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Monday, 3 November 2014

A NEW CROSSRAIL RAILWAY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY - WOOLWICH RAILWAY STATION LONDON - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW



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Woolwich railway station is a planned new station of the Crossrail rail project in London, UK. The station, which would serve theWoolwich area, was not initially proposed as part of the route but was added after a House of Commons Select Committee suggested its inclusion and after additional funding was found.
A station at Woolwich was initially omitted from the Crossrail plans as the cost would have made the whole project more expensive and less attractive. However, after talks between Greenwich London Borough Council and Berkeley Homes on how to find the £162 million required, plans for a Crossrail station at Woolwich were resubmitted to the Secretary of State and are included in the Crossrail Act.
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The station will be located close to the major Royal Arsenal housing and retail development by Berkeley Homes, who will also construct the base structure for the station. The closest existing station is Woolwich Arsenal. The station itself is separate and will not serve as a direct interchange with the DLR and local National Rail services which are located at nearby Woolwich Arsenal.
Woolwich Station

Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT), sponsors of Crossrail, have confirmed that Crossrail services will call at Woolwich following the conclusion of a funding agreement for the completion of the station.
The contract for the fit-out of Woolwich station has been awarded to Balfour Beatty Group Limited.
The £70m contract also covers the fit-out of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface.
Crossrail will help to transform Woolwich, supporting regeneration, reducing journey times and creating new transport links for local people. From 2018, up to 12 services an hour will allow passengers to travel to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End without having to change trains.
The new station will improve transport connectivity, providing a direct route to Canary Wharf, central London and beyond. It will support sustainable economic development and population growth by increasing capacity and reducing congestion on the transport network.
Woolwich
Woolwich is located in east London in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, built on the south bank of the River Thames.
The new terminus of the Docklands Light Railway’s London City Airport branch, Woolwich Arsenal station, opened in 2009. As a result recent redevelopment of the former Royal Arsenal site has allowed the area to enjoy a renaissance. Several High Street chains have opened branches, and longer-established shops have been refurbished. Crossrail, working with Berkeley Homes, has built the structure for a new station.
Crossrail has submitted a planning application for a major residential scheme next to the station, designed by architects TP Bennett.
The scheme comprises:
  • 394 high quality homes in five buildings of varying heights. Some will enjoy views out over the River Thames and all will be designed to meet lifetime homes standards. 
  • Three local retail units.
  • Buildings arranged around a central garden with car and cycle parking beneath. 
  • To the north of the station: three buildings of increasing height, stepping up towards the east.
  • To the south of the station: a 22-storey building, along with a new tower to be constructed by Berkeley Homes, forms a gateway for the main vehicular entrance to the Royal Arsenal. 
  • In the south eastern corner of the site: a lower 10-storey building which helps to make a massing transition to the lower buildings to the south of Plumstead Road.
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Crossrail has received a green light from the Royal Borough of Greenwich to build nearly 400 new homes above the new Woolwich Crossrail station.
The major new residential development, to be known as Armourer’s Court, will consist of approximately 490,000 sq ft in five high quality buildings of varying heights set around a landscaped garden. Carefully located retail and business space will be at ground level.
The Armourer’s Court design by architects TP Bennett was reviewed by Design Council CABE and created in consultation with the local community, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London Authority and English Heritage. It draws upon the heritage of the nearby Royal Arsenal buildings, with brick, metal and glass faƧades.
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Crossrail will market the Armourer’s Court site to potential development partners in the coming year and aims to commence construction once the station has been completed in 2018. It is part of Crossrail’s strategy to develop three million sq ft of new commercial and residential space above stations, returning funds to the Crossrail budget and regenerating urban areas all along the line.
The successful development of this site will be another major step forward in the regeneration of Woolwich. This is part of our ongoing efforts to breathe new life into areas above and around our new stations. Crossrail is helping to boost the supply of new homes across the capital.
The Woolwich area has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to the opening of Woolwich Arsenal DLR terminus in 2009, improvement of public areas and the impending arrival of Crossrail. Since 2008 there have been 13 planning applications within a kilometre of Woolwich Crossrail station, equating to 4,286 new homes, over 70,000 sq ft of new office space and 114,000 sq ft of new retail space.
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11 mins
Bond Street
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ROYAL ARSENAL RIVERSIDE BY BERKELEY HOMES

Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich is one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious regeneration sites and its transformation by Berkeley is a £1.2 billion project which is acting as a catalyst for wider regeneration.
For more information, visit: www.royalarsenalriverside.co.uk

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