North Woolwich railway station
|Number of platforms||1 (originally 3)|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Eastern Counties Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Eastern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|14 June 1847||Opened|
|29 May 1994||Temporarily closed for Jubilee Line Extension works|
|29 October 1995||Reopened|
|9 December 2006||Closed|
|Replaced by||King George V DLR|
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North Woolwich railway station in North Woolwich in east London was the eastern terminus of the North London Line. The station closed in 2006, to allow for the North London line between Stratford and Canning Town to be converted to Docklands Light Railway (DLR) operation. The local area is now served by the nearby King George V DLR station. The historic station building (built by Sir William Tite in 1847) was Grade II-listed in 1998.
The station opened on 14 June 1847 as the southern terminus of the Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway from Stratford. The station building itself was designed by Sir William Tite. 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.
North London line
The route became an extension of the North London Line (NLL) in 1979. In 1979, the original station building and a platform were closed, being replaced by a minimalist entrance and passenger shelter on the south side. From the 1980s onward, only one track of the double track line was used through the Connaught Tunnel under the Royal Docks and on to North Woolwich.
In 1985 the line from North Woolwich was electrified on the third rail system under British Rail, with the service running round inner north London to Richmond (a route part-third rail and part-overhead wire). Prior to closure, the typical service frequency Monday to Saturday was every 30 minutes during the daytime, increasing to every 20 minutes in the evening and every 30 minutes all day Sunday.
For a period of about 18 months, from May 1994 until October 1995, the line from North Woolwich to Stratford (Low Level) closed temporarily during the Jubilee Line extension which involved reconstruction on the platforms at West Ham and Canning Town stations. A replacement bus was in place during this time. In 1998, the original station building was Grade II-listed.
From 1984 until 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 building was then owned by the Passmore Edwards Museum Trust and run by the London Borough of Newham - on its closure most of the collection was dispersed and the building passed to the Trust's successor, the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust.
The station and the line to Stratford closed on 9 December 2006 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. Following the opening of the DLR extension to London City Airport in 2005, the area was better served by more frequent services from King George V DLR station. Following the extension of the line to Woolwich Arsenal in 2009, a rapid transit connection across the Thames was provided for the first time.
Crossrail will use the Connaught Tunnel and nearby NLL route, with a new tunnel under the River Thames near the site of North Woolwich station. This prevents any future use of the station for railway purposes - preventing two proposed schemes for using the short section of railway track near the station:
- The North Woolwich Old Station Museum mentioned above.
- The Royal Docks Heritage Railway proposed a new museum at the site with a heritage railway.
- "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
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- "NORTH WOOLWICH STATION INCLUDING TURNTABLE AND PLATFORM LAMP STANDARDS., Non Civil Parish - 1376229 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
- Great Eastern Railway Society (1987). Return to North Woolwich. PEMT Enterprises Ltd. p. 8. ISBN 0 906123 09 7.
- "House Mill - About Us". Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Closure of North Woolwich station Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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