Balfour Beatty has secured the latest Crossrail contract from Network Rail, which will see it create a two-mile stretch of track from Plumstead to Abbey Wood in south-east London.

The value of the agreement is approximately £130 million and represents the latest phase in the creation of an improved transport network in the English capital.

Among the work that has been bestowed on Balfour Beatty is the installation of two new dedicated Crossrail routes from Abbey Wood to Plumstead, which will also provide access to the constructed tunnels designed solely for the new trains.

It will also form key links with the North Kent lines to ensure smooth connections for passengers using these routes.

Officials stated that the contract also includes the construction of a new station building at Abbey Wood which will allow commuters to move between the Crossrail network on to routes servicing the rest of the county. Designs for this facility are still to be finalised, but once completed it will allow the bulk of the work to begin in 2014 with some preparatory systems to take place in the latter part of 2013.

Peter Mason, Network Rail’s Crossrail senior programme manager, said: "The transformed Abbey Wood station will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area and provide opportunities for local employment, meeting the development aspirations of the two London boroughs it serves, Greenwich and Bexley.

“We’re now looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Balfour Beatty Rail to deliver this exciting project.”

Once completed, officials stated that up to 12 trains per hour in each direction will link south-east London with areas such as Canary Wharf and the centre of the capital.

The Crossrail development is designed to significantly improve public transport around the city, improving journey times for residents and visitors alike. It also aims to alleviate some pressure on the Underground routes which can become overly congested during rush hours on a daily basis.

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