Bexleyheath Line

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Bexleyheath Line
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operating
Locale Greater London
Termini Lewisham
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Rolling stock British Rail Class 376
British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 DC third rail
Route map
South Eastern Main Line
to Charing Cross
Lewisham Docklands Light Railway
South Eastern Main Line
to Dover
North Kent Line
to Woolwich Arsenal
Kidbrooke Tunnel
Eltham Well Hall(1895–1985)
A2 Rochester Way Relief Road
Eltham Park(1908–1985)
North Kent Line
to Woolwich Arsenal
Slade Green
River Cray
Dartford Loop Line
to Sidcup and SEML
Dartford Carriage Sidings
North Kent Line
to Rochester

The Bexleyheath Line runs for 8 miles (13 km) from Lewisham to Dartford in Kent operating between the North Kent Line just to the east of Blackheath station and to the same line south of Slade Green in Dartford.


The Bexley Heath Railway led by railway engineer Alfred Bean (owner of Danson House) secured the necessary Act of Parliament to build the line in 1883 but was not until 1 May 1895 that the Bexleyheath Line was finally opened. The company soon went into bankruptcy South Eastern Railway who had refused to build a line to serve the area between the two lines was then forced to take it over.

The line was electrified with the other South Eastern and Chatham Railway local routes to Dartford on 6 June 1926 by Southern Railway.

In 1985 the new Eltham railway station replaced two nearby stations; Well Hall station/Eltham Well Hall station) and Shooters Hill & Eltham Park station/Eltham Park station. The change coincided with the opening of the Rochester Relief Road which forms part of the A2 road.[1]

Service patterns[edit]

Off-peak & Saturday:

From 11 December 2011 the Barnehurst service continued to Slade Green and returned to London Cannon Street.[2]

Evenings & Sunday:


The Eltham Well Hall rail crash took place close to at Eltham Well Hall station in 1972 and resulted in 5 deaths and 126 injuries.[3]