). Southeastern, May 2020.
  6. ^ "Timetable 05: Luton to Orpington and Sevenoaks" (PDF). Thameslink, December 2019.
  7. ^ http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk/Sevenoaks-train-group-slams-Southeastern-s/story-19925773-detail/story.html

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°16′35″N 0°10′54″E / 51.27639°N 0.18167°E / 51.27639; 0.18167