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Old October 4th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #441
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Old October 8th, 2010, 01:21 AM   #442
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Next stop on Eurostar’s 200mph route to Paris will be the Albert Hall


A Eurostar e320 trains arrives outside the Royal Albert Hall today

Eurostar today unveiled its new 200mph trains that will open up routes across Europe and bring Paris closer to London than Manchester or Liverpool.

The company is investing £700 million in 10 e320 bullet trains and refurbishing its 16-year-old fleet. A cab and carriage of the new train was on display today in front of the Royal Albert Hall.

The e320 trains will bring the journey time from St Pancras International to Gare du Nord down from two hours 15 minutes to about two hours. This compares with the fastest times of two hours five minutes to Manchester and two hours eight minutes to Liverpool on Virgin Trains.

The e320 will be also be compatible with the high-speed networks in countries such as Germany, Holland and Switzerland, opening up the possibility of routes to Amsterdam, Geneva and Cologne.

The German-built trains, capable of carrying 900 passengers compared with 750 on the existing Eurostar, will come into service in 2014.

The refurbishment of the current fleet will be completed in time for the Olympics in 2012, Eurostar said. It is being carried out by Italian car interior designer Pininfarina, best known for its work with Ferrari. All the seats will be equipped with wi-fi and video, the most advanced “infotainment” systems of any trains in Europe.

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said: “Over the last 16 years Eurostar has revolutionised travel between London, Paris and Brussels but our sights are now set on expanding our business across Europe.”

Eurostar, which began services in 1994, this month became a single corporate entity owned by three shareholders: Britain's LCR, the French national rail operator SNCF and Belgium's SNCB.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, inspecting one of the new trains in Kensington Gardens today, said: “The transformation of Eurostar into a single entity has created a company well placed to attract the resources and investment needed to deliver a world class service. That's good news for passengers but also for the UK taxpayer who owns 40 per cent of Eurostar International.”

Investment in the new fleet will be funded by Eurostar with a combination of cash and bank financing.

German transport giant Deutsche Bahn will unveil its new train for services to London at St Pancras in two weeks.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #444
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( After so many, many years it's nice finally seeing even just a picture of a new, stylish train! )
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Old October 11th, 2010, 01:56 AM   #445
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It's stylish and aerodynamic. Plus it goes 320 km/h. What more can you ask for?
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Old October 11th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #446
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Eurostar is not really London local transportation though and should be discussed in the railways section.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 07:29 PM   #447
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One thought that went through my head recently was this: would it be possible for Overground trains to have an orange "face" (cab painting, to match the orange doors and interior poles)

I only ask this because I thought almost all the Network Rail trains had yellow "faces" but then I saw that many of them do not. Southern has trains with green & yellow, Thameslink is multicoloured, Southwestern in red, etc. Even Southeastern has a few trains with a mauve "face" and doors.

Would orange make it hard for the train's lights (especially red ones) to stand out?

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iirc, the front portion of the train has to be yellow for a reason.

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Old October 19th, 2010, 11:25 PM   #448
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George Osborne ringfences Crossrail project despite threatened budget cuts

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has promised that the £16 billion Crossrail project will survive this week’s budget cuts.

Osborne will announce on Wednesday a series of austerity measures aimed at saving around £85 billion.

But despite some fears the cross-London rail project would be under threat through the cuts, Osborne says scheme like Crossrail have to be made a priority.

Speaking on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show, he said: “The priority has been to target waste and welfare, to invest in our healthcare, to have real increases in our school budgets and to invest in the things that are going to make our economy strong.

“We have got to make some tough decisions but the priority is healthcare, children’s education, early years provision - particularly for some of our poorest - and the big infrastructure developments like Crossrail, Mersey Gateway, the synchrotron, broadband.

“Those things are actually going to get us out of this stronger and able to pay our way in the world.”

But despite the reassurances, there is still doubt that funding will be set aside to ensure the Crossrail project finishes in 2017 as planned.

Reports this week suggested the completion of the project could be put back by at least a year.

More than 2,500 people are now employed on the Crossrail project, a figure which will rise to 14,000 between 2013 and 2015.

Crossrail will run 118km in total, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels, increasing London’s transport capacity by 10 per cent.
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I was really hoping that crossrail trains would be London overground rolling stock with LO livery and LO roundels in the stations etc. just so we have a clearly recognizable suburban rail network (LO) and metro network (LU). Just like Berlin has its S Bahn and U Bahn, or paris its metro and RER... why does London have to make things unnecessarily complicated?
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Old October 20th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #450
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Just what exactly is the journalist? critic? author? trying to alert a reader to by drawing on this invention (of hers/his)?
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Old October 20th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #451
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It's not an invention. Ringfencing is a common piece of political jargon meaning to protect something from budget cuts.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 09:07 PM   #452
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High speed rail in Britain enters new era as ICE prepares to start service

German operator DB plans to eat into airlines' market share with routes from 2013 including Frankfurt, Cologne and Amsterdam

Rail passengers will be able to travel direct from London to Germany and the Netherlands from 2013 under plans unveiled by Germany's state rail company today after it completed a dry run through the Channel tunnel.

Deutsche Bahn is taking on Eurostar, which operates services to Paris and Brussels, by preparing to run 200mph trains from the capital to Frankfurt, Cologne, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The company offered travellers a glimpse of the new entrant by bringing a state-of-the-art Intercity-Express (ICE) train into St Pancras station yesterday following safety tests under the tunnel involving 300 volunteers.

"The new services to London are not only a milestone for us. They are a milestone for the entire European railway sector," said DB's chairman, Dr Rüdiger Grube.

Theresa Villiers, the transport minister, said she expected the service to grab market share from airlines operating the same routes, following the example of Eurostar, which now controls three-quarters of the air-rail market between London and the French and Belgian capitals, carrying 9 million passengers annually.

"The experience of high-speed rail across the rest of Europe shows that these services are really attractive for a lot of people and will take a lot of share from the airline market."

However, new safety tests will be needed before DB officially launches the service because it plans to use an updated version of the ICE model.

DB said it would run three return journeys a day, with trains from London splitting at Brussels to reach Amsterdam or Frankfurt. DB said it expected the journey from London to Frankfurt to last just over five hours, with both London to Cologne and London to Amsterdam taking four hours.

Villiers admitted that some of the journey times were a little outside the four-hour envelope that rail executives normally cite as a precondition for competing with airlines, but said DB's plans were "really positive" for Britain's burgeoning high-speed rail market. "The journey times are slightly longer but I believe that DB has got a good project here."
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 11:36 AM   #454
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Sorry don't want to sound like a pedant, but I think this news belongs in the 'Railways' subforum... There's a specific UK thread in there I think.
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Canary Wharf Crossrail Station

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It's not an invention. Ringfencing is a common piece of political jargon meaning to protect something from budget cuts.
Thank you, coz no online dictionary could define the term.
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Thank you, coz no online dictionary could define the term.
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Canary Wharf Crossrail Station



Canary Wharf will be one of the largest Crossrail stations. Like the nearby Canary Wharf Tube station, the new Crossrail station will be built in dock water, in this case the North Dock of West India Quay. The station and proposed retail and park areas will be six storeys high; approximately the size of One Canada Square, Britain’s tallest building, laid on its side.

Retail areas are planned for four of the six storeys along with a landscaped park, restaurant and community facility on the top floor. The station will be covered by an elegant, semi open-air timber lattice roof allowing views out over the dock, Canary Wharf and beyond.

The station development will provide a link between Canary Wharf and Poplar, currently severed by the North Dock. It also includes links with the Canary Wharf Estate, via Adam’s Place and the Jubilee Line and DLR Stations.

The station box is being constructed and designed on behalf of Crossrail by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc. It is being built for a fixed price of £500m, of which CWG is contributing £150m.

The station box is expected to be completed and handed over to Crossrail by summer 2012, ready for the arrival of the tunnel boring machines. When works are completed the site will be handed back to Canary Wharf Group to enable development of office space at North Quay, which already has planning permission.

Design

The station design incorporates two parts; the station box sitting below a proposed oversite development. The oversite development includes plans for 100,000 square feet of retail space and a roof-top park and community facility, semi-covered by an elegant timber lattice roof. The proposed roof will be made of translucent materials, letting the local community see, and encouraging them to visit, the new green space, shops, restaurants and facilities within.

The combined station and oversite development has been likened to a ship moored in the dock, reflecting Canary Wharf’s past as the centre for global maritime commerce and its future, better integrated with the local community and the rest of London.

Access from Canary Wharf at ground level will be via bridge links developed as part of the station development. From North Quay ground level access will be completed with the construction of the North Quay development. This will enable a direct link to the existing Aspen Way footbridge and from there to the DLR station and Poplar High Street.

The Station was designed in close consultation with the local community, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and CABE. Architectural and engineering firms involved in the design of the combined station/retail development include:

Canary Wharf Contractors Limited: Lead contractor for the design and construction

Tony Meadows Associates : Station design concept and operations architect

Adamson Associates : Retail mall and project executive architect

Foster and Partners : Project design architect

Arup Engineering : Structural and Building Services Consultant

Gillespies : Landscape Architect for the roof-top park

Construction

To enable construction of the station box, a dam has been created to hold back the water around the worksite. This is made up of approximately 300 interlocking steel and concrete piles and various supporting equipment. The largest piles supporting the dam are 38m long.

The piling machines that constructed the dam use a ‘silent’ technique, powered by hydraulics. They are specially made by a Japanese company called Giken – one of the first times the technique has been used in the UK, although it is extensively used in Japan.

All of the water – nearly 100 million litres, or 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools - has been pumped out to create the worksite, revealing a spectacular hole 260 metres long and between between 45 metres and 48 metres wide.

The lead contractor and project manager is Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc.

Laing O'Rourke's Expanded Division is undertaking the enabling and civil engineering works.

The structural engineering and building services is undertaken by Arup.

Progress and next steps

Canary Wharf was the first Crossrail station under construction. The start of work was marked on 15 May 2009 by a joint visit from the Prime Minister, Mayor of London and Secretary of State for Transport.

On 11th February 2010 the Minister of State for Transport started the pumps to remove nearly 100 million litres - the equivalent to 40 Olympic swimming pools - from the worksite at a rate of up to 800,000 litres/hour.

With the water drained, a worksite has been revealed that is 256m long (almost three football pitches), approx 45m wide and 10m below the level of the surrounding dock water.

The next stages include excavation of the dock bed to create a base slab to form the top of the ticket concourse, followed by ‘top down’ construction of the lower slab and the station platform 25m below the top of the dock.

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