First Crossrail tracks laid in South East London
Posted by APM on 18th May 2015
A mile of new track representing the first section of Crossrail has been laid by Network Rail between the tunnel portal at Plumstead and Abbey Wood station.
Crossrail surface director, Matthew White said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, providing a step change in public transport and encouraging investment and development in the local area.
“At peak time, 12 Crossrail trains an hour will make it significantly quicker and easier to get to range of destinations across London and the South East.”
The installation of a two mile section of new track is half complete and Crossrail have created a time-lapse video to show the progress .
Laying of the new tracks follows completion of the 2.9km tunneling from Plumstead to North Woolwich with futher tunneling scheduled to be completed by spring.
Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, Matthew Steele said: “Completing this section of track on time is important because it means that Crossrail can get on with the job of fitting out the new tunnels.
“Once fully open in 2018, the new tracks will link Abbey Wood to the rest of London like never before, providing local people with a dramatically improved rail service.”
Replacement of the Church Manor Way footbridge and realignment work of the North Kent line which serves trains between London and Kent has been included in the work.
Since the North Kent line was built in 1849, Crossrail will be the single biggest addition to the local rail network.
There will be a train every five minutes during peak time from 2018 allowing residents to travel through the capital without having to change trains.
Passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to reduce their travel time by around 40 minutes and the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street will be 20 minutes quicker.
Image: © Crossrail Ltd 2015