The new station at Abbey Wood is seeing a last minute rush to be ready for completion by October 31st – a little over six weeks.
Much external cladding is to be applied and we have to hope it alleviates what is currently a drab use of colour and materials. The lift shafts have glazing applied and escalator work is ongoing.
There’s still doubts over how the station building will work at street level in Abbey Wood.
Drab material choices and inactive frontages could be a worry. The station presents its best face for those arriving on a bus from other places rather than the actual residents in the town in which it exists who will approach from Wilton Road and Felxistowe Road.
Work continues on the flyover. Two lanes each way (one a bus lane) will reduce to one which could impact on bus times and bunching as they stop.
Widening work the paving on the flyover seems a bit odd in the long-term if bus passengers will lose out – who would walk along it when going via stairs or new lifts is quicker?
Once the station is complete test trains will commence in November. Crossrail announced last week that the last part of track had been installed. Over the coming year work will focus on fitting out other stations and installing signalling and electrical systems.
New trains are being sent progressively to the line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield for public testing.
As ever, Bexley is Bonkers is doing a superb job capturing changes on a daily basis with many more (and far better) pics than seen here.