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New landmark Abbey Wood station gets the green light

By Nick Mann

New landmark Abbey Wood station gets the green light
  • London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich approve plans for new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood
  • Crossrail represents major step-change in public transport and will play a significant role in regeneration of the area

Plans for a brand new station have been approved by the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

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 station will include: 

  • 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
  • Lifts to help passengers get around the station and to provide step-free access to every platform. 

Work on the temporary station, which will be situated in the current station car park and open in autumn 2014, will get underway next month. It will include a staffed gate line, ticket machines and windows, and a cash point. It will also provide an accessible route to all platforms throughout the build programme via platform lifts. Demolition of the existing station will begin once the temporary station opens.

Matt White, Crossrail’s Surface Director, said: “This new, landmark station will help to transform Abbey Wood. Crossrail represents a major step-change for the area, encouraging investment, unlocking development opportunities, as well as supporting local jobs and businesses.”

Rob McIntosh, Network Rail’s Crossrail Programme Director, said: “We’re delighted our designs have been approved and that we can now get on with the job of delivering this transformational project on behalf of Crossrail. We’ll continue working with our partners and local stakeholders to deliver a railway that is safe, efficient and fit for the 21st Century.”

From 2018, Crossrail will add up to 12 extra trains an hour, linking Abbey Wood with central London and beyond, cutting journey times and reducing congestion on existing services

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 cut around 40 minutes off their journey.

Two new 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.


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


11 min

20 min

Bond Street

25 min

19 min


51 min

42 min

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When it opens from 2018, Crossrail will increase London's rail-based transport capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the capital by providing new transport links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground.

Network Rail delivering Crossrail

Network Rail is a key partner in Crossrail and is making significant investment in upgrading the network around the Capital to deliver it. This complements Network Rail’s other work to increase capacity and improve performance across Britain.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network. Its work will integrate Crossrail with the national rail network, delivering faster, more frequent trains into central London from the east and west. The work includes upgrading 43 miles of track, redeveloping 27 stations, and renewing 20 bridges, as well as removing around one million cubic metres of spoil from the tunnel excavation by rail, reducing the need for construction traffic on the roads.

Network Rail will do all of this on an active operational railway, delivering vital upgrade works whilst minimising disruption to train services.