A stunning new 15m tall glass entrance to Tottenham Court Road Tube station was opened today (Wednesday) as Transport for London (TfL) announced that Central line trains will stop at the station again from Monday (7 December).
The new entrance will give customers much easier access to the Northern and Central lines and marks a major milestone in TfL's £500m upgrade of the station.
It is adjacent to the Centre Point building in what will become a new public plaza in 2016, offering better facilities for cyclists and improvements to bus services. When the new plaza is completed, the new entrance will be mirrored by a glass entrance in the same style facing towards Oxford Street.
Once fully completed in 2016, Tottenham Court Road Tube station will feature:
David Waboso, London Underground's Capital Programmes Director, said: `The opening of this soaring, colourful new entrance is a significant step in our programme to make Tottenham Court Road fit for the 21st century. Our teams are still hard at work redeveloping the station and restoring the iconic mosaics by the late Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. I'd like to thank Tube customers for their patience while this vital work is carried out.'
While the Central line has been closed at Tottenham Court Road for the past twelve months, TfL has:
The Central line closure at Tottenham Court Road has also allowed a specialist team, employed by TfL, to carefully restore the famous 20th century Paolozzi mosaics. This work is ongoing, and once complete in 2016, around 95 per cent of the mosaics at the station will have been retained in their original 1984 locations.
As many of the original tiles as possible have been reused, with new tiles of the same colour, produced using the original processes, to replace those damaged since they were installed at the station. The famous mosaic piece from the former Oxford Street entrance will be conserved and carefully relocated within the new station.
The remainder of the mosaics have been carefully transported to the world-renowned art institution in Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's home city, where he studied in 1943 and later became a visiting professor. The University Art Collection will use the mosaics in teaching students and in conservation training, and a new undergraduate programme, Edinburgh Collections, will incorporate the Paolozzi mosaics project from the next academic year.
The new south plaza entrance will feature the latest in a series of artworks by the celebrated French artist Daniel Buren, who is a significant contributor to the conceptual art movement. His colourful artworks, which play with simple concepts of repeating shapes, colours and his trademark stripes, will become a key feature of the upgraded station.
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