Crossrail said that the utilities, which include a number of water, gas and other utility pipes, will be replaced or monitored as they could potentially be affected by ground settlement caused by station and tunnelling works.

The preparatory works began in August 2012, with the main phase of the utility works commencing on 12 November. The works are expected to continue until May 2013.

A major benefit of the works is that, once complete, the major local utilities will have been replaced or upgraded, which will significantly reduce the level of utility works on Farringdon Road in future years.

Crossrail has been working closely with the utility companies, Transport for London (TfL), the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington and the City of London to minimise the impact of this work for businesses, shoppers and local residents.

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To minimise future works in the Farringdon area, TfL will co-ordinate with other companies who have assets in the road that may need repairing or replacing.