The new Thanet Parkway station is open
Kent’s first new railway station in eight years, Thanet Parkway opened to customers on Monday 31 July bringing the capital closer to the coast and opening up Thanet to new jobs and new business.
Located between Ramsgate and Minster, Thanet Parkway station will boost the local and wider Kent economy by supporting connections to new housing and new business and job opportunities, particularly at surrounding business parks in Thanet and Dover, as well as supporting the area’s leisure and tourism industry.
What facilities does it have?
The station has two 250 metre platforms that can accommodate spacious 12-car trains, offering high speed services to St Pancras International via Ashford International in as little as 70 minutes, as well as Mainline connections to London terminals and across Kent and Medway.
The station is fully accessible – from car park to platform – and there are a range of facilities at the station for the safety and comfort of customers during their journeys, including:
- lifts and stairs to access the platforms
- passenger help points to provide remote assistance for those who need it.
- ticket vending machines
- waiting shelters and seating, and
- hearing loops.
What services does it have?
The station provides connections to a wide range of leisure destinations enabling customers to visit places such as Canterbury (17 mins), Margate (16 mins), Ashford International (32 mins) and Broadstairs (11 mins).
Is there parking available?
As the name suggest Thanet Parkway has excellent parking facilities, with space available for 293 vehicles, including 16 for Blue Badge holders, as well as a number of charging points for electric vehicles.
How can I get to the station?
A new road provides access to the station from the A299 Hengist Way.
There is also excellent cycling access to Cliffsend village with both bike racks and secure bike storage facilities available. Pedestrian access is also available from Cliffsend village.
The local operator, Stagecoach will not be serving the station when it first opens but there will be a shuttle bus that runs to the Discovery Business Park nearby.
As well as rail connections for London and across Kent, Thanet Parkway station provides the potential for an integrated transport hub in the future.
Who built and funded the station?
Network Rail was the lead partner on the construction of the new station, and the development is part of a wider programme to upgrade several level crossings between Ramsgate, Canterbury West and Ashford International to enable calls at the new station.
The station was funded by:
- South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) (Local Growth Fund)
- Getting Building Fund (HM Government)
- New Stations Fund
- Thanet District Council
- Kent County Council
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