The new Paddington Crossrail station is to take a step further towards construction as the excavation of the station box gets underway in February.
The new station will be built under Eastbourne Terrace and Departures Road.
Westminster City Council has agreed to a full closure of Eastbourne Terrace from 12 February 2012 until early 2014 to excavate the station box.
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said:
“Once complete, Crossrail will cut journey times across London as well as creating new journey opportunities. It’s vital that the impact of Crossrail’s construction on central London is kept to a minimum.
“A full-closure of Eastbourne Terrace will mean that construction of the new station box at Paddington can be completed in two years instead of four years enabling station fit-out to commence and Eastbourne Terrace to be re-opened as soon as possible.
“Crossrail, Network Rail and TfL have worked closely with Westminster City Council, businesses and residents to do all we can to deliver these major works in the least disruptive way possible.”