Olympic fencers protect Tube works again
London Underground has once again turned to the largest supplier of high-security fencing systems to the London 2012 Olympics to protect a site during construction works.
Zaun supplied MultiFence, a temporary high-security fencing and gates system it developed specifically for the London 2012 Games, temporary fencing and gates at the approaching £1bn upgrade of Tottenham Court Road Underground station.
MultiFence was used previously as hoardings to provide access while protecting construction works at nearby St Paul’s tube station, at Kings Cross station and at the BullRing in Birmingham.
Zaun became synonymous with temporary security fencing when it installed the 20km boundary to the main Olympic Park, which included some intriguing 7.5m-high parapet fencing alongside the adjacent railway line, with a further 1.5km of fencing providing a ‘ring-within-a-ring’ around the Olympic Stadium.
Crossrail and Transport for London are jointly redeveloping the existing 100 years-old tube station at Tottenham Court Road and building a new station, expected to be completed by 2016-2017.
The work is at the intersection of Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. The existing underground station handles 150,000 passengers per day, which is expected to increase to 200,000 a day when Crossrail comes on stream.
Key journey times will be reduced from Tottenham Court Road station to other stations including Canary Wharf (21 minutes to 12 minutes), Ealing Broadway (27 minutes to 12 minutes) and
Heathrow (53 minutes to 28 minutes).
The new four storeyed underground station will feature a new western ticket hall at Dean Street, an eastern ticket hall, three new station entrances, step-free access, additional escalators to access Northern line platforms, a public piazza, access to the Northern and Central line platforms and a western station box.