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Abbey Wood station

Abbey Wood station

The Crossrail project will help to transform Abbey Wood. The new railway 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 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.

Key to the design of the new station is its integration with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manor Way. The station building is being 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 staircases either side. Lifts emerge as architectural features flanking the station forecourt.

The station is beginning to take shape with the timber structure of the distinctive roof now complete. 

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.

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Crossrail is helping to transform Abbey Wood, as the prospect of significantly better transport links attracts new businesses and investment. A new Sainsbury's supermarket has opened and planning permission has been granted for 220 new homes and a new library and public square close to the station.

In addition, Peabody is building 1,500 new homes as well as new retail units and open spaces, linking the South Thamesmead estate with Abbey Wood station.

For more information about how the local area is changing, visit the YourAbbeyWood website.


The new station will open for Southeastern passengers in October 2017. From December 2018, Elizabeth line trains will allow passengers to travel right through central London to Paddington.

From December 2019, when the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service every five minutes will allow passengers to catch one train right through central London to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west.



Crossrail journey time

Time saving on current journey

Canary Wharf

11 min

20 min

Bond Street

25 min

19 min


51 min

42 min

Contact us

If you have queries about the work taking place please contact Network Rail, which is delivering the Crossrail upgrades:

Current Works

Abbey Wood station

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Description of work:

Although we will be carrying out the majority of our work during normal daytime hours, due to safety reasons some of our work has to be carried out whilst trains are not running. This means undertaking some work outside our normal core hours (08:00 to 18:00), during the night and at weekends.

Details of work as PDF: