NUCLEAR POWER STATION - DUNGENESS
The Dungeness A and B power stations are an unavoidable yet unconventional point of interest in the area. Dungeness A has now been decommissioned after initially being switched on in 1965. The building is slowly being demolished, eventually leaving the two defunct nuclear reactor cores in place. Dungeness B, its huge neighbour, remains operational, powering around 1.5 million of London’s 3.5 million house-holds.
As a visitor to this area, the sheer proximity and dominance of the power stations can add an unsettling undertone to a trip, a reality which becomes especially stark when reading one of the ‘emergency procedures’ boards dotted around the estate. However, if you are lucky enough to spend a night in Dungeness, there is a gentle beauty in the mass of twinkling lights, and something almost comforting about the 24/7 activity buzzing away within these giants.
If you want to get closer than the perimeter wall allows, and get a more in-depth look at the internal workings of the power station, including a view of the reactors from up above, free tours run on weekdays and can be arranged by appointment and security check only.