Network Rail has awarded Balfour Beatty a £130m contract to build a two-mile section of the Crossrail route and station in south-east London.
The scope of work will include construction of two new lines from Abbey Wood to the Plumstead portal, which will create access to the new Crossrail tunnels.
The company will also refurbish several existing bridges to accommodate overhead electric wires along the route, which will run alongside the existing North Kent lines.
Balfour Beatty will build a new station building at Abbey Wood, including the replacement of its two existing platforms to allow easy interchange with north Kent services.
Designs for the new station are currently being finalised, with some preparatory work due to start later in 2013 and the main construction works scheduled to start in 2014.
Following completion of the line, 12 trains will run per hour in each direction, connecting south-east London and the Royal Docks with Canary Wharf, central London and beyond.
Journey times from Abbey Wood to Bond Street will be reduced by 20 minutes, while passengers travelling to Heathrow will save around 40 minutes.
Network Rail’s Crossrail senior programme manager Peter Mason said: "The transformed Abbey Wood station will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area and provide opportunities for local employment, meeting the development aspirations of the two London boroughs it serves, Greenwich and Bexley."
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the sections of the Crossrail project that are being implemented on the current commuter rail network, including upgrading 43 miles of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
Balfour Beatty Rail won a contract from Network Rail in January 2013 to upgrade a 12-mile stretch of the Great Western Main Line between West Drayton and Maidenhead in the UK for future Crossrail operations.
Work on the project is expected to start in summer 2013 and finish by summer 2017.
Following opening in 2018, the Crossrail service will pass through 37 stations and run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through central London in new twin-bore 21km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Image: After completion, around 12 trains per hour will run in each direction, linking southeast London and the Royal Docks with Canary Wharf, central London and beyond. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.