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Longfield railway station

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Place  Longfield
Station code  LGF
DfT category  D
Opened  June 1872
Local authority  Borough of Dartford
Grid reference  TQ601688
Managed by  Southeastern
2011/12  0.501 million
Number of platforms  2
Longfield railway station
Address  Longfield DA3 7QA, United Kingdom
Similar  Meopham railway station, Farningham Road railway st, Newington railway station, Sole Street railway station, Teynham railway station

Longfield railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the villages of Longfield and Hartley, Kent. It is 23 miles 30 chains (37.6 km) down-line from London Victoria and is situated between Farningham Road and Meopham.

Contents

The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.

History

Although situated in Longfield, the station was originally named after Fawkham when it opened in June 1872. The name of a nearby village was chosen as a local land owner had offered land and cash for provision of a station.

The original station was destroyed by fire around 1900, but rebuilt in the same location. The railway line through Fawkham station was electrified in 1939 with electric trains operating between Victoria and Gillingham. Steam trains continued to pass through the station on their way to/from the Kent Coast until June 1959 when those services were then also turned over to electric operation.

With the start of summer timetable in 1961, the true location of the station was recognised when it was renamed 'Longfield for Fawkham & Hartley' from 12 June. By the end of the 1960s the cumbersome appendences were dropped in favour of plain Longfield, although the longer name survived on some signs and tickets well into the next decade.

The station building built following the fire of 1900 was demolished in 1971 and replaced by the contemporary CLASP prefabricated design favoured by British Rail.

Usage of the station has grown considerably in the last thirty years, as it rests within a large catchment area of residential development. The frequency of services and journey times to and from London also attracts commuters away from the slower North Kent Line services provided at Gravesend, Northfleet and Swanscombe stations.

Service

The typical Monday to Saturday off-peak service is

  • 3 tph to London Victoria
  • 2 tph to Dover Priory
  • 1 tph to Ramsgate.
  • The typical Sunday service from the station is

  • 1 tph to London Victoria via Bromley South
  • 1 tph to Canterbury East.
  • References

    Longfield railway station Wikipedia


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