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New Crossrail station announced

Crossrail are building a new station at Abbey Wood Credit: Reuters

Plans for a new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood in south London have just been approved.

Bexley and Greenwich councils gave the go-ahead for the new, two-level station which opens in 2017. The station will be built above two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

The existing station will be demolished, with a temporary station opened to cover services in the meantime.

Crossrail claim that when the new station opens, the journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and to Bond Street should be around 20 minutes quicker. Passengers travelling to Heathrow airport should be able to cut about 40 minutes off their journey.