Cross­rail’s Abbey Wood sta­tion is tak­ing shape

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Cross­rail and Net­work Rail have re­leased im­ages show­ing progress at Abbey Wood sta­tion.

It will open to pas­sen­gers us­ing South­east­ern ser­vices later this year. Cross­rail will start serv­ing it in De­cem­ber 2018, at which point it will be re­branded the El­iz­a­beth Line.

Over the past four years, NR has been work­ing at Abbey Wood to build the sta­tion and up­grade the ex­ist­ing rail­way. It has in­stalled two new tracks (tak­ing the num­ber to four), built two new plat­forms, and in­stalled over­head line equip­ment for Cross­rail’s Class 345 Aven­tras.

The new sta­tion is de­signed to re­sem­ble a manta ray from above, and fea­tures a tim­ber struc­ture roof and glass façade. The roof uses 31 tonnes of steel beams which are 45 me­tres long, and the roof is fin­ished off with a zinc cov­er­ing.

CROSS­RAIL.

An over­view of Abbey Wood sta­tion. The new Cross­rail plat­forms are in the fore­ground, while South­east­ern will serve the is­land on the right.

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