October 5th, 2020
Surface Solve Street Cleaners - New Pavement Cleaning and New Pavement Protection
Go-Gum Group is Just the Ticket for Crossrail Clean Up
Crossrail is the new railway line under development which will cross London from west to east. One of the key hubs on the new Elizabeth Line is Liverpool Street Station. Located in one of the City’s leading financial centres, Liverpool Street station is an interchange for the Central line, Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line and Northern line. It is one of the busiest railway stations in London, serving as the terminus of: the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge; the busier Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich, local and regional commuter trains serving east London and destinations in the East of England; and the Stansted Express service to Stansted Airport.
The station opened in 1874, as a replacement for Bishopsgate station as the Great Eastern Railway’s main London terminus and by 1895, it had the largest number of platforms of any terminal railway station in London. With the new Elizabeth line adding more commuter traffic to the area, as part of the Crossrail project, a street level improvement scheme is taking place. New forecourts and plazas around each entrance will create pedestrian friendly, accessible spaces with new, wider pavements. This will allow people to gather and dwell whilst maintaining clear pedestrian flows in and out of the station.
Crossrail has been working with the City of London on these proposals for improvements to the area around the station, as part of the agreed scheme, new paving has been installed to areas on Liverpool Street (West), Eldon Street, Blomfield Street and Old Broad Street. In total, to date, 1,200m² of new paving has been installed, then deep cleaned and protected by Surface Solve (part of the Go-Gum Group) using Pave-Saver stone protector, supplied by Go-Gum Ltd.
Once the paving construction works were completed, it was the responsibility of the Surface Solve Street Cleaning Team, a division of the Go-Gum Group, to conduct a thorough post-construction pavement clean. Using one of our Go-Gum Lanceman DiBO hot water low pressure steam cleaning machines, a single operator deep cleaned the newly installed paving, removing general construction dirt and detritus, revealing the new paving stone surface in all its glory.
Once cleaned and completely dry, the new paving received two applications of Pave-Saver pavement and stone protector. Pave-Saver pavement and stone protector safeguards natural stone and paving stone surfaces from weathering and helps surfaces remain clean by repelling chewing gum, water, airborne dirt, acid rain, smog, industrial pollutants, oil and grease, dust and organic growth (lichens & moss).
Commenting on the project, Go-Gum Managing Director Rob Dixon said: “The Crossrail infrastructure scheme is one of the biggest civil engineering and construction projects in Europe and we’re proud to have had our Surface Solve Street Cleaners play a small part in its journey to completion. In the not too distant future, the Elizabeth Line will carry hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, with many boarding and alighting from the historic Liverpool Street Station on clean, protected paving.”