New images released by Network Rail and Crossrail highlight the progress being made with the construction of the new station at Abbey Wood as work enters its final stages.
The new station, run by Transport for London, will open to passengers using existing Southeastern services later this year and will also serve the Elizabeth line when it opens in December 2018.
Over the last four years, Network Rail has been working in Abbey Wood to build the new station and upgrade the existing railway. Network Rail has expanded the railway through Abbey Wood from two to four tracks, constructed two new platforms and installed the overhead line equipment that will be used to power Elizabeth line services.
The images of the new station, which resembles a manta ray from above, features a timber structure roof and a glass façade to give the station a light and airy feel. The timber roof was built using 31 tonnes of steel beams, the four largest timber beams are 45 metres long and the roof is finished off with a zinc covering.
The station’s new concourse measures 1,600m2 and will be finished with granite paving. The new station will have six new lifts providing step-free access to all platforms.
The Elizabeth line and North Kent line platforms will be fitted out with glass canopies, new seating and customer information systems. Two new interchange footbridges, both of which will be fitted with a zinc roof to mirror the roof on the station, will enable passengers to interchange between the North Kent line and the Elizabeth line.
Peter Hulme, Network Rail Senior Programme Manager at Abbey Wood said: “Network Rail is extremely proud to play such a major role in helping to build the fantastic new station at Abbey Wood which will deliver a vastly improved passenger experience. The completed station will open to passengers using existing Southeastern services later this year.”
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The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.