Located in the heart of London’s West End, Bond Street Station is currently undergoing a major redevelopment to increase capacity and improve accessibility.
As part of the Crossrail development, construction on Bond Street Station got underway in 2011 and is scheduled to be complete by 2018 at a total cost of £300 million. Currently more than 155,000 passengers use the station and when Crossrail arrives in 2018, passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000.
In order to cater for the increase in passenger numbers Crossrail is constructing two new ticket halls, a western ticket hall at Davies Street and an eastern ticket hall on the corner of Hanover Square and Tenterden Street.
The works will also encompass the installation of additional escalators to the Jubilee line and also there will be step-free access provided to the 260m station platforms 26m beneath the south side of Oxford Street. In addition to this a step free passenger link tunnel will connect the Crossrail platforms to the existing London Underground station.
Works are being carried out on the station as part of a joint venture between Costain and Laing O’Rourke. As a mark of success, the partnership excelled in the latest Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) assessment, achieving a total score of 38 out of a possible 40 points for their work.
Costain’s Community Relations and Security Manager, Paul Neal, said:
“The area around Bond Street and Oxford Street is one of the busiest shopping areas in the UK, if not in Europe, so to achieve such a high score in the CCS is a fantastic achievement for the team. We tried to embrace every element of the CCS and to take an innovative approach in embedding a considerate culture. Our job now is to maintain this high standard and build on what we’ve achieved for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
The addition of a Crossrail station at Bond Street will enable far simpler journeys for passengers travelling into and across central London, as well as direct interchanges with the Central and Jubilee lines.
Crossrail will cut journey times from the West End to many destinations, in some cases reducing them by half.
Crossrail Ltd was was established in 2001 to promote and develop the vital rail network that links London. It was a joint venture company between Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport until 5 December 2008 when it became a fully owned subsidiary of TfL. CRL represents a real commitment to the development of new services to tackle the lack of capacity and congestion on the existing network.
For more information about the progress of the development please visit www.crossrail.co.uk.