Crossrail progress: Abbey Wood station finally integrated

Crossrail have finally announced that Abbey Wood station is officially integrated into the system.

It’s one of the last stations on the Paddington to Abbey Wood stretch to complete. Canary Wharf and Bond Street remain to be handed over.

Abbey Wood station. Courtesy Crossrail

For those of us who regularly use the station this news may seem bizarre.

While the station building has seemingly been complete for three years and test trains have been running into the station for along time, technical issues and final integration needed resolving.

Crossrail trains in 2018 at the station

The station was rebuilt in recent years with a fantastic new concourse.

The station design appears predominantly designed for those arriving by bus, while those in Abbey Wood and parts of Thamesmead who will arrive on foot find a less impressive space.
Blank facade of new station from adjacent street in Abbey Wood

Large blank facades are presented to shopping parades on Wilton Road and Felixstowe Road.

TfL have been operating the station since 2017.

Upon doing so they staffed barriers from first to last train for the first time – in contrast to all other stations on the line still managed by Southeastern.

The number of passengers counted rose sharply almost immediately as ticketless travel became more difficult. After one year 600k more journeys were being counted, despite thousands of nearby homes being demolished for Thamesmead estate rebuilding.

Now there’s calls for TfL to takeover the rest of SE Metro with current operator Govia ending operation next month.

Yesterday I went to take a look as the first replacement homes complete in Thamesmead.

New residents will be able to walk to the station in 10 minutes (much of Thamesmead was never as cut off as claimed) and will hopefully get to use Elizabeth Line services before June 2022.

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

One thought on “Crossrail progress: Abbey Wood station finally integrated

  • Let’s hope Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) is operational between Abbey Wood and Paddington by June 2022 once all the safety issues have been rectified and thoroughly tested.

    I am looking forward to seeing both the Abbey Wood and Woolwich Elizabeth Line stations finally open for passengers.


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