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New Station Built in Kent: How Does it Impact Access?

Using TRACC we undertook an analysis to ascertain whether adding a new rail station improves transport access

Nestled within a stone’s throw from the English Channel, Thanet Parkway Railway Station will open to passengers serving the area of Cliffsend with a new railway stop. The initiative brought forward by Kent County Council, Thanet District Council partnered with local enterprise groups hopes to bring improvements to the railway line between Canterbury towards Ashford International, Kent.

Just how many of those will be able to access Thanet Parkway Station, as well as level crossing, car parking and the unpublicised service information – we have made an estimation using TRACC.

Thanet Parkway will have two platforms, that serve commuters on the South Eastern network connecting Ramsgate to Cantebury, Kent. As the station will be housed between Minster and Ramsgate, we envisage to be several passenger trains running an hour and in our calculation we looked at Tuesday public transport travel time to Thanet Parkway between 7-9am. Where 5 new services would include trains in these times.

Current TP Station

Before Access Using TRACC

We can see the travel time access here, the coastal towns of Broadstairs and Ramsgate are within the hour but access further than 30 kilometers becomes scant, hence the council’s admission to increasing access to these outer areas to Thanet and vice versa.

After TP Station

After Access

Throw in a few stopover services in Thanet on a Tuesday morning and the area opens up access to many different areas in Kent to Margate, Herne Bay, Canterbury and the major hub Ashford International. We don’t know exactly the times trains will stop at this station, however, commuters will hope that the new investment will have an incremental increase in transport access.