Woolwich Arsenal

Moving on beyond the Tube we now have the 45 stations of the Docklands Light Railway (like Dave Lee Roth also known as the DLR) to relish. I thought I would start as far away from the centre as I could get and Woolwich Arsenal station is not only south of the river but the only DLR station all the way out in Zone 4. I found Woolwich strangely appealing, I’m not really sure why: something about being at the end of the line I imagine. I remember when I visited Chesham thinking, “Wow, I wouldn’t mind living here.” I didn’t quite think that about Woolwich but, having a look around I was pretty stunned by how cheap, in London terms, property seems to be around here. The Chesham feeling has worn off (as the summer has passed) but Woolwich definitely remains intriguing.

Anyway, back to the rather interesting station: really quite reminiscent of London Underground style. The original station was opened by the South Eastern Railway in 1849, rebuilt in 1906 by the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, again in 1996 as British Rail faded out of existence and, finally for now, extended in 2006 to accommodate the arrival of the DLR on its second foray into south London. I haven’t been able to find any information about that Soviet style frieze (is frieze the right word?) on the National Rail platform.

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