Platform opens at Abbey Wood station ahead of Elizabeth Line launch
PUBLISHED: 13:23 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:23 01 March 2016
The new rail service is expected to start in 2018
Passengers have begun using a platform at the new Abbey Wood station after it was opened last week.
The site is being completely redeveloped by Network Rail in preparation of the arrival of Crossrail services in 2018, on what will now be called the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen.
The new platform is wider than its predecessor, provides increased canopy cover, better lighting and new customer information screens.
Work will now begin on the new platform 2, which will be brought into use for Kent-bound Southeastern services in autumn 2016, and the station building as a whole, for which the foundations have already been installed.
The completed station will include a new, larger ticket hall and a spacious concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway Flyover.
It will also feature six lifts providing step-free access to all platforms and better security and customer information systems
Once services begin in two years’ time, up to 12 extra trains an hour will allow passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains, reducing journey times to a number of destinations across the capital.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, said: “The completion of the new London-bound platform marks another major milestone for the work taking place at Abbey Wood.
“Local people will benefit from a fantastic new station with significantly improved facilities and better connections across 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.”
Sarah Brown, Southeastern major programmes interface manager, said: “It’s great that our passengers are now starting to see the new Abbey Wood station taking shape.
“Network Rail still have a lot more work to do and this will affect our train services, especially at weekends and over the Easter period.
“We’d remind passengers using stations on the North Kent line at these times to always check before you travel.”