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Breakthrough sought in Crossrail shaft row


PROMOTERS OF London's £10bn Crossrail project were this week hoping for a breakthrough in a longstanding dispute over the siting of a vital access and ventilation shaft.

Councillors had initially refused to back the 35m deep shaft's location because the Crossrail project team failed to provide them with enough technical information about location options.

They have since received a technical report produced for the project by consultant Mott MacDonald, setting out the reasons for the proposed location.

Tower Hamlets Borough Council's cabinet was expected to endorse Cross London Rail Links' (CLRL) plan at a meeting last night.

The shaft will provide ventilation and emergency access between Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations.

During construction it will also be used as an access point for the two tunnel boring machines.

When complete the shaft will be closed off. Tunnel spoil will be transported by underground railway to Bishopsgate goods yard for onward disposal by train.

It is proposed to locate the shaft at the junction of Hanbury Street and Princelet Street, a largely residential area in the heart of London's Bangladeshi community.

The local Spitalfields Society is concerned that there will be 60 or more lorry journeys a day at the site for two years.

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