Watch: Crossrail engineers destroy Abbey Wood station

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Abbey Wood station being destroyed by Crossrail/Network Rail engineers (Source: Network Rail)
Network Rail engineers have destroyed the Abbey Wood station as part of the Crossrail development that is expected to “transform services” in the local area.
The station was opened in May 1987 but it has been removed to make way for a “landmark” station being built by Network Rail. The new design includes a “bright, spacious” 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.
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.
Matthew White, Crossrail surface director 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.”
You can watch the demolition in a time lapsed video below.

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