daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Subways and Urban Transport

Subways and Urban Transport Metros, subways, light rail, trams, buses and other local transport systems



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old February 26th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #601
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

A very comprehensive review of London Overground.

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old February 27th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #602
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 1st, 2011, 09:11 PM   #603
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Quote:
Offices in outer London get ahead-of-schedule Overground boost

Offices in outer London yesterday (February 28th) saw a new Overground link opened three months ahead of schedule. The new 2.1 km route will allow quicker connection of offices in outer London to central locations, including the Square Mile and the Docklands, Transport for London (TfL) reported.

Passengers that live or work between Dalston Junction and Highbury and Islington station may particularly benefit from the network, with managing director of London Rail Mike Brown saying it will provide commuters with an alternative way around the capital.

"This link will be a huge help to passengers based on London's outer fringes - in Hertfordshire and Welwyn Garden City for example - and for those who travel into the capital on the Victoria or Piccadilly Tube lines," he asserted. Individuals who work in offices in outer London may be among the predicted 33 million passengers who will use the new link in 2011, along with the east London route that recently opened.

TfL last week unveiled plans by mayor of London Boris Johnson to make the UK capital the first in the world to allow its entire transport network to be accessed by contactless credit and bank cards by the end of 2012.
http://www.mellersh.co.uk/News.aspx?ArticleId=800434479
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 1st, 2011, 09:35 PM   #604
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Quote:
King's Cross facelift: A peek behind the bandages

Anyone who regularly passes through London’s busy King’s Cross railway station will by now be used to the sight of scaffolding and blue hoardings flanking Platform 8. But I’ll wager that most of the 47 million of us who enter the station every year barely notice the building site via which we’re travelling, so carefully wrapped out of sight are the major feats of engineering underway.

For most of us, destination in mind, the station is just a dilapidated shell, convenient for catching the train to Cambridge or Edinburgh. The main concourse, disjointed and dysfunctional, remains beneath an irrepressibly ugly green awning – a 1972 extension housing coffee shops, a WHS Smiths and indeterminate sandwich sellers. A far cry from the glamorous marble-lined shopping city of neighbouring St Pancras.

You may be surprised to hear that a £500 million King’s Cross redevelopment is just a year away from completion. In the once dead space on the western side of Platform 8 more than 330 workers heft stone, scaffolds and brick – both tearing down and restoring - shielded from curious eyes behind a warren of office space, underground tunnels and disused storage rooms commuters have no idea are there.

The brainchild of architects John McAslan + Partners, the new face of King’s Cross will be a brand new domed concourse, similar to a souped up Millenium Dome, which will link the original Victorian building and the neighbouring Great Northern Hotel with a circle of bomb-proof glass and steel.

The current green concourse monstrosity will be given as fodder for the bulldozers. Its demolition will reveal the 1852 Grade I listed facia designed by the original station’s architect Lewis Cubitt (who also designed to Great Northern Hotel) exposed in all its glory. And as if that weren’t a triumph enough, the space where the original concourse sat will become a piazza style garden for the traveller with time to kill to sit and read, weather permitting.

I recently donned a bright orange reflective jacket and trousers, clodhopper boots and a hard hat and goggles (not just for fun, I hasten to add), in order to be allowed admittance behind the builders’ hoardings. One of the very few women on site, and drowning rather in my standard issue XXL uniform, it was an intriguing experience.

Stepping onto the building site was a bit like stepping into a vortex. It's difficult to explain quite how odd it is to discover such a huge space hidden in familiar surroundings. I can only compare it to the impossible scenario of finding a trapdoor in my flat leading to a huge house I’d forgotten was there. Security was tight. I was given a lesson in what-not-to-do (speak on the phone while operating heavy machinery etc - as if?) before I was issued with my hi-vis outfit and signed in and out of several ‘check points’.

Entering what some of you might remember as Marks & Spencer’s and the Duke of York pub, now behind boards on Platform 8, the stripped down walls and floors reveal Victorian windows and cornices. Yards away in the original ticket office, due to be reinstated, there are some huge ornate wall brackets which were uncovered for the first time in 50 years during the build. The beauty of this project is clearly the Cubitt-era gems long hidden by cheap and functional interiors.

Inside the 8,000 sq m space which will become the sweeping globe of a new concourse, it is a tangle of intricate scaffolding. The scaffolds, in fact, are bearing the weight of the sweep of iron girders which, when glazed, will eventually become a glorious self-supporting roof with a mezzanine of shops and coffee bars beneath. Atop the curve of steel and wood men in their orange overalls are harnessed, welding and drilling, the only ones on site allowed to remove the clodhopper boots.

A trip up some (frankly, rather rickety) scaffolding steps leads to fantastically grand, high ceilinged Victorian rooms with views of St Pancras. Used for decades as offices for train companies, they have been restored painstakingly (all to English Heritage approved standards) and are majestic in quality as a result. The contrast between the clean beauty of these rooms and the frenzy of the main station below was pronounced.

Stranger still, two floors above the ticket office (up yet more scaffolding) was a generously proportioned room known as the ‘badminton court.’ During its excavation the builders came across lino with a badminton court marked out – last used by drivers during their ‘R and R’ in the 19th Century.

Much has been made of the urban folklore that King’s Cross was built on the site of Boudica’s final battle and that her body lies buried under Platform 8. Walking through the maze of tunnels beneath the platforms and in the newly opened-up rooms, some of which haven’t been accessed since the 1950s, is rather spooky. My guide tells me only after we’ve left the area that some of the construction workers have claimed to see ghosts.

A new platform (the Rowling-esque ‘Platform 0’) has been created to keep service disruption to a minimum during the build, which means there will be 12 working platforms after completion. A special area in the redesign has been dedicated to the Platform 9 ¾ to keep Potter fans happy. All in all, the regeneration of King’s Cross and St Pancras will have cost Network Rail and its partners £1.3 billion.

Standing looking out over the new concourse, it is easy to survey the huge impact this project has had on the rejuvenation of a surrounding area which stretches a staggering 67 brown-field acres. They claim the new King’s Cross will be 40 per cent public parks and outside spaces. It is the largest site in single ownership to be developed in London in more than 150 years.

The station's mega facelift incorporates a century of evolution in train travel and its changing needs. There will be capacity for 55 million of us annually, room for 800 bikes, improved access to platforms and facilities, swish shops, restaurants and pubs. When the scaffords are dismantled and the coverings removed, the station will no doubt rival St Pancras as an example of how old architecture can be modernised without sacrificing its credentials. Let’s just hope it opens on time ready for the 2012 Olympics!
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...-2225567.html#
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 2nd, 2011, 02:07 AM   #605
seem
Mornar bez mora
 
seem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Slovakia
Posts: 8,012
Likes (Received): 79

del

PS: sorry :P I haven t realised
__________________
Slovakia-One photo a day

Zauvik si tu, u mojim mislima i grudima..

Last edited by seem; March 2nd, 2011 at 08:43 PM.
seem no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 2nd, 2011, 08:13 PM   #606
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Wrong thread mate.
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #607
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

News report with video about Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Station.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12635942
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 5th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #608
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Kings Cross Station redevelopment.

by international-one.

The glazing for the new concourse is going rather well.





















__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 7th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #609
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Crossrail works at Farringdon, extremely busy site.

by Sesquip.

image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 8th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #610
TitanSound
Mr Beardy Drummer
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: London
Posts: 58
Likes (Received): 12

This is such a great thread for getting up to date info. Thanks all
TitanSound no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2011, 12:29 AM   #611
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Quote:
John McAslan's Crossrail station approved

John McAslan & Partners’ Bond Street east station has been approved by Westminster City Council planners. The scheme at Hanover Square, which last month was praised by Cabe for its promise to be “a high quality civic building”, includes a ticket hall and a link from the new station to the existing London Underground station at Bond Street.

Currently more than 155,000 passengers use the Tube station daily and with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000. As well as JMP’s designs, the station will feature standardised “Crossrail” architectural components designed by Atkins.

Hiro Aso, director at JMP, said: “We are delighted that our design for Bond Street Crossrail station has got the green light from Westminster City Council. The decision recognises how our vision for the station responds to the project’s sensitive and prominent site, whilst introducing a structure that has its own distinct personality, incorporating a striking colonnaded pavilion.”

Meanwhile, a separate planning application for the over-site development has been submitted to the council by Great Portland Estates. The project, designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, includes reworking of the public realm, residential units and commercial space around the square. Crossrail has also submitted a separate planning application for McAslan’s Bond Street west, which sits at Davies Street.
http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/john-...014416.article
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2011, 02:19 AM   #612
IanCleverly
A New Kind of Medicine
 
IanCleverly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Caerphilly, South Wales
Posts: 446
Likes (Received): 230

Connecting with post #488, there's a Timelapse Video on the Network Rail website.
IanCleverly no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #613
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Quote:
Costain wins further Crossrail contract, announces strong results

Maidenhead-based Costain has been awarded, in a joint venture with Skanska, a contract for advance civil engineering works at the Bond Street station in London. The contract is the third to be awarded to the joint venture on the Crossrail scheme.

The works comprise the construction of two station box structures to provide surface access to platform tunnels. Work will begin immediately and is estimated for completion in 2012. The news came this morning as the company revealed a strong financial performance in the year ended 31 December.

It had a significant increase in profit before tax, an enhanced cash balance, a robust order book and an increased dividend for the year. Revenue was down 3.7 per cent at £1,022.5m, a result of deliberate actions taken to reduce the group's exposure to the health and education sectors, where it expected significant expenditure cuts.

But profit from operations increased by 41 per cent to £29.4m and profit before tax increased by 54 per cent to £27.9m. The year-end order book was £2.4bn, which includes £800 m of secured work for 2011 and preferred bidder positions worth more than £400m.
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...trong-results/
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2011, 04:53 AM   #614
iampuking
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,414
Likes (Received): 43

The East London line of LO was extended from Dalston Junction to Highbury & Islington a week or so ago, meaning the ELL is now connected with the NLL and passengers can easily interchange between the lines. However services are to remain segregated. This is another link in the eventual fully orbital railway. I went on it the other day and it was much quieter than the NLL which I just got off, in fact the entire ELL is pretty quiet up until Whitechapel after which there is the new section, I wonder if the new section has had the estimated patronage?
iampuking no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 11th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #615
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

Thameslink works.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Light Parade View Post
New viaduct at Borough Market. Piers are now being built on the approach to the station, next to the Gem/Place.

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 12th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #616
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 12th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #617
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

From February 28:

Quote:
The East London Line Extension To Highbury & Islington

The final stage of the East London Line extension (phase one) opened this morning, when the link between Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington via Canonbury opened to the public.

Never one to knowingly miss a media opportunity (particularly over an issue — public transport — that will be fiercely fought for in next year’s Mayoral election), Boris Johnson nipped up the road from his Angel home to metaphorically break a champagne bottle against the side of the first train to pull out of Highbury & Islington. While there, he made a couple of curious boasts. Firstly, that the extension has opened three months ahead of schedule, which is correct in one sense (they were working to a ‘May 2011′ timetable last year), though the project has had a long gestation; it was proposed on more than one occasion in the 1980s and ’90s, and once given the all-clear, it was originally meant to be complete by the mid-2000s.

Secondly, Boris described London Overground as “a rail version of the M25″. Leaving aside that a comparison with the M25, long regarded as Britain’s biggest car park, is perhaps not an appropriate one, we’re still a couple of years from getting a proper orbital railway. Phase 2 of the project will see a link between Surrey Quays station and Clapham Junction, using mainly existing rail infrastructure. This should be completed in 2013.

The new link (which we took a walk through late last year) will run trains every seven or eight minutes between Dalston and Highbury, with a slightly higher frequency between the core section of New Cross and Dalston. All trains will terminate at Highbury; if you want to continue westwards, you’ll have to change trains there to an adjacent platform (though depending on which platform you arrive in, it may involve a trip on the stairs). The connection with both the Victoria line and First Capital Connect at Highbury & Islington should also help alleviate the strain on those services.

Perhaps most importantly, the opening also means that the second part of our East London line pub crawl can be completed… but more on that in a couple of days time.
http://londonist.com/2011/02/in-pict...islington.php#
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 13th, 2011, 09:41 PM   #618
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 14th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #619
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 14th, 2011, 12:35 AM   #620
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 24,095
Likes (Received): 7516

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
britain, london

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium