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Filtering the air to enable engineering work underground for Bond Street tube upgrade

December 11, 2014

As published in Truck and Track magazine:

In a major joint venture Costain and Laing O’Rourke are redeveloping the London Underground's Bond Street tube station as part of London Underground's current Tube Upgrade programme. Work is focused on the north side of London's retail hub on Oxford Street, boosting capacity and creating step-free access to the station. The project will increase commuter capacity in time to receive Crossrail traffic in the heart of Central London, once services commence in 2018.

More than 155,000 passengers use the station daily. When Crossrail arrives in 2018, passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000.

The scheme will deliver:

•A new Tube station entrance on Marylebone Lane, on the north side of Oxford Street, leading to a new ticket hall.
•New escalators serving the Jubilee line.
•Lifts to provide step-free access from street to platform.
•Interchange with Crossrail services within the station.

So, having researched engineering companies competent in the supply and fitting of low emissions equipment to support the construction work underground, the main contractors chose to place their order with RWT Commercial Services.

The work consists of two engineers going underground with their equipment and installing new DPF systems, to combat the particulate matter arising from the exhaust systems of the drilling machines. The working conditions are naturally confined, thus making it crucial that the air is kept as clean as possible. Diesel particulate matter is carcinogenic and has been proven by the World Health Organisation to be a contributing factor to lung cancer.

The RWT engineers were first required to undergo an intensive induction process to be allowed to work on site, including tests for alcohol and drugs. Bob Turnock, Managing Director of RWT Commercial Services, declared that he wholeheartedly agreed with the induction process for his engineers and that he now intends to incorporate some of these tests into the health-and-safety policy at his own works. He is delighted that his company’s engineering capabilities have been rightly recognised by one of the UK’s largest and most well-known civil engineering consortia.

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