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New platform opens at Abbey Wood in preparation for Crossrail

A new platform opened at Abbey Wood station yesterday as part of preparations for Crossrail’s 2018 opening.

The platform, for Southeastern services to London, is wider than the old platform with better lighting, increased canopy cover and new customer information screens.

Network Rail is redeveloping Abbey Wood station and adding two miles of track in preparation for the east-west railway in London and the south east, which will allow up to 12 extra trains an hour to take passengers directly to central London.

Matthew White, Crossrail surface director, said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, dramatically improving transport links, creating jobs and business opportunities and supporting wider regeneration. Work in the local area is progressing well and it’s great news that the first part of the new station has now come into use.”

The next stage of the development is building a new platform 2 for Kent-bound Southeastern services, which will open in autumn 2016.

The foundations of a new station building have also been installed.

The new station, which is due to open at the end of 2017, will also include a new, larger ticket hall, a concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway Flyover, six lifts to all platforms and better security and customer information systems.

Last week it was announced that the Bakerloo Line at Paddington station will close from April to August to allow engineers to dig a 165m tunnel in preparation for Crossrail.

The most recent edition of RTM includes an interview with Crossrail railway systems construction manager Greg Purcell about the three-year process of building £14.8bn of railway tunnels for the line.

(Image c. Network Rail)


Huguenot   23/02/2016 at 11:58

"Increased canopy cover"? The platform canopy may be longer but look how far back from the train it is. Impossible to board a train in the rain without getting wet. Why so mean with the canopy width?

Simon   23/02/2016 at 14:53

+1 Short canopies seem to be the norm now don't architects use trains and understand that short canopies are unless when it is raining as you get wet? Gone are the days of wider canopies when you did not get wet from getting on or off a train and onto a platform. An interesting article on this can be found in this months issue of Modern Railways.

Philip Bird   23/02/2016 at 15:12

Pathetic. Passengers will get soaked when waiting for a train - but who cares right?

David Morphew   23/02/2016 at 16:13

These canopies do look excessively short; is there a reason for this (as opposed to an architectural disaster)?Come on RTM, challenge Network Rail and let's have some informed debate.

Scottie   24/02/2016 at 08:56

How many platforms or reversing bays will Crossrail / Elizabeth Line have planned at Abbey Wood ? As the Jubilee Line has only three platforms at Stratford and sometimes in the peak trains start to bottle up and queue for a platform at Stratford at Canning Town 2 miles to south. Let's hope that the transport planners / TFL after spending Billions on Crossrail / Elizabeth line get their maths calculations improved to those who planned the Jubilee Line extension not so long back !

Rdgengr   24/02/2016 at 09:13

Decreased canopy width is to comply with pantograph and gauge clearance requirements in accordance with European standards

Mr Collins   25/02/2016 at 18:57

there is not going to be over head wires on this platform as this will be a southeastern platform

Andrew Gwilt   11/03/2016 at 00:29

Crossrail may even be extended as far Dartford and Gravesend in the near future if thats possible.

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