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Weston Williamson’s Woolwich Crossrail station could stand empty

Weston Williamson’s £100 million Crossrail station in Woolwich could stay incomplete if major funding obstacles remain unresolved

The station’s 256 metre-long subterranean box completed this month however the Department for Transport (DfT) has warned work on the rest of the station and interior could be delayed until funding is agreed.

A DfT spokesman told sister title Construction News that Crossrail could ‘proceed with plans for a service that runs through the station’ without stopping if negotiations between the DfT, Transport for London, Greenwich Borough Council and Berkeley Homes failed to reach a solution in time.

Promoted by local MP Nick Raynsford, the Woolwich Crossrail stop was a late addition to the new railway line and was intended to be funded by private sector contributions.

Berkeley Homes, Greenwich Borough Council, the DfT and TfL have been locked in negotiations since the major house builder pulled back from funding the whole project in 2009.

Berkeley Homes completed the station box four months ahead of schedule at the start of February and plans to build 585 homes on the empty station box later this year (pictured), of which at least 165 will be affordable homes.

The developer is meanwhile constructing 2,500 homes on the 30 hectare Royal Woolwich Arsenal site which surrounds the planned station.

Grade I and Grade II-listed buildings will be restored alongside new mixed-use development as part of an Allies and Morrison-designed masterplan for the former munitions works.

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