Plans include new concourse and step-free access to all platforms

Plans for Crossrail’s Abbey Wood station have been given the green light by the London boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley.

The two-level station will open in 2017 and will include a new concourse, step-free access and a forecourt connecting the station to the Harrow Manorway dual carriageway.

Matt White, Crossrail’s surface director, said the station would “transform” Abbey Wood.

He added: “Crossrail represents a major step-change for the area, encouraging investment, unlocking development opportunities, as well as supporting local jobs and businesses.”

Rob McIntosh, Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director, said: “We’re delighted our designs have been approved and that we can now get on with the job of delivering this transformational project on behalf of Crossrail.”