The Anonymous Widower

Rainham (Kent) Station

There are two stations with the same name and this Rainham station is the one in Kent, which is to the East of Gillingham on the Chatham Main Line.

It is a busy station, which has these typical off-peak services.

  • 2 trains per hour (tph) to London St Pancras via Chatham and Ebbsfleet International
  • 3 tph to London Victoria via Chatham and Bromley South (1ph calling at Denmark Hill)
  • 1 tph to Sittingbourne and Faversham only
  • 2 tph to Dover Priory via Canterbury East
  • 2 tph to Ramsgate via Margate

Adding them up gives 5 tph in both directions, with a choice of Highspeed or traditional services to and from two London termini.

The station has benefited from the East Kent Resignalling Project. This is said in Wikipedia.

Rainham has a new bay platform off the up-line, which can accommodate a 12-car train, labelled Platform 0. It is now being used as a Terminus for a couple of evening rush hour trains.

It would appear to be an extra platform, that has been fitted well into the layout of the station.

If Thameslink does run a service from Rainham to Luton from 2018, the platform would have no difficulty turning the two trains per hour.

This will give a 2 tph service to three London termini; London Bridge, Blackfriars and St. Pancras on its way to Luton.

The level crossing at the station, probably limits the number of trains through Rainham station, despite the fact that some may be timed to pass in the station, which reduces the number of times it closes to road traffic.

So using the bay platform 0 for Thameslink, increases the frequency to the West of the station to 7 tph, but leaves that through the crossing at 5 tph.

It seems to be a sensible way to increase train frequencies without choking road traffic too much.

I very much like the thinking behind the design.

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September 20, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

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