Stunning new roof at Abbey Wood station begins to take shape
Abbey Wood station, which is in the process of being rebuilt for the Elizabeth line, is beginning to show its design pedigree as the timber structure of its distinctive roof is completed.

The Austrian timber construction firm, Weihag, has installed the impressive glulam (glued manufactured timber) wooden panels which form the iconic shape of the station’s roof structure.

The roof was constructed using a combination of 31 tonnes of steel beams and girders to support the loads of the beams. The main timber beams are each 45m long, which is the equivalent of four London buses end to end.

The existing Abbey Wood station is undergoing a complete rebuild to facilitate the new Crossrail services. The new two-level station includes a bright and spacious 1500m2 concourse, improved ticket hall layout and two new ‘island’ platforms for the Elizabeth line and Southeastern services. Work began in 2013 and includes renewing the existing Southeastern track and constructing the rail infrastructure for the new Elizabeth line.

The existing track has been updated and considerable progress has been made to the station building. The new concourse measures 1500m2 and is the size of six tennis courts.

The next step is to install the zinc roof covering which will sit on top of the wood. The new station will open in late 2017 for Southeastern services and Elizabeth line services will commence in December 2018 when journey times to a number of central London destinations will be halved.

Matthew White, surface director at Crossrail said: “After so many years designing the new station and preparing for the work, it’s fantastic to see this new, elegant timber roof taking shape. The arrival of the Elizabeth line represents a once in a generation opportunity to transform Abbey Wood, helping to create jobs and attract business and investment to the local area.”

Edinburgh’s gateway for integrated travel gets ready for opening
The brand new £41m Edinburgh Gateway interchange will be opening its doors on Sunday 11 December. Situated between South Gyle and Dalmeny stations, the new station provides a seamless interchange between rail lines from Fife and further north and the tram network for onward travel to Edinburgh Airport.

The new interchange – part of the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme – also provides local residents with access to direct trains to Perth, Dundee and Inverness, and to Edinburgh city centre and Fife.

The gateway consists of two 265m (10 car) platforms and a 1500m2 concourse and circulation space. A step free access bridge links the platforms within the railway station and connects to the tram stop via lifts and escalators.

Phil Verster, ScotRail Alliance managing director said: “Edinburgh Gateway interchange will be a hugely convenient transport hub for a vast array of customers, bringing new journey opportunities and better connections for people travelling into and around the capital.”

Restoration work transforms Bury St Edmunds rail station
Bury St Edmunds rail station has been restored to its former Victorian glory through a £1m programme of renovation.

Greater Anglia has repaired and restored the brickwork across the entire station, fixed decades of damage caused by leaks, restored 500m of canopy and replaced 500m of platform, protecting the Grade II listed building for years to come.

The work was carried out in consultation with the Victorian Society and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and is in addition to the refurbishment of the toilet facilities and installation of a new waiting room which was completed earlier in the year.