Maidstone West Railway Station
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Maidstone West Railway Station

Maidstone West
National Rail
375302 Maidstone West 19 may 2012.jpg
LocationMaidstone, Maidstone
Grid referenceTQ755553
Managed bySoutheastern
Other information
Station codeMDW
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
25 September 1844Opened (Terminus)
18 June 1856Through station opened
2015/16Decrease 0.830 million
 Interchange Decrease 64,579
2016/17Increase 0.847 million
 Interchange Increase 74,067
2017/18Increase 0.877 million
 Interchange Increase 0.107 million
2018/19Increase 0.922 million
 Interchange Increase 0.119 million
2019/20Decrease 0.905 million
 Interchange  Increase 0.120 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Maidstone West railway station in 1958

Maidstone West railway station is one of three railway stations which serve the town of Maidstone, the county town of Kent, England. It is on the Medway Valley Line, 42 miles 36 chains (68.3 km) from London Charing Cross via Strood and situated between Maidstone Barracks and East Farleigh. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.


Due largely to opposition from the town's merchants, and the fear expressed by the then Mayor that "Maidstone will be ruined as a commercial town",[1] the town was bypassed when the South Eastern Main Line opened by the South Eastern Railway (SER) in 1842. The line ran approximately eight miles to the south, with the nearest station being at Maidstone Road (later renamed Paddock Wood). On 25 September 1844, a branch line was opened from Paddock Wood to Maidstone West. This was extended further up the Medway Valley to the North Kent Line at Strood on 18 June 1856. The main station building is believed to date from this time.[2]

Maidstone West has a signal box -- located at the southern end of the station -- which is used as the point at which the mileage measurements and the "Up" and "Down" directions to London change.[3] South of the signal box, the distance from London is measured via Paddock Wood, and the Up (towards London) direction is southbound. From the signal box northwards, however, mileages are measured via Strood and the northbound line is the Up direction.[4] On 3 August 1944, the signal box was severely damaged when a doodlebug landed nearby. Seven people were killed, as well as two dray horses belonging to Maidstone brewers Fremlins. The signalbox was repaired and returned to service.[5]

Just south of Maidstone West was a station at Tovil (TQ 752 549). Passenger services ceased on 15 March 1943. A short line ran on a bridge across the River Medway to a goods station at Tovil Goods (TQ 754 545) until 3 October 1977, from which point the branch line closed completely.[6]


The typical off-peak service from the station is:[7]

During peak hours, two Southeastern high speed services run to St Pancras International in the morning, with one in the morning and two in the evening returning to Maidstone West. These services only call at Snodland between Strood and Maidstone West, with the exception of the morning Maidstone-bound and evening London-bound services which do not call at Snodland. There is also a Strood - Maidstone West shuttle during the late afternoon and evening (1 return journey during the morning).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Maidstone Barracks   Southeastern
Medway Valley Line
  East Farleigh
Snodland   Southeastern
High Speed 1
(limited peak services)
Disused railways
Terminus   Headcorn & Maidstone
Junction Light Railway
  Tovil Goods


  1. ^ J M Russell:The History of Maidstone published by John Hallewell Publications, 1978 (reprint of 1st Ed. 1881)
  2. ^ Body, Geoffrey. PSL Field Guide - Railways of the Southern Region (1984), page 128. Patrick Stephens Ltd, Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-664-5
  3. ^ Marsden, Colin J. Route Recognition: 1 -- Southern Region (1985), pages 124-125. Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton. ISBN 0-7110-1553-8
  4. ^ Body, page 128.
  5. ^ Angela Cole (30 July 2010). "Deadly doodlebug attack on signal box:a first-hand account". Kent Messenger. p. 38.
  6. ^ Body, page 128
  7. ^ Table 208 National Rail timetable, May 2020

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Coordinates: 51°16?14.50?N 0°30?56.50?E / 51.2706944°N 0.5156944°E / 51.2706944; 0.5156944

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