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Old April 29th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #701
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Some pictures of the tunnel mentioned above.

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Three years of Boris: Mayor Johnson's record on transport

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Old May 2nd, 2011, 05:03 AM   #706
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What other train services besides FCC and Southeastern make use of Thameslink?

Does Southern still run through-services?
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 05:16 AM   #707
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No only FCC. I believe Southeastern operate some trains to City Thameslink but they terminate there, as they don't have pantographs for overhead wire running.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 04:50 PM   #708
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What other train services besides FCC and Southeastern make use of Thameslink?

Does Southern still run through-services?
Southern run through services via the West London Line (onto the West coast main line).
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 04:53 PM   #709
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Borough Market bridge - Thamkeslink programme

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Anyone know the deal with the Routemaster bus?
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 10:02 PM   #710
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Anyone know the deal with the Routemaster bus?
Noticed that too, it looks like a decorative piece.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 01:14 PM   #711
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London transport movers honoured at awards

The people who keep the capital moving every day have been honoured at the London Transport Awards. The borough of Hounslow picked up the top award for transport borough of the year.

Winner of most improved transport borough in 2008, Hounslow was praised for major schemes for bus priority, cycling and walking. It has also made achievements in road safety, workplace, school travel planning and smarter travel.

The award for public transport operator of the year went to London Overground, which has improved on customer satisfaction and train performance while seeing passenger journeys increase by 60 per cent. Archie Galloway, chairman of the East London Line Group, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to local transport in London.

And there was a special award for outstanding contribution to transport across London given to former managing director of London Rail, Ian Brown, for a career spanning over 40 years in which he played an integral role in the development of Transport for London and the birth of London Overground.

The award for innovative transport project of the year went to Transport for London for the Barclays Cycle Hire project. Most improved transport borough Ealing was honoured for progress in cycling investment and training facilities as well as its congestion relief programme.

There has been a 44 per cent rise in cyclists since 2007 and an 18 per cent increase in public transport use overall. The number of pupils being driven to school has decreased by 12 per cent and walking to school has increased by nearly 6.5 per cent. The last year has seen a five per cent reduction in total road casualties.

London Transport Awards, in association with Transport Times magazine, was attended by 500 transport professionals who gathered at the Novotel in west London.

The full list of award winners:

Most effective road safety, traffic management & enforcement project: Kensington and Chelsea

Excellence in travel information & marketing: BAA Heathrow Commuter

Achievements in cycling: Tower Hamlets Oceans 11: The Ocean Estate Women’s cycle programme

Excellence in walking & public realm: Southwark Council: Reclaiming the Streets Salisbury Row, the people’s project

Excellence in technology and innovation: Cubic Transportation Systems, TfL & ATOC: Oyster extension to National Rail

Rail station of the year: South Quay Station

Most innovative transport project: Transport for London Barclays Cycle Hire

Transport team/partnership of the year: Amey, Enterprise Mouchel, Ringways and TfL: HMWC and TfL Partnership

Contribution to sustainable transport: Camden: A new take on freight deliveries

Road streetworks contractor of the year: JSM Construction

London Underground customer service team of the year: Kings Cross St Pancras station

Outstanding contribution to local transport in London: Archie Galloway, chairman of the East London Line Group

Outstanding contribution to transport across London: Ian Brown

Frontline employee of the year: Phil Hiett, Dagenham driver, First London Buses

Young transport professional of the year: Louisa Clarke, manager, London travel awareness team, Lambeth

Most improved transport borough: Ealing

Public transport operator of the year: London Overground

Transport borough of the year: Hounslow
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Timelapse video of the construction of the new Thameslink viaduct over Borough High Street - it was constructed just to the west of where it was installed, then shunted into place over the last three days:

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Another milestone for Thameslink.
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Exploring Crossrail's Connaught tunnel

When it comes to digging a tunnel, sometimes - perversely - heading into a blank wall of untouched earth is a lot simpler than re-working an existing hole.

Especially when that existing hole is somewhat battered about by time and bomb damage and its crown is unnervingly close to a vast expanse of water above, ready to exploit the smallest of cracks. The tunnel is the Connaught, the vast expanse of water is the Royal Docks and the challenge belongs to Crossrail and its recently chosen contractor Vinci.

Together they have modernise and make safe 150 years of soot-smeared civil engineering works to accommodate modern trains.

The solution on the table at the moment involves refilling the hole and starting again.

It's a nightmare challenge for feisty Crossrail project manager Linda Miller. But the former US Army helicopter pilot lives for exactly that kind of project.

"In 20 years of digging tunnels," she said. "This is the most fun and fantastic opportunity. It presents all sorts of problems but that's what I love."

Before the tunnel is lost to the 100 or so workers that will re-model the binocular bores, The Wharf was among a small party allowed to walk along the 550m tunnel, from an opening near Prince Regent DLR station, beneath the swing bridge that connects the Victoria and Albert Docks, to emerge near the Tate and Lyle factory in Silvertown.

She said: "There are some beautiful arches and the original plan was to take them away, to cut them out, to replace them with a modern equivalent but I'm happy to say that a decision was taken by Crossrail to preserve them and clean them up to bring them back to the way they looked 150 years ago."

Whether by accident or design, Crossrail is reviving the old North Woolwich line that ran parallel to the City Airport and that will take the metro trains to a new Thames tunnel near the Woolwich ferry. But first comes the two-year project to restore and re-bore the Connaught tunnel, preserving some of the architecture while accommodating more complicated trains and electrics.

The tunnel will have to be dug deeper and made wider and the steel straps that were attached in 1935 when the bigger dock ships started scraping the crown will have to be replaced - very carefully.

Linda said: "In terms of work and complications, it's the difference between building a new house and restoring a 150-year-old house." Before we ambled along the tunnel - which featured in Guy Ritchie's movie RocknRolla - Linda explained the process that she and Vinci's project manager Richard Wall-Morris are now undertaking.

She said: "Firstly, what Rich and I are going to embark upon is a serious four-month discussion about how we can best modernise the tunnel. The current proposal is that we fill the tunnel with a light foam concrete entirely that will give it stability while we go back through it again, taking off each strap and remaking each segment piece by piece."

Richard said: "The process lends itself to tweaking, refining and improving as you go along.

"You re-bore the whole profile. The top was taken off in 1935 so the structure now relies on the steel straps. If we went through and removed the steel straps which provide stability it would collapse.

"We have to do something to support it and the solution that Crossrail's design teams have come up with is to provide that very safe, stable fill material as temporary works."
There are, of course, a couple of extra complications.

Linda said: "There are service tunnels on the original plans and we have no records of them and we don't know what's inside them - they're probably piled high with rats. Vinci has to attempt to find them and fill the two that are adjacent to the main tunnel with a grout material. As you are digging and making the tunnel wider you could pierce the service tunnel and there's 8m of water above here and you could create a deluge and fill your tunnel with water.

"But the very first piece of work that Vinci is going to undertake is to make sure the crown is safe and the way they're going to do that they are going to go down into the docks and remove of a metre of soft fine silt. Then they going to use pontoon boats to lower steel cages down to the bottom and then they are going to set up a crown of concrete - a dock slab - down there using marine divers - that's very specialist work, very complex work and we'll be there for more than 24 hours that it will be in operation until the divers are up safe."

"What that does is that provides a solid concrete roof that is a protection for the docks and for the tunnel."

That takes place in September. Meanwhile a host of other preparation works are under way:

- Vibration detectors will be set at the City Airport and DLR to ensure the ground isn't shifting.

- Trial pits are being dug to assess the state of the soil beneath the tunnel.

- Museum of London archaeologists will examine a trench to look for a "shopping list" of possible historical artefacts.

- Bomb searches and chemical sweeps are taking place.

- Experts are monitoring the types nesting birds have moved in since the railway moved out. No bats are in place - which would have held up the works significantly - but a two-week-old fox was recently moved to pastures new.

The Arizonian tunnelling veteran is looking forward to setting up in mobile offices next to the site which will be home for the next two years. She can't wait to get stuck in.

She said: "What a fantastic opportunity. This is going to be a labour of love... and heartache."

HISTORY OF THE TUNNEL

In 1846, a new railway was opened between Stratford and Canning Town. A year later it was extended to North Woolwich to connect with the ferry.

To make the connection more efficient the Connaught passage tunnel was built in 1878 using a cut and cover building method.

In 1935 the deeper draft of the ships in the docks above caused concern when they occasional scratched the crown of the tunnel.

A metal lining of riveted "straps" was set in place to ensure the safety of the tunnel. During the war the docks were heavily bombed and the tunnel sustained some damage.

However it continued to host the North Woolwich line, latterly part of the North London line, until it was closed in 2006 when DLR came to dominate.

The tunnel and the beds of the North Woolwich line will be used by Crossrail as part of its "renovate and reuse" commitment.
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I read that as "snot-smeared".
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It looks massive.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 10:59 AM   #719
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It does look 'over engineered' compared to the existing span alongside it, yes
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Considering the controversy surrounding the partial demolition of Lambeth Market, I would've thought they'd go for a more discreet design.
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