Following an assessment of Crossrail's fire and evacuation strategy, LFB agreed that the shafts could be removed, reducing construction works impacts, including lorry journeys, in these areas.
In addition, a number of properties in Hanbury Street will no longer need to be compulsorily purchased and demolished.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the decision which will particularly benefit communities in East London where four of the permanent shafts were due to be located.
The permanent access and ventilation shafts would typically be around 9m in diameter, with a structure on top the size of a one- or two- storey building.ADVERTISEMENT
The news may also be welcomed by Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, who called for Crossrail to reopen disused Royal Mail tunnels under London to shift spoil from the project and avert traffic chaos in the capital.
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