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Old March 15th, 2016, 12:35 PM   #1981
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Osborne to Earmark Funds for Transport in London, North England

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will commit 300 million pounds ($430 million) for transport links between the main population centers of northern England as part of his bid to cut the economic gap between London and the rest of the U.K.

Osborne will use his budget announcement on Wednesday to earmark cash for planning a high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester, road improvements in the region and proposals for a Trans-Pennine tunnel, the Treasury said in a statement.

Osborne will also back the development of Crossrail 2, a new rail route across London, setting aside 80 million pounds for the project.

"With the difficulties we see in the global economy, we’ve got to make Britain fit for the future," Osborne said in the statement. “Now is the time for us to make the bold decisions and the big investments that will help us to lead the world in infrastructure, and create jobs, push up living standards and boost our productivity for the next generation."

The investment announcement comes after National Infrastructure Commission Chairman Andrew Adonis called for a rapid start to work on improving transport links in the north of England alongside the development of London’s new rail route, connecting the northeast and southwest of the capital.

Work to upgrade the 40-mile (65-kilometer) rail link between Manchester and Leeds should be “kick-started” to cut journey times to 40 minutes from 49 minutes by 2022 and then to 30 minutes, Adonis said in a report published on Thursday.

He also called for extra lanes to be added to the M62 motorway linking the two city regions, the most populous and economically productive in the north.

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Old March 17th, 2016, 10:04 PM   #1982
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London Overground Barking Riverside extension approved
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THE Mayor of London Mr Boris Johnson has given Transport for London (TfL) the go-ahead to seek legal powers for the construction of a 4km extension of the London Overground network from Barking to Barking Riverside

The extension will use part of the existing London Fenchurch Street - Tilbury line east of Barking, diverging onto a new 1.5km electrified branch at Renwick Road to reach the two-platform Riverside terminus. Barking Riverside is the largest brownfield housing development in east London, with planning permission for 10,800 homes as well as healthcare, retail, and leisure facilities

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Old March 18th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #1983
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Good news for the growing area as I did receive an email informing me about EL1 and EL2 bus routes getting an improved bus service due to high customer demands in that area. The extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line will help more with the local area.

Only downside is the c2c service on that via Purfleet towards Grays will be cut down and limited.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #1984
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Arriva wins London Overground concession
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TRANSPORT for London (TfL) announced on March 18 that it has selected Arriva Rail London as preferred bidder for a £1.5bn seven-and-a-half year concession to operate the London Overground orbital suburban rail network with an option for a two-year extension

Arriva will take over operations in November, succeeding London Overground Rail Operations (Lorol), a 50:50 joint venture between Arriva and MTR, which has operated the network since 2007. The contract will be signed after a 10-day standstill period

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Plans for Acton Main Line station redevelopment unveiled:
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After Crossrail, this is probably the best infrastructure project going on in London at the moment.
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Fast Trains Boost London Fringe Homes by 29% Before Tracks Open

Home prices are surging in London’s outer districts as improvements to rail networks and lower prices lure Londoners further out of the expensive city center.

Home values in West Ealing, where the commute time to London Liverpool Street will fall by half when a Crossrail train station opens in 2019, climbed 29 percent in the 12 months through February, according to a Bloomberg analysis of preliminary Land Registry data. That compares with a 12 percent increase for London as a whole, the data showed.

“West Ealing was a no-brainer for us,” said Rosie Nesbitt, group director of sales and marketing at Fabrica, a London-based developer that is building 770 homes within a six minute walk of the neighborhood’s new Crossrail station. “We’re selling incredibly quickly and it’s all about the transport.”

Property prices in London’s best districts have risen almost 30 percent in the past five years, according to broker Savills Plc, forcing buyers away from the costlier central neighborhoods such as Islington and Fulham.

That’s boosted demand in cheaper districts further out that will be served by the 14.8 billion-pound ($20.9 billion) Crossrail project.

In Palmers Green, where the commute to Moorgate station in the City of London financial district can take as little as 20 minutes, values jumped by more than 33 percent in the period. Average house prices in the area now stand at 1.47 million pounds, according to broker Foxtons Group Plc, compared with 2.35 million pounds for houses in Highgate, an area about two miles closer to the City with the same travel time.

“This is a search for value by Londoners,” said Johnny Morris, head of research at Countrywide Plc, the U.K.’s largest real estate agency. “They’re prepared to go a little further out to get more for their money and get bigger properties.”

Crossrail, approved in 2008 to cut journey times across London and the Southeast, is Europe’s largest construction project. Though it’s not due to start operating until late 2018, homebuyers are flocking to areas that will be served by its stations and the trend is set to continue, according to Neal Hudson, an associate director of residential research at Savills in London.

In 2013, Fabrica sold private homes in its Jigsaw development, which features tree-lined boulevards, period architecture and parks, for an average 480 pounds a square foot, according to Nesbitt. Since October the developer has pre-sold 70 percent of the project’s second phase for an average of 700 pounds a square foot.

“Buyers are typically savvy young professionals squeezed out of other more central areas and looking for a quick commute to the City,” Nesbitt said. The future 21 minute-journey to Liverpool Street compares with a 27-minute trip from Ladbroke Grove in west London, which is about five miles closer.

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The station entrance building at the west end of the station box. Wish I could have a look inside.




The east end of the station (ventilation shaft & other technical installations). Unfortunately no public access to the station from this side.





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(version: David Heys Collection)

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Crossrail Depot in Twilight (from the Grand Union Canal towpath)










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Couldn't make out what the stacked square things were, but they were moving them all about (I presume they are also on the lorry in the middle photo).
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Trippy, isn't it.

Those tunnel portals seem to go in for ages between daylight and the well known round bores. Probably just a perspective thing,
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The Tottenham Court Road station looks better unfinished. Nice, light, colors, bright lights, very soothing.
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