Dartford railway station

Dartford railway station serves the town of Dartford in Kent, England. It is 17 miles 12 chains (27.6 km) down the line from London Charing Cross. Train services from the station are operated by Southeastern and Thameslink. Southeastern 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.

Dartford National Rail
Dartford Railway Station.jpg
Dartford is located in Kent
Location of Dartford in Kent
Local authorityBorough of Dartford
Grid referenceTQ543743
Managed bySoutheastern
Station codeDFD
DfT categoryC1
Number of platforms4
Fare zone8
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 3.183 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.420 million[1]
2015–16Increase 3.450 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.690 million[1]
2016–17Increase 3.908 million[1]
– interchange Increase 0.818 million[1]
2017–18Increase 4.164 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.430 million[1]
2018–19Increase 4.623 million[1]
– interchange Decrease 0.402 million[1]
Key dates
30 July 1849Station opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°26′51″N 0°13′09″E / 51.4475°N 0.2193°E / 51.4475; 0.2193Coordinates: 51°26′51″N 0°13′09″E / 51.4475°N 0.2193°E / 51.4475; 0.2193
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal
Station clock of Dartford's 19th century station building (1895)

The station is where three lines from London meet:

Westbound services normally terminate at London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street (both via London Bridge), London Victoria and, for Thameslink trains, Luton and Bedford. Services from London also continue through Dartford to Greenhithe (for Bluewater) to terminate at Gravesend, Strood, Rochester or Gillingham. Thameslink trains terminate at Rainham.

Many of the terminating services at Dartford form London bound services, but the remainder will be stabled and maintained at Slade Green Depot approximately two miles west on the North Kent Line. There are several sidings to the east of the station where terminating trains can be stabled until such time as needed to return to Dartford to form London bound services or until drivers are available to return the train to Slade Green Depot.


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.

Replacement of the 1972 station building was approved in 2011,[2] with enabling works started late that year, and major works commenced in mid-2012. The new building was completed in November 2013.[3]

Future DevelopmentEdit

In the future, Dartford station may form part of a Crossrail extension line, linking to Canary Wharf, London Paddington station, Heathrow Airport and Reading.[4]


In 1960, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by chance at the station, going on to be the core writing team of the Rolling Stones. There is a plaque on the London-bound platform to commemorate this fact.[5][6][7]

Dartford railway station gained a lot of attention due to the high numbers of people travelling using this line, mistakenly not knowing that Oyster cards were not valid, and there was evidence of being approached by staff and receiving penalty fares.[8] In September 2015 Transport for London extended the London fare zones to add Dartford to zone 8, thus allowing Oyster and Contactless payment methods to be used there.[9]


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Crayford   Southeastern
Sidcup Line
  Stone Crossing
Slade Green   Thameslink
North Kent Line
North Kent Line
Barnehurst   Southeastern
Bexleyheath Line
Victoria-Gravesend Line


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

Fastrack routes A and B serve the station.[10]

Go-Coach Hire routes 429, Dart 1 and Dart 2 serve the station.

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

Concessionary and electronic ticketingEdit

Oyster and contactless bank cardsEdit

Dartford entered the TfL zonal Oyster/contactless system on Sunday 6 September 2015, in Zone 8. Whilst season tickets, daily capping and contactless weekly capping are set at standard Zone 8 levels, single fares from Dartford are lower than "standard" Zone 8 fares.[11]

This followed Southeastern agreement to seek to bring Oyster/Contactless PAYG to Dartford by 31 January 2016 as part of the 2014–2018 franchise extension.[12]

Passenger representationEdit

Dartford Rail Travellers' Association[13] campaigns for improvements across the seven railway stations in the Dartford area - Dartford, Stone Crossing, Greenhithe for Bluewater, Swanscombe, Ebbsfleet International, Longfield and Farningham Road. The group operates through social media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ "Dartford station upgrade plans revealed : Southeastern". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Dartford Station, UK investment delivers a better railway for passengers | News | Breaking Travel News". breakingtravelnews.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction - Crossrail". crossrail.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Rolling Stones plaque 'disgusts' Bill Wyman - BBC News". bbc.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ Victor Bockris, Keith Richards: The Unauthorised Biography - Page 21, 2002, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-8868-4
  7. ^ Christopher Sandford, Keith Richards: Satisfaction - Page 174, 2004, Carroll & Graf Publishers, ISBN 0-7867-1368-2
  8. ^ "Passenger angry at fine for not knowing he could not use Oyster card at Dartford station (From News Shopper)". newsshopper.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Oyster cards and contactless payment now work in Dartford train station". kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Network_Maps/South_East/Thameside_Ntwrk_Dgm_(Mar08).pdf
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389306/RED_LSER_Franchise_Agreement_DA__x_.pdf
  13. ^ "Dartford Rail Travellers' Association - Campaigning for improvements to rail transport serving the 7 stations in the borough of Dartford". Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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