Work on the new Crossrail at Custom House in east London is due to begin this week (January 14th), the contractor responsible has confirmed.

Laing O'Rourke stated that the development of the £35 million station will get underway in the coming days but will be mainly manufactured at the company's off-site factory near Sheffield. The new Crossrail station will replace the old North London Line facility which is due to be demolished this week after its closure in 2006. Officials have stated that Custom House is will be completed by December 2015 and will form an integral part of the new transport system which is being constructed across the capital.

The decision to build the station off-site is designed to minimise disruption to residents and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services. The facility will be assembled on site, and officials have given the project a two-year completion timeframe. When finished the Crossrail development will aim to cut journey times between central London and the south-east area of the city as well as helping with the wider regeneration of Royal Docks.

Jeff Clegg, Crossrail area director east said: "When Crossrail opens, up to 12 trains an hour will link Custom House with central London and beyond, improving access between the Royal Docks and London's key employment areas as well as supporting wider regeneration."

Officials have said that the Crossrail system is integral to improving transport links across London and will help to reduce the amount of congestion that occurs every day on the Underground networks. It is one very few infrastructure projects that is also looking to improve the areas it passes through.

A recent announcement by Transport for London (TfL) revealed that it had approved a major funding package that would provide £30 million towards a £90 million regeneration scheme for locations on the Crossrail route. It is designed to not only improve comfort for passengers and commuters but also for those that live in the specified areas.

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