The station then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ashford International from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Ashford International railway station (IATA: QDH) serves Ashford in Kent, England.

Services are provided by Southeastern, Southern and Eurostar.

International services use platforms 3 & 4, whilst domestic trains use the original platforms 1 & 2, and a new island (platforms 5 & 6) built by British Rail when the Channel Tunnel opened.

While all tracks are electrified with 750 V DC third rail, platforms 3-6 are also electrified with 25 k V 50 Hz AC overhead line.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s by British Rail, the present station was served by Network South East until the privatisation of British Rail.

Ashford station has been rebuilt on two occasions in recent history.

The station layout up until the early 1960s consisted of two through tracks, two through platform loops and two bay platforms accessible from the east for terminating services.

The domestic terminal to the north of the tracks and the international terminal to the south are connected by a subway which has access to the platforms; access to the international trains on platforms 3 & 4 is only possible through an overbridge from the international terminal.

The local bus stops are located at the entrance to the domestic terminal.

The international terminal is connected to a multi-storey car park via a footbridge and also to the nearby Ashford Designer Outlet by a signposted footpath.

The present station was opened by the South Eastern Railway (SER) on 1 December 1842, and became part of the Southern Railway during the grouping of 1923.