Abbey Wood commuters urged to reconsider routes
PUBLISHED: 12:59 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59 05 August 2013
Commuters who use Abbey Wood station have been urged to reconsider their journeys as work begins on the new Crossrail station today.
Balfour Beatty are taking over part of Bexley Council’s Felixstowe Road car park. There will be fewer spaces available for public parking, although initially there should be enough for existing users. Balfour Beatty are expected to take over the remainder of the car park from September.
Network Rail plan to close the station car park some time in September so its contractors can build a temporary station. When this happens, the only public off-street parking will be in Gayton Road.
Cllr Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for environment and public realm, said: “The closure of the two car parks is outside our control but vital to the project. We are encouraging commuters to replan their journeys to reduce the risk of congestion and disruption caused by people driving to the station and finding nowhere to park.
“We’re also encouraging more commuters to travel to the station by foot, bike or public transport. If commuters really do need to travel by car we suggest they consider using other stations.
“We have consulted with local people close to the station about making changes to some of the on-street parking bays close to the station to create more public parking. We have received some objections and will make a decision shortly.”
The project is due to be completed by 2018 and will halve the time it takes to travel from Abbey Wood to central London.