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Work on Custom House Crossrail station to start

By Nick Mann

Work on Custom House Crossrail station to start

Architects impression of Crossrail Custom House station

  • New station to be constructed off site and assembled on location to minimise disruption to residents and DLR services

  • Crossrail to cut journey times between central London and southeast London and support wider regeneration of Royal Docks

  • Work on the new Crossrail station at Custom House will get underway next week.

The Crossrail station will be built on the site of the former North London Line station and will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the Docklands Light Railway and step-free access between the platforms and street level.

The new station will be largely manufactured off site at a state of the art Laing O’Rourke facility near Sheffield. The sections will then be transported to Custom House and re-assembled. This process will save time and ensure that disruption to residents, DLR services and the nearby ExCeL London are minimised as far as possible.

It will also have a roof made from transparent plastic material, EFTE, similar to the material that was used at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

From next week, hoardings will go up around the site ahead of demolition of the old North London Line station, which closed in 2006. Temporary traffic management measures will be in place while the hoardings are being installed.

Jeff Clegg, Crossrail Area Director East said: “When Crossrail opens, up to 12 trains an hour will link Custom House with central London and beyond, improving access between the Royal Docks and London’s key employment areas as well as supporting wider regeneration.”

The new line will also reduce journey times for many of the four million annual visitors to the nearby ExCeL London.

David Pegler, Chief Executive, ExCeL London: “Crossrail is yet another transformation for London and our business. We are already well connected but Crossrail will ensure that we are one of the most accessible venues in the world, making ExCeL more compelling as a destination and choice for event organisers. Access to international audiences and being able to compete for the top overseas events from Europe and North America is crucial to the long term ambitions of London being recognised as a world leading meetings and events destination.”

With Crossrail, the journey between Custom House and Bond Street will be around 10 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to and from Heathrow will be able to shave around 35 minutes off their journey.

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

Notes to editors

Custom House Crossrail station will be located at the junction of Victoria Dock Road and Freemasons Road, London.

Main construction of the new station (contract C520) will be undertaken by Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd. Work on the site is scheduled to finish in December 2015.

There will be a temporary lane closure on Victoria Dock Road while the hoardings are being installed with temporary traffic lights in place. 

A public meeting will be held for local residents at 7pm on 23 January at Stanley Holloway Court, Coolfin Road to provide more details on the proposed works.

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead 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.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

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.