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The location is a public footbridge between Shakespeare Tunnel and the old site of Dover Western Dock Yard. The nearest town is Dover and the docks can be seen from this location.
Railway type and traffic
This is the main line out of Dover towards Folkestone and on to the capital, the main stay of traffic are 375s, but the odd tour and engineers train go this way along with the almost bi-monthly visit of DRS 37s on the Serco.
Due to the twin bore, single line, nature of the tunnels the line is limited to what can operate. There needs to be an emergency exit at the end of the train, therefore no passenger train can go though being Top and Tailed.
The footbridge is accessed by a number of uneven steps down the cliff face and is a short walk from parking space. The other side of the bridge leads down to the beach. There is a small housing estate but most people were going down to the beach.
The parking location is just off the A20 at the round-a-bout with the South Military Road, follow this road for a short distance and you will see a bus stop and a public toilet block. You will be able to park just around the corner.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Shakespeare Tunnel map co-ordinates
Parking is on the road side, this is a small estate but all was well and looked fine.
Just up the road is a local Post Office and a local shop. There are also public toilets near the bus stop.
Plenty of accomodation in Dover.
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The line at this location is East - West so sunlight is not a big problem and there are views in both direction. The distance from the tunnel to the bridge will only allow about 6 car train, and you need to keep an eye up the tunnel for approaching trains as it is possible to get caught out as the train exits the tunnel (you can see right though the tunnel). The view towards Dover is good and trains have to slow down for the sharp curve on the approach and exit to the South of Dover Priory so you will not get caught out. The height of the bridge wall is low enough to have a tripod set up for videoing, but I would say the sound of crashing waves may put some people off.
General views - All photographs © Steve Hatcher unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
A west bound working
Fig 2 - Looking east
An east bound working approaching Dover.
Fig 3 - Looking west
An east bound working exiting the tunnels.
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