Canterbury West railway station
is one of two stations in Canterbury
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. It is north-northwest of the city centre. It is served by Southeastern
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Although called Canterbury West the station is about ½ a mile due north of Canterbury East station, and only about twenty yards to its west.
The station and its line was built by the South Eastern Railway
The South Eastern Railway was a railway company in south-eastern England from 1836 until 1922. The company was formed to construct a route from London to Dover. Branch lines were later opened to Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Canterbury and other places in Kent...
, while Canterbury East
Canterbury East railway station is one of two stations in Canterbury in Kent. It is south-southwest of the city centre and is served by Southeastern....
was built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway
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The station opened on 6 February 1846 when the South Eastern Railway began services to Ashford
Ashford International railway station serves Ashford in Kent, England. Services are provided by Southeastern, Southern and Eurostar.International services use platforms 3 & 4, whilst domestic trains use the original platforms 1 & 2, and a new island built when the Channel Tunnel opened...
. Two months later in April services were extended to Ramsgate, and to Whitstable
after conversion of the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway, sometimes referred to colloquially as the Crab and Winkle Line, was an early British railway that opened in 1830 between Canterbury and Whitstable in the county of Kent, England.- Early history :...
and closure of the North Lane terminus. The station was built with two central through tracks and three platforms, one for the Whitstable branch.
On 1 July 1889 the Elham Valley Railway
The Elham Valley Railway is a disused railway line that runs through the Elham Valley connecting Folkestone and Canterbury in East Kent. It was operational from 1887 to 1947.- History :...
reached Canterbury from Folkestone and at this time the run-in boards read Canterbury (SER) Change for Whitstable and Elham Valley Line
The Whitstable branch closed to passenger traffic on 1 January 1931, and traffic from the Elham Valley into Canterbury ceased from 1 December 1940. Following the Kent Coast Electrification Scheme Phase 2 in 1960 electric services started on 9 October 1961. Freight services were withdrawn on 13 September 1965 and the central through tracks were removed later in 1979.
In December 2009, Canterbury West became part of the Southeastern High Speed service to London St Pancras using the High Speed line from Ashford, significantly reducing journey times to London
In 2010 the railway station was refurbished to improve the station's accessibility. Funded by the Department for Transport
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's Access for All Scheme, the main change was the construction of a new footbridge allowing a step-free route between the station entrance and both platforms using two lifts. Other improvements include new tactile paving along the edge of the platform, new toilet facilities, new customer information screens and lighting, the redecoration of the ticket office and changes to the car park layout.
A ticket office (manned part time) and two ticket machines are contained within the main ticket hall, and the station is fitted with ticket barriers.
There is a small shop/cafe, and toilets on the London-bound platform.
There is parking and a taxi rank.
the typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 1tph (trains per hour) to London St Pancras
- 2tph to London Charing Cross
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, via and Sevenoaks
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- 2tph to Ramsgate
Ramsgate railway station serves the town of Ramsgate in Thanet in Kent, England, and is located about 10 minutes away on foot from the town centre. The station lies on the Chatham Main Line 127 km east of London Victoria, the Kent Coast Line, and the Ashford to Ramsgate line...
, one continuing to Margate
Margate railway station serves the town of Margate in Thanet in Kent, England. Train services are provided by Southeastern.Trains from the station generally run to London Victoria via , or to via Ramsgate, Canterbury West and Ashford International...