Woolwich box C530

Woolwich station box Crossrail photo
Balfour Beatty
Oct 2014
Dec 2018
Binyam Gebresilassie
Key influencer Binyam Gebresilassie

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Our Be Safe by Choice key influencers at Woolwich are Binyam Gebresilassie and Mark Barrow.

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Apprentice Lewis Bennett
Apprentice Lewis Bennett
Mark Barrow
Key influencer Mark Barrow

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What is the Woolwich box?

The Woolwich box is a ‘cutting’ which allows large equipment including tunnel boring machines into and out of the Crossrail tunnels. Constructing the station box took over 400,000 working hours. It is now being fitted out as a new Crossrail station. Balfour Beatty’s £70m contract also covers the fit-out of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface.

The new station box was built by Berkeley Homes under a 2011 agreement with the Department for Transport, TfL, Crossrail and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The box, 14m below ground, is 256 metres long, 26 metres wide and 18 metres deep. A housing development site of 585 homes sits above it.

The new station will open at the end of 2018, when up to 12 trains an hour will link Paddington and Abbey Wood. By the end of 2019, trains will run through Woolwich, to Heathrow and Reading in the east and Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Main image: Woolwich box, with the permission of Crossrail Ltd