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Old October 14th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #901
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Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy welcomes first students

The £13m Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) has welcomed its first students. The first training courses to be offered at the Academy include the Tunnel Safety Card, pre-requisite for anyone who will work below ground on Crossrail, and Construction Skills Certification Scheme health and safety card training.

Vocational courses initially on offer are pre-cast concrete manufacture and tunnel operations training.

Between now and the end of the year, a variety of other vocational training courses will begin to be offered, increasing the number of students attending the new campus.

Work to install tunnelling plant and machinery in the major vocational training areas, including a static tunnel boring machine and a simulated tunnel environment, will complete by the end of the year.

This will allow students to gain experience in the practical skills required for underground construction. By early 2012, the Academy will be fully open for business with the full curriculum in delivery and the vocational training areas operational. Up to 150 students will be attending courses offered through the Academy at any one time.

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Blackfriars Bridge Team scoop the Constructing Excellence Innovation Award

Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering has just won the Innovation Award 2011 in the South East Region Constructing Excellence Awards. The project now goes forward to the National contest to be announced on the 25th of November. Balfour Beatty is the principle contractor for Network Rail’s rebuild of Blackfriars station.

The Blackfriars rebuild is part of the Thameslink programme, which will see longer trains and more frequent services on the route between Bedford and Brighton.

The Blackfriars Project Team deployed several imaginative and innovative techniques across this major operation, driven by a combination of programme constraints, stakeholder operational requirements and the need to protect the travelling public, all delivered within a highly confined project footprint of 27,500m2.

The planning and project controls meant the station has been able to stay open with no reduction in passenger traffic during the major part of the working week.

Derek Rees, Regional Director for Constructing Excellence and Chief Executive of the South East Centre for the Built Environment (SECBE), who managed the Awards Scheme, said:

“The sector has always thrived on finding creative and innovative solutions to challenges on-and off site. The Blackfriars Project showed that we can achieve the most incredible results using grounded knowledge, collaborative R&D and measured risk.”
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Old October 30th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #904
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Osborne chosen for London Bridge Thameslink enabling works

Network Rail has awarded building contractor, civil engineering and property services firm Osborne the contract for the enabling works at London Bridge Station – part of the Thameslink Programme Key Output 2.

The £10million+ programme will involve removing and transferring key station services and assets, such as telecoms cabling, around the station by 2013 to ensure that the main works contract for the £800m redevelopment of London Bridge station starts on time, minimising risk to Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme.

Osborne has formed a team with Mace and T Clarke to work collaboratively with Network Rail on this project. Design work will start immediately with first physical works starting in early 2012, subject to the success of a planning application currently before Southwark Council.

Dave Hooper, Managing Director of Osborne’s rail team, said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved in. Delivering the enabling works with minimum disruption to the travelling public at one of London’s busiest stations is a challenge but one we are confident of fulfilling to help ensure the Thameslink Programme remains on track.”

The redevelopment of London Bridge Station is part of the wider, £6 billion Thameslink Programme.

Work will include:

- An increase in the number of tracks going through the station from six to nine and a reduction from nine to six in the number of terminating platforms. This will enable eighteen of the planned 24 Thameslink services per hour to call at London Bridge.

- Space for around two thirds more passengers to use the service each day

- Step-free access to all platforms from the main concourse, making the station easier to use – especially for people with reduced mobility, or those with luggage or small children

- A new concourse at street level, with entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street. As well as improving access to the station, this will help continue the regeneration of the surrounding area by better connecting north and south.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:20 PM   #905
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More services on TfL’s London Overground from December

Passengers using London Overground are set to benefit from an increase in services that will be introduced from December. Trains on several routes across the network will run more frequently at peak times, evenings and weekends.

Services on London Overground were increased in May and since then the new timetable has been closely monitored. It has been established it would be possible to add extra trains and increase the capacity of the network further.

The following routes will see an increase in services:

- Two extra morning peak trains from Surrey Quays to Dalston Junction, Monday to Saturday.

- Four extra trains will run every hour between Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington on Sunday mornings.

- One extra morning train per weekday will run between Willesden Junction and Stratford, extending the current service from Clapham Junction.

- Two extra trains will run in the late evening from Stratford to Camden Road every Monday to Saturday.

- Two extra trains will run in the late evening from Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction every Monday to Saturday.

- One extra train will run from Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction on Sunday mornings.

- On Sunday one extra train will run between Willesden Junction and Stratford in the morning and one extra train will run in the evening, extending the current services to and from Clapham Junction.

Where possible there will also be an extra service at 0759 between Woodgrange Park and Upper Holloway, on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to relieve peak time pressure.

This service has already been trialled, however it cannot be guaranteed to run every day because it relies on using a spare train, which may occasionally be needed elsewhere. Train frequency on this line was already increased to four per hour last May in the last timetable boost.

Howard Smith, Chief Operating Officer at London Rail, said: “This is great news for London Overground passengers who will really benefit from the increase in services created by these extra trains.

“We have been working closely with our operator, London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL), and Network Rail to find a way to ease crowding and I am delighted that we have been able to implement these additional services so soon. This positive news is a great way to see out 2011.”

Steve Murphy – Managing Director at LOROL, said: “Working with Transport for London (TfL), LOROL are delighted to respond promptly to an increase in demand for additional capacity by delivering extra services for customers travelling on the London Overground network.

“We look forward to making further improvements that will benefit Overground customers in the future as we continue to transform our railway."
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Crossrail’s first tunnel portal completed ahead of schedule

The tunnel portals will act as an entry point for the tunnel boring machines that will construct the Crossrail tunnels and in future will provide an entrance and exit for trains to the underground sections of Crossrail.

Construction of Crossrail’s tunnels will get underway in spring 2012 when the first tunnel boring machine is launched from Royal Oak. This will be followed by the launch of further TBMs to construct the remaining tunnels for the new Crossrail service. Construction of Royal Oak Portal was completed nearly one month ahead of schedule.

Ailie MacAdam, Crossrail Central Section Delivery Director said: “Crossrail has now reached its first tunnelling milestone with the completion of Royal Oak Portal. Work is now underway to prepare for the arrival of the tunnel boring machines ahead of tunnelling commencing in spring 2012.”

Construction of Royal Oak Portal got underway in January 2010. The portal has been built within a narrow corridor at Royal Oak, bordered by the A40 Westway to the north and the Hammersmith & City line and Network Rail lines to the south.

The works comprise a massive ramp structure that will take the Crossrail tracks from ground-level down into the underground tunnels. A total of 25,000 m3 of ground was excavated to construct the tunnel portal with the excavated material re-used at construction sites in London.

At the deepest end of the ramp, a concrete headwall was constructed with a pair of 7.24m diameter tunnel ‘eyes’ created for the installation of steel rings. The tunnel ‘eyes’ mark the exact location of where the tunnel boring machines will commence tunnelling at Royal Oak. The tunnel eyes and rings have an important role to play in supporting the tunnel opening when the TBMs break-through the headwall.

The Paddington New Yard site, containing both the Royal Oak portal and Westbourne Park worksites, has now been handed over to the contractor undertaking construction of the Crossrail tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon. The contractor has begun to mobilise on-site ahead of tunnelling starting next spring and will also undertake the assembly of the tunnel boring machines at Westbourne Park.

Prehistoric animal bones were uncovered by archaeologists during excavation for the portal. The remains included those of the Auroch, a large ancestor of modern cattle and their discovery is of scientific importance. The prehistoric bones are now being studied before they are incorporated into the Natural History Museum’s permanent collection.

A total of five tunnel portals will be constructed for Crossrail at Royal Oak to the west of Paddington, Pudding Mill Lane near Stratford, Victoria Dock and North Woolwich in the Royal Docks and Plumstead near Woolwich. Main construction at Pudding Mill Lane Portal is now underway with enabling works progressing at North Woolwich and Plumstead portal sites. Construction of Victoria Dock Portal will get underway in autumn 2012.
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London Bridge track & station contracts awarded

Network Rail has awarded the final two major contracts for the redevelopment of London Bridge area as part of the congestion-busting Thameslink programme. Costain Ltd. will carry out the station redevelopment and Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd. will deliver the track remodelling.

The station redevelopment will include a new concourse at street level, with entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street, which will provide space for around 66% more passengers than the station handles today.

Access into and around the station will also be transformed. Within the contract, Costain will carry out the detailed design and delivery of the project. The track re-modelling at London Bridge is a vital part of the Thameslink programme and is needed to allow more and longer trains through the centre of the capital to boost capacity and relieve congestion on this busy route.

The new, simplified track layout will also help improve reliability for other train services which pass through and into London Bridge. Under the contract, Balfour Beatty Rail will provide detailed design, installation, testing and commissioning of the track work.

Costain and Balfour Beatty Rail will complete the selection of three delivery partners to form the London Bridge Area Partnership and work with Network Rail to reconstruct the station and surrounding infrastructure.

Simon Kirby, managing director of investment projects, Network Rail, said: “The way London Bridge evolved since the mid-1800s left us with a station and a track layout which makes it increasingly difficult to provide the capacity and reliability passengers expect today.

“The Thameslink programme allows the tracks, platforms and station layout at London Bridge to be completely re-designed, boosting the number of trains that can run, unblocking the bottleneck and providing a modern and dynamic station which will make a real improvement for passengers.

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Blackfriars Bridge the world’s largest solar bridge

London’s biggest array of solar panels will top the new river-spanning Blackfriars station.



Engineers are installing over 4,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels covering an area of 6,000 square metres. The new Blackfriars station, being built on the historic bridge, will span the River Thames. Originally built in 1886 Network Rail is upgrading the bridge and building a large new station as part of the Thameslink programme.

The solar panels will generate an estimated 900,000 kilowatts of electricity every year, providing 50% of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year.

In addition to solar panels, other energy saving measures at the new station will include rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting. Once the upgrade is complete, up to 24 trains per hour will be able to run through central London boosting capacity on the popular Bedford-Brighton line.
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Crossrail site at Oxford Street.

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Pretty much my home station! Though I tend to use St. Margarets more, Richmond is so convenient for connection
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Crossrail’s Royal Oak Portal

There are always developments going on beside the railway. Many go un-noticed. If you travel by train from South Wales into Paddington, there’s always been a mish-mash of sites just to the north of the main line.

The Westway A40 dominates the skyline and there have been rows of parked buses and lines of taxis in various states of assembly and colour. There’s even the Great Western Studios occupying a cold-war bunker style building.

But now, as you prepare to arrive at Paddington, being forever exhorted to “Make sure you have all your luggage and children with you” and to “Mind the blindingly obvious gap”, a glance over to the lineside reveals that everything has changed.

The buses have gone, as have the taxis and the seemingly immovable Great Western Studios have vanished.

Entrance to the underworld

All this is because of Crossrail – a major project that is well and truly under way. On the invitation of Crossrail, the rail engineer has had a chance to view the completed approach to the Royal Oak Portal.

What might resemble a slip road in more rural surroundings is in fact the entrance to the underworld – the route for the project’s tunnelling machines and then, later on, the fleet of Crossrail trains.

Simon Pledger is Bechtel’s Project Manager for this part of the Crossrail scheme and leads us through the background engineering.

Narrow strips of land

A little bit of orientation may help. There are two sites involved. The Westbourne Park area will eventually accommodate the turn-back sidings for trains out of Paddington, along with a reinstated bus deck.

Originally the site of all the buildings and vehicles mentioned above, it also has a Tarmac stone terminal siding facility – which has to be moved.

The Royal Oak Portal site, which is just over half a mile from the bufferstops at Paddington, is just to the west of Westbourne Park. They are both narrow strips of land sandwiched between the A40 on its flyover and the London Underground and Network Rail tracks.

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Old November 13th, 2011, 05:02 PM   #916
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The East London Line Extension Phase II Works, Saturday 13 November

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Looking south from Surrey Quays towards the new diveunder. No track laid yet:

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North towards Surray Quays from the same spot:

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Works underway to carry the track under the various viaducts:

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The other side of the viaducts, the new tracks head towards Surrey Canal Road:

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This new railway bridge replaces the former footbridge:

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The line then ploughs through Bridgehouse Meadows:

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It's then carried high between two estates to join the South London Line viaduct:

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Now THAT's an update. Thank you.
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London Overground extension photos

There are some good photos of the new London Overground extension at this URL

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Excellent stuff ’56. That rather blows my post into the dust, but I might not have found those pics otherwise…
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