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Written by Steve Hatcher - 11 Sep 2007
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Location notes
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.
Environment
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.
Road directions
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.

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Shakespeare Tunnel map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking is on the road side, this is a small estate but all was well and looked fine.
Public transport
There is a bus stop right by the footpath, Stagecoach route 61 would appear to call at St David's Avenue from Dover.
It is about 2k walk from Dover Priory Station.

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Amenities
Just up the road is a local Post Office and a local shop. There are also public toilets near the bus stop.
Accommodation
Plenty of accomodation in Dover.
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Shakespeare Tunnel

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Photographic notes
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


Fig 1 - Looking west

A west bound working

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

An east bound working approaching Dover.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

An east bound working exiting the tunnels.

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