New Railway Station For Abbey Wood

Here’s what the new Crossrail station in Abbey Wood, south east London, will look like when it is completed.

The £130m building will replace the existing Abbey Wood station, which is on the North Kent line. The mainline platforms will sit above the Crossrail terminus, which marks the south-eastern outpost of the line. The increase in services will be good news for those living in nearby Thamesmead, which still lacks a station, despite longstanding rumours of a DLR extension.

The current building will be demolished and replaced with a temporary station next summer. The station is expected to open in 2017 for the North Kent platforms, with Crossrail’s current opening date set for late 2018.

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  • Ben

    This is awful, awful design.

    By the looks of things, if you want to enter the main ticket hall, you either have to arrive via a thin pavement on a busy highway, or else walk up three flights of stairs only to go back down again to platform level.

    And what is the purpose of the big concrete forecourt? It’s ugly, vacant, and potentially dangerous without any barriers between traffic and people. Seriously – a few trees and benches would make it nicer, and stop the risk of someone driving a car through the entrance way and trying to board the train to Plumstead.

    • andybrice

      It looks to me like that’s another entrance between the stairs and the lift that takes you to platform level.

      Also, current thinking about design of public spaces and roads is that barriers are generally a bad idea, because they just encourage everyone to drive faster, making crossings more dangerous and less convenient.

  • Rick

    It would indeed be very awful design if one were expected to walk up a flight of steps only to come back down again. I’m pretty sure this would only be the caseif you needed to access the island platforms. Since it looks like there will be an addition of two new railway lines it may mean that their are two sets of island platforms (the most efficient platform layout for four tracks). If this is the case, any ‘designer’ will have been able to do little about the railway engineering in this case and will have had to provide a solution regardless. In the case of island platforms one always needs to go up first, then down.

    Also, andybrice is correct, barriers and railings encourage vehicles to move at greater speeds because of the perceieved safety of pedestrians. They are being removed all over central London with excellent results. Sometimes good ideas are counter-intuitive but they are good ideas nonetheless.

  • Melvyn Windebank

    Hopefully the station will be designed and built to allow extention of Crossrail with Gravesend talked about as a future terminus.

    There seems to be no provision of a bus station like at North Greenwich to serve both terminating and through buses .