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Woolwich Arsenal station

Woolwich Arsenal railway station

Woolwich Arsenal station is a railway station located in Woolwich in the London Borough of Greenwich. The station faces General Gordon Square.

History

The station was rebuilt in 1996 to a modern design in steel and glass. It has a circular theme, quite different from what existed before. The previous building opened in 1906 was a London brick-built structure, very typical of southeast London. This had superseded an original 1849 building.

Platforms

The station consists of two 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.

Services

The station is on the North Kent Line which connects central and south east London with Dartford and Medway. Typical journey times to London are in the region of 30 minutes.

Future plans

Docklands Light Railway

Transport for London are currently constructing an extension of the London City Airport branch of the Docklands Light Railway from its current terminus at King George V to Woolwich Arsenal. Due to the technical challenges of boring a tunnel under the Thames, the plan is not expected to be completed until 2009. Work started in December 2005 when the extension to King George V was complete.

During the 2012 Olympic Games the station will be used by spectators to journey to the shooting events being held at the nearby Royal Artillery Barracks. DLR trains from the station will connect directly to the London Olympic Park at Stratford International.

Crossrail

A new Crossrail station will be opened in Woolwich after a vigorous campaign to include it in the scheme run by Greenwich council and Berkeley Homes. Woolwich railway station will be located around 200m north of Woolwich Arsenal station on the north side of the A206.

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