Dagenham Dock railway station
Dagenham Dock railway station is on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line serving the industrial areas, including the Ford assembly plant, around Dagenham in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, east London. It is 10 miles 45 chains (17.0 km) down the line from London Fenchurch Street and it is situated between Barking to the west and Rainham to the east. Its three-letter station code is DDK and it is in Travelcard zone 5.
|Local authority||London Borough of Barking and Dagenham|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||London, Tilbury and Southend Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 July 1908||Opened|
|London transport portal|
It was opened in 1908. The station and all trains serving it are currently operated by c2c. High Speed 1 and some freight tracks run parallel, however these are not directly accessible from the platforms. It is also an interchange with the East London Transit bus service.
On 18 December 1931, a freight train became divided at Dagenham Dock. Due to a signalman's error, a passenger train ran into the rear portion of the freight. Two people were killed and several were injured in the incident.
Although the station is relatively poorly served and located in an industrial area, there are plans to redevelop the area as London Riverside. Under these plans the station has become the southern terminus of phase one of the East London Transit and it is proposed that an eastern extension of the Docklands Light Railway would terminate here.
Situated to the immediate west of the station, the Ripple Lane inter-modal freight depot was originally developed to supply parts from across Europe to the Ford Dagenham plant. Today it has become a base for various continental freight services.
In 2009 Stobart Rail commenced a new, weekly refrigerated train service, operated in conjunction with DB Schenker. The 1,100 miles (1,800 km) from Valencia in Spain terminates at Ripple Lane, providing for an alternative to lorries for the import of fresh Spanish produce. The first fully refrigerated goods service to run through the Channel Tunnel, it is currently the longest train journey in Europe by a single operator. On the return journey to Spain, the train carries pallets for CHEP.
The typical off-peak service frequency is:
During peak times there are additional services including some connecting to other sections of the line beyond Grays.
- "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 75. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Truro: Atlantic Books. p. 19. ISBN 0-906899-07-9.
- Transport for London - East London Transit route map (PDF)
- Transport for London Archived 17 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine - DLR takes first steps toward Dagenham. 29 January 2007.