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In South East London, near to Dartford, on a mainly passenger line, but with some freight, and a great view.
Railway type and traffic
Its a suburban line, one of three to Dartford. The majority of traction is Southeastern class 376 and class 465 / Class 466. Freightliner services (Monday to Friday, Class 66) pass at around 11:40 and 19:10 towards London from Grain. On some occasions, DB Schenker Class 66s passes at around 17:10 for Didcot with Cargowaggons. When the Sidcup and Woolwich lines are closed for Engineering works or are experiencing diversion, the Bexleyheath line is used. There is also additional freight at weekends in the form of Hoo Junction based Civil Engineers trains, or additional Freightliner services, usually to Scunthorpe or Crewe. DRS do not operate, GBRf do use the line for the Civil Engineers trains, but have no WTT services. Interestingly, a new intermodal / supermarket distribution facility at Slade Green will direct many new intermodal services to the line.
It may not be a huge freight place, but staying in the area does afford great connections to many other places where freight is far more frequent, and you can use Erith for Angerstein traffic, or Stone Crossing for Hoo and Thamesport / Grain traffic. Also, it is in the Travelcard Zones, so cheap train fares to London for all forms of freight is available.
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The area itself is very safe, and after dark is just as fine. It is suburban, but not in one of those 'dodgy London suburbs'. The station affords great views either way, and the shot from the footbridge for trains towards London are also very reasonable.
From the A2, jump off at the Black Prince interchange. Head towards Bexleyheath, up the Gravel Hill. At the Mariott hotel, continue straight forwards, all the way past the Bus Garage, and down to the second mini roundabout. Turn right towards the parade of shops, and take the first left down Hornbeam Lane to leave your car.
The car park is very safe, has many cameras, and as the area is fine, it is ok to leave your cars.
Buses 89 / 99 / 229 / 492 serve the local area from places such as Bluewater, Dartford, Bexley, Crayford, Erith, Slade Green, Woolwich and Bexleyheath. The more obvious solution is the train, which is served by trains every 10 minutes or so from / to Lewisham, of which every 30 minutes to each of Cannon Street, Victoria and Charing Cross. Only four of these six trains an hour continue to Dartford, two terminate. On Sunday, it is a half hourly service from Charing Cross to Dartford.
There are varying places for toilets, including the station. There are take aways for Pizza, Chinese, Indian and Fish & Chips. There is always a newsagent or off licence open from 06:00 through to 00:00, all prices are reasonable. The best is 'The Cabin'. The regular buses go to Bexleyheath, where you can find McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and many other such places.
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