Margate railway station

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Margate National Rail
Margate railway station entrance Margate Kent England.jpg
Place Margate
Local authority District of Thanet
Grid reference TR347705
Station code MAR
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 Increase 0.627 million
– Interchange  Increase 2,148
2014/15 Increase 0.679 million
– Interchange  Increase 2,404
2015/16 Increase 0.829 million
– Interchange  Increase 6,258
2016/17 Increase 0.893 million
– Interchange  Increase 6,683
2017/18 Increase 1.008 million
– Interchange  Increase 7,285
Key dates Opened 5 October 1863 (5 October 1863)
Listed status
Listed feature Margate Railway Station
Listing grade II
Entry number 1260321[1]
Added to list 25 August 1987
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Margate from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Platform view
BR Standard 2-6-2T at Margate in 1958

Margate railway station serves the town of Margate in Thanet, Kent, England. It is 73 miles 69 chains (118.9 km) down the line from London Victoria. Train services are provided by Southeastern.

Trains from the station generally run to Victoria via Chatham or to London St Pancras via Ramsgate, Canterbury West and Ashford International. Peak hour trains run to St Pancras via Chatham and Gravesend and to London Cannon Street.


Ramsgate and Margate
Margate Sands
Margate West
Margate East
To Ashford and Dover
Dumpton Park
St Lawrence
Ramsgate Town
Ramsgate Harbour

The arrangement inherited by the Southern Railway in 1923 with the lines and stations closed in 1926 shown in pink (St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay had closed in 1916). The dotted line represents the new surface line and stations. Ramsgate and Dumpton Park both opened in 1926.

Trains first reached Ramsgate in April 1846 when the South Eastern Railway (SER) opened a line from Canterbury. It terminated at Ramsgate SER, later to be called Ramsgate Town. Later the same year the line opened across Thanet to Margate, to Margate SER, (later Margate Sands). Trains from Canterbury for Margate had to reverse at Ramsgate Town; a chord was built bypassing the station, but not often used. St Lawrence station was opened in 1864 just before this chord but closed in 1916.

The London Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) reached Margate from Herne Bay in 1863. This called at Margate LC&DR (later Margate West), East Margate (later Margate East), Broadstairs and via a 1,630-yard (1,490 m) tunnel terminated at Ramsgate LC&DR (later Ramsgate Harbour), located near the harbour and beach.

This arrangement was inherited by Southern Railway on grouping in 1923. To simplify the arrangement in 1926 a new line was opened connecting the SER line from the site of St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay to the LCDR line just south of Broadstairs. The current Ramsgate station and a new station at Dumpton Park were built on this new line. The Ramsgate Harbour station, line through the tunnel, and the Ramsgate Town station and old SER line across to Margate Sands were all closed in July 1926. Margate West station was renamed Margate in 1926. Margate East closed in 1953.

Until 1967 a service operated between Margate and Birkenhead Woodside via Ashford, Redhill, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham Snow Hill and Shrewsbury. The stock was provided on alternate days by successors to the Southern Railway and the Great Western being the Southern Region and the Western Region under British Rail. At Ashford a portion from Sandwich, Deal and Dover was attached/detached, likewise a Brighton portion at Redhill.


Margate railway station is a grade II listed building,[2] designed by Edwin Maxwell Fry and opened in 1926.[3]

In the media

The station was featured in Only Fools and Horses, in the 1989 episode The Jolly Boys' Outing.


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Westgate-on-Sea   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Ramsgate Branch
Broadstairs   Southeastern
Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line
Birchington-on-Sea   Southeastern
High Speed 1
St Pancras International to St Pancras International Circular
Broadstairs   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Margate via Ashford


  1. ^ Historic England. "Margate Station (1260321)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Margate Railway Station". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  3. ^ Ramsgate Railway Station, Kent[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011

Coordinates: 51°23′7.04″N 1°22′19.85″E / 51.3852889°N 1.3721806°E / 51.3852889; 1.3721806

External links

  • Train times and station information for Margate railway station from National Rail
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