Crossrail as a concept seems to have been around for yonks yet this week, stuff actually starts happening around the crucial and much needed redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station with bus diversions kicking in on Friday to make way for works to begin.
A free exhibition at New London Architecture brings the ambitious plans to life with a computer generated 'fly through' of the transformed station, incorporating not only essential expansion of capacity for the tube station but new Crossrail platforms too.
Taking in the Crossrail route map, now it's an imminent reality rather than a pipe dream, is unexpectedly exciting with deepest Essex being directly linked with the City, West End and all the way out of town the other side to Heathrow as well as Maidenhead in Berkshire.
This is a huge and complex project with Crossrail trains projected to run from 2017 and Tottenham Court Road fundamentally redeveloped both underground and above ground. One thing will remain, though, to remind us of the good old, bad old, congested times; Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaics are being preserved.