The Anonymous Widower

A Walk Around Woolwich – 15th June 2022

I went to Woolwich station on the Elizabeth Line today and had a walk around.

Note.

  1. Woolwich station is a simple station with only three escalators at one end direct to the platforms, which are in a tunnel.
  2. Both platforms have platform edge doors and a similar decor to some platforms on the Jubilee Line Extension.
  3. The escalator shaft and the booking hall are lined in brick.
  4. Next to the station is a very large Marks & Spencer Food store.
  5. Outside the station is large green with a pub on one side.
  6. Over the top of the station are a lot of flats.

Is this the way that modern housing developments should be designed? It’s certainly better than some I’ve seen.

It’s certainly come on a lot, since I wrote Exploring The Woolwich Station Box, which has a gallery of what the station looked like in February 2013.

The Woolwich Foot Tunnel

My walk continued under the Thames, through the Woolwich foot tunnel.

It was the first time I’d used this tunnel.

On the other side, I got a bus to London City Airport, from where I got the Docklands Light Railway back to Woolwich Arsenal and then walked back to the Elizabeth Line station to come home.

I Doubt I’ll Use The Marks & Spencer At Woolwich Much!

The store was not designed in a way I liked.

  • Many of the goods, were behind glass doors, which meant I needed three hands to put items in my basket.
  • There weren’t many staff in the store.
  • It was difficult finding the goods I needed.
  • It was all self-service tills of the type I didn’t like.

These may be only personal preferences, but then there must be many like me who have a gammy hand for some reason.

It’s a pity really, as it is such a convenient location for a store. The only other M & S store close to the Elizabeth Line is the one at Paddington, which I use regularly.

June 15, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Looks as though it’s still waiting for the crowds to come. One day, maybe…

    Charles Holden would never have allowed that grey slab of a facade to go unadorned – it’s crying out for the station name and ‘Underground’ to be written there in large letters. As your photos show, from a distance it is anonymous and might be anything from a supermarket to the entrance to Hades.

    It’s a shame that TfL’s designers don’t see the value of simple, clear, suitably scaled signage as a form of publicity and image-making and either don’t understand, or are actively afraid of, colour.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | June 15, 2022 | Reply

  2. […] of the reasons for going to Woolwich today, which I wrote about in A Walk Around Woolwich – 15th June 2022, was to get a feel on what is the best way to go between London City and Heathrow […]

    Pingback by Thoughts On London City Airport And The Elizabeth Line « The Anonymous Widower | June 16, 2022 | Reply


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