The Anonymous Widower

Between Abbey Wood And Belvedere Stations

A couple of days ago I went to Abbey Wood station to see how the new Crossrail station was progressing. My pictures are here in Abbey Wood Station – 29th August 2016.

Those pictures made me wonder how Crossrail continued past the station and what the track was like to Belvedere station.

So I took a train to Belvedere and back and took these pictures.

Note.

 

It looks like two more tracks or sidings are being created on the North side of the Southeastern tracks.

There would appear to be a concrete track-bed being built.

Belvedere station is extremely tight for space and putting another two tracks through would look to be very difficult.

 

I still haven’t got any definite view as to whether Abbey Wood station, will have either of these layouts.

  • Platforms 1/2 is Southeastern and Platforms 3/4 are Crossrail.
  • Platforms 1/2 are towards London and Platform 3/4 are away from London, with cross-platform interchange between Southerneastern and Crossrail in both directions.

One thing that surprised me, as I waited to come home, was that a Southeastern train ran through on Platform 1 without stopping.

So perhaps we may see Crossrail in the middle and Southeastern on the two outside platforms.

 

It would certainly allow the valuable cross-platform interchange between services.

A reversing siding or sidings  for Crossrail would be to the East of Abbey Wood station, between the two Southeastern tracks.

Would the two Crossrail lines be bi-directional to platforms 2 and 3?

 

The only problem would be that the down Southeastern track would have to cross over the Crossrail tracks. Would it do this just to the West of the tunnel portal, so that the lines are lined up in this order from South to North?

  • Up Southeastern calling at Platform 1 at Abbey Wood
  • Up Crossrail calling at Platform 2 at Abbey Wood
  • Down Crossrail calling at Platform 3 at Abbey Wood
  • Down Southeastern calling at Platform 4 at Abbey Wood

 

This Google Map shows Plumstead station and the various sidings in the area.

Plumstead Station And Crossrail

Plumstead Station And Crossrail

Plumstead station is in the South-West corner with the line to Abbey Wood station going to the East.

The Crossrail portal lies to the North of the line with the under construction Plumstead Stabling further to the North and pointing North-Easterly.

Having been through the area many times on a train, I feel that there is plenty of space around the tunnel portal and I suspect that my proposed line arrangement could be made to work.

  • There is cross-platform interchange between Crossrail and Southeastern services at Abbey Wood station.
  • Crossrail trains can reverse easily at Abbey Wood station.
  • There are no flat junctions, where tracks cross.
  • The only crossing is the down Southeastern line, which crosses over the Crossrail tracks whilst they are in the tunnel.
  • Southeastern trains not stopping at Abbey Wood stations can pass straight through.
  • If Crossrail is extended from Abbey Wood station, the down and up pair of lines can join and split to the East of Abbey Wood station.

If this layout is correct, it is much simpler for passengers than the interchange at Shenfield.

I will watch what happens with interest in the next few months.

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