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Work to upgrade utilities in Farringdon to step-up this month

Work to upgrade utilities in Farringdon to step-up this month

As part of the construction of the new Farringdon station, Crossrail needs to protect and replace the utilities that lie beneath Farringdon Road.

The preparatory works began in August this year, with the main phase of the utility works commencing on Monday 12 November. The works are expected to continue until May 2013.

A number of water, gas and other utility pipes that run under Farringdon Road, must be replaced or monitored as they could potentially be affected by ground settlement caused by station and tunnelling works.

A major benefit of the works is that, once complete, the major local utilities will have been replaced or upgraded which will significantly reduce the level of utility works on Farringdon Road in future years.

Crossrail has been working closely with the utility companies, Transport for London (TfL), the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington and the City of London to minimise the impact of this work for businesses, shoppers and local residents.

To minimise future works in the Farringdon area, TfL will coordinate with other companies who have assets in the road that may need repairing or replacing.

These utility works will require a southbound closure of Farringdon Road between Clerkenwell Road and Charterhouse Street from 12 November 2012 to April 2013.

Southbound traffic will follow a signed diversion from Farringdon Road along Rosebery Avenue, Gray’s Inn Road, High Holborn, Holborn Circus and Charterhouse Street.

For cyclists, a southbound cycle-lane will be put in place in the closed section of Farringdon Road. This contra-flow lane will be segregated from northbound traffic. This means that cyclists will not need to use the diversion route.

London Buses route 63 southbound services will be affected by this diversion. Passengers for Farringdon station should alight at Snow Hill bus stop. Northbound buses, towards King’s Cross will be not be diverted. Bus stop ‘A’ at Farringdon station, will be closed for the duration of the works.

The three pedestrian crossings over Farringdon Road within the closed section will remain in operation at all times. These are at the junctions with Charterhouse Street, Cowcross Street and Clerkenwell Road.

Farringdon is at the heart of the Crossrail route and will be a key link in bringing passengers directly from within Greater London and beyond to the business hubs in the City and Canary Wharf. Located at the only intersection between Crossrail and Thameslink, Farringdon will directly connect with three of London’s five airports, providing a railway connection between Heathrow and Gatwick. When complete, over 140 trains per hour will flow through the Farringdon interchange.

Crossrail will cut journey times from Farringdon to many destinations, in some cases reducing them by half. Passengers will be able to reach Heathrow in 31 minutes, Canary Wharf in 9 minutes and Paddington in just 7 minutes. The Crossrail service at Farringdon will be 24 trains per hour in each direction at peak times.

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For further information contact the press office on 020 3229 9552 or email pressoffice@crossrail.co.uk

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL).  CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

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