North Woolwich railway station

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North Woolwich
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North Woolwich is located in Greater London
North Woolwich
North Woolwich
Location of North Woolwich in Greater London
Location
Place North Woolwich
Local authority Newham
Grid reference TQ432798
History
Platforms 1 (originally 2)
Original company Eastern Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
14 June 1847 (1847-06-14) Station opened
29 May 1994[1] Closed
? Reopened
9 December 2006 (2006-12-09) Station closed
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Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°29′58″N 0°03′44″E / 51.4994°N 0.0623°E / 51.4994; 0.0623

North Woolwich railway station in North Woolwich in east London was the eastern terminus of the North London Line. It was in Travelcard Zone 3. The next station was Silvertown.

History[edit]

The station opened on 14 June 1847 as the southern terminus of the Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway from Stratford. The service was later extended beyond Stratford to Palace Gates. In 1963 diesel traction replaced steam and the service was cut back to Stratford with peak-hour trains to Tottenham Hale. The route became an extension of the North London Line in 1979. From the 1980s only one track of the double track line was used through the Connaught Tunnel under the Royal Docks and on to North Woolwich where the station building and a platform were closed and replaced by minimalist entrance and passenger shelter on the south side. In 1985 the line from North Woolwich was electrified on the third rail system with the service running round inner north London to Richmond (a route part third rail and part overhead wire).

From 1984 to 2008 the original station buildings and one disused platform served as the North Woolwich Old Station Museum dedicated to the history of the Great Eastern Railway.

The station and the line to Stratford closed on 9 December 2006[2] to allow conversion of the North London Line between Stratford and Canning Town to a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line. At closure the station was served by Silverlink Trains. King George V DLR station which opened in December 2005 on the extension from Canning Town gives a replacement service to the North Woolwich area, and more recently to Woolwich itself.

Dual-voltage unit 313113 waiting to work the 14:37 service to Richmond a few days before the station closed.
A picture of the then less well used North Woolwich station in the year 2001.
RCTS East London Tour in 1951

Future[edit]

Crossrail is approved to re-use the Connaught Tunnel and nearby NLL route by 2018, with a new tunnel under the Thames near the site of North Woolwich station.

This has thwarted two earlier schemes for using the fragment of railway near the station which had been seen as having no viable railway use:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 174. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Closure of North Woolwich station[dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Silverlink Terminus