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Abbey Wood station

Abbey Wood station

The Crossrail project will arguably be more transformational at Abbey Wood than anywhere else along the route. The Elizabeth line will halve journey times to many central London destinations and add 12 trains an hour to the services already provided by the operator Southeastern.

The railway line and the Harrow Manor Way flyover currently dominate the local environment, dividing Abbey Wood and making it difficult for pedestrians to get around the area. The new Crossrail 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.

A new station is being built to replace the former structure that was too small to accommodate larger passenger numbers and the two new Elizabeth line tracks required to link the station with the new tunnels at Plumstead to the west.

Key to the design is to integrate the new building with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manor Way. The station building is then set back and 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 will link 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 impressively-scaled staircases either side. Lifts emerge as architectural features flanking the station forecourt.

The new structure makes good use of wood: framed inside with laminated beams, and clad on its flanks with a sustainable and durable hardwood, above a warm brick base. Glazed canopies run back along the platforms, with an escalator-equipped overbridge halfway down to allow access when changing trains.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail has been working with London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station. Early proposals were published in 2014.


The new station will open for Southeastern passengers in December 2017. From December 2018, an Elizabeth line train every five minutes at peak times will allow passengers to travel right through central London to Paddington.

From December 2019, when the full route opens, passengers will be able to catch one train right through central London to Heathrow or Reading in the west.

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10% Capacity Increase

Crossrail will increase central London rail transport capacity by 10 per cent