Crossrail has released this timelapse footage and images of the former station building at Abbey Wood being demolished.
Opened in May 1987, the station buiding has been removed to make way for a new, landmark station being constructed by Network Rail.
The new station will have bigger concourse and ticket hall linking directly onto Harrow Manorway, the dual carriageway that runs above the station. New lifts will provide step-free access to every platform.
Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: “This is another major milestone for the works taking place in Abbey Wood to transform rail services for local people. The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will significantly increase the number of trains serving the local area and, for the first time, allow people to travel right through central London without having to change trains.”
Network Rail Crossrail programme director Matthew Steele said: “With the demolition of the former building, we’re one step closer to providing people in Abbey Wood with a brand new, landmark station with state of the art facilities. When the new station opens, passengers will benefit from a spacious ticket hall, step free-access to every platform and an improved connection with local bus services.”
In addition to the new station, two miles of new track is being laid between Abbey Wood and the tunnel portal at Plumstead. This section of track is now half complete.
An interim station, in place to serve Southeastern passengers, opened in October 2014.
From 2018, a train every five minutes during the peak hours will allow passengers to travel across London without having to change trains. The journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street will be about 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut in the region of 40 minutes off their journey.