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Crossrail steams ahead ready for first £1bn station

PUBLISHED: 19:41 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

WORK begins this week on demolition ready for the first station to be built on Crossrail. The £1 billion Tottenham Court Road transport hub redevelopment gets under way which will connect the overcrowded Central Line to the new super tube’ running parallel east to west by 2017. The six-year scheme, which also includes modernising the Northern Line platforms, is the biggest-ever station redevelopment in Central London

WORK begins this week on demolition ready for the first station to be built on Crossrail.

The £1 billion Tottenham Court Road transport hub redevelopment gets under way which will connect the overcrowded Central Line to the new super tube’ running parallel east to west by 2017.

The six-year scheme, which also includes modernising the Northern Line platforms, is the biggest-ever station redevelopment in Central London.

It will include a new ticket hall nearly six times the size of the present hall, new entrances, more access to the Central and Northern lines to reduce congestion, more escalators and five new lifts.

Bus diversions around the area will last seven years, starting this Saturday.

Compulsory purchase orders for buildings in the immediate area were served in October. The buildings are formally handed over to Crossrail this month ready for the demolition to begin, storey by storey, over the next 12 months.

Crossrail opens in 2017 running 24 trains an hour in each direction through central London during peak times, a fast track’ transit system linking the West End, City and East End with Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead in the west, Essex and North Kent in the east.

It will take the strain off the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow, as well as the jam-packed Central Line between Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street running parallel in its own twin tunnels.

In the other direction, Crossrail splits at Whitechapel, one branch heading east to Stratford and Shenfield in Essex, the other south-east to Canary Wharf, Custom House near City Airport and under the Thames to Abbey Wood and the North Kent network.


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