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McGee clears vast west London site for HS2 crossover box

The largest demolition project to take place so far in preparation for the construction of HS2 has been completed by specialist contractor McGee.

The work to clear the 42,000m2 site for the Victoria Road crossover box near Old Oak Common station in west London took six months and saw 98% of material reused or recycled.

The huge underground structure has been designed to allow trains passing through the London tunnels to switch tracks.

The clearance of the site overseen by the enabling works contractor, a Costain Skanska joint venture (CSjv), involved the demolition of eight separate buildings.

More than 6,500 cubic meters of rubble from the clearance of the old warehouses and light industrial units was processed on site and will be reused during construction of the tunnels and crossover box.

HS2’s programme director, Matthew Botelle said:

“The Victoria Road Crossover Box will be a vital part of the underground infrastructure that will make Old Oak Common one of the best connected stations anywhere in the UK.

“It’s great to see so much progress and I’d like to thank the team for all their hard work over the past six months.”