Archive for December 2012

Continued Closure of Gilbert Street

As part of the work to build the new Crossrail western ticket hall at Bond Street, contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV) will be maintaining the closure of Gilbert Street between Weighhouse Street and St Anselms Place from the 21 December 2012. Please see the Information Sheet below for further details.
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Installation of Dewatering Wells - Update

As part of the work to build the new Crossrail western ticket hall a Bond Street, our contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture has been installing dewatering wells to reduce the water levels in the area as excavation proceeds within the ticket hall. Please see the Information Sheet below for further details:

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Cross Rail Progress - New Street Level Maps

This week, TfL has launched a new tool to help residents keep track of progress with the Cross Rail Development.
The site provides information on the route and both tunnelling machines that are drilling the 21km of tunnels under London - known as Ada and Phyllis. As the tunnelling moves into central London and under the West End, you can keep up to date with the latest movements of the machines on the TfL 'near you' website.
You can zoom in - right down to street level - to see where the tunnelling machines are, currently beneath Hyde Park and Paddington Station, and they make their journey under the West End. The two machines have been tunnelling from their entry point near Paddington and will make their way across the Capital to create the new tunnels will house the underground sections of Cross rail. The line is due to be completed in 2018, providing passengers with 24 trains an hour through the city at peak times.
In 'near you' application also shows which sections are complete, and which areas are next.

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Installation of tunnel monitoring equipment along South Molton Lane

Prior to the arrival of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) in Spring 2013, it is necessary to install shallow datum monitoring equipment close to the tunnel alignment to measure possible settlement in the different depths as it passes beneath the South Molton Lane. The equipment will also be used to monitor any changes that may occur to the various utilities within the street.

Please see the information sheet below for further information about the work.

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Fitzrovia Community Centre Christmas Party

Fitzrovia Community Centre Christmas Party will be hosting thier first Christmas Party on Thursday 13th December 2012, 6.30 - 9.00 pm.

"As a gesture of our appreciation for all the support during the last year we would like to invite you to our first Christmas party where there will be a short musical performance, light food, wine and mince pies. Many thanks to Brigit and Richard Kramer, and Guy Ritchie for their kind donation.

For those unable to attend in the evening, there will be a free lunchtime musical recital featuring the acclaimed Jazz musician Ray Warleigh."

RSVP:  Tel 020 7580 8680 or email


Soho Square Hoardings

The first of the grout shaft hoardings has now received its decorative treatment and is looking much better.

Crossrail agreed to work with the Soho Society, local artist Lanre and other members of the community to produce suitable and informative artwork to beautify the otherwise unattractive hoardings around the compensation grouting shafts which will be in Soho Square for the next few years.

Further hoardings will illustrate aspects of Soho life. The current panels celebrate the life of Mrs Cornelys who was a local impresario and femme fatale.

Block W4 Project Update: November / December 2012

The first section of steel has now been installed on the W4 project. Please see the latest newsletter below for further information and images.

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