Woolwich Arsenal station
Location of Woolwich Arsenal in Greater London
|Local authority||Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|Number of platforms||4 (2 underground platforms served by DLR)|
|DLR annual boardings and alightings|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 November 1849||Opened|
|12 January 2009||DLR opened|
|Lists of stations|
Woolwich Arsenal station is a National Rail and Docklands Light Railway interchange station located in Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It acts as a local station on the North Kent Line between London and Gillingham, served by Southeastern, and is the southern terminus of the Woolwich Arsenal branch of the Docklands Light Railway. The station faces General Gordon Square and is named after the nearby Woolwich Arsenal. It is the only DLR station to be located in Travelcard Zone 4.
The station opened in 1849, serving the North Kent Line from London to Gillingham. The station building was rebuilt in 1906 with a London brick-built structure, very typical of southeast London. The current station building dates from 1996, and has a modern design in steel and glass. It has a circular theme, quite different from what existed before.
Woolwich Arsenal was expanded in 2009, when Transport for London completed the construction of an extension of the London City Airport branch of the Docklands Light Railway from King George V to Woolwich Arsenal, which is the branch's new terminus. The official opening took place on 12 January 2009.
In 2014, a petition was started and presented to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to rezone Woolwich Arsenal station from Zone 4 to zone 3. However, Mr Johnson ruled this out, stating it would cause losses in over a million pounds per annum.
Accidents and incidents
- On 18 November 1948, an electric multiple unit ran into the rear of another, killing two people. It had departed from Woolwich Dockyard against signals.
The National Rail part of the station consists of two above-ground platforms. The up platform for London has a refreshment facility. The down platform serves trains going east, towards north Kent, via Plumstead, Abbey Wood and Slade Green.
The Docklands Light Railway part of the station is underground, and consists of two platforms in an island platform configuration. As Woolwich Arsenal is a terminus, both platforms serve an up line to Bank or Stratford via London City Airport and Canning Town. Trains depart in the eastbound direction due to the curve under the River Thames.
As of 2014[update] it was planned that a Crossrail station, initially ruled out, was to be opened in Woolwich, after a vigorous campaign to include it in the scheme run by Greenwich Council and Berkeley Homes. It will be about 200m north of Woolwich Arsenal station on the north side of the A206 road, on the site of the Royal Arsenal, but will not serve as a direct interchange.
On the 8th December 2015 it was proposed that a DLR Extension across the Gallions Reach Crossing could link with Thamesmead, Abbey Wood and Woolwich.
The typical off-peak National Rail service from the station is:
- 6tph (trains per hour) to London Cannon Street via Greenwich
- 2tph to London Charing Cross via Lewisham
- 4tph to Slade Green, returning to London Cannon Street 2tph via Sidcup and 2tph Bexleyheath
- 2tph to Dartford
- 2tph to Gillingham (Kent) via Dartford
|Destination||Trains per hour||Rolling Stock|
|London Cannon Street via Greenwich||6||Class 376, Class 465, Class 466|
|London Charing Cross via Lewisham||2||Class 465, Class 466|
|Slade Green||4||Class 376, Class 465, Class 466|
|Dartford||2||Class 376, Class 465, Class 466|
|Gillingham||2||Class 465, Class 466|
Off-peak, Docklands Light Railway trains run every ten minutes to Bank, using 3-car trains. In the peak, this service is every eight minutes, while a service to Stratford International station operates every eight minutes, providing a service every four minutes to Canning Town station.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Woolwich Arsenal station.|
- Tube Map
- Southeastern: Access Guide
- Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "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.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- "Boris Johnson rejects popular petition to rezone Woolwich Arsenal station". News Shopper. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 108. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0.
- "Vision for East London 8 new crossings". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- Table 200 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- "DLR frequencies". Transport for London. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
|Preceding station||DLR||Following station|
|Docklands Light Railway||Terminus|
North Kent Line
and Dartford Loop Line
& Bexleyheath Line via Slade Green