Greenwich station

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Greenwich Docklands Light Railway National Rail
Greenwich station main building.JPG
Main station entrance
Greenwich is located in Greater London
Location of Greenwich in Greater London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Greenwich
Managed bySoutheastern
Docklands Light Railway
OwnerNetwork Rail
Docklands Light Railway
Station codeGNW
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 5.359 million[3]
2013Decrease 4.604 million[4]
2014Increase 5.038 million[4]
2015Increase 5.343 million[4]
2016Increase 5.415 million[5]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2014–15Increase 3.746 million[6]
2015–16Decrease 3.675 million[6]
2016–17Decrease 2.818 million[6]
2017–18Decrease 2.534 million[6]
2018–19Increase 3.623 million[6]
Key dates
24 December 1838Opened
12 April 1840Resited
11 January 1878Resited[7]
20 November 1999DLR extension
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′41″N 0°00′50″W / 51.4781°N 0.014°W / 51.4781; -0.014Coordinates: 51°28′41″N 0°00′50″W / 51.4781°N 0.014°W / 51.4781; -0.014
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Greenwich station is about 400 m south-west of the district 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.

It is the nearest National Rail station to the centre of Greenwich, but Cutty Sark DLR station is closer to the 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.

On the National Rail network, Greenwich is 3 miles 47 chains (5.8 km) measured from London Bridge.


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

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.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Deptford   Southeastern
Greenwich line
  Maze Hill
Greenwich line
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
towards Bank
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham


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 24 December 1838 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.[8][9]

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was extended to Lewisham via Greenwich on 20 November 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.


London Buses routes 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386 and night routes N1 and N199 serve the station.[10] The Quietway 1 cycle route terminates at the station.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Up-to-date DLR entry/exit statistics for each station" (XLSX). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  7. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 109.
  8. ^ SER Lines and Stations
  9. ^ Greenwich Guide
  10. ^ "Buses and boats from Greenwich" (PDF). TfL. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2020.

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