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Woolwich Station

Woolwich Station

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 Elizabeth line station is a key part of a 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 is helping to transform Woolwich, supporting regeneration, reducing journey times and creating new transport links for local people. 

A 276-metre-long box station sits below a major housing development site. 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 minimalist, straightforward design provides entry into the station from a single 30-metre wide bronze-clad portal. The bronze cladding features a rifling pattern reminiscent of the cannons which were cast on the Arsenal site. 

A wide ticket hall, constructed as a single, open space without the need for columns is topped by skylights. Natural light enters through the main entrance and the skylights and filters down to the platforms. The station is also topped by a brown roof which encourages natural vegetation and biodiversity. Brick is the predominant material in the ticket hall which helps tie it in with the rest of the Royal Arsenal. 

The exterior of the ticket hall includes the pattern of a bronze memorial coin for the families of the fallen in the Great War (which were manufactured locally). The pattern shows Britania and the lion.

At the platform level, wide concrete columns are wrapped in architectural bronze. Red and blue, and red, blue and yellow tiling on the columns are nods respectively to the Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery both with long historical associations with Woolwich.

The station entrance opens onto 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.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail Ltd has worked with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. These included the installation of benches and cycle parking.


KEY FACTS

  • Box-station
  • 14m below ground
  • 241m passenger platform length
  • Step-free from street to train with one general use passenger lift
  • 56,000 daily passenger capacity on the Elizabeth line
  • 12 trains per hour (peak, each way)
  • Interchange: Docklands Light Rail (DLR), National Rail
  • 3,396m to Abbey Wood (measured from the middle of both station platforms)

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

Learn more about how the station has been designed to be bright and spacious, and provide easy passenger journeys in this video with Rob Naybour from Weston Williamson + Partners.

Download our Woolwich station profile here.

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ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM WOOLWICH

When the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service 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.