Joint venture partners Bam Nutall and Taylor Woodrow have celebrated a breakthrough on the £700M Victoria Underground Station upgrade project.
An assembled throng of stakeholders, politicians and journalists watched as a modified road header broke through the last remaining section of a series of new passenger tunnels that will ease commuter congestion at the second busiest station in the London Underground network.
The £700M project is extending the existing Victoria Line ticket hall by 50% and adding a new ticket hall on the corner of Bressenden Place and the Victoria Street shopping district, north of the existing, South Ticket Hall entrance. In addition, 400m of new tunnels are being excavated to connect the new ticket halls.
“Today is the culmination of over five years of hard work and in excess of three million man hours with our tunnelling teams working 24 hours a day to construct the tunnels you are standing in,” said Bam Nutall senior project manager Craig Prangley.
“These projects, we know, don’t happen easily,” said David Gauke, financial secretary to the treasury. “[It] is a really important part of what we’re doing as a country to ensure we’ve got the transport infrastructure we need.”