( 2019 / 2020 entry / exit figures : 92 430 )
Opened in 1890 by the South East Railway, Halling was a late addition to this section of the Medway Valley Line. And Unusually for this line, the platforms were not staggered.
As was usual, the Maidstone bound side of the line wasn’t very opulent, just having the one covered waiting shelter, and getting to this platform was via a foot crossing initially.
The station was however provided with this unique single story brick built station building on the Strood bound side. There was also a canopy attached to this, although this was removed in 1973.
The bridge you see here was installed four years after the initial opening, and a signal box at the north end of this platform, as well as two small sidings completed this side of the station.
This view from the bridge is facing south. Although Halling only had two small sidings, a spur did come off the line to the south of the station to Halling Manor Cement works. There was also a spur north of the station seen here which lead to Clinkham Lime works. Having closed years ago, it is a surprise to still see the spur still in place, however works were taking place on it when I was here, and indeed improvements to this spur now enable freight trains (currently Colas) to reverse from Halling station into the industrial area beyond.
Currently there are 2 trains per hour in both directions Monday through Sunday with extra at peak times, using class 375 EMUs.
Even though the original canopies and shelters have gone, Halling still retains some charm with both its location and brick built station building. Its proximity to new housing developments should ensure its future, which that is obviously a good thing. For the enthusiast, sight lines are excellent, especially from the bridge, although sun is a factor when facing Maidstone bound.
This video was taken on my last visit to Halling Railway Station :
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