Swanscombe
National Rail
Swanscombe railway station platforms in 2009.jpg
General information
LocationSwanscombe, Borough of Dartford
England
Grid referenceTQ606747
Managed bySoutheastern
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeSWM
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
2 November 1908opened
6 July 1930resited
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.174 million
2017/18Increase 0.176 million
2018/19Increase 0.204 million
2019/20Increase 0.254 million
2020/21Decrease 94,476
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Swanscombe railway station is a railway station that serves the small town of Swanscombe in north Kent, England. It is 21 miles 14 chains (34.1 km) down the line from London Charing Cross.[1]

History

The first station, a small wooden halt, was opened in 1908. In 1930 the present station was opened 840 yards (770 m) east of the original.[2]

The station is awkwardly located in a very deep chalk cutting, with a long staircase from the booking office leading to the up platform. The down platform is reached across a road overbridge and down another long flight of stairs. The ticket office, on the 'up' side at road level, is located in a recent building. This is staffed only during part of the day; at other times a ticket machine is available and is located outside the ticket office. Until the 1980s, separate staffed ticket offices were located in buildings on each platform, suitably equipped with ticketing machinery. It was named and signed as Swanscombe Halt until the 1980s.[3]

Services

Services at Swanscombe are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink using Class 376, 465, 466 and 700 EMUs.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:[4]

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Southeastern
Thameslink

References

  1. ^ "Southeastern - Swanscombe". www.southeasternrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Swanscombe". www.kentrail.org.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  3. ^ "History of Swanscombe - Kent Past". www.kentpast.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  4. ^ Table 200, 201 National Rail timetable, December 2021

Coordinates: 51°26′57″N 0°18′36″E / 51.449120°N 0.309867°E / 51.449120; 0.309867