Abbey Wood railway station
Abbey Wood railway station (2008)
Location of Abbey Wood in Greater London
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It is the closest railway station to the suburb of Thamesmead (buses run from the station to Thamesmead proper). Alphabetically, it is the first station in the UK.
Opened by the South Eastern Railway on 30 July 1849, the operations of which were handed over to the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1899, it became part of the Southern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When BR was divided into sectors in the 1980s the station was served by Network SouthEast until the Privatisation of British Railways.
The ticket office at Abbey Wood (NLC5131) was APTIS-equipped by November 1986, making it one of the very first stations with the ticketing system which was eventually found across the UK at all staffed British Rail stations by the end of the 1980s.
The station has been rebuilt twice over the past 50 years to cater for the changing nature of the area. The station was to be served by the proposed Greenwich Waterfront Transit, however the project was cancelled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson due to lack of funds.
Abbey Wood is being rebuilt in preparation for Crossrail, due to commence operation in 2018. Abbey Wood is the terminus of one of two eastern branches of Crossrail and will offer cross-platform interchange between terminating Crossrail services (at 12 trains per hour on new line) and existing Southeastern services (along existing tracks). This is instead of continuing services to Ebbsfleet International along existing tracks as those lines are congested and may delay Crossrail services.
Crossrail will provide a link north west to ExCeL London and Canary Wharf, then onwards to the city centre, Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead. There are proposals to extend Crossrail further east to Gravesend; the route is safeguarded but it is not intended to be implemented as part of the current phase.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 6tph (trains per hour) to London Cannon Street, calling at Plumstead, Woolwich Arsenal, Woolwich Dockyard, Charlton, Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford and London Bridge
- 2tph to London Charing Cross, calling at Woolwich Arsenal, Charlton, Blackheath, Lewisham, London Bridge and Waterloo East
- 2tph to Barnehurst, calling at Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green
- 2tph to Dartford, calling at Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green
- 2tph to Gillingham (Kent), calling at Dartford, Greenhithe, Gravesend, Higham (Kent), Strood, Rochester and Chatham
- 2tph to Hither Green, calling at Belvedere, Erith, Slade Green, Crayford, Bexley, Albany Park, Sidcup, New Eltham, Mottingham and Lee
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- "Station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- David Glasspool (2007). "Abbey Wood". Kent Rail. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
- 31 March 2009 (31 March 2009). "Boris Spins Another Cancellation". Boris Watch. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
- "Crossrail, London". Railway Technology. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- Dave Arquati. "Crossrail". alwaystouchout.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- "Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction". Crossrail. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- The remodelled exterior of Abbey Wood station Image at Crossrail, London
- fereday pollard
- marks barfield
- Abbey Wood station on navigable O.S. map