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North Greenwich tube station

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Location  Greenwich Peninsula
Owner  London Underground
Accessible  Yes
Phone  +44 343 222 1234
Managed by  London Underground
Number of platforms  3
Opened  14 May 1999
North Greenwich tube station
Local authority  Royal Borough of Greenwich
Address  5 Millenium Way, London SE10 0PH, UK
Similar  London Underground, Canning Town station, The O2, Canada Water station, Canary Wharf tube station

North Greenwich is a London Underground station served by the Jubilee line. Despite its name, it is not in the area historically known as North Greenwich, on the Isle of Dogs, north of the River Thames; an entirely different North Greenwich station used to be there, between 1872 and 1926. It is actually closer to Charlton than to Greenwich, however, it is at the northernmost tip of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which perhaps provides the best explanation of the name.

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The tube station was opened in 1999. It is adjacent to The O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) at the northern end of the Greenwich Peninsula, on the south bank of the Thames.

It lies between Canary Wharf and Canning Town on the Jubilee line, in Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3.

History

Opened on 14 May 1999, North Greenwich is one of the largest stations on the Jubilee line, capable of handling around 20,000 passengers a hour, having been designed to cope with the large number of visitors expected at the Millennium Dome (now The O2).

The track at North Greenwich was designed to facilitate a branch of the line from this station. A branch towards Thamesmead was planned; however this has not been developed beyond the initial proposal, and is not currently in Transport for London's investment programme.

The track layout allows trains from both Stanmore and Stratford to terminate at North Greenwich. A number of trains from Stanmore terminate here during peak and off-peak times, and enter platform 2 instead of the usual platform 3. Trains head back towards central London from platform 2. During times of disruption and engineering work, trains from and back to Stratford can be routed into and out of platform 2.

The striking blue-tiled and glazed interior, with raking concrete columns rearing up inside the huge underground space, was designed by the architectural practice Alsop, Lyall and Störmer.

As with other stations on the Jubilee Line Extension, all platforms are equipped with platform screen doors.

On 20 October 2016, police conducted a controlled explosion on an improvised explosive device at North Greenwich after a passenger spotted an unattended bag filled with "wires and an alarm clock" aboard a Jubilee line train. No injuries were reported, and a suspect was later detained.

Connections

The Emirates Air Line cable car opened nearby on 28 June 2012, providing a link between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock and ExCeL London.

The North Greenwich bus station is situated next to the tube station, with London Buses routes 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486 serving the station.

References

North Greenwich tube station Wikipedia


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