DEALERS at Grays antiques centre in Central London were left devastated earlier this month at the news that the hoardings for the Crossrail project at Bond Street station are likely to remain in place immediately outside the premises for at least three years.
The news that the grout shaft in South Molton Lane will need to
be sealed off until the start of 2015 was delivered in the latest
information sheet released by the Crossrail project team.
It was already known that the construction of the shafts would
take around six months, but due to 'the potential for ground
movement', engineers will require constant access to the shafts
throughout the excavation of the tunnels and station platforms so
that they can pump in grout to compensate for any
After the main excavations are complete, Crossrail's contractors
will only consider removing the surface worksites once the ground
has fully settled over the next 12 months. Only then will full
access to the roads around Grays be reinstated.
The hoardings of the worksite went up just over two weeks ago,
but so far the signs for the antiques centre have yet to be given
fixed positions as the contractors have been moving the wire-mesh
fences around the location.