Woolwich railway station

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Woolwich Crossrail
Woolwich Crossrail station box on Berkeley Homes open day.jpg
Woolwich Crossrail station box on Berkeley Homes open day
Woolwich is located in Greater London
Woolwich
Woolwich
Location of Woolwich in Greater London
Location Woolwich
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Crossrail
Owner Transport for London
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 4
Key dates
December 2018 Due to open
Other information
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WGS84 51°29′30″N 0°04′19″E / 51.491578°N 0.071819°E / 51.491578; 0.071819Coordinates: 51°29′30″N 0°04′19″E / 51.491578°N 0.071819°E / 51.491578; 0.071819
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Woolwich is an Elizabeth line station under construction in Woolwich in London, England which will open from December 2018,[1] and will have up to 12 trains per hour to Canary Wharf and Central London when the full line is open in December 2019.[1]

History[edit]

Woolwich railway station is being built by Crossrail Limited as part of the Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) rail project. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL).[2] The construction of a station at Woolwich was not proposed as part of the original Crossrail route. However, after talks between Greenwich London Borough Council and Berkeley Homes on the £162 million required for the station, the House of Commons Select Committee recognised its inclusion in March 2007.[2]

Services[edit]

The opening of the new Crossrail station will reduce the journey time from Woolwich to Canary Wharf, Bond Street and Heathrow stations to just eight minutes, 21 minutes and 47 minutes respectively.[2] When Crossrail becomes operational in 2018, the new station located on the south-east section of the route will see up to 12 trains an hour during peak hours, connecting south-east London and the Royal Docks with Canary Wharf, central London and beyond.[2] The closest existing station is Woolwich Arsenal. The station itself is separate and will not serve as a direct interchange with the DLR and local National Rail services which are located at nearby Woolwich Arsenal. However, all three services will be within a short walking distance of each other, in addition to the existing Thames Clipper service from Royal Woolwich Arsenal Pier to central London.[3]

Site[edit]

The station is being built on the south-east portion of the Crossrail line that ends at Abbey Wood. The Woolwich redevelopment site at Royal Arsenal is a modern waterside housing and retail development area adjacent to the station. It is spread across approximately 30 hectares of land and is being developed by Berkeley Homes.[2] The site is being developed with the construction of approximately 2,517 new homes, in addition to the 1,248 homes already built.[4] The area also includes a new heritage quarter along with the Greenwich Heritage Centre and Royal Artillery Museum, as well as infrastructural developments such as retail stores, restaurants and cafes, offices, hotels and a cinema.[4]

Design[edit]

The station box is 276 m long and 14 m below ground, and sits below a major housing development site. The station is built by Balfour Beatty after a design by Weston Williamson and Arup Group (engineering). The station entrance in Dial Arch Square will feature a 30 m wide bronze-clad portal.[5] The modern, minimalist, design will provide entry into the station from a single 30-metre wide bronze clad portal.[4] Natural light will enter through the main entrance and ceiling into the ticket hall, whilst a connection to daylight is present below ground on the platforms.[4] Set back from the main street and surrounded by a series of heritage listed buildings and a large retail unit, the station acts as a simple portal connecting all these elements together.[4] The station entrance opens out on to Dial Arch Square, a green space, flanked by a series of Grade I and II listed buildings. In addition to enhancing the experience in and out of the station, the urban realm design also helps connect the station with the wider town centre.[4] In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.[4]

Notes[edit]

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