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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:38 PM   #801
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Changes to travel around Liverpool Street and Moorgate

From Saturday 18 June Londoners using the Liverpool Street and Moorgate areas are being advised that some long term but temporary changes will be made to local travel arrangements as work continues on the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street.

Some changes are due to works that are expected to be completed by early 2012 with others remaining in place until the station works are complete in 2018. When Crossrail opens in late 2018, it will transform journeys across London and the South East and transport around 200 million passengers a year with its trains carrying around 1,500 passengers each at peak times.

The new station at Liverpool St will provide connections to five Tube lines and Londoners using Crossrail services from the station will be able to get to Canary Wharf in 6 minutes, Paddington in 9 minutes or to Heathrow in just 33 minutes.

While work on the new station takes place the following changes will have to be made:

Changes to local bus services

Buses will be diverted in the Liverpool Street area. This will affect Routes 21, 43 and 141 which will be diverted southbound only between Moorgate (Eldon Street) and Bank station until early 2012. At Moorgate station the nearest alternative stop for buses towards London Bridge will be stop K just south of Finsbury Square. At Princes Street (Bank Station) stop G will need to be used in King William Street.

Routes 76 and N76 will be diverted southbound only between Moorgate (Finsbury Square) and St Paul’s Churchyard until early 2012. These routes will not serve Moorgate, Bank or Mansion House. At Moorgate the nearest alternative stop for buses towards Waterloo will be stop S on Chiswell Street.

Routes 100 and 205 will not serve Liverpool Street bus station. The nearest alternative bus stops will be on Wormwood Street, just east of Old Broad Street: Bus stop P for services towards Aldgate and bus stop Q for services towards Old Street. For route 205 towards Bow there is an additional bus stop V on Eldon Street.

Routes 214 and 271 will start and finish at Moorgate (Finsbury Square) at bus stop H and will not serve Liverpool Street station. Route 153 will be diverted in both directions between Liverpool Street and Moorgate however there will be no changes to bus stops.

Moorgate Station and local walking routes

Around Moorgate station there will be changes to the roads and footpaths that will change the way passengers enter or exit the station.

From September 2011 Moorfields will be closed between the station and London Wall. The Moorfields entrance will be accessible from either Moor Place or from Ropemaker Street. Passengers can also access the station by using the entrance on the east side of Moorgate, or the entrance on the west side of Moorgate through a covered footpath.

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Old Broad Street will be closed to all traffic, with the exception of buses and local delivery vehicles, between London Wall and Liverpool Street meaning taxis can not be hailed in this area. Step-free access to taxis will continue to be available at Liverpool Street station adjacent to platform 10 and eastern half of Liverpool Street at the front of the station.

Transport for London say they will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum although at times, such as at weekends, Liverpool Street Bus station may be closed for additional work. There may also be additional short-term road alterations and traffic diversions until the Crossrail works are completed.
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Balfour Beatty awarded £3.2m London overground contract

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded a £3.2 million power contract on the London overground extension to Clapham.

The works for customer London Overground Infrastructure comprise a new 1.3 km rail link from the existing Network Rail lines at Old Kent Road to existing East London Lines at Surrey Quays.

BBES will design, install, test and commission services to meet the power systems requirements for the new rail extension.

The project incorporates complex systems engineering requirements, underpinning the interface and coordination with the civils and signalling systems contractors and the integration with the existing NR and ELL operational railways.
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Siemens and Cross London Trains have been selected as preferred bidder for the UK Government's Thameslink Rolling Stock Procurement Programme, led by the Department for Transport.

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London Overground passengers most satisfied with service

London Overground’s rise to the top of Network Rail’s punctuality performance tables has been supported by a huge vote of confidence from passengers in an independent poll published today.

In the last year there has been a 17% increase – from 72 to 89% – in those satisfied with the railway overall, according to the latest Passenger Focus survey conducted in spring 2011. The average for London and the South East was 83% while nationally it was 84%.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “These hugely impressive results are the ones that really matter because they are the voice of the passengers who are now benefiting from vastly improved services. We will not stop trying to improve on what we do but reaching these levels of passenger satisfaction is what all the hard work and investment during the last three years has been about.

“This is a railway upgraded, refurbished and ready to serve Olympic visitors as well as leaving Londoners with an early legacy of punctual, reliable and safe journeys. The transformation of this once-neglected service is something all Londoners can be proud of, and it demonstrates exactly why I believe my office and TfL should be given a greater say in franchising of the private train companies who run services in the Capital.”

Mike Brown, Managing Director of TfL London Rail, said: “I’m pleased we are delivering to passengers an efficient, reliable and safe service. These results show what can be done with a combination of investment, planning and hard work.”

TfL took over the management of the London Overground network (then called Silverlink) in November 2007.

Since then approximately £2bn has been invested in building the east London route extension to the network, buying a new air-conditioned train fleet designed for London conditions, upgrading the track, signalling and stations.
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Customers of the London Overground have told of their confidence in the network. According to Transport for London, the latest Passenger Focus poll reveals that 89 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the service - a 17 per cent increase on 2010 figures.

In addition, London Overground gained the top performance in the Network Rail tables in terms of punctuality. While 77 per cent of passengers revealed they are satisfied with the frequency of these trains - up from 51 per cent in 2010 - 78 per cent of respondents claimed that they were happy that the carriages arrived on time, up from 63 per cent 12 months ago.

Train cleanliness, security and available space were also all noted to have seen improvement.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the results come after three years of "hard work and investment" have been put into the service. "This is a railway upgraded, refurbished and ready to serve Olympic visitors as well as leaving Londoners with an early legacy of punctual, reliable and safe journeys," he added.

Bus services in the capital have also seen a surge in popularity, with ridership increasing by 60 per cent since 2000.
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Work underway on Crossrail logistics hub in Thames Gateway

A disused Kent industrial site will be brought back to life for the Crossrail project. Crossrail has signed an agreement to lease land at Lafarge’s former cement works at Northfleet as a temporary logistics facility.

The Northfleet site will receive all the excavated material from Crossrail’s western tunnels that run from Royal Oak to Farringdon. The primary purpose of the site is to receive excavated material by rail and briefly store it before loading it onto ships for delivery to regeneration sites for reuse.

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “The Northfleet site will enable Crossrail to move over 90% of the excavated material coming out of Royal Oak Portal from the western tunnels and stations by rail and water due to its strategic location on the banks of the Thames Estuary and dedicated links to the rail network. This will greatly assist in reducing the level of Crossrail lorry movements in central London.”

A total of 21 km of twin-bore tunnel is required to be constructed for Crossrail. Construction of the first six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) is underway in Germany. The first TBM is due to arrive in London in early 2012 with tunnelling commencing in spring 2012.

During the delivery of Crossrail, a total of over 6 million m³ of material will be excavated. This could cover all of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with a two to three metre layer of soil. Close to 100% of the excavated material is expected to be clean and uncontaminated and reusable elsewhere.

From Royal Oak Portal, freight trains will carry the excavated material to Northfleet. This strategy considerably reduces the need for lorries to remove excavated material from central London.

It is critically important that Crossrail’s impact on central London is kept to a minimum. Crossrail changed the tunnelling strategy on the western tunnelled section to build tunnels first and then excavate the stations. This significant change enables excavated material to travel through the new tunnels and emerge at the Royal Oak Portal rather than be transported by lorries through the busy streets of London.

Northfleet has been chosen because it is located on the River Thames with deep water wharfage and links to the National Rail network, offering Crossrail the ability to transport excavated material from the new tunnels by rail and then transfer onto barge.

Reinstatement of the freight rail link into the Northfleet site from the North Kent Line is now underway. The length of the rail link is around 2.25km and in total 4.75km of new track will be provided. Kent County Council has recently granted planning approval for the Northfleet site to be used as a temporary excavated material logistics facility.

The site also has planning permission to serve as a concrete tunnel segment manufacturing facility should the need arise Excavated material from the eastern tunnels (running from Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon and Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane) will emerge from the Limmo shaft.

It will be brought by conveyor to Instone Wharf for loading on barges bound for Kent. Excavated material from the Pudding Mill Lane Portal will be brought to Northfleet. For the Thames Tunnel which will be constructed between Plumstead and North Woolwich, the excavated slurry material will emerge at the Plumstead Portal, where it will be filter pressed to reduce its water content before transportation for reuse.
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Johnson secures new funding deal for Crossrail

London mayor Boris Johnson has finalised a deal that will provide £600 million towards the cost of the west-east London Crossrail line.

The £600 million bond issue was raised through a financing vehicle with Lloyds Bank. It will contribute towards mayoral body the Greater London Authority (GLA)’s £3.5 billion share of the total £14.8 billion construction costs for Crossrail.

The GLA had previously raised £800 million through the Government’s Public Works Loan Board, whose function is to lend to public bodies. This money is repaid through the Business Rates Supplement (BRS), a levy on rates generated by the capital’s larger businesses. However, last October, the Government made borrowing through the board around one per cent more expensive than previously.

The new bond issue will be around 0.17 per cent cheaper than the current option, Johnson claimed yesterday. He said that, because the GLA is committed to delivering at least equivalent savings on further borrowings, a total of £65 million could be shaved off the cost of long-term borrowing for Crossrail.

The deal also gives the GLA the option to repay its £3.5 billion loans earlier than 2035, when the BRS is scheduled to end, a GLA spokesman said. This is the first time in 17 years that a local authority has issued a bond to raise capital finance, he added.

Johnson said: "Crossrail is going to transform our city but it must be cost effective – especially for London’s businesses. [The bond] is a great example of the public and private sectors coming together and I hope this is a model local government can develop for other important improvements we make to the capital and beyond." The future of Crossrail was thrown into doubt last year after transport secretary Phillip Hammond said the project might have to be scaled back due to funding issues.
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Ahead of main construction work for new central London stations beginning later this year, the first 1,000 Crossrail lorry drivers have completed an innovative training course which highlights the skills that drivers need to navigate London’s busy roads safely during Crossrail’s construction.

The Crossrail Lorry Driver Induction Training programme has been specifically developed for frequent lorry drivers working on the Crossrail project. Its aim is to ensure that drivers know how to drive carefully near cyclists and other vulnerable road users, particularly in central London. Lorry drivers working regularly on the project must complete the training programme.

The course is an example of best practice in the construction sector and was developed in consultation with cycling and road safety campaign groups.

It is supported by the construction industry and over the next few years over 4,000 professional drivers will complete the course. The one day course, delivered by Havering College in conjunction with Crossrail, is designed to provide attitude and behaviour training to professional lorry drivers of regular Crossrail vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.

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93% support London Bridge station transformation

The transformation of London Bridge station has come closer with the submission of a planning application to London Borough of Southwark showing nine out of ten passengers supported the scheme.



The submission follows a lengthy period of discussion with stakeholders, culminating with a week-long exhibition held at the station in May. Based on responses received after the exhibition, there is overwhelming support for Network Rail’s plans with 93% strongly supporting or supporting Network Rail’s proposals to transform the station.

The plans for London Bridge station include a new concourse that is bigger than the pitch at Wembley stadium, which will sit underneath the platforms. Two new entrances will be constructed on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, which will improve links between the areas around the station, supporting long-term regeneration.

Coupled with changes and improvements to the rail infrastructure around the station, the investment in the area will mark the final phase of the Thameslink programme to deliver longer trains and more frequent services to more destinations.

More than 2,500 people stopped at the display to either talk to exhibition staff or to take a leaflet and comment card. In the two weeks following the exhibition, more than 350 people responded giving tremendous backing to the plans which will create a bigger and better station for passengers and enable a more frequent and reliable train service to operate.

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I'm in that 93%. The current stations (bar some bits) is a complete dump. Funnily enough the Underground portion is actually one of the best designed deep level stations, IMO. When this is done the NR sections will match the Underground sections in quality.

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How busy is London Bridge station? It's always surprised me that it only had one tube link until quite recently. Is two tube lines enough do you think?
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Don't forget that that there are NR trains to both the City (which is only a fairly short walk away anyway) and West End.

While the plan is for 86 trains to arrive during the peak hour at London Bridge from the south, post rebuilt, only 20 of those would terminate. Even before they started work on Thameslink (while they are working on it, through capacity has been reduced), a great many trains went through.

Current off peak service is 4tph to Blackfriars, 16tph to Charing Cross, 12tph to Cannon Street, 25tph terminating.

It is, however, worth pointing out that London Bridge is massively busy (55 million people a year and the 4th busiest rail terminal) and the NR services to Charing Cross are very busy, even off peak, as the Jubilee line is a lot harder to get to, so a lot of people board these already fairly full trains at platform 6 (the busiest platform in Europe in terms of train service).
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Don't forget that that there are NR trains to both the City (which is only a fairly short walk away anyway) and West End.

While the plan is for 86 trains to arrive during the peak hour at London Bridge from the south, post rebuilt, only 20 of those would terminate. Even before they started work on Thameslink (while they are working on it, through capacity has been reduced), a great many trains went through.

Current off peak service is 4tph to Blackfriars, 16tph to Charing Cross, 12tph to Cannon Street, 25tph terminating.

It is, however, worth pointing out that London Bridge is massively busy (55 million people a year and the 4th busiest rail terminal) and the NR services to Charing Cross are very busy, even off peak, as the Jubilee line is a lot harder to get to, so a lot of people board these already fairly full trains at platform 6 (the busiest platform in Europe in terms of train service).
Well then one can only hope that the Thameslink rebuild makes people's journeys smoother.

To slightly digress, I used the Charing Cross to Ashford service on numerous occasion and found it slow and usually packed for much of the journey. I don't miss that level of overcrowding on the trains in the UK one iota. At least things have now improved for Kent commuters: a friend in Ashford recently told me that the new high speed service is great. I must experience that some time.

London Bridge's platforms on the occasions I used them always seemed packed to the gunnels; I'm obviously talking about rush hour here. I hope the increase in platforms goes some way to deal with that. The new plans look pretty smart!
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Invensys Rail awarded London Bridge resignalling contract

Invensys Rail Ltd has been selected by Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd to undertake the design and delivery of one of Britain’s biggest ever resignalling schemes at London Bridge station and on the approaching railway.

Invensys is the first of three delivery partners with whom Network Rail will form the London Bridge Area Partnership to undertake the reconstruction of the entire station and railway infrastructure at London Bridge.

Simon Kirby, Network Rail’s director of investment projects, said: “This is a great example of how we are changing the way we work to encourage more innovation, deliver projects in a smarter way and get better value for money. By involving our delivery partners at an early stage, the industry will be able to deliver one of the most complex station, track and signalling projects being undertaken on the railway network in a generation.”

The London Bridge resignalling scheme is a significant part of the post-Olympics work on the Thameslink Programme and is critical to delivering the increased rail capacity that London commuters so desperately need. The scheme is the most complex and ambitious of its type ever specified by Network Rail.

Invensys will provide the detailed design, installation, testing and commissioning of signalling and telecoms systems, including new automatic train operation technology under European Train Control System protocols to deliver 24 trains per hour in each direction on the Thameslink core route at completion of the programme in December 2018.

The delivery partners are being engaged early in the project life cycle to enable them to have input into the emerging designs, add critical constructability advice, and help maximise efficiencies in line with Network Rail’s objectives to deliver best value for the railway.

The Thameslink Programme reaches a key milestone in December 2011, when the first 12-car trains begin to run through central London. The transformation of London Bridge station, and associated railway work, will get underway fully in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

It will be the final piece of the Thameslink programme which will enable the frequency of trains to increase from 16 to 24 per hour, providing a much needed capacity boost for increasing numbers of passengers.
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Blackfriars station to install SilentTrack

Blackfriars station is to have SilentTrack noise dampers installed during its rebuild as part of the Thameslink route upgrade. With up to 24 trains an hour running through the station from 2018 it was felt necessary to try and mitigate the acoustic effects of such an intense service.

SilentTrack, developed by Tata steel, is already in use in parts of Germany, France, Holland and Australia and can reduce noise levels by around 6 decibels.

The rail dampers comprise of up to three resonant steel blocks, embedded elastomers and are fixed either side of the rail with spring clips.

They are compatible with concrete, steel and wooden sleepers and are seen as a more attractive option than visually intrusive noise barriers.
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Southeastern to operate Javelin services during Olympics

Southeastern has announced the Javelin services it plans to operate during the Olympic Games. Between the 27th July and the 12th August2012 eight trains an hour will shuttle between London St Pancras International and Stratford from 07:00 to 21:00.

In addition two more trains will connect St Pancras to Ashford International.

Between 23:00 and 01:00 there will be 12 trains an hour between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, with a half hourly shuttle service connecting St Pancras with Stratford between 02:00 and 05:00.

Many of Kent’s metro services will also be strengthened during the Olympics.
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Crossrail awards first central London main construction contract

Crossrail today announced its intention to award the first of the main construction contracts for the new central London stations. Crossrail intends to award the contract for C405 Paddington station to: Costain Skanska JV.

In line with European procurement rules the contract award is subject to a ten-day standstill period. The value of the contract is in the region of £250m. Intensive construction for Paddington Crossrail station will get underway later this year.

Crossrail will significantly reduce journey times from Paddington to the West End, Docklands and south east London as well as providing improved access to Heathrow, west London and Berkshire. When Crossrail opens, Paddington will be just 9 minutes to Liverpool Street, 16 minutes to Canary Wharf and 27 minutes to Abbey Wood. The new Crossrail station in Paddington has been designed to maximise the station’s space while preserving the historic features of the main line station.

The new station will take the form of a 260m long, 25m wide and 23m deep underground box located directly under Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace. Enabling works to prepare Paddington for the construction of the new Crossrail station began in August 2010. Since then, numerous utilities have been relocated away from the site of the new station box.

Moving the utilities will protect services, such as power and water, during Crossrail’s construction and make them easier to access in the future.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations. The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract.

“The main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel Crossrail stations will be the next to be awarded in late 2011. The remaining contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street will all be awarded by spring 2012.”

Crossrail, Network Rail and Transport for London are also working together on the Paddington Integrated Project to build a new Hammersmith & City line station. The new station will ease over-crowding and provide space for future growth in passenger numbers. Passengers to the new station will benefit from a new canal side station entrance from Paddington Basin and a new pedestrian entrance from the canal towpath to Paddington mainline station.

The Paddington Integrated Project will also build a new purpose-built taxi rank on the northern side of Paddington station. The new taxi rank will have greater capacity than the current facilities on Departures Road and will decrease the number of taxis queuing on the streets around the station. Passengers will be able to access the mainline station from the taxi deck by lifts and escalators.

Crossrail will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.
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