Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request to Transport for London have shown that Woolwich station saw 526,871 passenger journeys in the first month of operation.
From opening day on 24th May to the 23rd June the station proved popular with journey times to Canary Wharf and the City of London substantially reduced.
While it’s simplistic to extrapolate too much from the first month, the first year should see over six million journeys.
That’s impressive but somewhat below pre-pandemic DLR usage levels at Woolwich Arsenal which totalled 14.6 million.
Woolwich Arsenal rail station figures for 2019-2020 were 4.4 million, however avoiding paying on Southeastern Metro is incredibly easy for many journeys and the likelihood of accurate figures are low.
Another revealing question that we’ll hopefully get an answer to soon is whether the new Elizabeth line attracts new passengers rather than simply cause people to switch from one mode to another.
On a personal level I’ve switched fair bit to Crossrail though somewhat surprisingly to me returned to the DLR on occasion – particularly for Abbey Wood to Stratford or close variants of that general route. For the first couple of weeks I’d take Crossrail to Custom House then a DLR to Canning Town then the Jubilee line.
A lot depends on how hot it is given the Elizabeth line’s blissful air con (new DLR trains coming in 2024 will have air con), but the DLR is clearly fewer changes.
Despite this being obvious, in my head I’d sort of just assumed I’d use the Elizabeth line for everything which hasn’t quite worked out. I supposed I expected it due to the turn up a go nature of Crossrail being every five minutes and the high frequency levels of connecting services.
When the eastern section of the Elizabeth line opens I may revert and solely use it from Abbey Wood/Woolwich to Whitechapel then change to head east.
One thing that certainly will bring additional custom to Woolwich stations are new homes in the area. People should be moving into the converted Carriage Factory right about now:
Then there’s Mast Quay to the west.
The total number of passengers using stations in Woolwich will keep rising in years to come.