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15.10.15

Work kicks off at Abbey Wood’s new Crossrail station

Network Rail has kicked off work to build the new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood ahead of its launch in 2017.

The first of more than 100 piled foundations to support the new station have been installed and will continue to be added until the end of the year, at which point the building will start to become visible above ground.

Abbey Wood Station works October 2015 209876

The station will be built over two new Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

Work has been underway at the site since 2013, including the construction of an interim station in 2014 in order to provide basic services such as a staffed gate line, ticket machines and lifts to all platforms.

The existing station building was removed shortly after that, alongside the installation of a new one mile section of track.

Abbey Wood Station works October 2015 209830

Matthew White, Crossrail surface director, said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, dramatically improving transport links and bringing a state-of-the-art station.

“A train every five minutes at peak times will make it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations across London and the south east.”

And Crossrail’s programme director at Network Rail, Matthew Steele, guaranteed that work was on schedule to build the new station.

Abbey Wood Station works October 2015 209815

When ready, the building will include a spacious concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt linking the station to the Harrow Manorway flyover that runs above the station.

It will also boast two new ‘island’ platforms for Crossrail and North Kent services, as well as six lifts to increase in-station mobility and step-free access to platforms.

And from 2018, trains every five minutes during the peak will allow for trips to the capital without any changes.

The journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street with TfL-run Crossrail will also be around 20 minutes quicker, and passengers travelling to Heathrow will slash around 40 minutes from their travel time.

Abbey Wood Station works October 2015 209882

So far, Crossrail has already seen the first of its 10 new stations completed at Canary Wharf in September. Fit-out of the railway systems is now getting underway at the site.

And earlier this month, London Underground engineers excavated the final passageway linking the expanded Bond Street station to the new Crossrail station.

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   17/10/2015 at 23:36

Crossrail once the tunnelling and the whole project is completed along with new Class 345 Aventra EMU trains and stations including Shenfield to open a new Platform 6 will improve London's transportation and to help commuters living in to the East and West of London will have better trains, better journeys and also Crossrail could also extend to Dartford if that's nessesary aswell to Milton Keynes Central and also to operate to Heathrow Terminal 5. Would love to see Crossrail open very soon which is to be open in 2018 or 2019.

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