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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:02 PM   #261
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East London Line officially opened by Boris Johnson



The new East London Line has been opened to the public, forming part of the London Overground network.

A "preview" service of eight trains an hour will run between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction, between 0700 BST and 2000 BST, from Monday to Friday.

Full evening and weekend services will begin on 23 May, when 12 trains will run each hour.

Trains will travel through Whitechapel station and Shoreditch High Street, a flagship Zone 1 station.

Further extension work

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who officially opened the route, said: "This new railway will bring jobs and opportunities to communities up and down the line, massively improving access for hundreds of thousands of people.

"This type of investment is essential if London, throwing off the shackles of recession, is to emerge with the ability to grow, prosper, and secure its position at the summit of world cities, to the benefit of all Londoners."

Oyster cards can be used on the new trains which have no doors separating the carriages, allowing passengers to walk the length of the train.

The opening is the first phase of a £1bn extension of the line.

Labour London Assembly Member Val Shawcross said: "This is a vital rail link that will be welcomed across London.

"But it's a bit rich for Boris Johnson to try and take credit for it in the middle of the election campaign when it was in fact funded and started by a Labour mayor thanks to Labour government funding."

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, also criticised Mr Johnson.

"Right in the middle of a general election campaign, the mayor is desperate to claim credit for something he didn't initiate," she said.

Engineering works are continuing to extend the East London Line to Highbury and Islington by Spring 2011. An extension of the line to Clapham Junction, in south-west London, is planned by 2012.

The line will form part of a planned wider London Overground orbital network, which will allow passengers to travel around London on the line without having to enter central areas of the city.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/8620188.stm
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #262
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East London line’s opening puts Hackney on rail map

Millions of Londoners will be able to cross the river by rail from Hackney to New Cross when the revamped East London line reopens today.

The railway will operate a limited service of eight trains per hour from 7am to 8pm on weekdays from Dalston Junction to New Cross. A full service to West Croydon will open on May 23.

Campaigners welcomed the £1 billion extension of the old East London line but warned that it should be in addition to existing rail services in south London, which are facing cutbacks.

Commuters in south-east London, which is not on the Tube, are particularly poorly served by the public transport network.

The South London line, which runs in a U-shape between Victoria and London Bridge, is under threat from the second phase of the East London line, which will extend to Clapham Junction by 2012.

Jo deBank, from London Travelwatch, said: “The East London line is great news and will go into areas which are transport poor.

“But there's still more to be done in south London. We need to make sure that there's still enough transport for people. South London still suffers from not having as much transport as other parts of the capital.”

Lib-Dem transport spokesman Caroline Pidgeon said: “Phase two is wonderful but ultimately the problem is people were promised it in addition to the South London line, not instead.

“It will give great connections out to Clapham Junction but people want that as well as routes into Victoria and London Bridge.” The new East London line will operate a fleet of 20 walk-through air-conditioned trains from Dalston Junction in the north via the City and Docklands to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south.

Four new stations opened today at Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street, putting Hackney on the Tube map for the first time. A further 14 stations have been refurbished.

The line, which is expected to carry 100,000 a day, will be connected to the wider London Overground network — in the north by next spring and in the south by mid-2012 — making an orbital route around the capital.

The old East London line ran from Shoreditch to New Cross. Shoreditch station closed in 2006 and the rest of the line in December 2007.

The rail-link was due to open two weeks ago but the event was called off at the last minute with Transport for London citing technical difficulties. Experts have cast doubt on the reason for the delay.

Opponents have criticised Boris Johnson for going ahead with the opening during the election campaign and trying to take the credit for a Labour-initiated project.

The Mayor said: “This new railway will bring jobs and opportunities to communities up and down the line, massively improving access for hundreds of thousands of people.

“In this £1 billion upgrade, the old has been fused with the best of the new — the Victorian genius of Brunel's tunnel now comprises part of a network of almost space-age stations.

“This type of investment is essential if London, throwing off the shackles of recession, is to grow and prosper.”

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Old April 28th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #263
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Love the misinformed headlines...

So we've just imagined Hackney Central, Wick & Downs, Homerton, Dalston Kingsland, London Fields, and several other existing stations in the borough?!

Even if they meant to say 'Tube map' it's still wrong, because Hackney Central & Wick, Dalston Kingsland and Homerton have appeared on the map, on and off, for years... And the new stations in the borough (none of which mention 'Hackney') appear in exactly the same capacity as those four stations (London Overground).
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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #264
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Hurrah! The ELL has finally re-opened and has now been extended northwards with 4 brand new stations. I'll do a post with explanations and images sometime in the near future, i.e. when I can be arsed.

Tube map now looks like this:

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Old April 29th, 2010, 12:54 PM   #265
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where's the map?
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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:09 PM   #266
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Old April 29th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #267
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I take it that the extension to Croydon is opening later then? Does anyone know if there's a definite opening date for that part of the scheme?
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Old April 29th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #268
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I take it that the extension to Croydon is opening later then? Does anyone know if there's a definite opening date for that part of the scheme?
23rd of May I believe? In about a month... it opens later because the National Rail timetable needs to change as well.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #269
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Extension northwards to Highbury & Islington will open in January 2011. Southward extension along to Clapham Junction will open in 2012. Don't know when.

Both of these extensions are only really small spurs onto existing railway infastructure, the major infastructure was the extension that opened this week.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #270
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Is the image not showing up?
What you linked was a PDF, not an image.
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London has a great network but I can't understand why there are so many lines that cross without connections? I think it's very unconfortable.
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London has a great network but I can't understand why there are so many lines that cross without connections? I think it's very unconfortable.
The diagram-style map can be a bit deceiving when it comes to this, but you're right: there are a lot of missing connections. Especially in West London actually which isn't even shown on this map.

A lot of it is for historical reasons: different rail companies used to compete with each other for business and didn't care about working together. Since then an umber of tunnels have been built to connect stations that were once separate.
Apart from that, cost is obviously a major factor.
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Is the image not showing up?
no its not visible in the post 55, only the one from 57
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What you linked was a PDF, not an image.
Eurgh, well it showed up for me despite this...

Anyway, as a jpg.

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U know what is anoying?
The really poor connection of the overground and underground. There are plenty of spots, where the crossing lines have no interchange stations.
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It's very annoying. That's what we get when our railway system hasn't been centrally planned from the start. Fortunately we're starting to see sense.

I personally think money should be spent on creating a few interchanges on the future London Overground network... These would create hundreds of new corridors that'd take cars off the streets.

1) Camden Road should be linked with Camden Town station. Camden Town station is due for a major rebuild so it should be included in that.
2) York Road on the Piccadilly line should be re-opened. Essentially all this would be is a refurbishment as the station already exists but has been closed for decades. It also already has lifts directly between platform level and ticket hall level. Re-opened York Road would then have an interchange on the London Overground which runs just past it.
3) Hackney Downs station should be linked with Hackney Central via a walkway.
4) Platforms should be built for Brixton station on the South London line (soon to be part of the Overground).
5) Platforms too should be built at Loughborough Junction on the aforementioned South London line to provide interchange with Thameslink which is set to massively increase capacity in the next decade.
6) There should be platforms for London Overground where it crosses the Central line at North Acton.
7) Finally, there should be an interchange with the District and the Piccadilly where it passes beneath them around the Gunnersbury area.

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On the GOBLIN line you could add an interchange with Tufnell Park on the northern line and even an interchange with the Piccadilly at Harringey Green Lanes.
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East London Railway Extension and Refurbishment

Opened: 27th of April, 2010.

Many proposals to extend the existing East London line had been bandied about up until the early 21st century. In the 21st century mayor of london Ken Livingstone wanted to build an extension in order to provide transport links to an area of London that had been deprived of them for decades. He also wanted the 'Orbirail' concept to be fulfilled; a secondary ring around Central London that would allow passengers to avoid travelling through it. Ken Livingstone proposed that the extension would be funded by private enterprise and so it was finalised.

The proposal involved extending the existing East London Underground line (New Cross/New Cross Gate - Whitechapel) northwards along existing but abandoned railway infrastructure known as the Kingsway Viaduct. And southwards along existing National Rail South London commuter lines. In 2012, the line will also be extended along the existing NR route called the South London line to Clapham Junction. This means that there will be a full loop of London operated by London Overground, a train company under the Transport for London umbrella. Because it is operated by London Overground it is under the common Oyster ticket fare.

Major construction work started on the project in 2008. It required the closing of the East London line for 3 years from 2007 the aging A Stock which used the old line at this time was replaced. It involved building several new bridges and 4 new stations. Once leaving the existing East London Railway line at Whitechapel the tracks climb out of the sub-surface cutting and onto a bridge over the main line tracks out of the major railway terminus London Liverpool Street. The line then stops at Shoreditch High Street, a stations that replaces the old Shoreditch station on the East London line which had one of the lowest usages of any London Underground station. This was mostly attributed to it being in a inaccessible area away from the populated area of Shoreditch, and because it was on a largely badly connected stub line. The station at Shoreditch High Street is on a viaduct in a brownfield site, therefore, to inhibit future development work around the station without the station having to close, it is entirely enclosed in concrete, giving the impression it is an Underground station.

After Shoreditch the line curves northwards and joins the Victorian Kingsway Viaduct. This viaduct previously served commuter trains from Broad Street station which sat adjacent to the aforementioned Liverpool Street terminus. It closed because of low passenger usage. To allow the viaduct to be used by trains again it required the rebuilding and refurbishment of several sections of the bridge. The next station on the line is Hoxton. It is the first station to be built which didn't already exist. It features a ticket hall that opens on both sides underneath the railway arches. The next station along the line is Haggerston, a completely new station on the site of a long-closed station of the same name. The platforms are in a similar glass and metal style as Hoxton station. The ticket hall is in a beige building which deliberately mimics Charles Holden designed art deco station buildings built for London Underground in the twenties, thirties and fourties. The next station northwards is called Dalston Junction and is subterranean. It is proposed that commercial developments will be built on top of the station in the future. The ticket hall opens on both sides, one of the entrances is to provide easy access to a bus station that is to built there. The other side is a main street entrance. Passengers pass through the ticket hall which, unlike on the DLR, has ticket gates. They then descend stairs in front of a massive London Overground roundel to the subterranean platforms. This station has four platforms, the two inner platforms are terminus platforms and the two on the outside are through platforms aiming to be opened when the line is extended northward via spurs to the existing North London line in 2011. Like all new stations on the route, the colour scheme is orange and there is full access for the disabled.

The stations on the rest of the line have been around for over a century and have been refurbished. However, this was not that necessary as the line itself had already been refurbished in the nineties when a connection with the Jubilee line Extension at Canada Water was built. The existing section of line has had it's signalling and track replaced to National Rail standards, instead of London Underground standards that it previously adhered to. At Whitechapel a new footbridge was built over the tracks. This station is a rarity on London's network as the 'London Overground' passes beneath the 'London Underground'. Also, at Shadwell a new entrance was built to provide quicker interchange to the DLR station of the same name. South of Surrey Quays, a flying junction has been created in order to allow the service to be extended to Clapham Junction in 2012, as previously mentioned. At New Cross Gate, a flyover had to be built over the current commuter routes, as the 'slow' lines which the London Overground has been extended over were on the outside of the formation, with the fast tracks in the middle. A view of the whole project is available here. The frequency of the line is as follows:

12tph Dalston Junction - Surrey Quays
8tph Surrey Quays - Sydenham
4tph on the branches.

From 2012

16tph Dalston Junction - Surrey Quays
8tph Dalston Junction - Highbury & Islington
8tph Surrey Quays - Sydenham
4tph on the branches.

All routes are travelled by brand new four car (80m) Class 378s.

Infastructure:

Tracks out of Dalston Junction station and onto the Kingsway Viaduct

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Route around the Shoreditch area:

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Bridge over Shoreditch High Street itself:

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Bridge over the mainlines out of Liverpool Street terminus:

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Flyover at New Cross Gate:

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Stations:

Dalston Junction Entrance:

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Dalston Junction Platforms:

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Haggerston Entrance:

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Haggerston Ticket Hall:

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Haggerston Platforms:

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Hoxton Entrance:

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Hoxton Ticket Hall:

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Hoxton Platforms:

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Hoxton View:

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Shoreditch High Street Entrance:

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Shoreditch High Street Ticket Hall:

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Shoreditch High Street Platforms:

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Refurbished Whitechapel Platforms:

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Refurbished Shadwell Entrance:

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Refurbished Shadwell Platforms:

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Refurbished Wapping Entrance:

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Refurbished Wapping Ticket Hall:

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Refurbished Wapping Platforms:

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Refurbished Rotherhithe Entrance:

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Refurbished Rotherhithe Platforms:

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Refurbished Canada Water Platforms:

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Refurbished Surrey Quays Entrance:

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Refurbished Surrey Quays Ticket Hall:

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Refurbished Surrey Quays Platforms:

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New Cross Platform:

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New Cross Gate Platform:

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How annoying. I write all that and not one comment.
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How annoying. I write all that and not one comment.
THANK YOU those are some great pictures, looks like a winner to me. London infrastructure is really coming together.
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