Walmer
National Rail
LocationWalmer, Dover
England
Grid referenceTR364503
Managed bySoutheastern
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeWAM
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Opened17 June 1881
Original companyDover and Deal Joint Railway
Pre-groupingDover and Deal Joint Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Passengers
2015/16Increase 0.187 million
2016/17Increase 0.188 million
2017/18Increase 0.222 million
2018/19Increase 0.227 million
2019/20Increase 0.229 million
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Walmer railway station serves Walmer in Kent, England. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.

Facilities

The station has two platforms, connected by a subway. A ticket office is open part-time.[1]

History

The first plans for a station here were by the Kent Railway in 1836.[2] However, Walmer was slow to grow as a resort compared to many other towns on the Kent coastline, and progress stalled. Further schemes to connect Walmer to the railway network were proposed in November 1846 and March 1854, but neither secured sufficient funding.[3] The London, Chatham & Dover Railway (LDCR) announced plans for a line between Walmer, Deal and Adisham in October 1872, but failed to secure the funding from Parliament.[4]

Construction of the station was delayed owing to problems buying the relevant land, and it cost £14,000 to build.[5] The station was opened on 15 June 1881 by the Dover and Deal Joint Railway when it opened the line from an end-on connection at Deal to Buckley Junction near Dover.[6][7] The line was the only one jointly owned by the rival South Eastern Railway and London, Chatham and Dover Railway and remained independent until the Grouping.[8] The line has been described as one of the more spectacular in southern England.[9] Gas lighting was installed at the station by the end of the year.[10] A station closer to the sea was proposed in 1898, but rejected.[11]

A Pullman camping coach was positioned here by the Southern Region from 1963 to 1967.[12] Goods services were withdrawn from the station in 1961.[13]

Services

As of December 2019, the off-peak service at the station in trains per hour is:[14]

There is also a peak hours-only service towards London Charing Cross via Ashford and Tonbridge and to Ramsgate, and a few trains to Cannon Street.[14]

Incidents

On 6 July 1898, a set of vehicles at the station broke free and ran down the incline towards Deal, where they collided with an empty train, causing £269 of damage.[15]

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Martin Mill   Southeastern
Kent Coast Line
  Deal

References

Citations

  1. ^ "Walmer". National Rail. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ Gray 1990, p. 251.
  3. ^ Gray 1990, p. 254.
  4. ^ Gray 1990, p. 253.
  5. ^ Gray 1990, pp. 255–256.
  6. ^ Quick 2019, p. 412.
  7. ^ Grant 2017, p. 152.
  8. ^ Casserley 1968, p. 115.
  9. ^ White 1992, p. 60.
  10. ^ Gray 1990, p. 256.
  11. ^ Gray 1990, p. 257.
  12. ^ McRae 1998, p. 59.
  13. ^ McCarthy & McCarthy 2007, p. 128.
  14. ^ a b "December 2019: London - Ashford, Folkestone, Dover and Margate" (PDF). Southeastern. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  15. ^ Gray 1990, p. 258.

Sources

Coordinates: 51°12′11″N 1°22′59″E / 51.203°N 1.383°E / 51.203; 1.383