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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #761
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Later trains to smooth Olympic flow

Last trains will leave central London for regional cities as late as 1.30am and there will be more carriages late at night as the national rail network runs 2,000 additional services to handle extra demand during the 2012 Olympic Games, Network Rail has announced.

As well as the extra trains during the Olympics between July 27 and August 12, another 1,500 extra services will run during the paralympics between August 29 and September 12.

Tickets for the extra services will go on sale next month under special arrangements for the event.

Transport has been one of the main focuses of London’s preparations for the Olympics, with extensions to the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground rail networks to serve the main Olympic park at Stratford. A rapid shuttle service will also run, linking St Pancras and Stratford International stations in seven minutes by the high-speed Javelin train.Many London Underground services will also run an hour later than normal to cope with post-games traffic.

David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive and former Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive, said the games were about sport, not transport.He said: “Our job during Games time is to provide smooth, seamless journeys for spectators travelling to and from Olympic and Paralympic venues, whilst continuing to offer the service which keeps millions of people moving across Britain each day”.

The late train services will include a 12.30am service to Exeter, 1am services to Liverpool and Cardiff, a 1.10am service to Birmingham and 1.30am trains to Oxford and Manchester. Disruptive engineering work will be suspended during the games and Network Rail has agreed what it says is a no-strike deal for the duration of the games with its unions.
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2,000 extra trains for London during 2012 games

Extra services, longer trains and late-night running will be a feature of the rail services which will get take more than eight million people to and from next summer's London Olympics, it was announced today.

More than 2,000 extra services will run during the Games in late July and early August 2012 and more than 1,500 extra services will be laid on during the Paralympics in late August and early September. On the main line, there will be late-night trains to get people home from Olympic events, with departures from London as late as 1.30am. On the Tube, the last trains will leave the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, at around 1.30am and services will leave central London as late as 2am.

Network Rail (NR) has suspended all disruptive engineering work on rail routes serving Olympic venues from the end of June to early September 2012. There will also be no weekend closures on London Underground. Mainline train tickets for the Games will be available to buy - from a special national rail website - from late June this year and will offer "good value for money", NR said today.

All those with Olympic tickets will get a free Games Travelcard with their event tickets which will allow free travel on London public transport on the day of their event.Specific fares and a final timetable for Games trains will be available soon. Hugh Sumner, Olympic Delivery Authority director of transport, said: "Travelling to the Games will be very much a part of the spectator experience and we need to get it right.

"The UK's transport network has responded to the requirement for enhanced services during London 2012. Longer, later and more frequent trains are being provided to ensure as best we can that spectators are able to get to their events on time and get back home afterwards - even if they decide to stay for a bite to eat or a sports session overruns."

Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said: "The rail industry is committed to offering fast, flexible, reliable and affordable travel for the millions of spectators expected at Olympic and Paralympic events. "As well as being able to book their London 2012 Games train fares up to 12 months in advance - a UK first - spectators will also be able to take advantage of thousands of extra services, earlier starting and later trains to make sure they don't miss a second of the action."
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Westminster officials approve Crossrail over-site development

The first over-site development at a London Crossrail station has been approved. Surrounding the eastern exit to Bond Street station, the planned development will span some 300,000 sq ft and has been approved by Westminster City Council.

Great Portland Developments are working with Crossrail on the structure, which will comprise residential, retail and commercial components in Hanover Square. "Sites above other Crossrail stations are being developed to ensure we take advantage of the regeneration opportunities Crossrail is bringing to London," adds Crossrail's finance director David Allen.

Hanover Square's new ticket hall has recently seen its preparatory plans get underway; however, the main work will start in 2012. Once this has been completed, construction the over-site development will begin. Recently, Network Rail revealed that AECOM has been selected to carry out design work for London stops on the Crossrail route that fall west of Paddington. The changes are expected to include refurbished stations and extended platforms.

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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:21 AM   #763
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Rail minister checks up on Crossrail’s Canary Wharf site

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers visited Crossrail’s massive Canary Wharf station construction site today, exactly two years after work began. She came to East London to see the progress and witness the last of the soil being removed from the platform level 80ft below ground, where trains will run when London’s £17 billion ‘super tube’ opens in 2018.

“This is a major milestone in building one of the most exciting transport projects in London,” she said. “It will transform journeys of thousands of passengers.”

The station being built ‘top down’ extends 80ft below Canary Wharf’s North Dock, with the ticket hall and platform levels already excavated. Construction has involved 1,000 piles, 100 million litres of water being removed from the dock, 300,000 tonnes of soil excavated and almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured in. The complex will be the same size as nearby One Canada Square, Britain’s tallest office tower, laid on its side.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who switched the machine on to drive the first pile into the ground when construction began at Canary Wharf in May, 2009, said: “A huge subterranean chamber has been created deep under Canary Wharf that will throng with Londoners when Crossrail is up and running.”

The time it takes getting across town will drastically reduce when Crossrail opens in 2018, with 24 trains an hour between Whitechapel and Paddington during peak times and on to Heathrow, carrying 200 million passengers year. Journey times from Canary Wharf: Liverpool Street in six minutes, Bond Street 13, Ealing Broadway 24, Heathrow 39 and Abbey Wood 11.
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Excavation of first Crossrail station nears completion

Two years on from the start of Crossrail’s construction, Canary Wharf Station, one of the largest along the Crossrail route, is the first to near structural completion below ground.

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers visited the Canary Wharf site yesterday to see the huge progress that has been made and witness the last of the soil being removed from the platform level, where trains will run from 2018. The station, which has been built ‘top down,’ now extends 28 metres below the waters of North Dock in Canary Wharf, with the ticket hall and platform levels excavated.

The station box needs to be complete for the two tunnel boring machines to break-through from the east of Canary Wharf in summer 2012.

Construction of Crossrail began in May 2009 at the Canary Wharf site. Two years of construction has seen over 1,000 piles installed, nearly 100 million litres of water removed, 300,000 tonnes of material excavated and almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured. Canary Wharf station is approximately the same size as One Canada Square, Britain’s largest office building, laid on its side.

Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said:

“This anniversary represents a major milestone in the building of one of the most exciting transport projects in London today. Crossrail will create economically vital transport infrastructure set to transform the journeys of thousands of passengers.

“Since construction started on Crossrail two years ago, tremendous progress has been made – not only at Canary Wharf, where a station can now be seen to be taking shape – but right across the Crossrail route.

“Work is underway across all central London station sites – from Paddington to Whitechapel. Tunnelling preparations are expected to begin in late 2011 with full tunnelling commencing in Spring 2012. I look forward to seeing how far the project has advanced in another two years time.”

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said:

“The army of engineers working on this station have made phenomenal progress and a huge subterranean chamber has been created deep under Canary Wharf that will throng with Londoners when Crossrail is up and running.

“This project is crucial to the continued economic success of our city, which is why I fought so hard to guarantee its funding and with tunnelling set to begin early next year the construction of Crossrail is rapidly accelerating.”

When it opens in 2018, Crossrail will deliver new train services and reduced journey times across London and the South East. With up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during peak times, Crossrail will carry over 200 million passengers each year.

Canary Wharf will be served by 12 trains per hour. Each Crossrail train will be 200 metres long with the capacity to carry 1,500 passengers. Journey times from Canary Wharf will be: Liverpool Street (6 minutes), Bond Street (13 minutes), Ealing Broadway (24 minutes), Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 (39 minutes) and Abbey Wood (11 minutes).

Elsewhere along the Crossrail route, work is now underway across all central London station sites and intensive construction activity will take place during 2011 and beyond. The first of the main construction contracts for the central London stations will be awarded in summer 2011.

Construction of the first six tunnel boring machines (TBM) will shortly get underway in Germany with the first TBM due to arrive in London in early 2012. The tunnel boring machines will build the new Crossrail tunnels beneath central London and Docklands with tunnelling commencing in spring 2012.

Construction of the tunnel portal at Royal Oak in west London is advancing. A further four tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Pudding Mill Lane, North Woolwich, Victoria Dock and Plumstead.

Such is the scale of Crossrail that up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction between 2013 and 2015. The UK Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London will be fully open by September 2011 and will offer training to at least 3,500 people.
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Info and pics from inside Canary Wharf Crossrail station.
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Will the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station provide direct connections with any of the other surrounding DLR and Tube stations?

Canary Wharf Station Section

According to the image above, it seems as if the Crossrail station will be surrounded by stations, but will offer no direct connections to any of them. Is that correct?
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Some stations will have interchanges between the Tube and Crossrail like Farringdon but I'm not sure about CW.
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Solar panels to span the Thames at new Blackfriars Station

The new Blackfriars Station will generate up to 50 per cent of its own energy needs on-site thanks to the largest single use of solar photovoltaic cells in the UK.

"As a business we recognise the challenges of climate change and have a responsibility to consider this in the planning, construction and delivery of significant rail projects," says Simon Kirby of Network Rail. The use of PV cells on the landmark London Blackfriars redevelopment is a major step that underlines our commitment to meeting this challenge.

"Not only will it help reduce our overall carbon footprint, but it is also an important benchmarking exercise which will allow us to better understand and measure over time the benefits of this technology and its future application."

Earlier this month environment secretary Caroline Spelman visited Blackfriars to launch a Government report on climate-resiliant infrastructure. As well as the solar panels, the £550 million redevelopment of Blackfriars Station also features sun pipes, rain harvesting systems and thermal insulation to decrease its reliance on other infrastructure such as water and electricity networks.

The panels are expected to generate more than 1 Megawatt of renewable energy at peak output. The scheme costs £7.3 million and is sponsored by the Department for Transport's safety and environment fund.

• Network Rail has teamed up with Bankside Gallery to launch the second round of the 'London Lives' art competition. This year artists have the opportunity to create an image to be displayed in the new southern entrance to Blackfriars Station.
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Will the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station provide direct connections with any of the other surrounding DLR and Tube stations?

Canary Wharf Station Section

According to the image above, it seems as if the Crossrail station will be surrounded by stations, but will offer no direct connections to any of them. Is that correct?
Unfortunately no. I believe the interchange will be similar to the current interchange between the DLR and the Jubilee line. The reason is:

1) The best location for the Crossrail station is far away from the other lines.
2) It'd be difficult and expensive (especially with numerous skyscrapers nearby) to build tunnels between the Jubilee line and Crossrail platforms. And pointless when the benefits would be negligible.
3) The station is designed to mainly serve passengers getting on and off at Canary Wharf, not interchanges.
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I reckon it's worth linking the footbridge across Aspen Way, that leads to Poplar station, in better with the station site, rather than ending on the edge (literally at the hoardings which are diverted around the steps) and making sure the link to WIQ DLR is reasonablt is another thing. But these should be done as they are simple to do and fairly well used interchanges.
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Unfortunately no. I believe the interchange will be similar to the current interchange between the DLR and the Jubilee line. The reason is:

1) The best location for the Crossrail station is far away from the other lines.
2) It'd be difficult and expensive (especially with numerous skyscrapers nearby) to build tunnels between the Jubilee line and Crossrail platforms. And pointless when the benefits would be negligible.
3) The station is designed to mainly serve passengers getting on and off at Canary Wharf, not interchanges.
I see. All that makes sense. Thanks.

Just checked out the Crossrail map page on the official site and they do have the closest Tube and DLR stations listed along with distances from Canary Wharf Station. This is a good idea, and I hope this kind of info appears on the final map because it accurately describes the kind of interchange Canary Wharf will be.
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Both DLR and Tube stations will be located within a walking distance, so it should be fine.
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PDF about the upgrade work: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloa...ruary-2011.pdf
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Excellent stuff but wrong thread.
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Birse Metro awarded final London Overground contract

Birse Metro has been awarded the contract to complete the final part of the London Overground network. Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction link will ‘orbit the capital from late next year’, allowing many passengers to avoid central London.

Funding for the £75m project is coming from the Department of Transport (£40m), Transport for London (£15m) and an increment to Network Rail’s Regulatory Asset Base (£20m).

The majority of the route will make use of existing lines, but a new stretch of track will have to be constructed to link London Overground services at Surrey Quays with the existing line at Old Kent Road. A new bay platform will also be created at Clapham Junction from the existing platform 2.

In 2008 TfL carried out research that discovered that just under half of all Londoners’ journeys started and finished in outer London, but only approximately a quarter of these journeys were made by public transport due to the lack of public transport options for making orbital journeys.
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