The historic site of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich was once a walled off private world that saw the manufacture of guns and explosives, munitions testing, a military academy and the production of medals and other civilian goods.
Today, the new station is a key part of a new masterplan on the Royal Arsenal site which includes 3,750 new homes and new cultural, heritage, commercial and leisure quarters.
The new Elizabeth line station will help to transform Woolwich, supporting regeneration, reducing journey times and creating new transport links for local people. From 2018, up to 12 services an hour will allow passengers to travel to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End without having to change trains.
A 276 metre-long box station sits below a major housing development site. The minimalist, straightforward design will provide entry into the station from a single 30 metre wide bronze clad portal. 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.
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.
The station entrance opens out on to Dial Arch Square, a green space, flanked with 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.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
Gallery - Woolwich station design
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM WOOLWICH
Woolwich station will open in December 2018 when services will terminate at Paddington in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.
When the route fully opens in December 2019, a train every five minutes at peak time will allow passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.