Construction on the £35m Crossrail Station at Custom House is set to start this week on the site of the former North London Line Station.
The new station will be located at the junction of Victoria Dock Road and Freemasons Road, London.
The new station, scheduled to be completed in December 2015, will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and step-free access between the platforms and street level.
The station’s roof will be made from transparent plastic material EFTE, similar to the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Laing O’Rourke will manufacture most of the station structure off-site at its Sheffield plant; the sections will be transported to Custom House and re-assembled on the construction site to save time and reduce disruption to residents and DLR services.
Crossrail’s area director east Jeff Clegg said: "When Crossrail opens, up to 12 trains an hour will link Custom House with central London and beyond, improving access between the Royal Docks and London’s key employment areas, as well as supporting wider regeneration."
When Crossrail opens in 2018, journey times between Custom House and Bond Street will be reduced by about 10 minutes, while journeys to and from London Heathrow will be reduced by 35 minutes.
The Crossrail service will pass through 37 stations and run for 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Image: Crossrail’s Custom House station is scheduled to be completed in December 2015 and will include a new ticket hall and an interchange with the DLR. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.