Dartford railway station

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Dartford National Rail
Dartford
Location
Place Dartford
Local authority Dartford
Grid reference TQ543743
Operations
Station code DFD
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  2.894 million
2005/06 Increase 2.963 million
2006/07 Increase 3.147 million
2007/08 Increase 3.311 million
2008/09 Decrease 3.213 million
2009/10 Decrease 3.034 million
2010/11 Increase 3.049 million
2011/12 Increase 3.067 million
- Interchange 0.382 million
2012/13 Decrease 3.022 million
- Interchange Increase 0.384 million
History
Key dates Opened 30 July 1849 (30 July 1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dartford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Dartford railway station serves the town of Dartford in Kent, England. All train services from the station are operated by Southeastern, which also manages the station. Dartford is a major interchange station in the North Kent region of the Southeastern network. Ticket barriers control access to the platforms.

The station is the nodal point for three lines from London:

Lines terminate west of Dartford at London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street via London Bridge, and London Victoria.

The first station was opened here by the South Eastern Railway it extended its North Kent Line from Gravesend on 30 July 1849, taking the line from there to London. The original station building had an Italianate design; this was replaced by a glass and metal ticket office complex in 1972. A footbridge leads across the line to the two island platforms, which are capable of a very large number of train movements during a working day. There are four carriage sidings at the country end of the station. Replacement of the 1972 station building was approved in 2011,[1] with enabling works started late that year, and major works commencing in mid-2012. The new building was opened in August 2013 with all works scheduled for completion by November of that year.[2]


In the future, Dartford station may form part of a Crossrail extension line, linking to Canary Wharf, London Paddington station and Heathrow airport.[3]

British Transport Police maintain a neighbourhood policing presence at Dartford.[4]

In 1960, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by chance at the station, resulting in the formation of The Rolling Stones.[5][6]

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is:

Connections[edit]

Arriva Kent Thameside Routes 414, 423, 455, 477, 480, 490 serve the station.

Fastrack A and Fastrack B serve the station. [7]

London Buses Routes 96, 428 and 492 serve the station. London Travelcards and Bus Passes are valid on these throughout the entire route.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Slade Green
or
Abbey Wood
  Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Stone Crossing
or
Greenhithe
or
Terminus
Crayford Southeastern
Dartford Loop Line
Barnehurst Southeastern
Bexleyheath Line

Concessionary and electronic ticketing[edit]

Oyster-based[edit]

Although not within Greater London, cross-boundary concessionary travel is available (other than Mon-Fri before 09.30) between Greater London and Dartford station for the following :-

Oyster 60+[8]
London Boroughs' Freedom Pass[9]

Use of such tickets might involve inspection by staff rather than use of automatic gates.[10]

Non-concessionary Oyster cards are valid on TfL bus routes but not on trains to/from the station.

Non-Oyster[edit]

Dartford station is not currently (3 Aug 2014) listed as equipped for use of other contactless cards.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°26′51″N 0°13′09″E / 51.4475°N 0.2193°E / 51.4475; 0.2193