The Elizabeth Line station sits below tower blocks on the Royal Arsenal site, including some which this week were revealed to have dangerous balconies with protection now in place for pedestrians from falling debris.
The station appears a cavernous space extending with the platform extending around 250 metres. It has an understated coolness with high quality materials alongside lovely little touches, showing little sign of the relatively limited budget:
As previously covered, there is no eastern entrance due to the station being a late addition, meaning no access for many developments to the east in Plumstead and Thamesmead including one site submitted this week for 333 homes and covered this week:
Plus there’s 1,750 homes approved around Plumstead gyratory:
And 294 homes at a college building in Plumstead set to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a mixed-use development:
There are also plans for 515 homes above the eastern end of the station at Armourers Court:
This means a lot more people funnelled to one entrance and exit.
In terms of funding, Greenwich Council’s share of payment is due to end in 2022/23, but they havn’t been collecting much income from developers via the Community Infrastructure Levy (TfL revealed they have collected the lowest total in London despite being in the top five for new development) alongside minimal allocation from another fund (Section 106). It’s all very odd. This screenshot shows S106 being £0 and a very low CIL total.
Testing continues and the estimate for opening remains the first half of 2022. As for when Greenwich Council pay off their share, well at this rate they’ll miss the deadline.