Figures from Transport for London show strong growth in passengers using the service at Abbey Wood and Woolwich between the first full month in June 2022 and February 2023.
A Freedom of Information request shows that during the last month – April 2022 – before services begun that passenger numbers were 215,346.
Services began in late May, and the first full month in June saw 395,832 passenger tap in or out.
By February 2023 that was up to 607,308. While passenger numbers have grown across the country since 2022, that’s more than three times the number of passengers compared to 181,644 in February 2022 when the station was service by Southeastern and Thameslink.
It’s even more impressive when considering that many new homes rising nearby are not yet occupied.
Move one stop down to Woolwich and the first full month in June 2022 saw 534,020 passengers. By February this year it had increased to 816,959.
Woolwich is a hotbed of development and seen a number of developments occupied recently, with many, many more to come.
In recent months many other sites in Woolwich have seen new housing approved, while previously approved plots continue to be built.
Plumstead and West Thamesmead sit between both stations and have around 2,600 homes under construction at this very moment.
While Plumstead station is closer to some plots, a combination of Southeastern cutting services and Greenwich Council failing to improve active travel links between new homes and housing despite TfL requests will ensure many residents head to the Elizabeth line.
As for Abbey Wood, housing plans are a little behind. Movement at one site with plans for 282 homes seems to be quiet, while Peabody sit on numerous plots for years within walking distance of the station while failing to build.