Transport for London has awarded a BAM Nuttall and Taylor Woodrow joint venture the contract to upgrade Tottenham Court Road tube station.

The contract is worth

some £250M (US$403).

Construction is due to begin in early 2010. The project will take 80 months with a target completion date of September 2016.

The station will be enlarged to twice the current capacity, including a ticket hall almost six times larger than the existing one.

Additional features include new station entrances, a new concourse linking the tube station with the overground one, and modernization of the existing passageways and platforms. More escalators and five lifts will provide step free access throughout the station. A new ticket office will also be created for Crossrail.

Tottenham Court Road tube station was opened in July 1900.