Thanet Parkway


11th November 2023

Now at ground level, at the foot of the embankment, a south westward view shows the roofed metal staircase that serves the Minster-bound platform. Ticket machines are provided on both sides of the railway at this unstaffed station. © David Glasspool


11th November 2023

An existing bridge located beyond the Ramsgate ends of the platforms, through which formerly passed a farm track, saved the expense of a footbridge or boring a subway. © David Glasspool


11th November 2023

On the northern fascia of the bridge seen in the previous photograph, a commemorative plaque has been installed. This marks the opening of the new station and the history of a long-closed halt that once served the area. A snippet from “Railway News”, 25th April 1908, mentions the opening of Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt: “A new "halt" at Cheriton, between Shorncliffe and Sandling Junction, was opened for traffic on 1st May, and both the rail-motor train running between Dover and Hythe and the Elham Valley steam train call there. A month later — on 1st June — similar "halts" were opened near Ramsgate at Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend.” The article provides a different opening date to the plaque at Thanet Parkway: 1st June instead of 7th May. However, the article also seems to think that Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend were two separate stations, so perhaps the opening date given by the publication is also inaccurate. © David Glasspool


11th November 2023

The infrastructure associated with the Ramsgate platform is a mirror image of that already seen on the opposite side of the tracks. The end of the platform is marked by the windbreak. © David Glasspool


11th November 2023

The station has a spacious paved forecourt and the luxury of a dedicated block of toilets, the latter evident just right of centre in this Minster-bound view. The car park can accommodate 293 vehicles and, on this occasion, was relatively well-filled for a weekend. © David Glasspool


11th November 2023

The banner running along the side of the station at platform level reads: "Thanet Parkway - Station Now Open - 70 Minutes To London". The bridge under the running lines, linking both platforms, can just be seen on the left, obscured by the bus shelter. © David Glasspool