£300M Bond Street Upgrade Contract Awarded
Bond Street station, at the heart of London’s West End, is due to have a costly upgrade, with main work starting from 2011, and is due to be finished before the arrival of Crossrail in 2017. At the moment 155,000 passengers use the station every day, and that is expected to increase to 225,000 by 2017 with the arrival of the new cross-capital line.
This is the third major station renewal in twelve months to be awarded. Bond Street’s facelift has been awarded to Costain Laing O’Rourke JV.
Features of the upgrade will include:
- A dramatic increase in station capacity ahead of the completion of Crossrail
- A new entrance and ticket hall north of Oxford Street to increase capacity and provide step free access to both the Central and Jubilee lines
- New escalators and an additional access route to the Jubilee line to reduce congestion
- An improved interchange between Central and Jubilee lines
- Step free access to the new joint London Underground and Crossrail station
- Improved pedestrian areas around the station with new seating and lighting
The bid for the contract was not without competition, following a strenuous tendering process. Separate contracts let by Crossrail in due course for the construction of Davies Street and Hanover Square station buildings which will both connect to the existing Bond Street Tube station.
David Waboso, Capital Programmes Director for London Underground said: ‘By 2017, Bond Street station will be served by both London Underground and Crossrail and will be a key gateway to the West End.
‘This redevelopment is essential to ensure the station can accommodate the large increase in passengers that will use the station.
‘Work will shortly get underway to increase the station’s capacity by creating a new entrance and ticket hall on the north side of Oxford Street and installing additional escalators and passageways below ground.
‘In addition, the station will be made accessible, with step free access from the street to all platforms and interchanges.’
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