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Old July 11th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #821
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Old July 12th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #822
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Not exactly London local transportation but St Pancras could have a new visitor pretty soon.

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Deutsche Bahn seeks approval to run ICE trains through the Channel Tunnel

Deutsche Bahn has submitted an application for fundamental approval of its ICE trains for the Channel Tunnel to the safety authority responsible for this, the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC).

An independent Swiss engineering office prepared a comprehensive safety study for the submission on behalf of DB. The office has already assessed the safety of the world’s longest railway tunnel, the 57-kilometre long Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland.

The expert’s assessment on the ICE provides evidence of the safety compliant features of the 200-metre long trainsets in both single and double traction mode.

In addition, extensive evacuation simulations were performed by a second group of experts, which also attest to the ICE’s safety compliant features. The ICE also successfully completed the first evacuation test inside the Channel Tunnel with two coupled trains in October 2010.

“We have provided all the evidence necessary for the fundamental approval of our ICE trains in the Channel Tunnel. This means that we are now much closer to meeting all the requirements for a direct ICE service between London and cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt and Amsterdam,” says Ulrich Homburg, Member of the DB Management Board responsible for Passenger Transport.

In the middle of June, the Intergovernmental Commission approved trains for the Channel Tunnel with distributed drive systems, as is the case with the ICE. This had been preceded by a recommendation to this effect by the European Railway Agency (ERA). As a result of the extensive preparatory work that has now been completed, DB is optimistic that it will be given fundamental clearance for its ICE trains by the IGC before the end of summer 2011.

Until the trains can begin operations, however, there are more steps in the approval process ahead.

Deutsche Bahn will soon apply for a safety certificate for the ICE in the Channel Tunnel. This will be followed by extensive trial and licensing runs with the trains earmarked for services to London St Pancras International. Regular services are expected to commence during 2013.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 03:04 AM   #823
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Fantastic London Overground round-up at London Reconnections, focussing on ELL Phase II: http://londonreconnections.blogspot....d-roundup.html
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Is this now the rolling stock that now plies the line all the way to Richmond ? If so, how long are the trains nowadays?
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Old July 14th, 2011, 10:39 PM   #826
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Old July 14th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #827
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Old July 15th, 2011, 04:59 AM   #828
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Is this now the rolling stock that now plies the line all the way to Richmond ? If so, how long are the trains nowadays?
Yes and have been in service for 2 years now. Keep up trainrover! Trains are 80m (4 cars).
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It dawned on me yesterday evening that I was mistaking that Camden-Road unit for one of those new Metropolitan-line ones...hence my question.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #830
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Crossrail 'has made significant progress'

Crossrail will help to promote fiscal growth in London and other parts of the UK, the Minister of State for Transport has claimed.

In a statement published yesterday (July 13th), Theresa Villiers said that significant progress has already been made on the project, which will stretch from Maidenhead to Abbey Wood, linking 37 stations on a route that provides commuters with a high frequency and capacity train service.

She explained that all key tunnelling contracts have been assigned and construction has reached an advanced stage at Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, while the tunnel boring machines are scheduled to begin work in spring 2012.

"As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the coalition government confirmed [its] commitment to the full Crossrail scheme. A re-phased programme of delivery means that Crossrail services will commence from 2018," Ms Villiers noted.

It is expected the project will not exceed £14.5 billion in total, allowing it to be delivered within its existing funding, she noted.
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Balfour Beatty Rail wins £4.7m contract for Thameslink project

Balfour Beatty Rail, working with Birse Rail and Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, has been awarded a design and construct contract worth £4.7m at Tanners Hill, South London.

The contract scope includes the remodelling of a road bridge, footbridge structure and embankment widening works to facilitate installation of a twin track railway between Tanners Hill Junction & Lewisham Vale Junction on the Nunhead Lines. Both junctions will be remodelled as part of the track works.

The works will improve capacity on the line between London Bridge and Lewisham and are required to facilitate train service operations when further disruptive works are undertaken on the Thameslink KO2 Programme, which involves a major redesign of routes into London Bridge, vastly increasing capacity on the busy commuter line.

A new length of single track will be built alongside the existing bi-directional single track between Tanners Hill Junction (near St John’s Station) and Lewisham Vale Junction.

Before the new track is laid, St John’s Vale Road Bridge will be partially demolished and reconstructed with a concrete pier. As well as a new south span over the new track, the existing embankment along the length of the fly-down will also be widened. The existing footbridge servicing St Johns station will also be strengthened as part of the works.

Commenting on the contract award, Balfour Beatty Rail’s Managing Director, Peter Anderson said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this key project and look forward to continuing our relationship with the Network Rail Thameslink Team. This project is another great of example of Balfour Beatty Rail’s in-house capability working collaboratively to meet customer needs.”
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Crossrail construction driver training tops 1,000

A total of 1,000 drivers working on the Crossrail project have completed a course highlighting the skills needed to drive a truck in central London.

The one day lorry driver induction training programme, delivered by Havering College in conjunction with Crossrail, reminds regular drivers on the project of the importance of using designated local HGV routes in the capital, as well as how to share the road with cyclists.

Drivers working regularly on the project must complete the training programme, and take two assessments before they are awarded their certificates.

The course is typically attended by up to 20 lorry drivers from a range of regular Crossrail contractors before they start working on a work site.
Some 4,000 professional drivers of concrete mixers, tippers, articulated low loaders and plant hire vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are expected to complete the course.

Terry Morgan, Crossrail chairman, says: “We insist that contractors’ vehicles are fitted with safety devices like fresnel lenses and side scan equipment and that lorries travel on designated local traffic routes agreed with local authorities.”
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Locals 'to learn more about nearby Crossrail project'

Network Rail is looking to make people aware of the improvements that the Crossrail project will make to train services in the south-east.

As a result, it is inviting residents of Brentwood and Shenfield who will be using these stations once the new transport initiative is up and running to attend a public information day. Scheduled for July 27th, the event will take place in the Gwendoline Lewis room at Shenfield Parish Hall between 14:30 BST and 20:00 BST.

Attending will be members of the team working on the Crossrail project, who will be able to detail the improvements being made to the stations and railway under the high-speed train initiative - including a boost in capacity levels.

Tony Rai, Network Rail Project Manager, says: "[We are] making a multi-billion pound investment to transform the existing railway to make Crossrail a success [...] This work will prepare the way for more seats, better stations and a more frequent and reliable service for passengers."

Meanwhile, Simon Bennett, Crossrail Head of Stakeholder Engagement, noted that the initiative will allow locals to benefit from faster direct transport options to London's City district, the West End and Heathrow Airport.

Crossrail will run from west to east, beginning in Maidenhead and linking to Shenfield and Abbey Wood once it is completed.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:45 AM   #836
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The new domed roof looks sensational, but the public space out the front of Kings Cross looks gloomy and uninspired. I can imagine how windswept and depressing it would appear in mid-winter. Could it not be softened with some more trees at least? And how about a nice curvy domed roof for the tube entrance on the corner to reflect in miniature the architecture of the new glass roof?
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In this case I think more trees would ruin the space, they would make it look darker.
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Costain-Skanska JV wins £150m Crossrail contract

A £150m contract to build the Crossrail Paddington Station has been awarded to a joint venture between Costain and Skanska. The project is the first station contract to be awarded as part of the £14.8bn Crossrail programme to create a new railway link between Maidenhead to the west of London and Abbey Wood and Shenfield to the east.

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

The Crossrail Paddington Station is one of seven new underground stations to be constructed. It will be a key interchange with the existing Network Rail services at the Paddington Mainline station and with London Underground.

Costain CEO Andrew Wyllie said: "We are delighted to have secured our fourth Crossrail contract, reflecting our ability to consistently deliver valuable solutions in the rail sector utilising our broad range of capabilities and depth of expertise. We look forward to working with Crossrail to deliver this landmark station and to playing our part in enhancing London's transport infrastructure."

At 9:31am: (LON:COST) Costain Group share price was +3p at 212p.
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Those pics give a better impression of the open spaces at least. Remains to be seen how they look in reality.

Porto: it depends on what trees you plant. Having planted tens of thousands of trees myself over the years, I believe this is something akin to certain architectural touches that, if cleverly done, can turn the ordinary into the eye-catching.
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