Greenwich rail line saw strong growth before pandemic
Today’s the day when annual railway usage figures are released for every station in the country.
In keeping with past years I’ve gone through and looked up stations in south east London. Let’s look at the Greenwich line: of 13 stations between Dartford and Deptford, 11 saw growth. Plumstead saw the largest percentage increase.
It should be noted this is mainly before the pandemic though not entirely as figures run up to 31st March 2020.
Dartford – up 0.8 per cent to 4.7 million
Slade Green – up 3.3 per cent to 990k
Erith – down 2.6 per cent to 1.01 million
Belvedere – down 1.8 per cent to 1.2 million
Abbey Wood – up 1.5 per cent to 3.83 million
Plumstead – up 10.4% to 1.8 million
Woolwich Arsenal – up 0.4 per cent to 4.4 million
Woolwich Dockyard – up 7.7 per cent to 532k
Charlton – up 1.7 per cent to 1.7 million
Westcombe Park – up 7.7 per cent to 1.1 million
Maze Hill – up 10.3 per cent to 1.4 million
Greenwich – up 4 per cent to 3.78 million
Deptford – up 8.6 per cent to 1.9 million
The busiest station served only by one line (so excluding Dartford) is Woolwich Arsenal followed by Abbey Wood, which is surprisingly above Greenwich. Growth in the Greenwich area was very strong, with Westcombe Park and Maze Hill seeing large percentage rises.
Deptford continues its strong growth. It has seen huge growth over the past decade, including a near doubling since 2017. Methodology changes play a part, though mass housebuilding in the area have seen growth.
This year’s figures will of course be a horror show. How things pick up next year and beyond is the big question.