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*
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
2015/16 Decrease 0.884 million
– Interchange  Decrease 55,963
2016/17 Decrease 0.831 million
– Interchange  Decrease 51,396
Key dates Opened 22 July 1861 (22 July 1861)
National RailUK railway stations
* 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.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
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 southern terminus of the South Eastern Main Line in England, and is the main station serving the town of Dover, Kent, the other open station being Kearsney, on the outskirts. It is 77 miles 26 chains (124.4 km) down the line from London Victoria. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.


Dover Priory opened on 22 July 1861[1] 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[1] 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).[1]

In 1868 stationmaster Edward Walsh(e) was murdered by 18-year-old Thomas Wells, a porter for the LCDR,[2] after having rebuked him for poor work. Wells was convicted and hanged.[3]

The Southern Railway consolidated passenger services at Priory in 1927 and modernised the station between 1930 and 1932[4] at a cost of £135,000 (equivalent to £8,600,000 in 2016).[5] The new station re-opened on 8 May 1932.[6]

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.[7] The line up to Ramsgate, via Deal, was subsequently electrified under stage two of Kent Coast electrification in January 1961.[7] The line from Folkestone into Priory was electrified in June 1961.[7]

The high-speed service to London St Pancras started in 2009,[8] after the track in the tunnels to the south was realigned to allow for emergency evacuation from rolling stock without end doors.

Services to and from Folkestone Central were suspended on 24 December 2015 due to major damage to the track and sea wall near Dover harbour caused by strong winds & tidal surges.[9] A replacement bus service was in operation between the two stations, along with a modified timetable whilst repair work was carried out. This was expected to continue throughout 2016, whilst a new £44.5 million viaduct was constructed to replace the present rail embankment & sea wall.[10] The project was scheduled for completion in December 2016, but progressed faster than originally anticipated - the line reopened on 5 September 2016.[11]


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Dover
A high speed service to St Pancras

As of September 2016 the off peak service in trains per hour is:

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

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Dover Priory Station". Dover - Lock and Key of the Kingdom. 2007. Archived from the original on 7 February 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Steve Fielding (1994). Hangman's Record 1868-1899. 1. Chancery House. p. 2. ISBN 0-900246-65-0. 
  4. ^ David Glasspool (2007). "Dover Priory". Kent Rail. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "New Priory Station Opened". Dover Express. England. 13 May 1932. Retrieved 26 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b c "Electric Railways". 'Stendec Systems'. 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  8. ^ "Dover gets high-speed CTRL trains". BBC News. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2006. 
  9. ^ "Railway between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central closed after damage to sea wall"Network Rail Media Centre 27 December 2015; Retrieved 5 February 2016
  10. ^ "Dover to Folkestone railway expected to reopen in December"Network Rail press release; Retrieved 8 April 2016[dead link]
  11. ^ "Dover to Folkestone railway to reopen on Monday, 5 September, three months ahead of schedule."Network Rail press release 22 August 2016; Retrieved 25 August 2016

External links

  • Media related to Dover Priory railway station at Wikimedia Commons

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

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