Abbey Wood station has been through a few changes since 2013.

The old buildings have been demolished, an interim one put in and a one-mile section of track has been installed as part of an upgrade for the Crossrail project.

The latest phase of construction will see more than 100 piled foundations created to support the structure of a new station.

Work on this will continue until the end of 2015 when building will become visible above ground.

Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, Matthew Steele, said: “It’s great news that the construction of the new station is underway.

Abbey Wood station

“As part of our railway upgrade plan, we are on schedule to provide people in Abbey Wood with a fantastic new station by the end of 2017.

“Local people will benefit from a spacious new ticket hall, step-free access to every platform and better access to local bus services.”

Once up and running the station will get a train every five minutes during peak times, meaning the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street via Crossrail will be around 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut around 40 minutes off their journey.

CGI of what Abbey Road station will look like

The Crossrail station at Abbey Wood will include:

  • An open concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway flyover, which runs above the station
  • Two new ‘island’ platforms for Crossrail and North Kent services
  • Six lifts to help passengers get around the station and to provide step-free access to every platform