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Crossrail moves a step closer for Abbey Wood as new platform opens

By Nick Mann

Crossrail moves a step closer for Abbey Wood as new platform opens
  • New London-bound platform opens at Abbey Wood station
  • TfL-run Crossrail will help to transform the local area and reduce journey times to central London destinations

Crossrail, the new east-west railway for London and the South East, moved a step closer for people in Abbey Wood today as passengers began using the first section of the new station that is being constructed by Network Rail.

In preparation for Crossrail services starting in 2018, Network Rail is completely redeveloping the site in Abbey Wood by building a new landmark station and two miles of track. From today, passengers using Southeastern services travelling into London began using a brand new platform – the first part of the new station to be brought into use.

The new platform is wider than the old platform, provides increased canopy cover, better lighting and new customer information screens.

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “The completion of the new London-bound platform marks another major milestone for the work taking place at Abbey Wood.  Local people will benefit from a fantastic new station with significantly improved facilities and better connections across London.”

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director, said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, dramatically improving transport links, creating jobs and business opportunities and supporting wider regeneration. Work in the local area is progressing well and it’s great news that the first part of the new station has now come into use.”

Sarah Brown, Southeastern Major Programmes Interface Manager, said: “It’s great that our passengers are now starting to see the new Abbey Wood station taking shape. Network Rail still have a lot more work to do and this will affect our train services, especially at weekends and over the Easter period. We’d remind passengers using stations on the North Kent line at these times to always check before you travel.”

Work will now begin on the new platform 2, which will be brought into use for Kent-bound Southeastern services in autumn 2016. Work will also continue on the new station building, the foundations of which have already been installed.

Once the new station is complete at the end of 2017, it will include:

  • A new, larger ticket hall and a spacious concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway Flyover
  • New platforms for both Crossrail and North Kent services
  • Six lifts providing step-free access to all platforms
  • Better security and customer information systems

Once Crossrail services begin in 2018, up to 12 extra trains an hour will allow passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains, reducing journey times to a number of destinations across the capital.

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About Crossrail and Network Rail:

Network Rail is a key partner in delivering Crossrail. It is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing rail network. Network Rail’s work, which will integrate the new Crossrail tunnels beneath London with the existing rail network, includes upgrades to track, major civil engineering projects, new overhead electrification equipment and improvements to stations and bridges.

Three quarters of the Crossrail route will run above ground in outer London, Berkshire and Essex, bringing 1.5 million more people within 45 minutes of central London.

Crossrail will increase central London's rail transport capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times by providing new links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground.

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.