Transport for London has launched a new map and audio guide to highlight historical Lesnes Abbey Woods to commuters using the Elizabeth Line.

The three-minute audio guide features a history of Abbey Wood, with references to the Grade II listed Lesnes Abbey dating back to 1178, and is narrated by Lindsey Weaver, Bexley’s Partnerships and Activity Manager for Lesnes Abbey Woods.

The guide also mentions the 88-hectare nature reserve, which includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest and talks about the architecture of Abbey Wood station.

The new map and audio guide is part of a collection of maps on nine other stations that make up the section of the Elizabeth Line.

In October 2022, TFL invited attractions and cultural organisations to apply to feature as part of their new “Culture Map” on the Elizabeth Line.

Lesnes Abbey Woods was chosen by TFL as the cultural attraction to represent the Abbey Wood station on the Elizabeth Line.

Lesnes Abbey features on the new map alongside other visitor attractions on the Elizabeth Line, including Hanwell Zoo, the Farringdon Culture Mile and Gunnersbury Park and Museum.

The guide is available to listen to through a QR code on a display board by WHSmith at Abbey Wood station.

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Councillor Peter Craske, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Place, said: “Since the Elizabeth Line opened, around 50 million passenger journeys have been made between Abbey Wood and Paddington stations.

"Lesnes Abbey Woods is a stunning place to visit along the Elizabeth Line, both rich in history and exciting events taking place throughout the year.

“I’m proud that Lesnes Abbey Woods and Abbey Wood has been put on the map. Now even more passengers can discover our beautiful green spaces right here in Bexley.”