Crossrail is seeking bids for the development of Custom House station, the only above ground station within the central section of London’s biggest railway construction project.

The company announced today that a contract notice has been placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking expressions of interest for the construction of Custom House station, the value of which is in the region of £35m.

The new station, which is located within the regenerated Royal Docks area, will improve links between central London and the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, allowing passengers to reach Canary Wharf in four minutes, Bond Street in 17 minutes and Heathrow Airport in less than 45 minutes.

The new Crossrail station, designed by architects Allies and Morrison, will be built on the site of the former North London Line station that closed in December 2006.

As part of the development the station will include a new ticket hall, interchange with Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and step-free access between the street and Crossrail platforms.

The tender documents for Custom House station are expected to be issued in early 2012 with the contract awarded late next year.

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Construction will begin in early 2013 with the station completed in 2018.

Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.

Once completed, the line is expected to shorten the commute to London to within 45 minutes for an additional 1.5 million people.