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Crossrail submits plans for new landmark station at Abbey Wood

By Nick Mann

Crossrail submits plans for new landmark station at Abbey Wood
  • Crossrail represents major step-change in public transport and will play a significant role in regeneration of the local area
  • Plans for bright and spacious landmark station with two additional tracks for new Crossrail services
  • Crossrail to add up to 12 extra trains an hour to link Abbey Wood with central London and beyond, slashing journey times and reducing congestion on existing services

Crossrail has today (Monday 8 July) submitted proposals for a new station at Abbey Wood in southeast London to the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich for approval.

Crossrail represents a major step-change in public transport for the local area, and is the single biggest addition to the local rail network since the North Kent line was built in 1849. It will be a significant spur to regeneration in Abbey Wood, encouraging investment and development as well as supporting jobs and businesses in the local area.

The new two-level station will open in 2017 and will be built above two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services. The design includes: 

  • A bright, spacious concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway dual carriageway which runs above the current station
  • Two new ‘island’ platforms for Crossrail and North Kent services
  • Six lifts to help passengers get around the station and to provide step-free access to every platform. 

From 2018, a train every five minutes during the peak will allow residents to travel right through the capital without having to change trains. The journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street will be around 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to shave around 40 minutes off their journey.

Passengers using the station are predicted to almost treble within the next 15 years, with numbers during the morning peak expected to increase to over 10,000 by 2026.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail will help to transform the local area, dramatically improving transport links, reducing congestion on existing rail services, providing a boost to the local economy and supporting wider regeneration in southeast London.”

The existing station will be demolished and replaced by a temporary station by summer 2014, which will be located in the current station car park. In addition, two tracks for Crossrail services will be installed next to the existing North Kent lines and work will be carried out to raise and lengthen a number of bridges along the track so they can accommodate the overhead electric wires that will be used by Crossrail trains.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail, which is responsible for the delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network.

Rob McIntosh, Network Rail’s Crossrail Programme Director, said: “We’re very proud to be delivering such a transformational project on behalf of Crossrail. We’ll be sharing our plans with locals and passengers as we progress on this four-year programme.”

A report commissioned last year by Crossrail predicted that, by 2021, property values around Abbey Wood station can expect to have increased by 22 per cent above the average rise for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

A public drop-in session will be taking pace for local people to view the proposals for the new station. It will be held on 11 July between 1pm and 7pm at Abbey Wood Community Centre.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and dramatically cut journey times across the city. Crossrail will be fully integrated as part of the TfL network providing a fast, frequent service linking the east and west and relieving congestion on some of the busiest Tube lines.


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

Example journey time savings from Abbey Wood to:


Crossrail journey time

Time saving on current journey

Canary Wharf

11 min

20 min

Bond Street

25 min

19 min


51 min

42 min

Planned Abbey Wood station timeline

  • September: Councils’ decision expected on schedule 7 submission
  • Autumn 2013: Construction of temporary station starts 
  • Summer 2014: Temporary station opens 
  • Late 2017: New station opens
  • December 2018: New Crossrail services start