The Anonymous Widower

Northfleet Station – June 27th 2022

This Google Map shows Northfleet station.

Note.

  1. The two tracks through the station are the North Kent Line.
  2. The other two tracks are freight sidings.
  3. The car-parks at Ebbsfleet station are in the South-West corner of the map.
  4. There appears to be a large cleared site to the North-West of the station.

These pictures show the station.

Northfleet station is best characterised by a series of negatives.

  • No step-free access from street-to-platform.
  • No step-free access from platform-to-train.
  • No train information on the London-bound platform.
  • No toilets.
  • No ticket office.
  • No staff
  • Not enough seats.
  • Not enough car parking.
  • Not enough trains.

The only thing that is ready for Crossrail are the long platforms, which will take a 240 metre long train.

A Crossrail To Ebbsfleet Station

This station will need to be made step-free, if Crossrail is extended to Ebbsfleet station.

The station will be handling ten trains per hour (tph) in both directions, with 4 tph terminating at the station.

I suspect new platforms will be built to accommodate the terminating trains.

 

June 27, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. with an estimated £3B bill to get to Lizzie line Ebbsfleet ain’t got much chance of ever happening.

    I’s also say that grotty subways that you get at many SR stations are worse than the arrangement at Swanscombe

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | June 27, 2022 | Reply

  2. Wait on your first point until I finish the posts about what I saw today.

    I’ll agree with you about subways.

    Comment by AnonW | June 27, 2022 | Reply

  3. Much of what you have stated about Northfleet station, is accurate – however, I can confirm that Northfleet does possess a ticket office (albeit gor part time hours only Mon to Fri).
    The other elephant in the room, are the existing restrictions in getting Crossrail to Gravesend. Hence Northfleet – which much of it in all honesty, are suburban wards of neighbouring Gravesend, rather than a functioning real town and will require turnback facilities for some of the services.
    I might add that there are now growing calls for an East Gravesend station, linked to potential regeneration in North and East Gravesham.
    Such a station could be designed with the appropriate amount of platforms etc from day one and resolve the issues regarding the acutely restricted existing station in Gravesend town centre.

    Comment by Jack Jones | July 3, 2022 | Reply

  4. I would assume that Northfleet will get turnback facilities in the existing freight lines.

    I feel that Hoo could be the terminus, but that doesn’t rule out an East Gravesend station which would be a simple through station with perhaps a bus terminal and appropriate parking.

    I also think Hoo could be linked by buses to the centre of Chatham through the tunnel. Gillingham and Chatham stations are pretty cramped

    Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by AnonW | July 3, 2022 | Reply


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