Crossrail has applied for permission today to build a new station at Abbey Wood in southeast London.
The application, to Bexley and Greenwich councils, is for a new two-level station built above the tracks for Crossrail and the existing North Kent rail services. The councils are expected to make their decision in September.
The new station will open in 2017. In the meantime the existing station will be demolished and replaced by a temporary station from summer 2014 in the current station car park. Tracks for the Crossrail services will be installed next to current lines and bridges will be raised and lengthened to accommodate the overhead electric wires used by the Crossrail trains.
Crossrail services in Abbeywood will start in December 2018.
The work will be carried out by Network Rail which is responsible for the delivery of Crossrail projects on the existing rail network.
Rob McIntosh, Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director, said: “We’re very proud to be delivering such a transformational project on behalf of Crossrail. We’ll be sharing our plans with locals and passengers as we progress on this four-year programme.”
Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive, said: “Crossrail will help to transform the local area, dramatically improving transport links, reducing congestion on existing rail services, providing a boost to the local economy and supporting wider regeneration in southeast London.” Meanwhile at the end of June, Crossrail submitted plans for a new commercial development above the Crossrail eastern ticket hall in Farringdon.
The plans, submitted to the City of London Corporation, propose five floors of office space and a reception and retail units on the ground floor.
Crossrail has already submitted plans for the Cardinal House office scheme above the western ticket hall in Farringdon.
A total of 3 million square feet of development space is planned above Crossrail stations and planning permission has now been secured for nearly 1 million square feet of development space so far with further over-site development planning applications to be submitted later this year.
Last month Crossrail’s chairman Terry Morgan said he is open to extending the scope of above-ground development within the project.