East Malling railway station

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East Malling National Rail
East Malling Station.jpg
Location
Place East Malling
Local authority Tonbridge and Malling
Grid reference TQ702568
Operations
Station code EML
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 Increase 0.101 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.100 million
2015/16 Increase 0.102 million
2016/17 Decrease 97,322
2017/18 Increase 0.103 million
History
Key dates Opened May 1913 (May 1913)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at East Malling from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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East Malling railway station serves the village of East Malling in Kent, and is close to Ditton, Larkfield and Leybourne. It is 35 miles 64 chains (57.6 km) down the line from London Victoria.

The station, and most trains serving it, are operated by Southeastern.

History

East Malling Halt opened in 1913. The station is at high level, adjacent to the railway bridge over the High Street, and the platforms are accessed by steps from street level: there are no lifts. [1] Originally built of sleepers,[2] the halt was rebuilt in concrete in the late 1950s.[3] About a mile (1.6 km) east of the station, a siding served a small quarry in the 1930s. Further east still, were the two Preston Hall Tunnels, of 33 yards (30 m) and 54 yards (49 m) length. These had been removed by 1995.[1]

The ticket office here closed by 1988; it was located in a wooden building on the up (London-bound) platform, where the part retained as a shelter continues in use. A PERTIS 'permit to travel' machine, located at road level at the foot of the steep staircase to the up platform, suffices. There is a metal shelter on the down platform, where extensive underpinning of the concrete platform took place in 2006. The platforms were extended in the late 1980s to take 8-car trains, having previously been of 6-car length only.

Services

The typical off-peak service from the station is one train per hour to Ashford International via Maidstone East and one train per hour to London Victoria.

There is also a peak hour service via Thameslink across London,[4] serving City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International before travelling onto Bedford.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Malling   Southeastern
Maidstone East Line
  Barming

References

  1. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1995, East Malling.
  2. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustrations 63 & 64.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 65.
  4. ^ First Capital Connect Timetable, 2012
Sources
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1994). Swanley to Ashford. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1 873793 45 6.

External links

  • Train times and station information for East Malling railway station from National Rail

Coordinates: 51°17′10″N 0°26′20″E / 51.286°N 0.439°E / 51.286; 0.439

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