Having been Tottenham Court Road residents for the past 21 years, here at Time Out we think we’re qualified to say – with the greatest of respect, of course – that the street is due a lick of paint. Well, following Camden council’s announcement of a £26 million transformation project to prepare the area for Crossrail, it’s about to get an entire B&Q’s worth.
So what’s going to change? For starters, cars, taxis, lorries and vans are out between the hours of 8am and 7pm. So if you want to get from the Dominion Theatre near the station up to Franco Manca at the north end of the street, you’ll have to either walk, grab a Boris bike or jump on a bus. The one-way systems on both Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street (which runs parallel to TCR) will be no more, meaning traversing the West End and Bloomsbury by bike will become slightly less infuriating.
Before and after
The project will also see the introduction of widened pavements to cope with the extra pedestrians (it’s predicted the area will become ‘busier than Heathrow airport’ when Crossrail fully opens in 2018), protected bike lanes and numerous green and public spaces.
Check out the swish video above for an overview of the project, then bung as many earplugs as you can find in the post to Time Out Towers. When those pneumatic drills start doing their thing, we’re gonna need ‘em.