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£6m funding for Abbey Wood development
The area around the new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood will see £6million of investment to deliver high quality new landscaping and development thanks in part to £2.2 million of Transport for London funding successfully secured by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley.
The funding – secured in a joint bid from both boroughs - will pay for major improvements to the immediate area around the new station, as part of the wider regeneration in Abbey Wood being spurred on by the Crossrail development. In addition to the new station and these improvements the wider Abbey Wood area is seeing significant change with more than 200 new homes, a new hotel, a new public square and a major new supermarket all being built as part of the new CrossQuarter development. There will also be a new library built with a range of IT and other facilities for the community.
The new Abbey Wood Crossrail station is currently under construction and is due to open in 2018 – transforming links into London and beyond. The new Crossrail link means people will be able to get into Central London from Abbey Wood in around twenty minutes.
The funds will pay for a number of improvements including new and improved pavements on Harrow Manor Way and dedicated cycle lanes leading uphill in both directions towards the station entrance area. Parts of Felixstowe Road and Gayton Road close to the station will get new paving, parking for disabled users, short stay parking, and drop off points. Cycle parking will be provided throughout, along with new benches and new trees. The works will take place up to 2018 and are due to be completed by the time the new station opens.