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Old March 17th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #621
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The Crossrail site at Canary Wharf is pretty busy.

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OK, let's take a look at what's happening at Canary Wharf:













Here's the view from the bridge on Upper Bank Street:



Swinging the camera northwards from the same spot - as you can see, there's a lot going on here.



Moving to the North Collonade, the view of the L-shaped works looks like this:



...or, from a subtly different angle and through several sheets of glass:



...which will look like this once it's finished:



That's the FSA on the left, and Credit Suisse to the right, by the way. The tower at the end doesn't exist, although my photo from the bridge suggests work might be under way.

And finally, here's an "after and before" poster. The main ticket hall is clearly advancing nicely.



As ever, apologies for the duff photos. Breaking all the cameras in the house last summer was a mis-step...
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Old March 17th, 2011, 02:31 AM   #622
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I was there the other week - it's a huge hole in the ground - gives a really good guide as to how big this scheme is, and why the underground stations are costing £1billion each.

Hopefully they make the most of the footbridge over the A1261 to Poplar DLR being just outside the station's construction site and create a decent interchange (probably need to modify that end of the bridge). I mean, the site isn't rectangular as otherwise the lift and stairs would be inside it and there's little talk of an interchange with Poplar.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:09 AM   #623
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Grimshaw and Atkins design Crossrail prototype

Grimshaw Architects and Atkins have designed a prototype Crossrail station to help final design decisions for the real stations. The mock-up, which measures 20m in length with a ceiling height of 5m above the platform-edge doors, has been built at a specialist construction test centre in Leighton Buzzard. It also includes a 4m-long side-tunnel entrance providing entrance and exit.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We need to check the station designs meet the high standards Londoners require, but also that the materials we use can withstand the rigours of being used by millions of passengers. Those tests mean that when work begins on the real McCoy later this year we can be confident we will be building the best possible Crossrail stations.”

The £15.9 billion cross-London rail link, due to be finished in 2017, will include seven new stations in central London where platforms will be 250m long to accommodate the 200m-long trains.

Architects working on the central London stations include John McAslan & Partners, Foster & Partners and Wilkinson Eyre, all of whom will be able to visit the prototype.

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There are much more pictures of this mock-up on the London Reconnections blog

You can find them in this post: Inside Crossrail's First Station

Some exapmles, click for more:

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BBC London TV report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12764741
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Old March 18th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #626
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That sign with Underground in big letters pointing both ways and then Central line and Northern line in smaller letters pointing in opposite directions isn't helpful - far better to ditch the Underground bit and just have the roundel and (full-sized) line name (perhaps with coloured underlines like on the tube network).
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Old March 20th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #627
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Former High Speed One boss in line to take over £15bn Crossrail project

The chief executive of the company behind High Speed One and former senior executives at Network Rail and BAA have emerged as serious contenders to run London's £15bn Crossrail project.

Mark Bayley, the chief executive of government-owned London & Continental Railways (LCR), is on the longlist to replace Rob Holden as the boss of one of the world's largest infrastructure schemes. It is also understood that Bayley is joined on the list by a strong internal Crossrail candidate, Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell gained plaudits within the rail industry as the programme director for Network Rail's multibillion-pound revamp of the Thameslink rail route through central London.

A source close to the process said other contenders included Tony Douglas, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports and former boss of Heathrow airport; Howard Shiplee, director of construction at the Olympic Delivery Authority; Ian Galloway, director at CLM, the Olympics delivery partner; and Ailie MacAdam, who is overseeing the central tunnelling and stations section at Crossrail.

Crossrail represents a formidable engineering challenge for its new chief executive, with the most difficult work yet to begin. The project to build a rail link from Maidenhead in the west via Heathrow Airport to Canary Wharf and Shenfield in the east includes boring 21km of tunnels underneath the capital. The finished route will include eight new underground stations and four new overground lines, including a connection to Heathrow Airport. The majority of the cost will be funded by the taxpayer.

Bayley's candidature could establish a trend of LCR executives moving to Crossrail, after Holden quit as boss of LCR in 2009 to head the project. Bayley helped rescue High Speed One, then known as the Channel tunnel rail link, when he was finance director of LCR between 2003 and 2009. Following the sale of the High Speed One franchise and the reorganisation of LCR's stake in train operator Eurostar, Bayley is stepping down at the end of the month.
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With video.

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Thameslink project on the right track

It does seem to bob along below the headlines - there is probably a little Thameslink fatigue because it has been in gestation so long. So here's a little footage on the ongoing Thameslink project which seems to be going to plan so far.

The footage is of the work extending two platforms at Elstree & Borehamwood station by 70m each. It was completed in a single weekend, a record time. It's all part of the £6bn investment in the Thameslink route.

Expect longer trains by December and new trains by 2018.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/mindthega..._the_righ.html
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That's insane. Imagine being a regular commuter and turning up on Monday to find the extra platforms.
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Crossrail works at Canary Wharf.

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Atkins wins design contract for north-east Crossrail route

Network Rail has awarded a major contract to Atkins, a provider of technologically based consultancy and support, to design the bulk of works planned on the north-east section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The contract includes the design of station improvements along the 25km route at Romford, Ilford, Goodmayes, Forest Gate, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher-capacity trains to run and step-free access will be provided at the majority of stations on the route, while other works will include infrastructure improvements such as extra train-stabling capacity and turnback facilities, which will improve the reliability of passenger services.

When fully open, Crossrail will provide 12 trains per hour on the Great Eastern Main Line, at peak times and in each direction, between central London and Shenfield.
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Engineering works on London Overground and Bakerloo line over Easter

London Overground (LO) services north of Euston and London Underground’s (LU’s) Bakerloo line services north of Paddington will be subject to essential engineering works, by Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL), between 22 April and 8 May. The majority of works to upgrade the tracks and signalling will take place over the Easter and May Bank Holidays when passenger numbers are generally lower.

However, planned LO closures will also affect services on seven weekdays, when an increased replacement bus service will be provided.

Howard Smith, Chief Operating Officer, LO said: “We have worked closely with our colleagues at London Underground to ensure that the works on both the Bakerloo line and London Overground network impact on as few journeys as possible and to ensure that a train service remains for the majority of works.

“When this is not possible a replacement bus service will be provided. Once these works are completed they will help to provide a more reliable service for passengers.”

For the Royal Wedding on 29 April, there will be an increased rail replacement bus service between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone. For those wanting to travel into central London the Bakerloo line will be running a full service on this day.

The closures are as follows:

Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April

Bakerloo line: Paddington – Harrow & Wealdstone

LO: Queen’s Park – Watford Junction

Tuesday 26 April to Friday 29 April

LO: Willesden Junction – Watford Junction

Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May

Bakerloo line: Queen’s Park – Harrow & Wealdstone

LO: Queen’s Park – Watford Junction

Tuesday 3 May to Saturday 7 May

LO: Euston – Kilburn High Road

Sunday 8 May

Bakerloo line: Queen’s Park – Harrow & Wealdstone

LO: Euston – Watford Junction

Passengers are advised to check the website to plan their route, and for updates on Tube engineering works and transport service changes that may affect journeys.
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Morgan Sindall to win £50m Crossrail job

Contractor Morgan Sindall is set to win the £50m Pudding Mill Lane Portal job on Crossrail, according to separate sources close to the process. The firm is thought to have received a letter of intent from Crossrail, which is set to make a swath of contract announcements in April once it has received sign-off by the Treasury on its final Crossrail project review.

The job, which is close to the Olympic park, involves the construction of a 190m walled box to form the foundation for launching a tunnel boring machine to dig the main eastern tunnels.

Sign-off of the Treasury’s Crossrail review, called RP4, is expected on 6 April, giving Crossrail full authority to spend its budget without going back to the government. Reports this week tipped J Murphy with Hochtief for the Thames Tunnel job, worth £250-400m, with Vinci tipped for the smaller Connaught Tunnel refurbishment contract.

Crossrail is also preparing to announce the outcome of a major shake-up of its delivery structure. This will see the roles of project delivery partner and programme partner, performed by Bechtel and a CH2M Hill-led consortium respectively, slimmed down.

A source close to the process said: “This will mean there are no gaps, overlaps and that each job is only done once.” A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “These contracts have not yet been awarded.”
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Bit late with this one..

Highbury & Islington Overground Extension

Opened: 28th of February, 2011.

This extension on the East London line from Dalston Junction to Highbury & Islington links the ELL into the 'main' London Overground network, however there will be no through-services. It is also another link in the chain for a fully orbital LO system. The new ELL tracks diverge from tunnel by Dalston Kingsland LO station and then follow the route west, south of the existing alignment. There is no 100% new alignment, the curve from Dalston Junction previously was used for through services into the now closed Broad Street station. In order to facilitate the ELL the NLL had to be moved to the north of the four track alignment, this prevented the ELL from conflicting with the NLL. The ELL runs on 750v DC power, whereas the NLL runs on 25kv AC power.

Rebuilt Highbury & Islington platforms, the ELL is to the left, the NLL to the right:

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Rebuilt Highbury & Islington platforms:

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I followed those links to Flickr and saw pictures that reminded me of just how decrepit Britain's railways were in the 80s.

It's good to know that when I left in '07 that things had markedly improved. There is still significant room for further improvement of course (especially with capacity on many stretches of the network), but compared to here in Australia, it is still streets ahead.
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Thanks for the pics iampuking, it's nice spacious platform.
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