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Temporary station at Abbey Wood opens as part of major Crossrail improvements

By Nick Mann

Temporary station at Abbey Wood opens as part of major Crossrail improvements
  • Temporary station to operate until 2017 when the new, landmark Crossrail station will open
  • From 2018, Crossrail will add up to 12 trains an hour to link Abbey Wood with central London and beyond, cutting journey times and reducing congestion on existing services
  • Crossrail will transform public transport in southeast London and play a significant role in regeneration of the local area

A temporary station at Abbey Wood has opened to allow work for the new Crossrail station to get underway.

The temporary station includes a staffed gate line, ticket machines and windows, a cash point and, for the first time, lifts to all platforms. Work will shortly get underway to remove the existing station building.

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 

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “This is another milestone in the delivery of the new, landmark station at Abbey Wood. Crossrail will help to transform the local area, providing a step change in public transport and supporting wider regeneration in southeast London.” 

The work at Abbey Wood is being carried out by Network Rail, which is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing rail network.

From 2018, a train every five minutes during peak time will allow Abbey Wood residents to travel right through the capital without having to change trains, making it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations in London and the South East.

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 reduce their journey time by around 40 minutes.

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About Crossrail:

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.