Woolwich Elizabeth Line Station - Dial Arch Square, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.521 E 000° 04.224
31U E 296632 N 5708611
Quick Description: On May 24th, after years of delay, London's newest underground line, the Elizabeth Line, finally opened. When complete it will run from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It is currently in three parts.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/23/2022 10:54:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM16BH8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:

Woolwich station, not to be confused with Woolwich Arsenal station, is a newly built station that serves Elizabeth Line trains only.

The trains are a vast improvement on the rolling stock used on the other tube lines. The trains have nine carriages that can be walked through from end-to-end and measure nearly 200 metres in length. They each have a capacity of 1300 passengers.

On the well-known tube map the Elizabeth Line is indicated by two parallel purple lines.

Wikipedia has an article about Woolwich station that tells us:

Woolwich is an Elizabeth line station in Woolwich in London, England which opened on 24 May 2022, and has up to 12 trains per hour to Canary Wharf and Central London.

Woolwich railway station was built by Crossrail as part of the Crossrail (Elizabeth line) rail project. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL). 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 developer Berkeley Homes about the £162 million required for the station, the House of Commons Select Committee recognised its inclusion in March 2007.

In May 2021, Crossrail said that Woolwich station had recently entered the T-12 process, meaning that the station was considered to be 12 weeks away from handover to TfL. Reaching this milestone meant that work was now focused on testing and commissioning systems, and the contractor began demobilising staff across the site. The station was officially handed over to TfL on 25 June 2021, and opened along with the rest of the Elizabeth line from Paddington to Abbey Wood on 24 May 2022.

The station was built on the south-east portion of the Crossrail line that ends at Abbey Wood, and is the penultimate station on this branch. 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 (75 acres) of land and is being developed by Berkeley Homes. The site is being developed with the construction of approximately 2,517 new homes, in addition to the 1,248 homes already built. The area is also to include a new cultural quarter known as Woolwich Works, as well as infrastructural developments such as retail stores, restaurants and cafes, offices, hotels and a cinema.

The station box is 276 m (906 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) below ground, and sits below a major housing development site. The station is built by Balfour Beatty after a design by Weston Williamson, Mott MacDonald and Arup Group (engineering). The station entrance in Dial Arch Square features a 30-metre wide (98 ft) 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 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 has been working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.

The closest existing station is Woolwich Arsenal which has National Rail and Docklands Light Railway services. The stations are separate but within a short walking distance of each other, and have an out-of-station interchange. There are also Thames Clipper river bus services from Woolwich Arsenal Pier to central London. London Buses routes 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 177, 180, 244, 291, 301, 380, 422, 469, 472 and night routes N1 and N53 serve the station.

Is there other puplic transportation in the area?: Yes

What level is the station?: Below street level

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