Abbey Wood railway station
Abbey Wood railway station (2008)
|Local authority||London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich|
|Managed by||TfL Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||South Eastern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|30 July 1849||Opened|
|London transport portal|
Abbey Wood is a National Rail station in Abbey Wood in southeast London, England. It is served by Southeastern and is between Plumstead and Belvedere stations on the North Kent Line and local Greenwich Line services. It is 11 miles 43 chains (18.6 km) measured from London Charing Cross. Since May 2018, the station is also served by Thameslink trains, and is due to be served by Elizabeth line services from Autumn 2019, providing a direct service to Central London and on to Heathrow, Maidenhead and Reading, and Luton.
It is the closest railway station to the suburb of Thamesmead (there are bus connections from the station to Thamesmead).
Opened by the South Eastern Railway on 30 July 1849, the operations of which were handed over to the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1899, it became part of the Southern Railway during the grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When BR was divided into sectors in the 1980s the station was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Railways.
The ticket office at Abbey Wood (NLC5131) was APTIS-equipped by November 1986, making it one of the very first stations with the ticketing system which was eventually found across the UK at all staffed British Rail stations by the end of the 1980s.
The station has been rebuilt twice over the past 50 years to cater for the changing nature of the area. The station was to be served by the proposed Greenwich Waterfront Transit, however the project was cancelled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson due to lack of funds.
Abbey Wood will be the terminus of one of two eastern branches of Crossrail and will offer interchange between terminating Crossrail services (at 12 trains per hour on new line) and existing Southeastern services. This is instead of continuing services to Ebbsfleet International along existing tracks as those lines are congested and may delay Crossrail services.
Crossrail will provide a link north west to ExCeL London and Canary Wharf, then onwards to the city centre, Heathrow Airport and Reading. As of 2012 there are proposals to extend Crossrail further east to Gravesend; the route is safeguarded but it is not intended to be implemented as part of the current phase.
A proposed extension of the London Overground from Barking across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood was proposed in August 2015. An extension from Barking to Barking Riverside has already been confirmed, and it is possible a further extension to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood will follow suit. In 2016, the Mayor Sadiq Khan also proposed a Docklands Light Railway extension from Gallions Reach across the river to Thamesmead and Abbey Wood.
The first station opened with the line in 1849 and was a typical South Eastern Railway brick building with metal platform shelters. In 1987 a new station was constructed which, in 2014, was replaced by Network Rail with an interim station whilst the new Crossrail station is constructed. The Crossrail station has been designed by architects Fereday Pollard and will include step free interchange between platforms and bus connections with the Harrow Manorway, a dual carriageway which runs above the station.
The typical off-peak service from the station is:
- 4tph (trains per hour) to London Cannon Street
- 2tph to London Charing Cross via Lewisham
- 2tph to Luton via London Bridge, St Pancras International, St Albans City and Luton Airport.
- 2tph to Dartford
- 2tph to Slade Green, returning to London Cannon Street via Sidcup
- 2tph to Barnehurst, returning to London Cannon Street via Bexleyheath
- 2tph to Rainham via Dartford and Gravesend
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
North Kent Line
North Kent Line
|Preceding station||Crossrail||Following station|
|Church Manor Way Halt||Southern Railway
North Kent Line
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