Transport for London has released a series of photos revealing the progress of the £1 billion redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station which will serve both Tube and Crossrail services.
TfL says the new station “is now around 60 per cent complete while Crossrail has completed an estimated 35 per cent of works to the station’s new Dean Street ticket hall and station tunnels.”
With construction of 300 metres of new passageways, a new entrance and the new Tottenham Court Road ticket hall complete, workers have begun the task of fitting out parts of the station.
More than 200,000 passengers are expected to use Tottenham Court Road station when Crossrail services commence in 2018, up from the current 150,000.
The service will link the West End to Canary Wharf in 12 minutes, Stratford in 13 minutes and Heathrow in less than 30 minutes.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Our ambitious plans to rebuild Tottenham Court Road station, which is over 100 years old, will create a ticket hall six times bigger than its current size and a station with over a third more capacity.
“Upgrades such as this to our transport network are vital in order to ensure the capital continues to be the economic powerhouse of the country.”
David Waboso, London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director, added: “The east end of Oxford Street in London’s West End will undergo one of the most significant changes with the upgraded Tube station and brand new Crossrail links.
“A vast amount of work has been done at Tottenham Court Road Underground station and there is still much to do but when complete the upgraded station will ease congestion, improve accessibility and provide a direct interchange with Crossrail services when they start operating in 2018.”
TfL says the Tottenham Court Road ticket halls “will act as a catalyst to transform Soho and the east end of Oxford Street.”
Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme commented: “Crossrail is not just delivering major new stations in the West End but transforming the areas around the stations.
“It is the site of our largest property development and urban regeneration programme, which will deliver new retail, office, residential space, new squares, paths and greenery, and attract new businesses and customers.”