Margate railway station

Margate National Rail
Place Margate
Local authority Thanet
Station code MAR
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *   0.585 million
2005/06 * increase 0.595 million
2006/07 * increase 0.660 million
2007/08 * increase 0.672 million
2008/09 * increase 0.672 million
Opened 5 October 1863 (5 October 1863)
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Margate from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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BR Standard 2-6-2T at Margate in 1958

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 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.



Margate railway station is a grade II listed building,[1] constructed in 1926 by Edwin Maxwell Fry.[2]

In the media

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


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

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
London-Broadstairs via Chatham
Peak only
Broadstairs   Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Margate via Ashford


[v · d · e]Ramsgate and Margate
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Margate Sands
Margate West
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Chatham Main Line
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to London Victoria
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Margate East
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To Ashford and Dover
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Dumpton Park
St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay
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Ramsgate Town
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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 C&D (later Margate West), East Margate (later Margate East), Broadstairs and via a 1630 yd tunnel terminated at Ramsgate C&D (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 east of Ramsgate Town 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. At Ashford a portion from Sandwich, Deal and Dover was attached/detached, likewise a Brighton portion at Redhill.


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

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