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Old August 26th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #421
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Old August 28th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #423
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^There is a bus thread. The only transportation forms I can imagine that haven't been covered are Ferries, but there's debate on whether that really belongs in the Marine forum despite being a public transport alternative. There's also Baraclay's Cycle Hire, but again, it's not really "public transit" either.
thanks...I assumed there must be one but wondered why I didnt see it on the main subways and urban transport forum.

I guess it not as popular as the two rail threads... but thanks, I will definitely read through the thread.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #424
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A new station, which will be the first to span the Thames
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Commuters aside, what do locals there think of this?
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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:58 PM   #425
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Commuters aside, what do locals there think of this?
It's a plus... Blackfriars always did nearly span the Thames, similarly Cannon Street's platforms project a fair way across the river. The new Blackfriars will be much more attractive than the old.

The entrance on the south bank will be very useful to Bankside residents, and the large office blocks next door. They won't be any closer to the LU station though.
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Network Rail have made their bid submission to Crossrail for the above ground engineering, it is £800m under the budget through descoping bridges, faster construction techniques and pre-assembled components for structures savings.
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4-car trains started running on the North London line today.
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How busy has that line become?

It's encouraging learning that crossrail's now underway
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New bridge will ease congestion and link to town centre

Passengers at the often congested East Croydon station can look forward to much better conditions thanks to major improvements that are being planned.

Croydon Council has guaranteed £6 million towards a £20 million project. It means that Network Rail, who are meeting the majority of the expense, will be able to go ahead with a new bridge and works to the existing station concourse. The council anticipates that the additional station entrance via a mid platform bridge could be in use by 2013.

The scheme is the first outcome of the ambitious masterplanning process the council is spearheading to co-ordinate the ambition of the council, landowners, developers and stakeholders. Looking at the potential of inter-related areas rather than pursuing isolated, piecemeal proposals is regarded as critical in order to secure high quality infrastructure and amenities for those living and working in Croydon.

Not only will the East Croydon scheme considerably ease the busy station's capacity issues but it will also result in direct pedestrian access to the heart of the town centre rather than via the existing detour along George Street.

Engineers and architects have already been appointed by Network Rail to work on the project and are making progress with its design.

Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, conservation and climate change, said: "This is a truly exciting initiative that will be enormously valuable to everyone using East Croydon station and will help stimulate further development in the area.

"There's been a great deal of co-operation through the masterplanning process and I am delighted that the council has been able to identify the capital funding that will ensure Network Rail's much-needed investment can go ahead.

"The new bridge and the station building improvements will be the first major piece of new public infrastructure to emerge from the masterplanning which we believe has been key to bringing interested parties together to look at opportunities for Croydon as a whole. Together, the works will improve capacity at what is the town's busiest public transport hub and will overcome longstanding congestion. The scheme is also being designed in such a way to accommodate an extra platform at the station should this prove necessary and affordable in future."

Council funding will come from various transport infrastructure sources and is being guaranteed to ensure that Network Rail can commit the whole of the sum it has set aside for investment in East Croydon.
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How busy has that line become?

It's encouraging learning that crossrail's now underway
It's always been pretty busy, obviously not compared to LU as the capacity is far lower. It's a very useful line.
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Crossrail tunnelling to start next year



CROSSRAIL has announced that the scheme is set to survive the government's spending cuts, and the company has also undertaken not to reduce the length of the route or the number of stations.

Boring of tunnels under central London is expected to start in 2011.

However, innovative rolling stock is not part of the vision: to keep costs as low as possible, Crossrail trains will be based on ‘tried and tested designs’.

Network Rail has announced that it has submitted the estimated costs for upgrading the existing surface infrastructure. These costs for surface works will be a vital component of Crossrail’s updated estimates of the total investment needed.

The chairman of Crossrail, Terry Morgan, said: “Crossrail and its delivery partners recognise fully that Crossrail is a significant investment. It is critical that every pound invested in this vital scheme achieves maximum value for money. Sensible efficiency savings will be made at every opportunity.

"Crossrail is bearing down on its whole cost base, while ensuring delivery of a new railway that is fit for purpose and delivers the capacity improvements required. We are looking at every aspect of Crossrail to identify where efficiencies can be made and understanding what cost saving lessons can be learned from other global infrastructure projects."

However, Crossrail said its paring down of costs does not involve reducing the size of the network, which will still connect Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Neither are there any plans to cut the number of stations.

It explained that the latest Crossrail business case shows that Crossrail is now more important to the UK economy than ever before - delivering a boost of up to £42bn. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would be worth up to £36bn.

The company has also published some examples of how it will restrain costs. Apart from ordering ‘tried and tested’ rolling stock, both Canary Wharf and Whitechapel stations have been redesigned, cutting £30 million from Whitechapel alone. Stations will use standard components, such as light fittings and indicators, and it's been confirmed that a ’major proportion’ of the Abbey Wood branch will make use of the recently disused line between Custom House and North Woolwich, including the Connaught Tunnel which runs under the docks near Silvertown.

But the company is evidently remaining aware of the risk of false economies, saying that stations will still be ‘appropriately sized’ to deal with the latest forecasts of future demand.

The announcement has been given a ‘cautious’ welcome by one east London council.

Councillor Chris Roberts, who is leader of Greenwich council, said: “While we remain cautious, this latest announcement is a step in the right direction for Greenwich residents. The case for Crossrail -- and specifically stations south of the river, Woolwich and Abbey Wood -- is unquestionable. This Southern spur will be the busiest and best value section of the line. It is essential that the line is built in full and without any phasing.”

He said that the London Borough of Greenwich had already made a ‘unique’ private sector funding arrangement which would reduce the cost of the Royal Arsenal station in Woolwich by up to £56 million.

He added: “Scaling back or phasing the development of Crossrail would have been counter-productive. The government’s own figures show that removing part of the scheme, such as the Southern Route, would significantly reduce the value for money of the scheme as a whole. It would also massively reduce the increased capacity at Canary Wharf which business leaders are calling for.”
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Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail (NR) have announced the final phases of re-signalling work on the London Overground network.

The work is part of a multi-million pound upgrade project to increase capacity on London Overground services due to be delivered by May 2011.

The upgrade work involves the testing and commissioning of the signalling systems that were installed in early 2010, the installation of further signalling, and completing the refurbishment of several stations.

When the complete upgrade is finished in mid-2011, London Overground will run more frequent services with longer trains providing greater capacity.

Services from Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford will run four times per hour, all day every day.

There will be six trains per hour between Willesden Junction and Camden Road, and eight trains per hour between Camden Road and Stratford.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Transport Advisor, said: "This work is part of the vital investment we are making in the Capital's transport network, which in turn will support economic growth across the whole of the UK.

"One of the Mayor's key priorities is to maintain and improve London's transport services and continue to improve what it feels like to live in and move around London."

Andrew Munden, Network Rail Route Director, said: "London relies on rail to get more than a million people to and from work every day, which is why investment in projects like the London Overground upgrade is so important to the Capital's economy.

"This project will provide vital additional capacity in time for the Olympic Games and help meet growing demand on this busy commuter line, supporting economic growth across vast swathes of London."

The improvement work is part of an upgrade that will see more than 200 signals, seven kilometres of track and 69 sets of points improved, and 30 station platforms lengthened.
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London Overground passengers are now beginning to see the results of a two-year £1.4bn upgrade and have responded by giving the network a record 81 points in a recent customer satisfaction survey.

The Transport for London (TfL) survey of 1408 passengers undertaken between 27 June and 21 August this year revealed an increase of three points over the satisfaction levels of the previous quarter.

This latest figure continues the upward trend in satisfaction levels for London Overground customers since the railway was taken over by TfL. Particularly noteworthy is the increase in the feeling of personal safety at stations from 74 to 85 – a result of the TfL policy of always having staff on platforms while a service is running.

The Managing Director of TfL London Rail, Ian Brown, said: “It is great news that passengers are now being repaid for their patience and tolerance of service disruptions and are starting to see the benefits of all our upgrade investment and work.

“While this is a great result we know we still have some way to go with much work to do. The introduction of our new air-conditioned and higher capacity trains is almost complete and when our track and signal upgrade works are finished by the middle of next year, Londoners will have a service they deserve.”

Since launching the London Overground service in 2007, TfL has embarked on a huge programme to upgrade and extend the network which was once one of the most neglected in the UK. Improvements include a new train fleet, refurbished stations and an upgraded signalling network.

An extension joining Dalston Junction in East London to West Croydon in South London was opened earlier this year. It is due to be linked to the rest of the network at Highbury & Islington station early next year.
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