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Old February 4th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #581
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Old February 5th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #582
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(What a cool idea, your woven-in series of maps of some area, I like it!)
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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:

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Yo Tubes - is it the route you can see on this map?

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Old February 6th, 2011, 12:21 PM   #583
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Yo Tubes - is it the route you can see on this map?

Yes, that's the one

The odd manner in which the lower level lines meander around is such that they could pass through the brick arches of the original London & Greenwich Railway viaduct without having to demolish any portions to install bridges (this applies to the Deptford Wharf Branch and the link between Surrey Quays and Old Kent Road, the ELL proper does pass under a dedicated bridge).
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Old February 6th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #584
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This area was a veritable spaghetti junction of various lines on different levels
Anything like this one?

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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #585
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Is that pure fantasy or modelled on a real layout? I assume the former!
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Kings Cross ticket hall is well underway.

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Ha! I walked underneath all this scaffolding last week. I had no idea something this interesting was going on above me!
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It will look glorious when the glass is put into place.
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Berkeley inks deal for £100m Crossrail station

Housebuilder Berkeley Group has signed a wide ranging agreement with the Department for Transport to build £100m Crossrail station at Woolwich, transport secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.

Final agreements were signed with the department and London Development Agency yesterday evening, which will see the station constructed on the south-eastern spur of the £14.5bn east-west rail link. The signing confirms the station will be built, following concerns expressed by Berkeley at the end of last month that the slipping timetable for doing the deal could put construction of the station in jeopardy.

The station will be sited at the centre of Berkeley’s 4,500-home Woolwich Arsenal scheme. The deal will also see Berkeley take on the entire freehold for the site, and finalise section 106 conditions on a revised planning permission. The revised permission allows Berkeley to build 1,000 more homes on the site, of which fewer are social housing, on the basis of the improved transport connectivity.

In return Berkeley will have to fund a large part of the cost of the station.

Berkeley was ready to sign the deal last year, until the review of Crossrail by the DfT after the election moved responsibility for negotiating the deal from Crossrail itself to Transport for London. Berkeley Urban Development chair John Anderson told Building in January that delaying tactics by the Department were putting a deal in jeopardy, as the construction timetable means work should have started at the very beginning of February.

Anderson said at the time: “Until such time as the contractors have signed on the dotted line there’s always a risk we could lose the station. If we did it would be an absolute tragedy for Woolwich, and I want to avoid that happening.”

Building understands one of the sticking points was an attempt by the department to get Berkeley to accept financial liability for any potential time overruns. It is not clear if Berkeley have agreed to this, with the terms of yesterday’s deal not so far disclosed.

Philip Hammond will make a statement to the Houses of Parliament on the matter later this morning, Building understands.
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Crossrail works, Smithfields to Barbican

Looking from Hayne Street towards Smithfields Market and Lindsey Street - all of the railway level, right up to the wooden hoarding, was, until recently, covered and had buildings on it. Under the meat market is a disused Victorian Railway siding which was used to load livestock and carcasses onto trains.

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Also, from the other direction:

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Are they just working on the railways or are they building a station?
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Speaking about Thameslink...

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London's overlooked rail project

It is a massive engineering project that will deliver a mainline railway through the heart of London with Tube-like service frequency. It will connect multiple regional destinations on either side of the capital for the first time with a direct rail service.Yet it has been beset by controversy over its route, worries about its funding, and years of delay. Crossrail, right? Nope. It's the Thameslink upgrade.


The upgraded line will boast London's only mid-river station

'Gilded lily'?

The north-south rail-link, first opened up in the 1980s, has been somewhat overshadowed by its more glamorous east-west cousin, even though the new-and-improved Thameslink will become an equally significant part of the southeast of England's railway infrastructure.

"Crossrail's nice and shiny because it's a brand new line," says Gareth Edwards, editor of the London Reconnections blogsite. "People tend to see Thameslink as gilding the lily. But actually it's a lot more than that." The £6bn project - a third of the cost of Crossrail - will transform the cross-capital route.


Thameslink will become an equally significant part of the southeast's railway infrastructure

Peak train frequency will increase from the original 7-8 minutes, to 4 minutes currently, and 2-3 minutes by the end of the decade. And the current Brighton-to-Bedford route will add Cambridge, King's Lynn, Ashford and Eastbourne as destinations.

"It will be a really fast and reliable turn-up-and-go rail service," boasts London assembly member Caroline Pidgeon. "Once it's up-and-running, people will say, 'Oh my God, this is amazing.'" She points out the new London Overground network as an example of how introducing a high-frequency metro-style train service on an old line can unleash an astonishing amount of suppressed demand.


St Pancras, the only central London station finished so far, echoes the brutalist chic of the Jubilee line

Indeed, the route is already overcrowded, and the project is set to deliver a switch from 8-car to 12-car trains by this December. "50 stations are being lengthened," says Simon Brooks of Network Rail, the company managing the project. "In all, we're building 4km of new platform."

Underneath the arches

But the upgrade has not been without controversy. Thameslink has driven a coach and horses through the middle of Borough Market. Around two-dozen Dickensian listed buildings - including a large swathe of the Victorian covered market itself - are being demolished to make way for a new viaduct.

Local opposition was one factor behind the decades-long delay to a project that was originally conceived around 1990 and fate-temptingly named "Thameslink 2000". "People in the area thought: 'I've got a railway already, I've got loads of trains, I don't need any more,'" says Ms Pidgeon, who used to be on Southwark council. "They just saw it as a big nuisance, and understandably so." Yet Network Rail had little choice.

If it wants to run a high frequency service, then Thameslink cannot afford to share its lines with anyone else. And Borough Market is a notorious railway bottleneck, with the same tracks serving trains into Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Deciding where to put the new viaduct - which will free up the old viaduct for Thameslink-only services - cannot have been much fun.

The historic Wheatsheaf pub has lost its top floor, while the Globe pub now finds itself ignominiously wedged in between the brick arches of the old line and the steel frame of the new. "Wherever they put it, they were going to hit a significant number of listed buildings," says Mr Edwards of London Reconnections.

Hard cheese

But Ms Pidgeon says most locals have moved on, and few complain about the work in progress. That certainly seems to be the mood among the market's traders. "It's never as black as they paint it," says Maria, who now runs her cafe at a temporary plot right by the construction site. Her original cafe was compulsorily purchased by Network Rail, only for her new site within the market to fall within the viaduct's footprint, forcing her to relocate again.

But she is far from bitter, praising their responsiveness to "teething problems" such as the odd power cut. "Considering the size of the job, it is surprisingly quiet," she says. "They're working now. Can you hear anything?" The only din is from a train rumbling out of London Bridge.

"When you consider the immensity of the work being undertaken, it is amazing there is still a functioning market at all," says another long-time trader, whose cheese stall - like many others - has been rehoused during the interim in what used to be the carpark. He has nothing but admiration for the engineers.


The new Borough High St bridge is being assembled on top of the viaduct before being shunted into place

And although his relocation to a more obscure corner of the market has sapped business, he treats it as par for the course. The traders seem to accept that it is impossible to please everyone. A case in point is the work currently going on to put a bridge across Borough High Street. To avoid impeding traffic on the main road, the bridge is being assembled on top of the viaduct before being shunted across into place.

But one trader said this just means they have periodically had to block off Stoney Street instead - an important access point for deliveries to the market.

Joined-up thinking

Perhaps the most eye-catching part of the Thameslink project to-date is the nearly completed relocation of Blackfriars station onto the railway bridge straddling the Thames. "Soon we will have the sexiest railway station in the UK, and I intend to make it our unique selling point," says Carol Anderson, events director at the Mermaid conference centre that borders the carcass of the old station.

But she concedes that the station's temporary closure has hurt business in the meantime. The aesthetic impact of the new station is actually just a happy by-product of a concept that is entirely practical - namely to give access to the station from both sides of the river.

That means it will only be a short walk for tourists from the Tate Gallery, the Globe Theatre and other South Bank attractions. Ms Pidgeon at the London assembly has been lobbying for the station to be renamed "Blackfriars and Bankside" in recognition of its dual location. "It's going to be a big plus," says the duty manager at the Founder's Arms, a riverside pub conveniently sat between Blackfriars Bridge and the Tate.


Blackfriars' new terminus platforms will be built on top of the bright red piers of the first railway bridge

She says 90% of their business comes from tourists that happen across the pub as they walk the Thames path. They plan a refurbishment to help them accommodate the expected crowds of customers, although the building work has ironically killed business in the short-term, as the riverside pathway has been cut off for two years. Shifting the station onto the bridge also helps Network Rail solve a logistical problem.

The new Blackfriars will be reconfigured so that trains terminating there will not have to cross the path of the through-trains. In another startling innovation, these terminus platforms will be built on top of the bright red piers that are all that remain of the first Blackfriars railway bridge, demolished in 1985.

And creative thinking has also gone into the construction itself. Barges have been moored under the bridge so that supplies can be brought in by river, avoiding the need to clog up the roads.

Gordian knot

Two stops up the line, Farringdon station is set to become one of the most important interchanges in the country. Sitting just north of the City financial district, it will provide the nexus between Thameslink and Crossrail - not to mention the Metropolitan line - making the station a doubly busy destination.

That is certainly the hope of Kate, proprietor of the Castle pub, which faces what is now an enormous building site. "It's going to pump huge amounts of sales in," she says, noting plans to build a new shopping centre at the station. She bought the lease on the pub two months ago in anticipation of exactly that. But it has also been doubly painful during the building works.

She says business is down by half, and complains about numerous unannounced weekend station closures, which have killed trade from revellers heading for the local nightclubs - one of which has already shut down. "Farringdon is hugely complex," explains Network Rail's Simon Brooks. "For example, there are three different electrical supply systems at the station."


Farringdon station is perhaps the trickiest construction site on the line

The Thameslink work has had to incorporate a lot of stage-setting for the deeper Crossrail line, such foundation construction and dropping lift shafts. To help co-ordinate the work with the local community, Mr Brooks said they hold quarterly meetings with businesses and community representatives at Farringdon.


Crossrail intends to build retail space on top of the new joint ticket hall (left) to help fund their project

But on-site co-ordination has also been challenging, according to Mr Edwards at London Reconnections, with Network Rail, Crossrail and Transport for London often giving mixed messages about who is responsible for what.

'Catalyst'

Farringdon illustrates an important distinction between Crossrail and Thameslink. While Crossrail has had to attract a big chunk of private sector money - hence the shopfloors being built above the new Crossrail ticket office - Thameslink has been entirely funded by the government. For a perilous few months last year, it looked as if the axe was about to fall on the project after the Treasury chose to spare Crossrail from the spending review.

But in the end Thameslink was confirmed in full, albeit with a widely anticipated extra year's delay to 2019. Its reprieve may be partly because the improved rail service is a big selling point of many major commercial redevelopments in the capital, such as at Elephant and Castle in the south, or Brent Cross to the north.


The route coincides with several major private redevelopments, such as London Bridge's Shard

Mr Brooks claims the line upgrade has acted as a catalyst for urban regeneration. For example, the last stage of the project is the complete rebuild of London Bridge station, to increase the number of trains that can pass through the station. That work is intimately connected with the construction of the Shard - the UK's tallest skyscraper - right next door.

Indeed, the Shard's developers are funding construction of a new bus terminal and station concourse with direct access into the tower. "Developers like to put a picture of a new station, and facts and statistics about the number of trains, in their brochures," notes Mr Edwards.
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Farringdon is really going to be a huge interchange station.

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Offices in central London 'to have key Farringdon Crossrail station'

Offices in central London which are close to the planned Farringdon Crossrail station could enjoy a number of benefits. Programme director of Crossrail Andy Mitchell said the Farringdon travel link will bring together Tube and rail services and the new station will extend to Barbican.

As such, businesspeople and employees who commute from offices in central London via Farringdon Crossrail station will be able to reach Canary Wharf in less than 15 minutes and Heathrow in just over half an hour. According to Crossrail, approximately 140,000 passengers will use the station every day, with more than 140 trains passing through an hour.

Such an important transport link could prove attractive to businesses with offices in central London who need to regularly meet clients, as well as enabling skilled employees to travel from further afield. "The station will connect to three Tube lines and provides the strategic and only connection between Crossrail and an upgraded Thameslink network," Mr Mitchell said.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond recently said 1.5 million more people will be able to travel to London's business centres within 45 minutes as a result of the Crossrail.
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Demolition going on at Moorgate Station related to its Crossrail redevelopment.

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Ha ha, I thought that might take a while to find on Street View, but by chance I landed straight there with my first guess. It's taken from Moorgate looking almost due west, and the road between the buildings is Moor Place.

The building being demolished is 101 Moorgate, and it's no loss at all.
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(although it would be better if they demolished the ugly grey block above the station!)
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