DLR: Now With Added Woolwich

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 114 months ago
DLR: Now With Added Woolwich
Woolwich foot tunnel. It is as rusty as it looks, though
Woolwich foot tunnel. It is as rusty as it looks, though
The Woolwich Ferry trundling between banks of the Thames
The Woolwich Ferry trundling between banks of the Thames
Woolwich ferry. It's like Dover, but scaled down. A lot
Woolwich ferry. It's like Dover, but scaled down. A lot
The new DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal
The new DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal
Train indicator board at King George V station
Train indicator board at King George V station
Shiny shiny bright new platforms
Shiny shiny bright new platforms
Woolwich Arsenal: it's a better way to cross the Thames
Woolwich Arsenal: it's a better way to cross the Thames
Dead simple interchange with mainline rail
Dead simple interchange with mainline rail
Station art
Station art
Woolwich celebrates with balloons and the Hut.
Woolwich celebrates with balloons and the Hut.
Woolwich foot tunnel. Honestly not as scary as it looks
Woolwich foot tunnel. Honestly not as scary as it looks

On a misty, moisty, freezing morning - this morning, in other words - the new DLR extension to Woolwich Arsenal opened, creating a new way of getting across the Thames. Trains run every ten minutes, take 28 minutes to Bank and a mere six to City Airport. So, with the ferry and the foot tunnel, which is the best way to get to the other side and enjoy the delights of Woolwich?

Ferry: it's free and it takes cars. But it's cold, doesn't run much past 8pm (if you're lucky) and the North Woolwich terminus is a bit... isolated... Foot tunnel: another one that's free, but it does rely on shanks's pony. There's 100 steps at either end and the north lift is out of the order at the moment. Not as filthy or scary as we'd been led to believe. DLR: not free - it's a zone 4 station. But it's warm, clean, bright, fast and connected to something at the other end. A clear winner!

Images: the frozen author's own

Last Updated 10 January 2009