Liverpool Street Crossrail takes a leap forward
Laing O'Rourke has been awarded the construction contract for Liverpool Street Crossrail station.

The transport hub will serve businesses with City offices and residents who live close to London's financial centre, and will provide connections to Stansted airport, serve all of the major Underground lines and enable people to benefit from links to Moorgate and Liverpool Street train stations.

It will be constructed below Finsbury Circus, as well as the aforementioned two train stations, with two new ticket halls planned.

Commenting on the step forward for the scheme, Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: "As with the Paddington, Farringdon and Whitechapel contracts, high-quality bids were received for Liverpool Street station. The main construction contract for Tottenham Court Road station will be the next to be awarded in mid-2012."

Last month, construction of the Paddington Crossrail hub advanced as the station box was excavated, resulting in the complete closure of Eastbourne Terrace to accommodate the work.

The new station will slash journey times to Tottenham Court Road to four minutes, while businesses with London offices at Canary Wharf will be reached in around 15 minutes. Liverpool Street station will also be accessible in less than ten minutes.

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