The Crossrail project will help to transform Abbey Wood. The Elizabeth line will halve journey times to many central London destinations and is already attracting new businesses and investment to the local area.
The railway line and the Harrow Manor Way flyover make it difficult for pedestrians to get around the area. The new Elizabeth line station and the urban realm improvements will lead to significant improvements and make it much easier for local people to get from one side of the railway to the other.
Key to the design of the new station is its integration with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manor Way. The new station building has been built over the railway where the two new Elizabeth line tracks terminate and the existing Southeastern lines continue on through.
A granite-paved pedestrian concourse links the new station with the flyover providing significantly better links with local bus services. From here the station building is shaped both to swoop down to platform level below, but also to link radically transformed civic spaces to either side at ground level.
From above, the station is shaped like a manta ray, its zinc-surfaced ‘wings’ extending into canopies sheltering staircases either side. Lifts emerge as architectural features flanking the station forecourt.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
- Step-free from street to platform
- Above-ground station
- 260m passenger platform length
- 52,000 passengers predicted per day on the Elizabeth line
- 12 trains per hour (peak, both ways)
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM ABBEY WOOD
When the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service every five minutes at peak time will allow passengers to catch one train right through central London to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west.