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 London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich
Grid reference TQ473789
Managed by TfL Rail
Owner Network Rail
Station code ABW
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 4
National Rail annual entry and exit
2012–13 Increase 3.175 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 3.282 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 3.319 million[2]
2015–16 Decrease 2.929 million[2]
2016–17 Increase 2.989 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
30 July 1849 (1849-07-30) Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°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
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Abbey Wood is a National Rail station in Abbey Wood in southeast London, England. It is served by Southeastern and is between Plumstead and Belvedere stations on the North Kent Line and local Greenwich Line services. It is 11 miles 43 chains (18.6 km) measured from London Charing Cross. Since May 2018, the station is also served by Thameslink trains, and is due to be served by Elizabeth line services from December 2018, providing a direct service to Central London and on to Heathrow, Maidenhead and Reading, and Luton.

It is the closest railway station to the suburb of Thamesmead (there are bus connections from the station to Thamesmead).

History[edit]

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]

Future[edit]

Construction of the new station, 2017

Abbey Wood was rebuilt in preparation for Crossrail, due to commence operation in 2018.[5] The refurbished station opened on 23 October 2017.[6]

Abbey Wood will be the terminus of one of two eastern branches of Crossrail and will offer interchange between terminating Crossrail 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]

Crossrail will provide a link north west to ExCeL London and Canary Wharf, then onwards to the city centre, Heathrow Airport and Reading. As of 2012 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.[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]

When the Southeastern Main Line was opened in 1847 the first station building opened. It was a typical 1800s brick station 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 is constructed. The Crossrail station has been designed by architects Fereday Pollard and will include step free interchange between platforms and bus connections with the Harrow Manorway, a dual carriageway which runs above the station.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service from the station is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Plumstead   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Belvedere
  Thameslink
North Kent Line
  Slade Green
  Future development  
Preceding station   Elizabeth line roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Crossrail
Elizabeth line
Terminus
  Disused railways  
Church Manor Way Halt   Southern Railway
North Kent Line
  Belvedere

Connections[edit]

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

References[edit]

Notes
  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 "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. ^ "Boris Spins Another Cancellation". Boris Watch. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  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 2012-06-08. 
  8. ^ Dave Arquati. "Crossrail". alwaystouchout.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  9. ^ "Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction". Crossrail. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  10. ^ "Thamesmead & Abbey Wood Extension". Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
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