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Crossrail issues first Property Acquisition Notices

By Crossrail Press Office

Crossrail issues first Property Acquisition Notices

The redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station moved a major step closer today as Crossrail issued Property Acquisition Notices which will allow main construction works at the station to begin in January 2009.

Rail Minister, Lord Adonis said: 'This is a major step forward in the delivery of Crossrail and underlines the Government's commitment to the project.'

By 2017, Tottenham Court Road will be one of the most important stations in the West End serving both London Underground and Crossrail. Starting next year, Tottenham Court Road will be extensively redeveloped to create an expanded Tube ticket hall six times larger than at present and for high-frequency Crossrail services.

On 14 October 2008 the Secretary of State for Transport appointed Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL), the company responsible for delivering the railway, as nominated agent for the acquisition of property.

To enable the major redevelopment of the station, a number of properties will need to be compulsorily purchased and demolished. The affected properties were named in the Crossrail Bill when it was deposited in 2005. All those with an interest in the properties were advised and were able to object. Legal powers were gained with the Royal Assent of the Crossrail Act in July 2008.

CLRL has today published in the London Gazette a notice of intention to make General Vesting Declarations affecting 13 properties around Tottenham Court Road station. Individual letters have also been sent to owners of the affected properties and their tenants. Possession of the 13 affected properties is expected in January 2009 when Compulsory Purchase Orders take effect and affected properties transfer to the Secretary of State.

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Notes

1. Crossrail is promoted by Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL). It is currently jointly owned by the Department of Transport and Transport for London. During autumn 2008 CLRL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL.

2. CLRL was appointed nominated undertaker for the construction of Crossrail on 24 July 2008. London Underground Ltd was appointed undertaker for works at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street stations.

3. Early construction works for Crossrail will commence in 2009 with main construction beginning in 2010. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

4. Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under Central London out to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, joining the Great Western and Great Eastern railway networks.

5. New stations, able to accommodate ten carriage trains, will be built at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Isle of Dogs and Woolwich.

6. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London's public transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital and helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre. It will cut journey times across London - Heathrow will be 31 minutes away from the West End and 43 minutes from Canary Wharf - and deliver an economic benefit of more than £20bn to the UK economy.

7. Crossrail's £15.9 billion funding package was announced by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, on 5 October 2007.

8. The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008