Greenwich station

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Greenwich Docklands Light Railway National Rail
Greenwich station main building.JPG
Main station entrance
Greenwich is located in Greater London
Location of Greenwich in Greater London
Location Greenwich
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Southeastern
Docklands Light Railway
Owner Network Rail
Docklands Light Railway
Station code GNW
DfT category D
Number of platforms 4
Accessible Yes[1][2]
Fare zone 2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 5.359 million[3]
2013 Decrease 4.604 million[4]
2014 Increase 5.038 million[4]
2015 Increase 5.343 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 3.481 million[5]
2012–13 Increase 3.545 million[5]
2013–14 Increase 3.568 million[5]
2014–15 Increase 3.746 million[5]
2015–16 Decrease 3.675 million[5]
Key dates
24 December 1838 Opened
12 April 1840 Resited
11 January 1878 Resited[6]
1999 DLR extension
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°28′41″N 0°00′50″W / 51.4781°N 0.014°W / 51.4781; -0.014Coordinates: 51°28′41″N 0°00′50″W / 51.4781°N 0.014°W / 51.4781; -0.014
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Greenwich station is about 400 m south-west of the town centre, in London, England. It is an interchange between National Rail between central London and Dartford (north Kent), and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) between Lewisham to the south and Docklands and the City of London. It is in Travelcard Zones 2 and 3.

It is the nearest National Rail station to the centre of Greenwich, but Cutty Sark DLR station is closer to town centre and its tourist attractions.

East of the station the Dartford line goes through a tunnel underneath the grounds of the National Maritime Museum, towards Maze Hill. Northwards, the DLR goes into a tunnel through Cutty Sark station and under the River Thames to the Isle of Dogs; in the opposite direction, it rises on a concrete viaduct to follow the River Ravensbourne upstream to Deptford Bridge and Lewisham. There used to be additional peak hour trains operating to and from London Charing Cross during rush hour, but ended in 2014 due to Thameslink Programme at London Bridge.

The station is 5½ miles from Charing Cross – the milepost is on platform 1.


The typical off-peak national rail service at Greenwich is six trains per hour westbound to London Cannon Street, and two services per hour eastbound to each of Slade Green, Cannon Street (via Sidcup) and Dartford

The Docklands Light Railway operates 12 trains per hour northbound to Bank via Canary Wharf, and 12 trains per hour southbound to Lewisham. During morning peaks, some northbound services operate to Stratford.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Deptford   Southeastern
Greenwich Line
  Maze Hill
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham


The National Rail line is one of London's oldest – the London and Greenwich Railway is reputed to be the world's first suburban railway. It was designed by former army engineer George Landmann, and promoted by entrepreneur George Walter. A massive brick viaduct with 878 arches was built to a station in Spa Road (Bermondsey), and later to London Bridge. The line opened on 8 February 1836 from Deptford, and on 24 December 1838 from a temporary station in Greenwich. Greenwich's handsome station building was designed by George Smith and opened in 1840, making it one of the oldest station buildings in the world.

Difficulties in extending the railway over land owned by the Greenwich Hospital led to the station remaining a terminus until the line was extended eastwards via a cut-and-cover tunnel towards Maze Hill, opening on 1 February 1878.[7][8]

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was extended to Lewisham via Greenwich in December 1999, the new platforms lying immediately to the south of the main-line station. At the eastern end, the DLR heads underground through the tunnel through Cutty Sark and under the River Thames.


London Buses routes 177 serve the station, routes 180, 199 and 386 serve nearby.[9]

The Quietway 1 cycle route terminates at the station.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Up-to-date DLR entry/exit statistics for each station" (XLSX). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  6. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 109.
  7. ^ SER Lines and Stations
  8. ^ Greenwich Guide
  9. ^ Greenwich bus map Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20

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