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BUILDING PROJECTS


ABBEY WOOD CROSSRAIL STATION LONDON


A silver ray of regeneration in Abbey Wood


In a quiet corner of south east London, a unique-looking new transport hub is set to transform rail travel and regenerate the area it serves, writes Ray Philpott


he eye-catching design of the railway station at Abbey Wood has led to it being likened to a vast silver manta ray by a number of observers. Viewed even slightly from above, the analogy becomes clear, given the flowing, organic form of the curvaceous metal roof covering what is one of the major surface stations on the long-awaited cross-capital Elizabeth Line, which is being delivered by Crossrail Limited. Surprisingly though, the station was not initially conceived as a definitive, showcase building in its own right. Rather, it is an architectural expression of practical trans- port functionality and the need to give Abbey Wood a strong civic heart providing a catalyst for further regeneration in the London suburb.


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The spacious new station forecourt neatly integrates with Harrow Manor Way, the adjacent dual-carriageway bridge over the railway tracks bisecting Abbey Wood, to create an improved public transport inter- change and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the lines. Abbey Wood is one of 10 new stations being built for the multi-billion pound Crossrail project to create the Elizabeth Line, a new east-west railway. Running underground through the heart of the capital and above ground on the existing network, the 40-station route has four termini: at Reading in Berkshire and London Heathrow Airport on the western section, and Abbey Wood in south east London and Shenfield in Essex to the east. Network Rail is responsible for the


design, development and delivery of the line for Crossrail where it runs on or alongside


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