Dover Priory railway station

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Dover Priory National Rail
Dover Priory Station 01.jpg
The station entrance
Place Dover
Local authority District of Dover
Grid reference TR313415
Station code DVP
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.902 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.861 million
2006/07 Increase 0.923 million
2007/08 Increase 0.960 million
2008/09 Increase 0.975 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.834 million
2010/11 Increase 0.934 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.915 million
- Interchange 0.195 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.905 million
- Interchange Decrease 0.177 million
2013/14 Increase 0.943 million
- Interchange Decrease 0.133 million
2014/15 Increase 0.961 million
- Interchange Increase 0.138 million
Key dates Opened 22 July 1861 (22 July 1861)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dover Priory from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Railways in Dover
Chatham Main Line
Ramsgate Branch and Kent Coast Line
to London Victoria
and other London Terminals
Charlton Tunnel
Dover Priory
Dover Harbour Tunnel
Dover Harbour 1861-1927
Mileage Change
↑ 77 mi 76 ch (Victoria)
↓ 76 mi 50 ch (Charing Cross)
Hawkesbury Street Junction
Connection to Train Ferry
Pier Junction
Admiralty Pier 1860-1909
Dover Marine/Western Docks 1909-1994
Dover Town 1844-1914
Archcliffe Junction
South Eastern Main Line
to London Charing Cross
and other London Terminals

Dover Priory railway station is the main station in Dover in Kent, England, with the other open station being Kearsney situated on the outskirts of Dover. (See this list for the other now-closed stations). All train services are provided by Southeastern. It is located in the south-east corner of the UK rail network and is the southern terminal of the South Eastern Main Line.


As of January 2016 the off peak service is:

Services to and from Folkestone Central however have been suspended since 24 December 2015 due to major damage to the track and sea wall near Dover harbour caused by strong winds & tidal surges.[3] A replacement bus service in operation between the two stations, along with a modified timetable whilst repair work is carried out.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Folkestone Central   Southeastern
High Speed 1
    Martin Mill
Folkestone Central   Southeastern
South Eastern Main Line
Folkestone Central   Southeastern
Kent Coast Line
  Martin Mill
Terminus   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch
    Canterbury East
Disused railways
Line and station open
  British Rail
Southern Region

Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch
  Dover Marine
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch
  Dover Harbour
Line open, station closed


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Dover

Dover Priory opened on 22 July 1861.[4] as the temporary terminus of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR). It became a through station on 1 November 1861, with the completion of a tunnel though the Western Heights to gain access to the Western Docks area, where LCDR created Dover Harbour station[4] The station was known as Dover Town but was renamed in July 1863 (leading to rival SER to adopt the name for one of its Dover stations).[4] Southern consolidated passenger services at Priory in 1927 and modernised the station in 1932.[5] The Chatham Main Line into Priory was electrified in 1959 as part of Stage 1 of Kent Coast Electrification, under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan.[6] The line up to Ramsgate, via Deal was subsequently electrified under stage two of Kent Coast electrification in January 1961.[6] The line from Folkestone into Priory was electrified in June 1961.[6] The high-speed service to London St Pancras started in 2009.[7] Special dispensation had to be sought to allow the service reach Dover as tunnels to the south are too narrow for emergency exits for rolling stock without end doors.

In 1868 stationmaster Edward Walsh(e) was murdered by 18-year-old Thomas Wells, a porter for the LCDR,[8] after having rebuked him for poor work. Wells was convicted and hanged.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2015
  2. ^ Table 212 National Rail timetable, December 2015
  3. ^ "Railway between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central closed after damage to sea wall"Network Rail Media Centre 27 December 2015; Retrieved 5 February 2016
  4. ^ a b c "Dover Priory Station". Dover - Lock and Key of the Kingdom. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  5. ^ David Glasspool (2007). "Dover Priory". Kent Rail. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  6. ^ a b c "Electric Railways". 'Stendec Systems'. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Dover gets high-speed CTRL trains". BBC News. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2006. 
  8. ^ Charles Hindley (1871). Curiosities of street literature, comprising "cocks," or "catch pennies": a large and curious assortment of street-drolleries, squibs, histories, comic tales in prose and verse, broadsides on the royal family, political litanies, dialogues, catechisms, acts of Parliament, street political papers ... Reeves and Turner. p. 239. 
  9. ^ Steve Fielding (1994). Hangman's Record 1868-1899 1. Chancery House. p. 2. ISBN 0-900246-65-0. 

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Coordinates: 51°7′34.16″N 1°18′18.43″E / 51.1261556°N 1.3051194°E / 51.1261556; 1.3051194