Abbey Wood railway station

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Abbey Wood National Rail
Abbey Wood stn building.JPG
Abbey Wood railway station (2008)
Abbey Wood is located in Greater London
Abbey Wood
Abbey Wood
Location of Abbey Wood in Greater London
Location Abbey Wood
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Grid reference TQ473789
Managed by Southeastern
Station code ABW
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2002–03 Increase 2.425 million[2]
2004–05 Decrease 2.202 million[2]
2005–06 Decrease 2.090 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 2.804 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 3.096 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 3.029 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 2.883 million[2]
2010–11 Increase 3.030 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 3.134 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 3.175 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 3.282 million[2]
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UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°07′17″E / 51.4910°N 0.1214°E / 51.4910; 0.1214

Abbey Wood railway station serves the suburb of Abbey Wood in South East London. It is served by Southeastern, and is between Plumstead and Belvedere stations on the North Kent Line.

It is the closest railway station to the suburb of Thamesmead (buses run from the station to Thamesmead proper). Alphabetically, it is the second station in the UK, after Abbey Road on the DLR.


Station platforms, looking eastbound

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.

During the 1860s William Morris famously used a decorated wagon to commute between this station and his new home at Red House, Bexleyheath, occasionally with his eccentric and artistic house guests.

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.[citation needed]

The station has been rebuilt twice over the past 50 years to cater for the changing nature of the area.[3] 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.[4]


Abbey Wood is being rebuilt in preparation for Crossrail, due to commence operation in 2018.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Plumstead   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Future Development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Line 1
  Disused Railways  
Church Manor Way Halt   Southern Railway
North Kent Line


London Buses routes 180; 229; 244; 469; B11 and school route 602 and night route N1 serve the station.


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ David Glasspool (2007). "Abbey Wood". Kent Rail. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  4. ^ 31 March 2009 (31 March 2009). "Boris Spins Another Cancellation". Boris Watch. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Crossrail, London". Railway Technology. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  7. ^ Dave Arquati. "Crossrail". Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction". Crossrail. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 

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