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25.07.13

Woolwich Crossrail station gets green light

Funding for a Crossrail station at Woolwich has been confirmed by TfL and the DfT.

The procurement process for the station fit-out will now go ahead, with an invitation to tender expected in late 2013 and work starting in 2014. The station will be operational when Crossrail services start in 2018.

Funding worth £54m has been confirmed from Berkeley Homes, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and TfL.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, called it a “massive win for Woolwich” and for local regeneration.

Crossrail minister Stephen Hammond said: “A Crossrail station will provide significant opportunities for regeneration in the area, supporting jobs and growth and dramatically improving connectivity for people travelling between Woolwich and Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.”

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground and Rail, added: “This is a positive step forward and we are pleased work can now progress on the station which will open when the rest of the route through central London starts operating at the end of 2018 providing better connectivity with journeys times of just eight minutes to Canary Wharf and 15 minutes to Bond Street.”

Cllr Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “I cannot overstate what a huge difference this will mean for the regeneration of Woolwich and what it will do to cement the regeneration of the area. It will unlock huge potential, secure better access to existing and emerging job markets for local residents and will stimulate inward investment in the town.”

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