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Not many train stations can claim to have been instrumental in rock ‘n’ roll history, but on platform 2 at Dartford, there’s a blue plaque marking this station’s very significant claim to fame. On 17 October 1961, two young men who’d been at primary school together bumped into each other on the platform. They went on to rekindle their friendship and become part of one of the biggest bands of all time – the Rolling Stones. They were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Aside from its celebrity connections, Dartford station is important as a major interchange on the south-eastern network, with lines heading from across Kent into London at Charing Cross, Cannon Street via London Bridge and Victoria. Trains first came to Dartford in 1849, and the station has been rebuilt twice since then, with the current rather curvaceous station opening after a £10-million facelift in 2013.

Station details & facilities

The station entrance is on Station Approach, off Home Gardens. There are four platforms, all reached via a pedestrian bridge with stairs and lifts from the main ticket hall. There’s a cafe and newsagent in the ticket hall and toilets just beyond the ticket barriers. Outside the entrance, there is a pay-and-display car park, taxi rank, drop-off point and cycle racks. Bus stops are along Home Gardens, reached via a footpath through the car park.

Departures and arrivals from Dartford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Dartford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to West Hampstead ThameslinkThameslink22:182Late
to London Cannon StreetSoutheastern22:231On time
to GravesendSoutheastern22:264On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern22:272Late
to Rainham (Kent)Thameslink22:304On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Rainham (Kent)Thameslink22:172Late
from London Cannon StreetSoutheastern22:223On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern22:254On time
from GravesendSoutheastern22:262Late
from Kentish TownThameslink22:294On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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