Tunnel vision: street-level disruption at Farringdon

Farringdon is to be transformed into a major rail interchange and construction work is underway.

The Farringdon interchange will provide a link between Thameslink, the London Underground and the Crossrail network itself, as well as a railway connection between two of the UK’s busiest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. According to the Crossrail website, “This interchange will become so important to London that Farringdon will re-emerge as a destination in itself”.

In the meantime, work on the Farringdon site has become 24/7 with construction of the new 200 meter platforms and concourse area. A second tunnelling machine is due to arrive in only a matter of months. The first machine reached the site on 9 October to mark the end of the first completed tunnel stretch.

The work hasn’t gone unnoticed though, with some local businesses feeling the strain. Various roads in the area have been partly closed and temporary one-way systems introduced, most significantly on Farringdon Road and St John Street, close to the station itself.

Charlie Young, of the Vinoteca Wine Bar & Shop, explained how the construction work has meant that the front of his premises has been blocked from view on St John Street.

“The effect on our business is not insignificant.”

He said: “The regular changes in configuration of the barriers makes it difficult for people to find their way to our shop.

“The effect on our business is not insignificant.”

[This article was originally published on St John Street News]

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