Abbey Wood Elizabeth Line Station - Harrow Manorway, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.468 E 000° 07.290
31U E 300175 N 5708372
Quick Description: On May 24th, after years of delay, London's newest underground line, the Elizabeth Line, finally opened. When complete it will run from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It is currently in three parts.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/23/2022 5:27:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM16BGC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:

Abbey Wood station is an existing mainline station that now services Elizabeth Line trains and is the south east terminus of the Elizabeth Line.

The trains are a vast improvement on the rolling stock used on the other tube lines. The trains have nine carriages that can be walked through from end-to-end and measure nearly 200 metres in length. They each have a capacity of 1300 passengers.

On the well-known tube map the Elizabeth Line is indicated by two parallel purple lines.

The Cross Rail website tells us about the new Abbey Wood station:

The new station building at Abbey Wood has opened to passengers. Delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project, the opening of the striking station building and concourse, marks the start of the transformation of transport links for Abbey Wood which will be served by existing Southeastern rail services and the Elizabeth line when the route opens.

The Crossrail project will help to transform Abbey Wood, as the Elizabeth line will halve journey times to many central London destinations, and is already attracting new businesses and investment to the local area.

Key to the design of the new station is its integration with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manorway, and made it much easier for local people to get from one side of the railway to the other. The new station building has been built over the railway where the two new Elizabeth line tracks terminate and the existing Southeastern lines continue on through. The station has easy interchange between the Elizabeth line platforms and Southeastern platforms with stairs, escalators and lifts.

A granite-paved pedestrian concourse links the new station with the flyover providing significantly better links with local bus services. From here the station building is shaped both to swoop down to platform level below, but also to link radically transformed civic spaces to either side at ground level.

From above, the station is shaped like a manta ray, its zinc-surfaced ‘wings’ extending into canopies sheltering staircases either side. Lifts emerge as architectural features flanking the station forecourt.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.

Is there other puplic transportation in the area?: Yes

What level is the station?: Below street level

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