Southfleet &Springhead

Track Bed Remnants

Since October 1998, when building of the CTRL spur from Fawkham Junction commenced, surviving sections of the track bed of this interesting branch have become increasingly scarce. Between Fawkham Junction and Southfleet, the original course of the ex-LC&DR Gravesend route has been wholly obliterated. As mentioned on the previous pages, the former cutting which once hosted Southfleet station has been partially in-filled, and redevelopment has occurred upon it as part of an extension of the grounds of the former Station Master's house. However, heading north from Southfleet, a portion of the route has escaped redevelopment – at least for now. In 1992, the twin-bridge span which once carried the branch over Watling Street (today's A2 trunk route) was removed, but immediately north of this was left a complete railway cutting. The surviving section runs northeast for about ¾-mile from the A2, and even today sections of rail and their associated wooden sleepers can still be found.


18th July 2009

Our first view in this short tour of remnants around Southfleet is captured immediately north of the A2 trunk road. We are looking southwards towards the southern railway embankment, which eventually led to Southfleet station. The gap in the middle was once filled by a twin steel bridge span, removed in 1992. © David Glasspool


18th July 2009

Panning around to the right from the previous view, and staying on the northern embankment, we catch a glimpse of the CTRL's ''Section 1'' (or, since opening, ''High Speed 1''). The double-track emanates from Ebbsfleet International and plunges into the tunnel in the foreground to pass under the A2. After emerging back out into the open on the south side of the road, the line converges with the double-track spur from Fawkham Junction. © David Glasspool


18th July 2009

Still standing on the same spot, we have rotated once again, so now we are looking roughly northwards, in the Gravesend direction. This is where the remaining section of the leafy railway cutting begins; it is surprising how sheer the slopes either side become. © David Glasspool