Crossrail submit £130m Abbey Wood plans
PUBLISHED: 15:19 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 09 July 2013
Crossrail has unveiled plans to build a £130m station at Abbey Wood.
Bosses submitted planning proposals to Bexley and Greenwich councils for the line which will dramatically cut travel times into central London and to Heathrow Airport.
The £130m includes new railway tracks and anything else needed to get the station up and running.
The new station would open in 2017 and when Crossrail services start the following year, journeys to Canary Wharf and Bond Street would be about 20 minutes shorter while more than 40 minutes will be shaved off trips to Heathrow.
Crossrail, which is expected to cost £14,8billion, predict passengers will almost treble in the next 15 years while the company also expects property values to rise by 22 per cent by 2021.
Chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail will help to transform the local area, dramatically improving transport links, reducing congestion on existing rail services, providing a boost to the local economy and supporting wider regeneration in southeast London.”
The existing station will be demolished and replaced by a temporary station by next summer.
A public drop-in session to view the proposals takes place in Abbey Wood Community Centre, Knee Hill, on Thursday (July 11) from 1pm to 7pm.