Preparations are well underway for the installation of one of London Underground’s longest escalators at the Western Ticket Hall, Tottenham Court Road Station. This major installation is part of the £190m contract Otis won to equip more than 100 escalators for the London Underground network, including 57 escalators for the new Crossrail stations in central London.
The longest escalator on the London Tube system is at Angel on the Northern line at 60metres.
“The Western Ticket Hall escalators will be amongst the highest rise in Crossrail and throughout the whole network and will be installed into the new Tottenham Court Station at the corner of Dean Street and Oxford Street. Each escalator will be over 50 metres in total length – due to their size they will first be fully assembled in our Otis European facility before being split for transportation and then reassembled at their final location.” Lindsay Harvey, President United Kingdom, Central and East Europe Area, Otis
The Otis/Crossrail deal Includes a 30 year maintenance contract; the installation of the new escalators for the tube network is scheduled to start in early 2013, with work commencing from 2014 at the Crossrail stations.
According to TfL, each of the 428 escalators across the London Underground network operate intensively for 20 hours a day and need to be built to last.
Otis are currently installing new energy-saving elevators in the Empire State Building New York, replacing the original units installed by them in 1930s.