The long-delayed station at Bond Street on the Elizabeth line has opened ensuring Woolwich is just 22 minutes from the new station located near Hyde Park.
The first train to Abbey Wood departed at 5:57am this morning (Monday 24th October). Abbey Wood takes 25 minutes to reach.
The new station is located close to Hyde Park bringing one of the capital’s biggest parks closer to many in south east London, alongside attractions such as numerous summer concerts including British Summer Time events as well as the forthcoming Winter Wonderland.
Next summer if attending a concert at Hyde Park, it can end for some with a quick stroll to Bond Street station and a direct train home to Woolwich or Abbey Wood for some rather than the mass scrum at congested Underground trains before a change to buses or trains.
The new station is also located on the western end of Oxford Street bringing numerous shops and parts of the west end closer to south east London.
Another attraction that is now far quicker to reach is the Wallace Collection.
They offer free afternoon tours each day of the collection.
Before the new line opened, the closest rail services came was Charing Cross before a change was needed.
Of course, from December there will be no direct trains on the Woolwich line to Charing Cross. Not so bad for those near an Elizabeth line station, though a pain for those in areas such as Charlton.