Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) are jointly redeveloping the existing Tottenham Court Road Tube station and constructing a new station with an estimated investment of £1bn ($1.6bn). The redevelopment of the 100 years-old tube station began in June 2011 and is expected to be completed by 2016-2017.
The station is located at the intersection of Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. The existing underground station handles 150,000 passengers per day, which is expected to increase to 200,000 a day when Crossrail comes on stream.
The number of commuters travelling on these routes has increased in the past few decades, resulting in congestion during peak times. TfL initiated the redevelopment of the existing tube station and construction of a new station as part of the London Underground Upgrade Programme (LUUP), in order to handle the increasing passenger traffic.
Key journey times will be reduced from Tottenham Court Road station to other stations including Canary Wharf (21 minutes to 12 minutes), Ealing Broadway (27 minutes to 12 minutes), Stratford (19 minutes to 13 minutes), Abbey Wood (46 minutes to 23 minutes), Romford (40 minutes to 32 minutes) and Heathrow (53 minutes to 28 minutes) upon completion of the Crossrail project.
The new four storied underground station will feature a new western ticket hall at Dean Street, an eastern ticket hall, three new station entrances, step-free access, additional escalators to access northern line platforms, a public piazza, access to the Northern and Central line platforms and a western station box (25m below the ground) between Dean Street and Great Chapel Street to create an access to the Crossrail platforms.
The construction also involves the structural work and fit-out of the ticket halls, tunnels and Goslett Yard Box. A new concourse tunnel, escape tunnels, cross passages, interchange tunnel and connector stub tunnels will be built.
The tube station will be connected to the new station allowing passengers to commute between the tube stations and Crossrail stations. The station acts as an interchange between the Northern and Central Lines too.
The platform tunnels will be 260m long and will be 25m apart from each other. The 500,000ft² of area at the eastern end of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road is allocated for retail, office and residential purpose.
Vinci and BAM Nuttall JV received a $403m contract to construct a new northern line escalator box and renovate the tube station, in June 2009. Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttall Joint Venture (TWBN) began the primary construction works in 2010.
Gall Zeidler Consultants received a $176m contract to conduct a category three independent design check of the sprayed concrete lining and new Austrian tunnelling method (SCL / NATM) for the project.
Balfour Beatty Morgan Vinci joint venture (JV) (BBMV) was appointed as the contractor to build the station box for the western ticket hall in June 2012.
Laing O’Rourke will construct the western ticket hall under a £200m contract received in June 2012. Kone and Otis received a contract to install incline lifts and escalators at the station in July 2012.
Halcrow provided design and planning services for the station upgrade under a £300m contract.
HawkinsBrown provided design services for the station upgrade integrating expanded ticket halls, new lifts and escalators, improved connections between platforms and modernised station operations.
Arup, Atkins and Hawkins Brown received a contract to provide detailed design for the station in June 2009.
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