Abbey Wood’s new station is beginning to take shape with the timber structure of the distinctive roof now complete.


The Austrian timber construction firm, Weihag, has installed the glulam (glued manufactured timber) wooden panels which form the shape of the station’s roof structure. The roof has been 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, in the International Standard for Measuring Things, is the equivalent of four London buses end to end.


Network Rail began work at Abbey Wood in 2013 to build the new station, renew existing track and build the new Elizabeth line infrastructure. The work to the existing track is now complete and considerable progress has been made to the station building.


Network Rail will now focus efforts on installing the zinc covering of the roof which will sit on top of the wood. Work to the station building will continue until autumn 2017 when the station building will be complete.

The finished "manta ray" station

The new station will open in late 2017 for Southeastern services and Elizabeth line services will begin in December 2018.


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  1. Stephen says:

    I assume you are aware of The Register’s list of measurement “standards”?

    • BRIAN BERKE says:

      Does that mean London Buses end to end is not the International Standard?
      How disappointing.

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