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Concrete bungle? Diary goes digging for answers…

The end could finally be in sight for work on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street

23 July, 2019 — By The Xtra Diary

WE have watched the work on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street for what feels like decades: the demolishing of the Astoria and surrounding buildings, the new tube entrances, the doing-up of Centre Point and the ongoing construction of the new Crossrail station beneath our feet.

It has been so endless that regulars to this part of town have almost grown used to it and forgotten it is actually a building site that one day will see hoardings finished, temporary footpaths taken up, and scaffolding removed.

So, like a bud in spring, have we discovered a telltale sign that even if the end isn’t quite in sight, the beginning of the end might well be?

Diary asked this question as a digger began to smash up some ugly concrete paving along the stretch of Oxford Street by the new entrance to Tottenham Court Road station.

Any builder knows that getting the exterior entrances right, and the public thoroughfare, is a job towards the end of the work. It’s not done when there’s too much heavy lifting left, to avoid damage.

So perhaps this image, which on the face of it, isn’t too striking, is surely a sign that we’re getting there…


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