Tunbridge Wells railway station
Tunbridge Wells railway station is on the Hastings line in the south of England and serves Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It is 34 miles 32 chains (55.4 km) down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between High Brooms and Frant stations. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.
The station building in 2006
|Place||Royal Tunbridge Wells|
|Local authority||Tunbridge Wells|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|20 September 1845||first station opened|
|25 November 1846||present station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tunbridge Wells from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station is located in an open cut with tunnels at both ends of the station. The station has entrances on both sides. The ticket office and platform 1 can be accessed directly from street level on the west side of the station or by a footbridge from the east side; platform 2 is accessible from the street (Mount Pleasant Road) or footbridge by stairs and a staff-operated lift. Both platforms are signalled for reversible working and trains arrive/depart at either platform in either direction.
Just beyond Grove Tunnel at the south end of the station was Grove Junction, where trains took the single line branch to Tunbridge Wells West. The branch closed on 6 July 1985.
The first station was a temporary terminus opened on 20 September 1845 situated north of Wells Tunnel. This closed when the line was extended to the present station which opened on 25 November 1846. It became a through station in 1851 when the line opened to Robertsbridge and a year later opened through to Hastings. The LBSCR line from Grove Junction to Tunbridge Wells(West) opened in 1867 for goods and 1876 for passenger. Immediately after becoming part of the Southern Railway in 1923 the station was named Tunbridge Wells Central. In 1985 preparation for electrification the platforms were rebuilt and the tracks were resignalled. Electric trains started running in 1986. The station again became just Tunbridge Wells.
As of 12 May 2018 the typical off-peak service from the station is:
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Hastings Line semi-fast
Hastings Line slow
Cannon Street to Tunbridge Wells
Line and station open
Line and station closed
Tunbridge Wells Central to Three Bridges line
Line and station closed
- Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
- Network Rail Timetable May 2010: Table 206