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West Malling railway station (sometimes shown as West Malling for Kings Hill) lies to the east of West Malling, Kent, England, and is close to Kings Hill, Larkfield and Leybourne. It is 34 miles 61 chains (55.9 km) down the line from London Victoria.

West Malling National Rail
West Malling Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceWest Malling
Local authorityTonbridge and Malling
Grid referenceTQ687575
Operations
Station codeWMA
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryD
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.760 million
2014/15Increase 0.782 million
2015/16Increase 0.816 million
2016/17Increase 0.853 million
2017/18Decrease 0.840 million
History
1 June 1874Opened as Malling
23 May 1949Renamed West Malling
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at West Malling from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Southeastern.

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HistoryEdit

Malling station opened on 1 June 1874, as part of the Maidstone Line from Swanley to Maidstone.[1] It was renamed West Malling on 23 May 1949.[2] The goods yard had four sidings, one of which served a goods shed.[3] Freight facilities were withdrawn on 19 May 1964.[4] The signal box closed on 9 December 1983.[5]

The ticket office at the station is manned for most of the day. There are self-service Scheidt and Bachmann ticket machines on both platforms. A PERTIS passenger-operated ticket machine was once located on Platform 1 for the issue of 'Permit to Travel' tickets (which are exchanged on-train or at manned stations for travel tickets) but this was withdrawn some years ago.

Nu-Venture bus 123 provides a regular link to/from Kings Hill (some journeys via West Malling) on Mondays to Fridays (not late evening). Through road-rail ticketing using Bus 123 is available to 'KINGS HILL BUS' from rail stations in SE England.

ServicesEdit

The 2015 typical off-peak service from the station is:

There are also peak services to London Blackfriars.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Borough Green & Wrotham   Southeastern
Maidstone East Line
  East Malling

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Historical Background.
  2. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 58.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, West Malling.
  4. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 62.
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 60.
Sources
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1994). Swanley to Ashford. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1 873793 45 6.

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