STATIONS at Abbey Wood and Woolwich will be part of the route for Crossrail, its has been revealed.

There had been fears that the £16bn project’s spur to south east London would be axed as part of cost-cutting measures.

But Crossrail Ltd said the line was now more important than ever and a commitment to value for money would not see any stations scrapped.

Much of the work on the branch to Abbey Wood will involve reusing disused rail infrastructure including the Connaught Tunnel on the former North London Line branch to North Woolwich.

Expected to bring £42bn to the economy, the line will connect Maidenhead, Berkshire, with Shenfield in Essex via Canary Wharf to Abbey Wood.