Abbey Wood railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|30 July 1849||Opened|
|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.
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 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.
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 owing to lack of funds.
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.
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.
A proposed extension of the London Overground from Barking across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood was proposed in August 2015. 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.
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:
- 4tph (trains per hour) to London Cannon Street via Greenwich.
- 2tph to London Charing Cross via Lewisham.
- 2tph to Luton via London Bridge, St Pancras International, St Albans City and Luton Airport.
- 2tph to Dartford.
- 2tph to Crayford, returning to London Cannon Street via Sidcup.
- 2tph to Barnehurst, returning to London Cannon Street via Bexleyheath.
- 2tph to Rainham via Dartford and Gravesend.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
North Kent Line
North Kent Line
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
|Church Manor Way Halt||Southern Railway
North Kent Line
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