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Silvertown railway station was a station in Silvertown, east London. It was in Travelcard Zone 3, and located between Custom House and North Woolwich, the eastern terminus of the North London Line until the line closure from Stratford to North Woolwich on 9 December 2006. It was opened on 19 June 1863 by the Great Eastern Railway, and was situated on the route of the former Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway, with two tracks and platforms. A decline in use of the line led to its singling in 1980 with just one platform to serve trains in both directions. North Woolwich was also reduced to one platform. After third rail electrification of the line in 1986 services were increased and the single track section became a bottleneck.
After London City Airport opened nearby there was an attempt to offer the station for connection to the airport, the station being renamed Silvertown and London City Airport on 4 October 1987, but the walk through adjacent side streets, and the relatively infrequent service, which was peripheral rather than into central London, led to little air passenger traffic.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Woolwich Arsenal branch provides a substitute service for much of this part of the NLL, the nearest DLR station to Silvertown railway station is London City Airport.
The remaining station buildings and platforms were demolished in 2012 as part of the construction of Crossrail by Vinci, the contractor responsible for the reconditioning of Connaught Tunnel. Despite talk of constructing a replacement station nearby, this has not been provided for in the Crossrail Act 2008. Nevertheless, passive provision will be made for a station shortly to the east in the event of development of nearby properties.
In April 2006 a single track and platform were still in use, with disused infrastructure still visible adjacent
In March 2007 vegetation had begun to take hold on the last used line, while the older tracks have completely disappeared
By 2008 vegetation has reclaimed the platform and track of the station
In March 2011 the unused trackbed has been cleared but vegetation has a greater hold on the platform
In October 2011 the vegetation and trackbed has been completely cleared and preparation for Crossrail has begun
In January 2013 the station and platform have been demolished and construction of Crossrail's trackbed is underway
- ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 212. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- ^ Neal Jones (June 2012). "North Woolwich Line". London's Abandoned Tube Stations. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- ^ a b Harvey, Dan (July 2011). "New lease of life for Docklands tunnel". Modern Railways (Ian Allan) 68 (754): 61.
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Coordinates: 51°30′07″N 0°02′43″E / 51.5019°N 0.0452°E