Dartford Loop Line

Dartford Loop Line
Dartford Loop Line
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini Charing Cross
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Rolling stock British Rail Class 376
British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 DC third rail
[v · d · e]Dartford Loop Line
Continuation backward
South Eastern Main Line
Station on track
Hither Green
Continuation to left Junction to right
South Eastern Main Line
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Stop on track
New Eltham
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Stop on track
Albany Park
Stop on track
Stop on track
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North Kent Line & Bexleyheath Line
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Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZdf" Track turning from right
Non-passenger end station Straight track Non-passenger end station
Dartford Carriage Sidings
Continuation forward
North Kent Line

The Dartford Loop Line (often referred to as the Sidcup Line) is one of three lines linking London with Dartford in Kent, England. It lies to the south of the other two: the North Kent Line and the Bexleyheath Line.




It was opened by the South Eastern Railway on 1 September 1866: because there are no major engineering works on the route it took a mere four years to build.


The line was electrified with the other SECR local routes to Dartford on 6 June 1926 by Southern Railway.


The line is a little over 14 km (8.7 mi) in length. The following are the stations served:

  • Hither Green - the station lies on the main line from London to Kent: there are separate platforms for the Loop Line
    • here there is a triangular junction for freight traffic going to the extensive Hither Green freight sidings
  • Lee
  • Mottingham - named Eltham until 1927
  • New Eltham - built in 1878 to serve a growing suburban area; originally named Pope Street
  • Sidcup
  • Albany Park - opened 7 July 1935 to serve a new housing development
  • Bexley (the scene of the Bexley derailment)
  • Crayford
    • here there is a triangular junction with the North Kent Line providing access to the Slade Green carriage sidings and to Dartford.

Future plans

The line was due to be served by Thameslink trains following the completion of the first phase of the Thameslink Programme, however plans have since seen these services added to the North Kent Line instead.

Service patterns

Off-peak & Saturday:

Evenings & Sunday:

See also

External links

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