Sevenoaks railway station


Sevenoaks railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Sevenoaks



manager = Southeastern
locale = Sevenoaks
borough = Sevenoaks
start = 2 March 1868
platforms = 4
code = SEV
usage0405 = 3.501
usage0506 = 3.585
usage0607 = 3.805

Sevenoaks railway station serves the town of Sevenoaks in Kent. Train services are provided by Southeastern.

Trains from the station run northbound to London Bridge, Cannon Street (direct at peak times), Waterloo East and London Charing Cross via Orpington, to London Blackfriars via Swanley and Catford, and southbound to Ashford International and Ramsgate via Dover Priory, and also Tunbridge Wells and Hastings.

History

Sevenoaks (formerly known as "Tubb's Hill", after the adjacent area) - was opened on 2 March 1868. There is a second station, on the branch to Swanley Junction, serving the north end of the town, opened earlier (2 June 1862). It is named after the local inn (now closed) - Bat & Ball.

Sevenoaks was the scene of a serious railway accident on 24 August 1927, when a passenger train ran out of control down the bank from the north. Thirteen people were killed.

The two lines to Sevenoaks was electrified in January 1935. It was the first station in Britain to be re-built with the later well-known British Rail red, white and blue colouring.

Sevenoaks is part of the rail franchise which, post-privatisation, was served by Connex South Eastern. Subsequent to their 'sacking' in 2003 due to poor performance, services were operated by South Eastern Trains, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). On 1 April 2006, Southeastern, owned by Govia, took over management of the station as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise.

ervices

Travel times to and from Charing Cross are between 30 and 60 minutes.

The current typical range of off-peak services from this station include:
*4 tph to London Charing Cross (Fast Service)
*1 tph to London Charing Cross (Stopping service via Grove Park and Lewisham)
*2 tph to London Blackfriars (Stopping service via Bromley South)
*2 tph to Tunbridge Wells
*2 tph to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells (one semi-fast, one slow)
*2 tph to Ashford International

During the peak period trains also serve London Cannon Street, City Thameslink. Also during the peak hours - some country bound services also serve Canterbury West, Dover Priory and Margate.

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