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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:48 PM   #541
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Old December 1st, 2010, 07:19 PM   #542
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Anyone know:
a)When work is due to start on the South London/East London line link-up?
b)What the exact route will be (on a map if possible)?

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Old December 1st, 2010, 08:27 PM   #543
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 03:26 PM   #544
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Anyone know:
a)When work is due to start on the South London/East London line link-up?
b)What the exact route will be (on a map if possible)?

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It's 'sort of' started insofar the junction is in situ at Surrey Quays, but I don't know what works have taken place beyond this.

Here's 2 aerial photos... The first not annotated:

[IMG]http://i51.************/11m8i9v.jpg[/IMG]

The second, orange = ELL, purple = SLL, red = link line

As you can see from the first image, the link line is existing (abandoned) railway right of way, which has thankfully not been built upon. This area was a veritable spaghetti junction of various lines on different levels up until the 1960's. Amazingly however the actual route being re-opened would have been abandoned, intact, for almost 100 years when it re-opens (closed 1913).

[IMG]http://i54.************/5ydb8i.jpg[/IMG]

A map from the mid-20th century, you can see this route was already abandoned:

[IMG]http://i55.************/1zh0hu8.jpg[/IMG]
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Thanks for that comrade, exactly what I was after. I've has your Atlas on order for Christmas for some time, quite amused to encounter you here!
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 11:57 PM   #547
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Crossrail launches £1bn trains and depots tender

Crossrail has launched a £1bn tender for the delivery of new trains and depot facilities, in the latest step forward for the project.

A notice published in the OJEU today covers the procurement of rolling stock, a depot at Old Oak Common, long term maintenance arrangements for rolling stock and depot facilities, and private finance to support the design, build and maintenance of the trains and depot facilities.

Train designs will be based on existing technology as part of a drive to achieve value for money. Rob Holden, Crossrail chief executive, said: “We aim to benefit from, and build upon, the existing capabilities of the rolling stock industry rather than requiring a wholly new concept or design.”

Around 60 new trains will be required to service Crossrail.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 11:39 AM   #548
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Thanks for that comrade, exactly what I was after. I've has your Atlas on order for Christmas for some time, quite amused to encounter you here!
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The front shouldn't be sloped. It cuts into passenger capacity and is pointless for a train that will be mostly at 100km/h.
No it doesn't, safety regs now require (more of) a crumple zone to protect the driver, so he can't be any further forward than this even if the front was flat. Relatively new regs though, its the reason why there's such a slope on the new Scotrail Desiros but not on SWT/LM/NXEA Desiros.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #550
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A more detailed article:

Crossrail moves forward with major train and depot contract

-- Link to www.crossrail.co.uk --

The Crossrail project reached a major milestone today as the procurement process to purchase new trains got underway. The capital cost of new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities is in the region of £1bn. To deliver Crossrail services to the 37 stations along the route, around 60 new trains will be required, bringing an additional 1.5 million people within a 45 minute commute of London’s key business and leisure districts. Each train will be will be around 200 metres in length and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers.

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive, said: “With construction gathering pace it is now time to focus on the trains that will deliver the Crossrail service and transform the experience of commuters and rail users. Crossrail will be a high frequency metro system with up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak. The rolling stock that will operate will need to be high capacity and accommodate the needs of passengers travelling from further afield as well as those joining and alighting in the central area. We aim to benefit from, and build upon, the existing capabilities of the rolling stock industry rather than requiring a wholly new concept or design.”

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “At a time of pressure on public spending, the Government has made a commitment to investing in more than 2,100 new carriages for Britain's railways. Today procurement for around 600 of those carriages begins. They will help Crossrail boost rail capacity in London by 10 per cent and transform journeys across South East England. The Government recognises how important it is to tackle overcrowding and improve reliability on the railways - Crossrail ticks both these boxes, and also has the potential to generate up to £50bn for the country’s GDP.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The importance of this project to London and the UK cannot be overstated. With the invitation now being made to companies to build our brand new trains and the Government throwing its full weight behind the project, all signals are showing green for Crossrail.”

To ensure value for money, Crossrail’s intention is that the new trains are based upon technology already developed by the worldwide rolling stock market for deployment on other railways. A revolutionary new train design is not required. It is envisaged that new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities will be funded by private finance. Arrangement of finance will be required as part of supplier bids. The costs associated with the rolling stock and depot contract are planned to form part of the future cost of operation of Crossrail services. The intention is for the operation of Crossrail services to be let as a concession by TfL London Rail, similar to the concession let by Transport for London for the London Overground.

Howard Smith, Chief Operating Officer, TfL London Rail, said: “The procurement of rolling stock will bring the Crossrail project to life for many Londoners and is a significant step forward. London needs additional transport capacity to relieve congestion on the existing Tube and National Rail networks and Crossrail will provide that much-needed boost. London Rail is looking forward to working with Crossrail to deliver the new rail service for London and the South East.”

Once complete, Crossrail will be the largest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years and will help an extra 1.5 million people to access London’s major employment centres.

The Notice published today in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) covers the combined procurement of:

* Rolling stock;
* A light maintenance and stabling depot at Old Oak Common;
* Long-term maintenance arrangements for rolling stock and depot facilities; and
* Private finance sufficient to design, build and maintain the rolling stock and depot facilities.

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy, resulting in a £17bn tax boost for the Treasury. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy. Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7000 jobs created indirectly.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
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Crossrail awards £1.25bn tunnelling contracts

-- Link to Construction Index article --

The winners of four major tunnelling contracts have been announced by Crossrail, accounting for 18km of the 21km of twin-bore tunnellng under central London that the project involves. The four contracts are together worth £1.25bn and are the first of 30 major contracts that will be awarded by Crossrail over the next 18 months.

The four contract awards are:

C300 – Western Running Tunnels (Royal Oak to Farringdon): JV of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman, Kier Construction – value £500m when combined with contract 410

C305 – Eastern Running Tunnels (Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon; Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock; Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane): JV of Dragados, John Sisk & Son – value £500m.

C410 – Early Access Shafts and Sprayed Concrete Lining Works for Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations tunnels: JV of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman, Kier Construction –value £500m when combined with contract 300.

C510 – Early Access Shafts and Sprayed Concrete Lining Works for Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations tunnels: JV of Alpine BeMo Tunnelling, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall, Vinci Construction – value £250m.


Contracts C300 and C410 are a combined award as the new delivery programme allows Crossrail to take advantage of cost-efficiencies in this particular tunnelling section.

The contract for Tunnel Drive H (Plumstead to North Woolwich) will be awarded in 2011.

Crossrail said that competition was so fierce that the bids received have made a major contribution to £1bn project savings.

Tunnelling activity will begin in late 2011. In spring 2012 the first two tunnel boring machines will start their journey from Royal Oak towards Farringdon. This will be followed later in 2012 by the launch of two further tunnel boring machines in Docklands that will head towards Farringdon under central London. Further shorter tunnel drives will take place in the Royal Docks and east London.

Tunnelling teams will work around the clock to complete the tunnels for Europe’s largest infrastructure project with thousands of others employed to upgrade the existing rail network and build major new stations along the central section of the route.

To construct the 21km of twin-bore tunnel required for Crossrail, seven tunnel boring machines will be used and will undertake 10 individual tunnel drives and construct the 6m diameter tunnels. Each TBM will be up to 120m in length. Crossrail plans to track the progress of the TBMs on its website.

The Western and Eastern running tunnels will have tunnel portals at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Victoria Dock. The tunnel boring machines or TBMs will commence their eastbound journey under London from Royal Oak and westbound from the Royal Docks. Construction of the tunnel portal at Royal Oak is now underway.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction of the railway between 2013 and 2015.

A total of 21 km of twin-bore tunnel is required to be constructed for Crossrail. The five tunnels to be constructed are:

* Royal Oak to Farringdon west (Drive X) - length of drive approximately 6.2km
* Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Farringdon east (Drive Y) - length of drive approximately 8.3km
* Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane (Drive Z) - length of drive approximately 2.7km
* Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G) - length of drive approximately 900m
* Plumstead to North Woolwich (Drive H) - length of drive approximately 2.6km

All of this adds up to 42km of bored tunnels located below the busy streets of London.

As announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review, a more efficient construction timetable means that Crossrail’s central section will now be delivered in 2018 rather than 2017. It is expected that Crossrail services will commence on the central section by the end of 2018 followed by a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route.

Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden said: “Crossrail has now reached a very significant milestone with the award of the main tunnel contracts. The value of the contracts, combined with the length of tunnel to be constructed, is on a scale not seen in the UK since the Jubilee Line Extension or the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

“Significant competition in the construction industry for Crossrail work has delivered highly competitive bids. Over £1bn in savings to Crossrail’s construction costs have been identified to-date in part due to a more efficient construction timetable and these contract awards will help secure these savings. Crossrail will award a further series of tunnel construction contracts in 2011 including the new Thames Tunnel between North Woolwich and Plumstead.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the companies and consortia who participated in these tunnel bids. They each committed a huge amount of resource and we look forward to working with the winners to further develop their ideas with ours to deliver Crossrail in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “Today we take an important step forward in one of Europe's biggest infrastructure projects. These tunnels - stretching 13 miles under the city – will help boost rail capacity across London by 10% relieving overcrowding on other hard-pressed services.

"Crossrail is a critical project for this country which has the potential to generate up to £50bn in wider economic benefits for UK GDP and allow the creation of tens of thousands of jobs. Coming fast on the heels of an announcement for around 600 new Crossrail carriages, today is a major milestone in a scheme that will transform journeys across the South East.”

Kulveer Ranger, Mayor of London’s transport advisor, said: "Today London is another step closer to making this all important railway a reality. With these contracts in place we can begin burrowing beneath the city's streets to forge the line which will make zipping from east to west even quicker and easier for Londoners, commuters and visitors."

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
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Consortiums gear up for Crossrail station contracts

The five major Crossrail contracting consortiums are already gearing up to bid for the four major station contracts, in the week after the single biggest suite of jobs for the £15.5bn scheme was let. Andy Mitchell, Crossrail’s programme, fired the starting gun on bidding for the main works to the line’s stations this week. He said the body would invite tenders for the jobs, all worth hundreds of millions of pounds, “in the very early part of the new year”

Mitchell said: “If 2010 was about getting the tunnels procured, then next year for Crossrail is the year of procuring the stations.” The four biggest jobs are the main works for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations, each worth up to £250m.

Contractors are mostly believed to be sticking with the existing consortiums for these large station contracts. A spokesperson confirmed that the partnership of Costain, Bilfinger Berger and Skanska is to stick together for its bids, despite being unsuccessful in bidding for the major tunnelling jobs. However, the consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci is understood to be considering bidding separately for smaller jobs.

The news came as the body confirmed late last week it had awarded the four biggest tunnelling jobs for the rail line, worth £1.25bn in total, to three consortiums. A joint venture between Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier will build the western tunnels and the carry out the sprayed concrete linings for Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations, thought to be worth £550m in total.

Irish contractor Sisk and Spanish builder Dragados will dig the £450m eastern tunnels, while the Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci consortium won the £250m concrete lining job for Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations.
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