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Crossrail work starts at Tottenham Court Road

Bus diversions around Tottenham Court Road start this weekend as £1bn Tube and Crossrail station development gets underway

Improvements to the Tube station, which will be completed by 2016, will deliver:
· An enlarged Tube ticket hall nearly 6 times the size of the current one;
· New station entrances and additional access points to the Northern and Central line

· Additional escalators and five new lifts to provide step-free access.

A number of properties have been compulsorily purchased and the properties will transfer to Crossrail on 19 January, when work will start on their demolition. The demolitions are scheduled to finish in mid-2010.

To deliver a bigger station, the space under the road and the pavement where the current ticket hall is located needs to be enlarged – but is full of sewers and pipes carrying electricity, telecommunications and water. London Underground is continuing with a programme of utility diversions and other preliminary works into 2009.

“While the entire Crossrail project will be the biggest construction project in Europe, no one should underestimate the scale and extent of the work that will take place at Tottenham Court Road,” said London Underground Director of Strategy and Service Development Richard Parry.

“This will be one of the biggest station redevelopment projects ever undertaken in central London. By 2017, Tottenham Court Road station will be one of the most important stations in the West End serving both London Underground and Crossrail. Starting in January, preparatory works will get underway to enable construction to start in autumn 2009. The expanded Tube station will be integrated with the new Crossrail station to form a major interchange.”

New station entrances will be built at Dean Street for additional access to Crossrail, at the corner of Oxford Street, and on a new piazza outside Centre Point. Once the redevelopment of the station is complete, the existing cramped station entrances will be replaced with new, more spacious openings to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of passengers who will enter and exit the station each day.

As the project continues there will be two main construction sites. One will be at Charing Cross Road split between Centre Point and across the road from the current station. The second site is on Dean Street where one of the new Crossrail entrances and ticket halls will be located. This work site will commence from late 2009.

As works begin at the Charing Cross Road site some pavements and roads will be closed or narrowed with temporary pedestrian routes around the perimeter of the site where needed.

During the construction phase, TfL and Crossrail will be working to minimise disruption and any impact on residents and businesses. This includes keeping the station open as much as possible, as well as maintaining bus services, roads and pedestrian routes to and from the area. All construction traffic will have to use the same routes to avoid causing congestion in an already busy part of central London.

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