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Published on : Tuesday, December 8, 2015
London Underground won the prestigious Global Tunnelling Project of the Year Award for the Bond Street station upgrade.The annual awards, held in London, recognise excellence in international tunnelling and underground space projects.
Crossrail tunnelling began in 2012 and ended at Farringdon in May with the break through of tunnelling machine Victoria. Eight 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines bored 26 miles or 42 km of new 6.2m diameter rail tunnels under London.
Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for everyone who works on Crossrail. Over the last three years, our highly skilled team have worked tirelessly to build these major tunnels under one of the world’s busiest cities.”
As part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) multi-billion pound investment programme to improve and expand the transport network, the Bond Street Station upgrade project team are reconfiguring the station to provide 30 per cent more capacity. The upgrade work will result in fewer delays, less congestion, step-free access and quicker journeys for customers in and out of the station. The brand new ticket hall, currently under construction beneath Marylebone Lane, will open in 2017.
Nick Brown, Managing Director, London Underground, said: “Over 200 engineers and staff have been working on site at Bond Street 24-hours-a-day, for two years. This complex station upgrade – beneath an extraordinarily small footprint on Oxford Street – has been largely constructed out-of-sight, all while keeping this essential station open to the public. When the station upgrade is complete it will dramatically increase transport capacity in the heart of London’s busiest shopping district and I thank our customers for their patience while this work continues.”