Southeastern passengers to benefit as Plumstead station upgrade shows good progress

A project to upgrade Plumstead station is coming along well with new lift shafts now installed.

Yellow brick is now in place as accessibility improvements move forward as part of the Access For All project funded by the DfT.

Bridge now to be retained. New lift seen behind

An attractive bridge dating from 1892 is also being retained after Network Rail’s initial plan to remove it met with opposition.

Proposed bridge

Turns out it could be made accessible while retaining attractive features but required a bit of effort.

Attractive features now remaining

Network Rail are undertaking work and state that completion is expected by spring 2024.


Future users

It’s good news for both existing users and thousands of people set to move into thousands of new homes being built at three sites in the near vicinity.

The image below show work at the biggest, where almost 2,000 homes are planned.

Almost 2,000 homes coming here close to Plumstead station.

Note Plumstead sidings in the foreground used by Southeastern. There’s space to expand these in time on what were former freight lines. It was formerly far more extensive with rail lines to Royal Arsenal also leaving the mainline here.

Some of the site was used by Crossrail during construction work but has now passed back to Network Rail and used to store materials.

Other nearby sites include 333 homes at a former care home.

333 homes coming to former care home in Thamesmead

As well as hundreds more at a rebuilt college site.

Housing coming to college site a short distance west of station

That site is six minutes walk to Plumstead station or 10 to Woolwich.

Of course many will take advantage of the Elizabeth line, for example, though the Southeastern line does still offer many popular destinations such as London Bridge, Lewisham and Greenwich.

Plumstead station often closed and entirely unstaffed

Despite work on accessibility and the business of the station plus many new homes in the area, the station remains often unstaffed most if not all day.

It’s been that way for years but recently worsened with the DfT trying to cut costs.




Running a site alone takes time and a fair bit of money. Adverts are far from enough to cover it and my living costs as a private renter.

You can support me including via Paypal here

Another option is via Patreon by clicking here

You can also buy me a beer/coffee at Ko-fi here

There's also a Facebook page for the site here

Many thanks

J Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.