Just one year to go for the Elizabeth line
The final countdown to the start of new Elizabeth line services at Abbey Wood has begun. In just one year’s time, residents in Bexley borough will see new links from Abbey Wood station, with a train every five minutes on the new line.
Elizabeth line services are opening in stages. Initially Elizabeth line trains will run between Abbey Wood and Paddington via Canary Wharf, the City and the West End. The full route will then open in December 2019, with direct trains from Abbey Wood to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading.
The striking new station building at Abbey Wood opened to Southeastern passengers at the end of October this year and is one of the first of the ten new Elizabeth line stations to open. Some have called it the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the surface stations on the line. London Borough of Bexley, partnering with Royal Borough of Greenwich, TfL and Crossrail, is working now to provide a better quality public realm – a proper setting for that ‘jewel’. Included in the design is a new ‘cycle hub’ – hundreds of bike parking spaces – to encourage cycling to the new station. TfL have plans for a new Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood bus route and more buses on existing routes, ready when the Elizabeth line services start.
Bexley Council is also working with Royal Borough of Greenwich and Peabody on improvements along Harrow Manorway, upgrading the area between the flyover at Abbey Wood station and Eastern Way. Improvements include the creation of a boulevard street layout with new trees and plants, as well as better open spaces and seating. New bus lanes will improve public transport journey times.
The Leader of Bexley Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said,
“The opening of the new station at Abbey Wood in October was a great step forward towards achieving the vision for Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead. The arrival of the new Elizabeth line in just twelve months’ time is really good news for all of Bexley’s residents and businesses, especially the people who will benefit from the long term regeneration of this area.”
More detailed information on the Crossrail project and the work to deliver the Elizabeth line can be found on the Crossrail website