North Kent Line


North Kent Line
North Kent Line

The North Kent Line, shown with other railway lines in Kent.
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
South East England
Termini London Charing Cross
London Cannon Street
Gillingham
Dartford
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Rolling stock Class 375 "Electrostar"
Class 376 "Electrostar"
Class 395 "Javelin"
Class 465 "Networker"
Class 466 "Networker"
Technical
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 DC third rail
[v · d · e]North Kent Line
Legend
Unknown BSicon "ACCa"
London Charing Cross London Underground
Bridge over water
Hungerford Bridge over Thames
Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg"
Former link to SWML across Waterloo's concourse
Unknown BSicon "xACCa" Straight track
Waterloo London Underground
Continuation forward Straight track
SWML to the South West
Interchange on track
Waterloo East for Waterloo and Southwark London Underground
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Blackfriars Road
Straight track Continuation backward
Thameslink to Blackfriars
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Junction to right
Continuation forward Straight track Straight track
BML, CML and Thameslink
Junction from left Track turning right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKDSTa"
Southwark Depot
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Unknown BSicon "ABZld" Continuation to right
Borough Market Junction to Cannon Street
Unknown BSicon "ACCa" Unknown BSicon "ACC"
London Bridge London Underground
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Spa Road Closed 1915
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Southwark Park Closed 1915
Unknown BSicon "ÜWgol" Unknown BSicon "ÜWgor"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWgo+l" Unknown BSicon "ÜWgo+r"
Continuation to left Junction to right Straight track
South London Line to London Victoria
Continuation to left Track turning right Straight track
Brighton Main Line to Brighton
Unknown BSicon "exKHSTl" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg"
Bricklayers' Arms
Junction to left Continuation to right
North Kent East Junction to Greenwich Line
Interchange on track
New Cross (London Overground National Rail from 2010)
Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Stop on track
St Johns
Continuation to left Junction from right Straight track
Nunhead to Lewisham link
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Junction to right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "ÜWgol" Unknown BSicon "ÜWgor"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "ÜWgo+l" Unknown BSicon "ÜWgo+r"
Track turning from left Junction to right Unknown BSicon "CPICAl" Unknown BSicon "CPICAr"
Lewisham Docklands Light Railway
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "ABZ3rf" Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Junction to right Straight track
Hayes Line
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "ABZ3rf"
Track turning right + Unknown BSicon "ÜWc2"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWor"
South Eastern Main Line, Dartford Loop Line
Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+l"
+ Unknown BSicon "ÜWc4"
Station on track
Blackheath
Continuation to left Junction to right
Bexleyheath Line
Enter and exit tunnel
Blackheath Tunnel 1 mile
Junction from left Track turning from right
Junction from left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Continuation to right
Greenwich Line
Straight track Non-passenger end station
Angerstein Wharf aggregates
Unknown BSicon "ACC"
Charlton
Level crossing
Charlton Lane Crossing
Enter and exit short tunnel
Charlton Tunnel 154 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
Mount Street Tunnel 121 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
Dockyard Tunnel 121 yds
Stop on track
Woolwich Dockyard
Enter and exit short tunnel
Coleman Street Tunnel 89 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
George IV Tunnel 238 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
Calderwood Street Tunnel 58 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
Cross Street Tunnel 134 yds
Unknown BSicon "CPICAl" Unknown BSicon "utCPICAra"
Woolwich Arsenal Docklands Light Railway
Straight track Unknown BSicon "utSTRlf" Unknown BSicon "utCONTl"
Docklands Light Railway
Stop on track
Plumstead
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
to Royal Arsenal
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Church Manor Way Halt
Unknown BSicon "ACC"
Abbey Wood
Stop on track
Belvedere
Stop on track
Erith
Stop on track
Slade Green
Junction to left Track turning from right
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "ABZrd" Straight track
Bexleyheath Line
Straight track Non-passenger station/depot on track
Slade Green Depot
Junction from left Track turning right
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "ABZrd"
Dartford Loop Line
Unknown BSicon "ACC"
Dartford
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZdf" Track turning from right
Non-passenger end station Straight track Non-passenger end station
Dartford Carriage Sidings
Stop on track
Stone Crossing
Stop on track
Greenhithe for Bluewater
Enter and exit tunnel
Greenhithe Tunnel 253 yds
Stop on track
Swanscombe
Stop on track
Northfleet
Continuation backward Straight track
High Speed 1 towards St Pancras
Unknown BSicon "ACC" Straight track
Ebbsfleet International
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
Gravesend West Line
Continuation forward Straight track
High Speed 1 towards Channel Tunnel
Unknown BSicon "ACC"
Gravesend
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Milton Road Halt
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Denton Halt
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Milton Range Halt
Stop on track
Hoo Junction Staff Halt
Junction to left Continuation to right
The Hundred of Hoo Railway
Stop on track
Higham
Enter and exit tunnel
Strood Tunnel 3931 yds
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exKBHFr"
Strood (1st) (Old terminus)
Stop on track
Strood
Track turning from left Transverse track Junction to right
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Unknown BSicon "eABZ3lg" Junction from right
Rochester Bridge Junction for CML
Continuation to left Track turning right Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Straight track
Medway Valley Line
Unknown BSicon "exHST" Straight track
Rochester Bridge
Unknown BSicon "exABZrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Unknown BSicon "exWBRÜCKE" Bridge over water
Rochester Bridge over Medway
Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Unknown BSicon "exSTRlf" Unknown BSicon "eABZlg" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Unknown BSicon "ACC" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Rochester
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exHST"
Rochester Common
Unknown BSicon "ACC" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Chatham
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFe"
Chatham Central
Unknown BSicon "ACC"
Gillingham
Abbreviated in this map
Chatham Main Line
Continuation forward
to Dover Priory and Ramsgate

The North Kent Line is a railway line which connects central and south east London with Dartford and Medway.

Contents

History

Construction

The North Kent Line was the means by which the South Eastern Railway (SER) were able to connect its system to London at London Bridge. In 1846 the SER purchased the Thames and Medway Canal tunnel near Higham and laid railway tracks through it; in 1847 trains were working through from the Strood terminus, on the River Medway to Gravesend. From 30 July 1849 the line was extended, via Blackheath, to a junction with the London and Greenwich Railway at North Kent East Junction, near Deptford, and through trains were now working.

Electrification

The line is electrified (750v DC third rail). Electrification was initially to Dartford (6 June 1926) and was extended to Gillingham by World War Two.

The Route and Services

The North Kent Line is regarded[by whom?] as a high-frequency line, with all stations in the London area being served by at least 4 trains per hour, with Lewisham being served by 14tph. Interchange with the Docklands Light Railway is available at Lewisham, Woolwich Arsenal & Greenwich.

A major timetable change was introduced in December 2009 in connection with domestic high speed services on High Speed 1. This has led to additional services from St Pancras International operating along High Speed 1, then using the North Kent Line from Gravesend, continuing then along the Chatham Main Line to Faversham.

All passenger services are provided by Southeastern, and interchange with the Docklands Light Railway is available at Lewisham, Woolwich Arsenal & Greenwich. From January 2010, Oyster Pay-as-you-Go has been accepted on services within the London Travelcard Zones. The entire line is also within the Penalty fare scheme.

In addition to the two Docklands Light Railway connections there is a connection at New Cross with the London Overground line, the line has a mixture of fast, semi fast and slow services, and from 2009 high speed services on the High Speed One route from Gravesend to St. Pancras International.

From 1999-2002 there were semi-fast trains starting from Plumstead to London Victoria briefly resuming a 1980s service pattern. This service was for the Millennium Dome.

Future

Abbey Wood is to become the eastern terminal for Crossrail.

Stations

Train services working the Line today take the following route; the first ten miles (16 km) passes through many tunnels, included on the list:

The North Kent Line connects with the LCDR Chatham Main Line at Rochester Bridge Junction, about 200 m beyond Strood station. It totals some 30 miles (48 km) in length.

Service patterns

The current service pattern (as of December 2009) is as follows:

Off-peak & Saturday:

  • 2tph between London Cannon Street & Dartford via Greenwich (stopping service)
  • 2tph between London Cannon Street & Slade Green via Greenwich (stopping service)
  • 2tph between London Cannon Street & Slade Green via Greenwich, continuing to London Cannon Street via Dartford Loop Line
  • 2tph between London Charing Cross & Gillingham (semi-fast)
  • 2tph between London Charing Cross & Gravesend via Dartford Loop Line
  • 2tph between St Pancras International & Faversham via High Speed One

Sunday:

  • 2tph between London Charing Cross & Dartford via Greenwich (stopping service)
  • 2tph between London Bridge & Plumstead via Greenwich (stopping service)
  • 2tph between London Charing Cross & Gillingham (semi-fast)

Peak hour frequencies vary, with services from the Bexleyheath & Dartford loop lines also running to & from stations to Gillingham

The December 2009 timetable withdrew peak hour services between Charlton & Blackheath with all services running via Greenwich instead. This has been met with much criticism from passenger groups.

See also

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • North Kent Line — London Charing Cross–Rochester Streckenlänge: 48 km Spurweite: 1435 mm (Normalspur) Stromsystem: 750 V = Zweigleisigkeit: ja Legende …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • North London Line — A Class 378 Capitalstar at Canonbury in June 2010 Overview Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail, Freight …   Wikipedia

  • North Downs Line — Overview Type Suburban rail, Heavy rail System National Rail …   Wikipedia

  • North Clyde Line —      North Clyde Line A Class 334 crosses the River Leven between Dumbarton and Dalreoch …   Wikipedia

  • North London Line City Branch — [v · d · …   Wikipedia

  • New North Main Line — Overview Type Suburban rail System National Rail Status Operational Locale Greater London …   Wikipedia

  • North End, Bexley — Coordinates: 51°28′01″N 0°11′39″E / 51.46693°N 0.19408°E / 51.46693; 0.19408 …   Wikipedia

  • Kent Police — Logo of the Kent Police. Motto Protecting and serving the people of Kent …   Wikipedia

  • Kent — /kent/, n. 1. James, 1763 1847, U.S. jurist. 2. Rockwell /rok wel , weuhl/, 1882 1971, U.S. illustrator and painter. 3. William, 1685 1748, English painter, architect, and landscape gardener. 4. a county in SE England. 1,445,400; 1442 sq. mi.… …   Universalium

  • North East MRT Line — North East Line redirects here. For the railway line in Australia, see North East railway line.      North East MRT Line 东北地铁线 வடக்கு கிழக்கு எம்ஆர்டி வழி …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.