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Old July 4th, 2017, 10:33 PM   #2181
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Heathrow Express does not have a monopoly today

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Heathrow Express Braces for Crossrail to End Airport Monopoly

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This is not correct. Today there is already another train service from Padding to Heathrow - Heathrow Connect. Trains run every 30 minutes starting at Terminal 4, stopping at Terminals 2-3, and making local stops to Paddington. It also runs every 15 minutes from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2-3. It is this service that THE Elizabeth Line will replace. But yes, service frequency will increase and it will have a higher profile than the current Heathrow Connect.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 10:58 PM   #2182
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This is not correct. Today there is already another train service from Padding to Heathrow - Heathrow Connect. Trains run every 30 minutes starting at Terminal 4, stopping at Terminals 2-3, and making local stops to Paddington. It also runs every 15 minutes from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2-3. It is this service that THE Elizabeth Line will replace. But yes, service frequency will increase and it will have a higher profile than the current Heathrow Connect.
Terminal 4 is now served by a HEx-branded shuttle, rather than Heathrow Connect.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 10:00 PM   #2183
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Old July 7th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #2184
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Old July 12th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #2185
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Taylor Woodrow wins £18m deal to upgrade White Hart Lane station

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...-lane-station/



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Taylor Woodrow has been awarded the £17.8m contract to design and rebuild White Hart Lane station.

The station is being improved to support a major regeneration of the area led by the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Transport for London has awarded the work to Taylor Woodrow who will start on site this Autumn with work scheduled to be completed by spring 2019.

Improvements will include a new ticket hall and station entrance as well step-free access from street to platform.

Regeneration plans in the area around the new stadium include a museum, hotel and 585 new homes.

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Old July 12th, 2017, 07:16 PM   #2186
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They spelt "Tottenham Hotspur" as "White Hart Lane" on that render. Or are Spurs not paying for the rename of the station anymore?
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Old July 14th, 2017, 01:34 PM   #2187
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Planning Approval for LLA to LAP station LRT,

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Old July 14th, 2017, 01:36 PM   #2188
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More trains sets on Crossrail route (I refuse to call it Elizabeth line) for Westbound services beyond Paddington.

https://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/...h-line-trains/
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Old July 19th, 2017, 11:46 PM   #2189
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Old July 24th, 2017, 09:06 PM   #2190
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From Metro Report

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Crossrail 2 needs to be more affordable
24 Jul 2017



UK: Ways to improve the affordability of the proposed Crossrail 2 project while maximising the benefits are to be studied, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have jointly announced.

The Crossrail 2 proposal comprises a tunnel to link up rail routes in the southwest and north of the capital. Planning would be informed by lessons learned from the east–west Crossrail 1 project to build what will be designated the Elizabeth Line, Grayling and Khan said in a statement issued on July 24 following a meeting on July 18

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Old July 31st, 2017, 10:38 PM   #2191
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Crossrail was cover story in today's NY Times.



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Old August 1st, 2017, 10:14 AM   #2192
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No, the NYT has an article on Brexit on its front page that is as unaware of what's actually happening in London as its article talking about the city 'reeling' from a terror attack that got laughed at massively on social media.

Nice picture of the tunnel though.
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GOBLIN extension to Barcelona on Thames granted gov. approval, services due to commence q3 2021 (Barking Riverside)

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Can more railway branches be connected to the Elizabeth Line?
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Old August 25th, 2017, 10:16 PM   #2196
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Can more railway branches be connected to the Elizabeth Line?
Yes and no.

The obvious place to have it is diverging from OOC - with to Wycombe on an electrified-and-redoubled NNML, or Tring on the WCML being the current crayoning. Notions of Tring ever happening got dropped when NR decided that it wasn't worth pursuing (with the added bonus of removing traffic from Euston during it's HS2-rebuild), Wycombe has never been officially supported (though there will be Chiltern to a new dedicated platform at OOC if the current plans happen). Hounslow via a chord to the NLL was an option pushed to replace the original Kingston branch, but both are long dead.

So that's the West - where at least half the trains terminating at Paddington (and later OOC) will need to continue west to deal with GWML Relief Line overcrowding in the medium term.

In the East, there's still going official proposals for beyond Abbey Wood extensions, with Hoo Junction via Dartford (on new tracks to Slade Green) and Gravesend (where passenger service would end) being safeguarded.
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Old August 26th, 2017, 12:42 AM   #2197
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Crossrail is described regularly, including on the Crossrail website, as the largest infrastructure project in Europe. Does anyone know what metric they are using to define this?
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Old August 26th, 2017, 09:08 AM   #2198
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Cost, IIRC. Though I'm sure workforce would also be the biggest, ditto some other metrics.

Also, by those metrics, it won't be when its done as HS2 Phase 1 (first closure for prep work now on) will be underway.
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Old August 26th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #2199
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In the East, there's still going official proposals for beyond Abbey Wood extensions, with Hoo Junction via Dartford (on new tracks to Slade Green) and Gravesend (where passenger service would end) being safeguarded.

I've always wondered if - logistically - Crossrail could be extended to Gravesend, with services between Deptford and Abbeywood being transferred to TfL and taking over the New X branch of the Overground. Obviously there would need to be some pretty major works undertaken to connect the Overground network to the Southeastern tracks. No idea whether the costs would outweigh the benefits, but it'd presumably open up significant capacity on the Southeastern routes via New X / Blackheath.
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Crossrail is described regularly, including on the Crossrail website, as the largest infrastructure project in Europe. Does anyone know what metric they are using to define this?
Unsurprisingly, I don't think any Briton has questioned this claim.

Crossrail is big, but it includes adapting existing railway lines. By contrast other projects in Europe seem much larger, such as the Gotthard+Ceneri Base Tunnel or several Spanish HSR lines built from the scratch such as the Madrid-Barcelona-French border line.
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