Abbey Wood Station, United Kingdom
Abbey Wood railway station is located in the suburb of Abbey Wood in south-east London, UK. It was opened in July 1849 by Southeastern Railway.
The station is currently being rebuilt to be served by Crossrail from 2018 by providing a link to North West to ExCeL London and Canary Wharf, and then onwards to the city centre, Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead.
The rebuilt station is expected to see an increase of more than 10,000 passengers in the morning peak by 2026.
Benefits of the station reconstruction
The station reconstruction project will result in reducing the journey times from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street by 20 minutes, while passengers travelling to Heathrow will also save approximately 40 minutes.
It will improve transport links and attract new business investments once it is opened for Southeastern passengers in December 2017. Passengers will also be allowed to travel right through central London to Paddington for every five minutes at peak times via the Elizabeth line in December 2018.
Design and features of new Abbey Wood station
The new station will be shaped similar to manta rays, whose wings extend into canopies. Surfaced with zinc, the wing-shaped extension covers the staircases either side.
New platforms will be added for both Crossrail and North Kent services, which can be accessed through lifts. Six lifts will provide convenient, step-free access to all the platforms.
The station building is supported by more than 100 pile foundations.
Abbey Wood station construction
Construction work on Abbey Wood station site began in 2013. Early works included demolition of the old station, installation of a new one-mile (1.6km) section of track, and construction of a temporary interim station, which was completed and opened for operations October 2014.
The temporary station features a staffed gate line, ticket machines, and lifts to all platforms.
The main construction works began in October 2015. Construction on the new London-bound platform featuring increased canopy cover, improved lighting, and new customer information screens was completed by February 2016.
Construction work on new platform two, which will be used for Kent-bound Southeastern services will begin in late 2016.
The station construction is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2017.
Key players involved with the reconstruction of Abbey Wood station
Being responsible for the design, development and delivery of parts of Crossrail, Network Rail will build a new landmark station and two miles (3.2km) of track.
Fereday Pollard in association with Halcrow provided the Abbey Wood station designs. Balfour Beatty was awarded with awarded a £130m ($197.9m) contract in March 2013 to build the new station building and to replace two existing platforms.
The scope of the contract also includes installing two new dedicated Crossrail lines from the station to the Plumstead portal, providing access to the new Crossrail tunnels into Canary Wharf and central London, and modifications to a number of bridges along the route.
VGC Group was contracted to supply labour resources, including dumper drivers, crane controllers, slingers and ground workers to the site in January 2014.