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Old July 16th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #141
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Crossrail's first visitor centre opens at Tottenham Court Road
16 July, 2009 | By Jessica Rowson

Crossrail’s first visitor centre near Tottenham Court Road opens today

The centre at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN (opposite the junction with Denmark Street) will be a one-stop shop for information about the Crossrail project and London Underground’s redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

The visitor centre will enable local residents, businesses and anyone interested in the Crossrail project to get further information or have their queries answered by Crossrail staff. The Tottenham Court Road area has been chosen as the location for the first visitor centre as the works here are the furthest advanced and it is the most complex Crossrail worksite in central London. As construction progresses further centres will open along the route, helping to ensure that people are kept informed.

The largest addition to the public transport network in London for 50 years, Crossrail is a new railway that will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. In the Tottenham Court Road area, a total £1bn investment is being made to build a new Crossrail station, upgrade the capacity of Tottenham Court Road Tube station, and create a new piazza outside Centrepoint.

The Visitor Centre will highlight the benefits these developments will bring for passengers as well as explain how it will be built and how people will be able to get future updates on the works.

The Centre will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midday until 8pm. It will have site specific information for each of the main Crossrail stations in the central area and information about the Crossrail project. The visitor centre will include meeting facilities to be used for local community liaison panel meetings and other community engagement exercises.

Crossrail’s Corporate Affairs Director Clinton Leeks said:

“Now that Crossrail’s construction is underway, we are delighted to be able to open the first Crossrail Visitor Centre which will be a one-stop shop for information about the Crossrail project. The Visitor Centre will enable local residents, businesses and anyone interested in the Crossrail project to get further information or have their queries answered. Further centres will open in due course as construction gets underway at other sites along the Crossrail route to help us to ensure that people are kept informed.”
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Old July 17th, 2009, 07:09 AM   #142
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Crossrail's first visitor centre opens at Tottenham Court Road
16 July, 2009 | By Jessica Rowson

Crossrail’s first visitor centre near Tottenham Court Road opens today

The centre at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN (opposite the junction with Denmark Street) will be a one-stop shop for information about the Crossrail project and London Underground’s redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road Tube station.
No models, I'm afraid - not worth a special visit yet.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #143
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Mott MacDonald leaps into lead on Crossrail design contracts
16 July, 2009 | Updated: 17 July, 2009 10:33 am | By Sarah Rana, Mark Hansford

Mott MacDonald has scooped two more Crossrail design contracts making it the biggest winner of work on the £16bn project to date.


The consultant has added signalling and M&E design to deals to design the sprayed concrete lining sections of tunnel and tackle tunne and shaft aerodynamics and ventilation.

Other winners yesterday were Jacobs, Scott Wilson and Capita Symonds.

The contracts in this set are as follows:

Package C123 – Intermediate Shafts – Jacobs
Package C164 – Bulk Power Distribution & HV Power – Scott Wilson
Package C175 – Tunnelling Academy Design – Capita Symonds
Package C125 – M&E in Tunnels – Mott MacDonald
Package C162 – Signalling, traction power OHLE and platform screen doors – Mott MacDonald
Crossrail programme director Graham Plant said: “So far, we have awarded 13 contracts and we have just another 11 to go. The Crossrail programme is now half way through the process of awarding design contracts and well into its detailed design phase. We will work closely with the successful companies to further the design, ready for the start of main works in 2010.”

Jacobs’ win means that just Aedas Group, BDP, Hyder Consulting and Parsons Brinckerhoff are yet to win design deals having previously held multi-disciplinary design consultancy contracts on the project.

The contracts were awarded today ahead of a Parlimentary Crossrail annual update made by transport minister Sadiq Khan.

Khan confirmed that Crossrail spent £197M in the last year.

“I can confirm that the costs of the construction of Crossrail are likely to fall within the agreed budget, based on best current estimates of costs provided by Crossrail Limited. The Government remains fully committed to Crossrail,” he said.

“This is a long-term major infrastructure project, helping, and responding to, London and the south east’s transport needs for the next half century and more. We remain confident that Crossrail will be delivered on time and on budget and that the project can be funded as planned”.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #144
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I know there has been some speculation of the possibility of this being cancelled by a newly elected government - but can you imagine the cost in doing so after so much work has gone into it already?
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Old July 18th, 2009, 12:09 PM   #145
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I think that's precisely what the Crossrail team are going for - ensuring that by next May, the amount of waste and compensation if the project were cancelled is so great that cancellation is off the cards.

Then again, the 1970s incarnation of the Channel Tunnel was well into the drilling stage before it got axed...
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Old July 18th, 2009, 12:28 PM   #146
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if they stopped this it would be kind of annoying.
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Old July 19th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #147
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and very short sited.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #148
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Its a major infrastructure of international importance for the South East, servicing Tory heartlands...I seriously doubt it would be cancelled by them (Besdies if it goes over budget they can always blame Labour for it)
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Old July 20th, 2009, 12:48 PM   #149
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I'm not so confident. Whatever party wins the next general election will have to deal with the state of the public finances somehow, and that will mean making some pretty unappealing decisions. Crossrail is an expensive programme, and cancelling or postponing it will inevitably be on the list of options. I hope it survives that crunch moment, but, across the whole of Government spending, not everything will.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #150
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What we lose if we lose Crossrail?

10 July 2009

By Sarah Richardson

With the government rumoured to be looking to cut £30bn of transport investment, Crossrail is looking increasingly vulnerable. Sarah Richardson looks at what would happen if the project were scrapped now

Not again! It was way back in 1989 when the Central London Rail Study decided that the capital’s rail network was at the limit of its capacity, and that an east–west link was needed. A bill was duly tabled in 1991 and duly scrapped three years later. Then, after another 13 years of lobbying, reviews, and mounting evidence that the original study was right, Crossrail began to take shape. After the recession began, it became more than just a way of stopping London seizing up; it became the £16bn saviour of the construction industry.

Fears have re-emerged, however, that the scheme is just too expensive in today’s climate. Costs over the 20 years Crossrail has been in development have already mounted up: one senior economist said it was “impossible to quantify” the amount of money already spent: enough to hire hundreds of highly paid staff, who have drawn up plans for three major route lines and designed numerous large stations.

Last week, The Guardian suggested that the Department for Transport had £30bn less than it had expected to spend on new projects over the next 10 years. Despite Labour’s protestations of support, that makes Crossrail a tempting target. Ditching it would account for half of the required savings, and it is understood that the government would be able to halt the scheme any time between now and its fourth review period at the end of 2010, although it would still be expensive to do so.

The prospect has drawn cries of anguish from the construction industry. Rosemary Beales, national director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, says: “Whether you look at the impact that it would have on employment, regeneration, the economy or the competitiveness of UK plc, the case for Crossrail is unassailable.”

Michael Ankers, chief executive of the Construction Products Association, agrees. “For a more efficient economy, capital investment needs to be sustained. There’s no better example of this than Crossrail. It’s a double win, as it helps the economy in the long term and it helps construction.”

But given that UK plc will soon be staggering under a £1.2 trillion debt burden, and that the Conservatives have not committed to the project, its future is in doubt. Below we list the consequences if Crossrail were to be cut. Readers of a nervous disposition may wish to turn the page now …

2% of output
The annual output of the UK construction industry is about £110bn. Total Crossrail expenditure is a bit more than £2bn a year for the next seven years. This equates to something like 2% of total workload.

£800m of contracts
The government will have to terminate the contracts it has already signed and begin compensating firms for their costs and loss of profit. These include US engineer Bechtel, the winner of the £400m project delivery partner role, and the Transcend joint venture of Aecom, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group, which is carrying out the £100m programme partner contract. Twelve firms have also been appointed to a £300m design framework, for which eight of 21 packages have been let.

Rupert Choat, partner in law firm Cameron McKenna, said that because of the uncertainty over Crossrail funding, it would be surprising if the client had not built in “termination for convenience” clauses. This would allow the client to pull the plug on the project at the cost of paying for the work done and a small percentage of the value of the unfinished work.

He adds: “If they haven’t, they’d be on the hook for the lost profit of the contractor. It’s reasonably certain that one way or the other if the project is stopped, a significant amount of public money would be spent on work that is of no use or is mothballed.”

14,500 jobs
There are 14,500 jobs directly associated with building and operating Crossrail, and there are thousands more in the manufacturing supply chain.

Then there are the jobs that would be created by the finished project. When the government was putting together a business case for the project, its research indicated that it would make possible 30,000 jobs in “high value” areas of business and commerce; obviously, these would not materialise if the scheme did not go ahead.

400 apprentices
Crossrail has committed itself to taking on 400 apprentices to work on the project over its duration. In addition to this, the client is in talks with the Olympic Delivery Authority and the National Apprenticeship Service over the possibility of taking on some of its 300 apprentices after 2011, when work on the Olympic site comes to a halt.

The Thames Gateway
The business case for several major regeneration projects along the Crossrail route – particularly in east London and the Thames Gateway – would be undermined, raising fears that they would be delayed, scaled back or cancelled. The schemes most at risk are Berkeley Homes’ £750m Woolwich Arsenal project, which includes a £160m Crossrail station part-funded by the developer, and a cluster of projects in Canary Wharf at North Quay and Riverside South, again built around a new station. With rail capacity to the Isle of Dogs expected to increase by 54% as a result of Crossrail, the future of these projects is unclear if the rail scheme is halted.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #151
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think I'd pack up and bugger off elsewhere if this was canned. Which I won't, because its not going to be.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 01:08 PM   #152
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http://www.crossrail.co.uk/company/c...---tfl-release


Update on redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station - TfL Release
15.07.2009

Major utility works required to be undertaken on Oxford Street starting early 2010 and first Crossrail Visitor Centre to open this week
The next stage of redevelopment works at Tottenham Court Road station has been underway since mid-May and will continue until autumn, ahead of major construction works on the station starting early next year.

Good progress continues to be made in preparing the site. Over the last two months work has been underway to remove roofs from properties that are being taken down. Dust sheeting and scaffolding has been installed around affected properties with work due to complete by autumn 2009.

Over 95 per cent of the material from the buildings being taken down will be recycled. All glass and metal will be used again and masonry will be broken up and used as building material on site. This provides major environmental benefits - including dramatically reducing what would be sent to landfill and the number of lorries taking material away.






alphaharps photo from the Planned Improvements around Centre Point Thread;





TfL also announced that major utility works will need to be undertaken at the eastern end of Oxford Street from early 2010. This will require a lane closure between Newman Street and Tottenham Court Road, with some bus services affected.

Survey work as part of preparations for the construction of a new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road and expansion of the Tube station has confirmed that utility works will need to take place. A number of water, gas and other utility pipes that run under Oxford Street, many of which date from the 1820s onwards, must be strengthened or replaced as they could be affected by ground settlement caused by construction. All affected businesses and residents in the vicinity of Tottenham Court Road station have been advised and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

Main construction on the Tube station will get underway in early 2010. The utility works need to be complete by late 2010 to ensure that the construction works required to be undertaken at this time do not adversely affect utility pipes.
A major benefit of the works is that, once complete, many of the major local utilities will have been replaced or upgraded which will significantly reduce the level of utility works on the east end of Oxford Street in future years. In addition, TfL is looking at coordinating with other works in the area to take advantage of the lane closure and there are opportunities for improving pavements and the streetscape.

Miles Ashley, Head of London Underground's Stations Capacity Programme said:
"To enable the £1bn redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station, the eastbound carriageway on Oxford Street between Newman Street and Tottenham Court Road will be affected by necessary utility works for around ten to twelve months starting early 2010. Works will be specifically timed to avoid the busy Christmas and New Year sales period. We are working closely with the utility companies, Camden Council and Westminster City Council to ensure that we do our utmost to minimise the impact of this work for businesses, shoppers and local residents.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 07:53 PM   #153
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So when will Crossrail be FULLY functional? Not parts of it, ALL of it?
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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:56 PM   #154
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2017 at current rate.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 02:34 AM   #155
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:06 PM   #156
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Crossrail budget met by Transport Innovation Fund
23 July, 2009 | By Ed Owen

The Government’s contribution to Crossrail will be met from the bulk of allocations to the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF), it was revealed this week.


Responding to questions from Conservative transport secretary Theresa Villiers, new transport minister Sadiq Khan revealed the complete breakdown of £6bn in TIF budgets:

2007/8: £120M
2008/9: £106M
2009/10: £356M
2010/11: £291M
2011/12: £622M
2012/13: £1.25bn
2013/14: £1.313bn
2014/15: £1.142bn
2015/16: £800M

Mr Khan said: “Decisions on the total of TIF funding will be taken as any further projects come up for approval, and for the years from 2011-12 decisions will be made when the Department for Transport’s overall budget is allocated as part of Government-wide processes.”

In a subsequent question, Ms Villiers asked how TIF money would be allocated over those years.

Mr Khan said: “All of the Government’s grant contribution to the cost of Crossrail will be supported by the Transport Innovation Fund in recognition of its significant contribution to national economic productivity.”

In a break-down of the figures provided by Mr Khan, Crossrail would take the full allocation in 2007/8, and every year from 2011/12 to 2015/16.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #158
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Westminster Council reveals plans for West End Crossrail transformation
11:15 | 24.07.09

By Deirdre Hipwell

Westminster City Council has revealed plans for a new public square and called for a replacement venue for the Astoria today as part of six planning briefs it has approved for Crossrail construction sites in London’s West End.

The council’s planning sub-committee today approved six planning briefs for the Crossrail construction sites at Bond Street, Paddington and Tottenham Court Road which will be incorporated into official local planning policy.

The planning briefs outline the council’s aspirations for each of these three areas and provide an indication of future development that would be permitted for the oversite development above the Crossrail stations.


New public piazza
Plans for Tottenham Court Road include revamping the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road with new development above the station including a public piazza to replace the former fountain next to Centrepoint.

The new piazza outside Centrepoint will be constructed as part of the £1bn investment at Tottenham Court Road station by Transport for London and Crossrail that will upgrade the capacity of the Tube station and deliver a new Crossrail station.

The council said it also ‘insists’ that a new cultural and music venue with a minimum 250 seat capacity replaces the Astoria once construction of the revamped Tube and new Crossrail station is complete.

Responsibility for submitting planning applications for a replacement venue or for oversite developments rests with the site owners.

Revamped Oxford Circus

Work has already started on a £5m diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus, which is inspired by the famous crossing in Tokyo's fashion and entertainment district Shibuya, and is on track to open in four months.

The revamped Oxford Circus crossing is being funded jointly by The Crown Estate, which owns Regent Street in its entirety, and Transport for London, with the support of Westminster City Council and the New West End Company which represents businesses in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street.

There has already been a £2m upgrade of Marble Arch completed earlier this year and more than half a kilometre of both Regent Street and Oxford Street are being redesigned with wider pavements and new lighting .

Cllr Alastair Moss, chairman of the planning sub-committee, said: ‘The West End is undergoing a transformation which will ensure its success for generations to come and it is vital as part of this that the admittedly rather 'shabby' eastern end of Oxford Street is also radically improved.

‘Crossrail has handed us a unique opportunity to complete the transformation of Oxford Street due to these station development sites and will enable the creation of an impressive new gateway at the eastern end of Oxford Street as well as improvements around Bond Street station to complement Marble Arch to the west and the Oxford Circus diagonal crossing.'

When it opens in 2017, Crossrail will be the largest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years and will significantly improve access to the West End with new stations at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
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Another great pic from Finkangels flickr showing the progress at Canary wharf.

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Great shot mtj!

Although this is the Thameslink station I guess it comes under the heading of associated works;

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