Woolwich Arsenal station

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Woolwich Arsenal National Rail Docklands Light Railway
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Woolwich Arsenal is located in Greater London
Woolwich Arsenal
Woolwich Arsenal
Location of Woolwich Arsenal in Greater London
Location Woolwich Arsenal
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Southeastern
Station code WWA
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4 (2 underground platforms served by DLR)
Accessible Yes[1][2]
Fare zone 4
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 8.789 million[3]
2013 Increase 9.474 million[4]
2014 Increase 10.800 million[4]
2015 Increase 12.668 million[4]
2016 Increase 14.684 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2011–12 Increase 3.559 million[6]
2012–13 Increase 3.724 million[6]
2013–14 Decrease 3.551 million[6]
2014–15 Increase 3.572 million[6]
2015–16 Increase 3.696 million[6]
Key dates
1 November 1849 Opened
12 January 2009 DLR opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°29′24″N 0°04′08″E / 51.490°N 0.069°E / 51.490; 0.069Coordinates: 51°29′24″N 0°04′08″E / 51.490°N 0.069°E / 51.490; 0.069
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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 1992-93, and has a modern design in steel and glass by the Architecture and Design Group of British Rail, under the leadership of Nick Derbyshire. 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, Johnson ruled this out, stating it would cause losses in over a million pounds per annum.[7]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[8]



DLR train awaiting departure to Bank

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 International via London City Airport and Canning Town. Trains depart in the eastbound direction due to the curve under the River Thames.


London Buses routes 51, 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 178, 244, 291, 380, 386, 422, 469 and 472 and night route N1 serve the station.

Crossrail station[edit]

As of 2014 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.[9]


The typical off-peak National Rail service from the station is:[10]

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 on Mondays to Fridays. In the peak, this service is every eight minutes. There is also a service to Stratford International station every ten minutes off-peak and every eight minutes in the peak providing a service 12 times an hour off-peak and every four minutes in the peak to Canning Town station.[11]


  1. ^ Tube Map
  2. ^ Southeastern: Access Guide
  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. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. ^ "Boris Johnson rejects popular petition to rezone Woolwich Arsenal station". News Shopper. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  8. ^ Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 108. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0. 
  9. ^ "Vision for East London 8 new crossings". Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Table 200 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  11. ^ "DLR frequencies". Transport for London. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway Terminus
National Rail National Rail
Charlton   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Abbey Wood
Woolwich Dockyard   Southeastern
Greenwich Line
  Future Development  
Charlton   Thameslink