Southeastern have stated that crowd control measures may be needed tomorrow at Abbey Wood station on the first day of Elizabeth Line services.
The company noted that those changing at the station from Southeastern services may need to exit the station and queue outside.
There are three ways to cross from Southeastern platforms to the Elizabeth line:
1) Via the main concourse which is likely to be very busy tomorrow with passengers entering the station.
2) A bridge half way down the platform.
3) A bridge at the western end of the platform that was a relatively late addition to the design.
Another change from initial plans was the removal of island platforms ensuring cross platform interchange. The advent of Plumstead Crossrail depot and sidings played a role in that change.
With services beginning tomorrow expect a lot of public interest and media coverage. Crossrail services to Paddington begin at 6:30am.
It’s forecast that in future many passengers heading towards central London will change at Abbey Wood. Footbridges will be able to handle that on an average day, but tomorrow will see large numbers trying the service on its inaugural day.
Yours truly will be visiting Abbey Wood station to take a trip on the line and look at glamorous locations such as Custom House.
I’m also planning a post on things to do in the Abbey Wood area which will suddenly become known to many, many more people as London and beyond as it appears on thousands of display boards.