Transport for London is advising bus passengers that routes servicing the eastern end of Oxford Street face “long term” diversions to allow construction of the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road.
The diversions will come into effect from Saturday 16 January 2010 and are expected to continue until November 2010. TfL says they are needed to accommodate work to strengthen or replace water, gas and other utility pipes running under Oxford Street which could otherwise be affected by ground settlement caused by the construction work.
The works require an eastbound lane closure of a section of Oxford Street between Newman Street and Tottenham Court Road, which will result in diversions to the following routes: 7, 8, 10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 390 N7, N8, N10, N55, N73, N98 and N207. TfL says most diverted routes will use Newman Street, Goodge Street, Chenies Street and Gower Street.
TfL is also advising of the closure to traffic of Fareham Street. Located between Dean Street and Great Chapel Street, it will close from Tuesday 5 January 2010 and is expected to remain shut until completion of station works in 2017. The alternative route to Soho Square and the east side of Soho will be Shaftesbury Avenue via Dean Street.
Delivery and service access to the Fareham Street area will be via the following routes: Great Chapel Street can be accessed from Hollen Street or Sheraton Street with Dean Street North accessed from Dean Street, north of Carlisle Street.
TfL have issued a map detailing the changes and diversions which can be downloaded here