Woolwich Arsenal station

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Woolwich Arsenal National Rail Docklands Light Railway
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Woolwich Arsenal is located in Greater London
Woolwich Arsenal
Woolwich Arsenal
Location of Woolwich Arsenal in Greater London
Location Woolwich Arsenal
Local authority Royal Borough of Greenwich
Managed by Southeastern
Station code WWA
DfT category C2
Number of platforms 4 (2 underground platforms served by DLR)
Accessible Yes [1][2]
Fare zone 4
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2008–09 1.142 million[3]
2010–11 Increase 6.073 million[4]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05 Increase 2.032 million[5]
2005–06 Increase 2.092 million[5]
2006–07 Increase 2.687 million[5]
2007–08 Increase 2.791 million[5]
2008–09 Decrease 2.605 million[5]
2009–10 Increase 2.980 million[5]
2010–11 Increase 3.386 million[5]
2011–12 Increase 3.559 million[5]
2012–13 Increase 3.724 million[5]
2013–14 Decrease 3.551 million[5]
Key dates
1 November 1849 Opened
12 January 2009 DLR opened
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
London Transport portal
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Woolwich Arsenal station is a National Rail and Docklands Light Railway interchange station located in Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It acts as a local station on the North Kent Line between London and Gillingham, served by Southeastern, and is the southern terminus of the Woolwich Arsenal branch of the Docklands Light Railway. The station faces General Gordon Square and is named after the nearby Woolwich Arsenal. It is the only DLR station to be located in Travelcard Zone 4.


The station opened in 1849, serving the North Kent Line from London to Gillingham. The station building was rebuilt in 1906 with a London brick-built structure, very typical of southeast London. The current station building dates from 1996, and has a modern design in steel and glass. It has a circular theme, quite different from what existed before.

Woolwich Arsenal was expanded in 2009, when Transport for London completed the construction of an extension of the London City Airport branch of the Docklands Light Railway from King George V to Woolwich Arsenal, which is the branch's new terminus. The official opening took place on 12 January 2009.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 18 November 1948, an electric multiple unit ran into the rear of another, killing two people. It had departed from Woolwich Dockyard against signals.[6]


DLR train awaiting departure to Bank

The National Rail part of the station consists of two above-ground 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.

The Docklands Light Railway part of the station is underground, and consists of two platforms in an island platform configuration. As Woolwich Arsenal is a terminus, both platforms serve an up line to Bank or Stratford via London City Airport and Canning Town. Trains depart in the eastbound direction due to the curve under the River Thames.


London Buses routes 51, 53, 54, 96, 99, 122, 161, 178, 244, 291, 380, 386, 422, 469 and 472 and night route N1 serve the station.

Crossrail station

As of 2014 it was planned that a Crossrail station, initially ruled out, was to be opened in Woolwich, after a vigorous campaign to include it in the scheme run by Greenwich Council and Berkeley Homes. It will be about 200m north of Woolwich Arsenal station on the north side of the A206 road, on the site of the Royal Arsenal, but will not serve as a direct interchange.


On the 8th December 2015 it was proposed that a DLR Extension across the Gallions Reach Crossing could link with Thamesmead, Abbey Wood and Woolwich.[7]


The typical off-peak National Rail service from the station is:

Destination Trains per hour Rolling Stock
London Cannon Street via Greenwich 6 Class 376, Class 465, Class 466
London Charing Cross via Lewisham 2 Class 465 & Class 466
Slade Green 4 Class 376, Class 465, Class 466
Dartford 4 Class 376, Class 465, Class 466
Gillingham 2 Class 465 & Class 466

Off-peak, Docklands Light Railway trains run every ten minutes to Bank, using 3-car trains. In the peak, this service is every eight minutes, while a service to Stratford International station operates every eight minutes, providing a service every four minutes to Canning Town station.[8]


  1. Tube Map
  2. Southeastern: Access Guide
  3. "Boarders and Alighters by station 2007 8 2008 9 (DLR)" (XLS). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Transport for London. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "DLR Station Data for 1st April 2010 - 31st April 2011" (PDF). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  6. Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 108. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Vision for East London 8 new crossings". Retrieved 8 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "DLR frequencies". Transport for London. Retrieved 6 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway Terminus
National Rail National Rail
Charlton   Southeastern
North Kent Line
  Abbey Wood
Woolwich Dockyard   Southeastern
Greenwich Line