The new Crossrail project that is taking place in Abbey Wood is predicted to save commuters travel time, with expectations that Journey times into Central London could be as much as halved. The possibility of central London locations becoming much closer has already had a knock on effect on the area, attracting a number of new businesses as well as investment in the local area.
Work on Abbey Wood station will continue, as the full facilities are installed alongside the newly commissioned work to add new lifts to the concourse and the installation of systems that are required for the Elizabeth line. The temporary station at Abbey Wood was first opened in 2014 in order to help keep passengers on the move while work continued on the new station. This temporary station will be removed, and the car park will be reinstated when the work is complete. There are also plans for the London Borough of Bexley to continue their urban realm improvement works for the front of the new station building.
When the new Crossrail station is complete, passengers at Abbey Wood will be able to make the most of the new bright and spacious ticket hall and customer information office, improved connections throughout the building including new stairs and lifts that will connect the north and the south sides of the station. There will also be seating and information screens on the concourse. The station has been under construction for around 4 years and the welcome improvements to the station is a clear demonstration of the benefits brought through the Railway Upgrade Plan.
The granite paved pedestrian concourse will connect the new station with the flyover which will also deliver better links to local bus services. From this point the station building is shaped both the swoop down to platform levels that are located below while also connecting to the civic spaces that are on either side of the ground level and have also undergone a significant level of regeneration.