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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:41 AM   #941
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i don't understand difference between crossrail and overground?!
Crossrail will be a radial route, whereas Overground is mostly orbital.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 05:21 AM   #942
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Overground is a suburban network while Crossrail goes right through the city centre.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #943
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Ok
Then it plays the role of french inner parisian rer.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #944
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Then it plays the role of french inner parisian rer.
Crossrail will be similar to the RER network, yes.

London Overground is (mostly) surface lines (hence the name) which are operated by TfL, the same as the tube. Ironically however, most of the London Underground is also on the surface, though most of the central bits are indeed underground. I personally don't know why the Overground is treated in such a distinct way. I think it would be quite useful for it to be fully incorporated into the tube network.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #945
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^I'm guessing because it isn't so incorporated. The networks were not really designed to be working together. Stations such as West Hampstead or Caledonian Rd and Barns, they are separate stations on the same road as an Underground station for example.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #946
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British construction groups win Crossrail contracts

Joint ventures including British construction and infrastructure companies Kier, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall have been awarded multi-million pound contracts for work on London's Crossrail project.

A joint venture between British contractors Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall, together with France's Vinci Construction , has been awarded a 110 million pounds ($170.7 million) contract for work on Whitechapel station in east London, the companies said on Thursday.

The project is worth some 29 million pounds to Morgan Sindall.

A three-way venture between British construction firms Kier and Bam Nuttall with Spanish infrastructure firm Ferrovial was awarded a contract worth more than 200 million pounds for engineering work on Farringdon station in London's financial district.

Kier said work was due to start in January 2012 with completion scheduled for 2018.

Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project, is an east-west commuter line project linking central London and the southeast of England. It is expected to cost around 16 billion pounds. The opening of Crossrail was pushed back until late 2018 from 2017 in last year's spending review to cut the project's cost.

Crossrail is expected to play a key role in Britain's economic recovery. The British government believes the project wil add some 42 billion pounds to the economy.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #947
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I suspect Overground's advent's due to Underground's reputation suffering too many beatings
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Old November 24th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #948
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Ferrovial consortium to build London's Farringdon station for more than 230 million euro

Crossrail, a Transport for London subsidiary, has awarded a consortium comprising Ferrovial Agroman, BAM Nuttall and Kier Construction (BFK), all with equal stakes, the contract to build the new Farringdon station; the contract is worth more than 200 million pounds (more than 230 million euro). This project includes the construction of the station's building, accesses and caverns.

This is the third Crossrail program contract to be awarded to the Ferrovial Agroman consortium. In December 2010, the consortium was awarded two other projects: the construction of two tunnels, connecting Royal Oak with both Paddington and Farringdon stations; and the construction of the accesses and caverns of the Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations, in London's city center.

Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman: "This contract increases Ferrovial Agroman's backlog in the UK and Ireland to over 1 billion euro. Moreover, it reinforces our role as a leader in construction in such a highly competitive market as the UK, since we are actively participating in the development of London's transportation network."

When Farringdon opens, it will become one of Britain's busiest train stations. Passengers will be able to reach Tottenham Court Road from Farringdon in 3 minutes, Paddington in 7 minutes and Heathrow in 31 minutes. Farringdon station will also provide a direct connection to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

Crossrail, 118 kilometers of infrastructure

As a result of this new contract, the consortium manages the largest business volume within the Crossrail program, which will increase London's railway transport capacity by 10% through the construction of 118 kilometers of infrastructure, connecting West and East London (Maidenhead with Heathrow, Shenfield and Abbey Wood).

Ferrovial Agroman obtained 3.143 billion euro in revenues and 171 million euro in EBITDA in the first nine months of 2011. The backlog amounts to 9.921 billion euro, of which 6.727 billion euro are attributable to projects outside Spain. International revenues amounted to 1.790 billion euro, i.e. 57% of the total, in the first nine months of 2011.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #949
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London Bridge and Waterloo Stations will be "very busy" during Olympics

Olympic officials revealed more details about how London Bridge and Waterloo railway stations will be affected by next summer's games when they appeared before City Hall's transport committee on Tuesday morning.

"We want to encourage people to have a great time in the summer of 2012," said Hugh Sumner, director of transport at the Olympic Delivery Authority. "Will there be areas of stress on the transport system? Yes there will. For example on day 3 when there is an equestrian event down in Greenwich, London Bridge will be very, very busy indeed as people try to get there in advance of the midday session when the cross-country event starts.

"We are trying to give people a very clear idea of when and where those hotspots are, so people can plan around them."

Last month we reported the advice of Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy who told London Bridge commuters to "have a beer before you go home" because the station will be so packed with spectators returning from the equestrian events in Greenwich Park. Deputy Mayor Isabel Dedring told the committee that Transport for London will be releasing more detailed information later this month.

Conservative assembly member Roger Evans asked which other stations would be particularly affected by large crowds during the Olympics. "Waterloo will be challenging because a lot of people will be coming in on the south west main line and then moving on to events either in the centre of town or the east of town," said Mr Sumner.

He added: "At London Bridge the challenge will be counter-flow traffic: you've got commuters coming into town but people trying to leave to see the equestrian events in Greenwich Park."

London Bridge Station will also be used by spectators coming to London Park (the temporary new name for Potters Fields Park) to watch the Olympic events on big screens. Labour's Val Shawcross AM picked up the question of London Bridge which she described as "an extreme hotspot".

"You need more than a 30 per cent decrease in the usual demand for that to cope," she said, asking what contingency plans had been put in place. Ben Plowden, Transport for London's director of better routes and places, added: "The phasing of who you communicate with is also important.

"For those people who will be travelling as regular Londoners next summer, if you start telling them now what London Bridge might be like on day 3 it simply won't have much resonance because it's a long way away. In the last six or eight months we've been talking in detail to businesses about how they need to enable their staff, visitors and contractors to change their travel behaviour during the games time."

"So for example if people are potentially working from home on the busier days of the games, does the company have adequate bandwidth for people to log on remotely to the company's IT system? Do they have the HR policies that allow them to provide flexible working from home as part of their standard practice?"

Val Shawcross asked about coordination between London Underground and national rail operators at the mainline stations. She asked: "For example, is there an overarching Tannoy system in London Bridge? Are they practicising control and management of passenger flows in London Bridge?

"It is very busy at the moment and they don't seem to have much active management of passenger movements."

Mr Sumner replied: "The answer to your question is yes."
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Old November 24th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #950
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Blackfriars Station: Bankside entrance could open on 5 December

The new entrance to Blackfriars Station on the Bankside side of the river could open to the public as soon as Monday 5 December, says train operator First Capital Connect.

According to First Capital Connect's Thameslink Programme website, the new station "is planned to open on 5 December 2011".

Work on the new cross-river station won't be completed until next year, but the Bankside entrance will have a staffed ticket office, ticket machines and a lift to platform 1.

Lifts to platforms 2, 3 and 4 won't be available until the entire station is finished in the spring or summer of 2012.

Blackfriars Underground Station is due to reopen later in December. When it is open, tube passengers with Oyster cards will be able to cross the river via the mainline platforms to reach the District and Circle line platforms on the north bank.

As we reported last week the mainline platform signs will carry the words London Blackfriars (for Bankside & South Bank) after local politicians led a campaign to have the station's new status as a gateway to SE1 recognised in its name.

It is not clear when the Thames Path will reopen or when pedestrians will be able to use the eastern pavement on Blackfriars Bridge once again.
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Network Rail reveals sneak preview of Farringdon station

Network Rail will open Farringdon station’s new ticket hall on Monday December 12 marking the first step to transforming Farringdon into one of London’s newest and most important transport hubs.

With two weeks to go, Network Rail has released a short video showing how the project will be phased to keep passengers moving through the station. At 165 square metres, this spacious ticket hall is designed to accommodate passengers for First Capital Connect’s first longer, 12-carriage trains on the Bedford-Brighton Thameslink route, which will serve Farringdon from 12 December.

The new ticket hall also provides the additional capacity that will be required with future Crossrail services from 2018. Lifts in the new ticket hall will open in 2012. The opening of the new ticket hall also allows for the temporary closure of the original Grade II listed London Underground entrance for refurbishment.

The programme includes opening opening up the entrance to create more space, new ticket offices, and a direct link into the new Turnmill Street concourse on the eastern side of the station.

The station will remain open during the closure with London Underground passengers being redirected to use the new Turnmill Street concourse and First Capital Connect Thameslink route passengers being directed towards the newly opened ticket hall.

The newly refurbished London Underground entrance will re-open on Monday 6 February 2012. From then on passengers will be able to use all three entrances into Farringdon station, making it easier to access the station and to change between services. This will be closely followed by the unveiling of the restored London Underground façade on Cowcross Street.

By 2018 over 140 trains an hour will run through Farringdon on London Underground, Thameslink route and Crossrail services, relieving pressure from current transport networks as well as providing new and faster journey options.

Farringdon will provide a direct link to three of London’s major airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton, plus St Pancras International for Eurostar services.

Richard Walker, Network Rail project director, said: “Keeping people moving to and through Farringdon has been our top priority. Passengers will now start to see the benefits of this project, culminating with the introduction of metro-like services on both Thameslink and Crossrail from 2018.”

David Statham, projects director for First Capital Connect, said: “The new ticket hall is great news for our passengers because, by accommodating longer platforms, we’ll be able to run our first-ever 12-carriage trains delivering more space on our busy commuter services.”

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Work starts to reduce congestion at East Croydon

The first phase of a multi-million pound upgrade to increase capacity and make it easier for passengers to move around East Croydon station will start this Christmas with the removal of the disused Royal Mail conveyor bridge which runs across the platforms.

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, a series of large mobile cranes will remove sections of the disused structure to make way for a new footbridge which will allow passengers to transfer between platforms without using the busy ramps and concourse and later provide access to and from the Ruskin Square development and Lansdowne Road.

Lifts will be installed on the new footbridge to provide an alternative step-free route around the station.

Mark Ruddy, Network Rail’s route managing director for Sussex, said: “East Croydon is one of the busiest stations in the country. The new footbridge will provide more capacity, reduce congestion and make the station easier to use for everybody. The improved station will play an important role in the regeneration of East Croydon, creating better links for the community and businesses.”

“The removal of the old Royal Mail bridge marks the first major milestone in this project. The Christmas period allows us time to do this when no trains are scheduled to run, keeping disruption to a minimum for passengers. We thank people for their patience during this time.”

Southern’s East Croydon station manager, Andrew Bolton, said:

“This is the beginning of a brand new chapter in East Croydon station’s history. When the new footbridge is in place, our passengers will benefit tremendously. In the meantime, while the old conveyor is removed, we will ensure that our passengers have all the information they need to get around the station.”

From the early hours of Christmas day until the early hours of Tuesday 27 December the taxi rank and drop-off point and Billinton Hill will be closed to all traffic.

The station subway may also be out of use on a number of evenings (between 9pm – 5am) during December. Alternative routes will be signposted during this time. The cycle storage facilities on Billinton Hill have been relocated to a temporary location on Cherry Orchard Road until February 2012.

The station upgrade forms part of Croydon Council’s East Croydon masterplan which includes providing a more efficient transport interchange and high-quality public realm in the town.

Councillor Jason Perry, Croydon’s cabinet member for planning, transport and sustainability, said:

“Our borough is looking at its largest wave of regeneration since the 1960s. The work starting at East Croydon station over Christmas will be the first ripple of this major transformation, and the coming year promises to be the beginning of an exciting period of delivery that will transform the way our town looks and operates – and serve the residents of, and visitors to, Croydon well for generations to come.”
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