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
LocationAbbey Wood
Local authorityLondon Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich
Grid referenceTQ473789
Managed byTfL Rail
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codeABW
DfT categoryC2
Number of platforms2
Fare zone4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2016–17Increase 2.989 million[2]
2017–18Increase 3.125 million[2]
2018–19Increase 3.769 million[2]
2019–20Increase 3.825 million[2]
2020–21Decrease 1.413 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companySouth Eastern Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
30 July 1849 (1849-07-30)Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°29′28″N 0°07′17″E / 51.4910°N 0.1214°E / 51.4910; 0.1214Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°07′17″E / 51.4910°N 0.1214°E / 51.4910; 0.1214
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Abbey Wood is a National Rail station in Abbey Wood in southeast London, England. It is between Plumstead and Belvedere stations on the North Kent Line. It is 11 miles 43 chains (18.6 km) measured from London Charing Cross, with services to central London routed via Greenwich or Lewisham. The station is managed by TfL Rail with passenger services provided by Southeastern and Thameslink. The station is due to be served by Elizabeth line services from 2022. It is the closest railway station to the suburb of Thamesmead, which is connected to the station by local buses. Alphabetically, it is the first National Rail station in the UK, with the last being Ystrad Rhondda railway station in south Wales. The station platforms are located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich with the station entrance in the London Borough of Bexley.


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 was APTIS-equipped by November 1986, making it one of the 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 owing to lack of funds.[4]

Elizabeth Line[edit]

Construction of the new station, 2017

Abbey Wood was rebuilt in preparation for Crossrail, which is planned to open in 2022.[5] The refurbished station opened on 23 October 2017.[6]

Abbey Wood will be the terminus of one of two eastern branches of the Elizabeth Line and will offer interchange between terminating Elizabeth Line services (at 12 trains per hour on new line) and existing Southeastern services. This is instead of continuing services to Ebbsfleet International along existing tracks as those lines are congested and may delay Crossrail services.[7][8]

The Elizabeth Line will provide a link north west to ExCeL London and Canary Wharf, then onwards to the city centre, Heathrow Airport and Reading. As of 2021 there are proposals to extend some Elizabeth Line services further east to Gravesend; the route is safeguarded and would use one of the two terminating tracks at Abbey Wood onto either existing National Rail tracks (upgraded for AC) or a separate 4-track line.[9]


A proposed extension of the London Overground from Barking across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood was proposed in August 2015.[10] An extension from Barking to Barking Riverside has already been confirmed, and it is possible a further extension to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood will follow suit. In 2016, the Mayor Sadiq Khan also proposed a Docklands Light Railway extension from Gallions Reach across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood.

Station buildings[edit]

The first station opened with the line in 1849 and was a typical South Eastern Railway brick building with metal platform shelters. In 1987 a new station was constructed which, in 2014, was replaced by Network Rail with an interim station whilst the new Crossrail station was constructed. The new station has been designed by architects Fereday Pollard and includes step free interchange between platforms and bus connections with the Harrow Manorway, a dual carriageway which runs next to the ticket hall.


The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Plumstead   Southeastern
North Kent Line
North Kent Line
  Slade Green
  Future development  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
  Historic services  
Church Manor Way Halt   Southern Railway
North Kent Line


London Buses routes 180, 229, 244, 301, 469, B11, school routes 602, 669 and night route N1 serve the station.[11]


  1. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ David Glasspool (2007). "Abbey Wood". Kent Rail. Retrieved 29 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Boris Spins Another Cancellation". Boris Watch. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Crossrail faces further delays and will cost more than £18bn". The Guardian. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Abbey Wood's New Station Building Is Now Open". Crossrail Press Office. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Crossrail, London". Railway Technology. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  8. ^ Dave Arquati. "Crossrail". Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction". Crossrail. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Thamesmead & Abbey Wood Extension". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Buses from Abbey Wood" (PDF). TfL. March 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.

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