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Greenwich station

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Location  Greenwich
DfT category  D
Fare zone  2 and 3
Number of platforms  4
Station code  GNW
Accessible  Yes
Address  London, United Kingdom
Greenwich station
Managed by  Southeastern Docklands Light Railway
Local authority  Royal Borough of Greenwich
Owners  Network Rail, Docklands Light Railway
Similar  Cutty Sark for Maritime, Deptford Bridge DLR stati, North Greenwich tube station, Lewisham station, Island Gardens DLR stati

Dlr train arriving at greenwich station sept 2015


Greenwich station is about 400 m south-west of the town centre, in London, England. It is an interchange between National Rail between central London and Dartford (north Kent), and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) between Lewisham to the south and Docklands and the City of London. It is in Travelcard Zones 2 and 3.

Contents

It is the nearest National Rail station to the centre of Greenwich, but Cutty Sark DLR station is closer to town centre and its tourist attractions.

East of the station the Dartford line goes through a tunnel underneath the grounds of the National Maritime Museum, towards Maze Hill. Northwards, the DLR goes into a tunnel through Cutty Sark station and under the River Thames to the Isle of Dogs; in the opposite direction, it rises on a concrete viaduct to follow the River Ravensbourne upstream to Deptford Bridge and Lewisham. There used to be additional peak hour trains operating to and from London Charing Cross during rush hour, but ended in 2014 due to Thameslink Programme at London Bridge.

The station is 5½ miles from Charing Cross – the milepost is on platform 1.

North greenwich station london


Services

The typical off-peak national rail service at Greenwich is six trains per hour westbound to London Cannon Street, and two services per hour eastbound to each of Slade Green, Cannon Street (via Sidcup) and Dartford

The Docklands Light Railway operates 12 trains per hour northbound to Bank via Canary Wharf, and 12 trains per hour southbound to Lewisham. During morning peaks, some northbound services operate to Stratford.

History

The National Rail line is one of London's oldest – the London and Greenwich Railway is reputed to be the world's first suburban railway. It was designed by former army engineer George Landmann, and promoted by entrepreneur George Walter. A massive brick viaduct with 878 arches was built to a station in Spa Road (Bermondsey), and later to London Bridge. The line opened on 8 February 1836 from Deptford, and on 29 December that year from a temporary station in Greenwich. Greenwich's handsome station building was designed by George Smith and opened in 1840, making it one of the oldest station buildings in the world.

Difficulties in extending the railway over land owned by the Greenwich Hospital led to the station remaining a terminus until the line was extended eastwards via a cut-and-cover tunnel towards Maze Hill, opening on 1 February 1878.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was extended to Lewisham via Greenwich in December 1999, the new platforms lying immediately to the south of the main-line station. At the eastern end, the DLR heads underground through the tunnel through Cutty Sark and under the River Thames.

Connections

London Buses routes 177 serve the station, routes 180, 199 and 386 serve nearby.

The Quietway 1 cycle route terminates at the station.

References

Greenwich station Wikipedia


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