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Old December 1st, 2011, 03:20 AM   #961
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Old December 1st, 2011, 07:31 PM   #962
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It was quite a good set of buildings but I'm sure the benefits of Crossrail will be bigger.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:28 PM   #963
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Just because most of the city there has good sets of buildings ought to not serve as any rationalisation to go about liquidating any one of them I'd have shut the roadways instead
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 08:41 PM   #964
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Dec 2nd 2011, 9:39 by R.B.

Last week I went to see one of the construction sites where the new Crossrail route will run, a commuter service that will flow east-west through London, from Maidenhead to Shenfield. It is due to open in 2018 and is an extremely ambitious project. It aims to increase the rail capacity of London by 10%, and to bring a further 1.5m people within 45 minutes of the centre of the capital.

The biggest construction project currently going on in Europe has a price tag to match: £14.5bn. In fact, £1 billion was taken off the cost when the coalition took power: it negotiated a later completion date in order to save that money. But it is still an extraordinary sum.

I saw some of the reasons for this when I visited Royal Oak in west London. This is the spot where the train will go down a ramp and underground, across the capital. The ramp has already been built, and you can see the “eye” of the tunnel: the circle where the tunnel boring machines will carve out a 6.2m-wide hole. That is due to start in spring 2012. In advance of that, the ground is being prepared so that when the giant drill gets started, none of the other structures in the area will move.

This is a tricky spot for construction work. The Westway flyover is right next to the site, so its foundations are very close to where the tunnel will be. On the other side run mainland trains and also the Hammersmith and City tube line. And that’s just the obvious stuff. The construction team are also diverting a sewer that runs in this area, and they have to make sure gas mains and cables are not disturbed by the works.

Boring tunnels underground is a huge feat of engineering. But it also requires an astonishing amount of preparation. It’s a big job even if there aren’t other things to take care of. But when you’re burrowing underneath a very densely populated city, complete with its densely populated communications and utility network, not to mention worrying about housing foundations, noise and local communities, a lot of work, effort — and yes, money — are taken up with such things.

Crossrail is just one example of what such work requires. On such a densely-populated island, most infrastructure projects are on brownfield sites, rather than starting in pastures new. That’s usually the right thing to do: infrastructure is already in that place for a reason, and there’s little point using a greenfield site unless a very definite business case can be made for it. But it means that any project, however simple, is likely to stumble over a lot of other networks on the way.

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:04 PM   #965
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London Overground 'growing in popularity'

There has been a significant increase in the number of people using the London Overground system during the past few years. Transport for London (TfL) noted that since it took over the network in 2007, passenger figures have grown from 600,000 a week to more than two million.

A new route connecting Highbury & Islington to New Cross Gate has been added in a bid to link the north of the capital to Croydon and the south-east.

Chief Operating Officer for London at TfL Rail Howard Smith said: "We have put a new fleet of modern, air-conditioned trains on the network and they are now running more reliably and more often."

Many of the system's stations have also received upgrades and a greater number of trains will be introduced to cope with demand in December.

The Overground is not the only network to be experiencing improvements, as new carriages are being added to the Central Line as part of a £27 million upgrade.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 08:58 PM   #966
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Old December 4th, 2011, 05:07 AM   #967
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Just because most of the city there has good sets of buildings ought to not serve as any rationalisation to go about liquidating any one of them I'd have shut the roadways instead
I agree. They even bulldozed The Astoria which was a pretty famous venue.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #968
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This is very controversional but London has always changed and I'm sure there were some great buildings the Victorians had to demolish as well.
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Video on the construction progress at the Canary Wharf Crossrail site.

http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/canary-wharf/
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Old December 8th, 2011, 12:59 AM   #972
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Countdown to completion at Blackfriars

Network Rail has announced dates for the final phase of its plans to redevelop Blackfriars station. The countdown to completion has started as the first passengers used a new station entrance on the south bank of the River Thames yesterday.



This will be followed by a new station entrance on the north bank on 12 December, with the first ever 12-car trains on the Thameslink route calling at Blackfriars on the same date. A new look London Underground station will open in February 2012, followed by a further two new National Rail platforms in May.

Blackfriars Underground station, currently being completely rebuilt to provide space for more passengers and better access between Tube and rail services, had been scheduled to open at the end of December this year.

Owing to complexities encountered by Network Rail during the construction and fit out of the new station, the reopening will now take place on Sunday 26 February 2012. The overall Blackfriars project remains on track to be delivered in summer 2012, and work has been scheduled so that passengers begin to benefit from new facilities this December while work continues behind the scenes.

Lindsay Vamplew, Network Rail’s project director for Blackfriars, said:

“Our plan to transform Blackfriars station is nearing completion, and over the coming months passengers will begin to reap the benefits including new entrances, a new underground station, a better train service and direct connections to new parts of London including Bankside, Tate Modern and the South Bank.

“The Blackfriars project is a unique challenge, we’re simultaneously building a new Underground station, reconstructing a Victorian rail bridge and creating the first ever station to span the River Thames.

“While the overall project remains on schedule for completion next summer, we’ve taken the decision to postpone the opening of the Underground station until February, in order to give us the time we require to complete the job to the highest standard.”

Today will see the first commuters using the new station entrance on the south bank of the River Thames, benefitting from direct links to businesses and cultural attractions on the South Bank and Bankside.

Blackfriars will be the first ever station to span the River Thames and the first new station on the south bank for 125 years. The Blackfriars upgrade is part of the Thameslink Programme, which will see longer trains and more frequent services on the route from Bedford to Brighton through central London.

The rebuild of Blackfriars station will dovetail with improvements at Farringdon and other stations along the route, including the planned reconstruction of London Bridge, to provide a metro-style service through central London, with trains running every 2 ½ minutes.
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VINCI Wins £110m Station Works Contract

VINCI Construction UK and VINCI companies in the UK - VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche - have secured the Whitechapel Main Station Works Crossrail contract worth £110m. VINCI secured the contract as part of BBMV a joint venture with Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall.

Work under the contract includes the demolition of the existing station, construction of a new ticket hall, platform upgrades and the construction of a new station. It will also include the shafts and platforms for the Crossrail tunnels plus related architecture and mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

Graham Stanley, managing director, Taylor Woodrow - civil engineering, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall on this major project to provide London with the 21st Century rail system it deserves.”

VINCI Construction and its subsidiaries are already undertaking significant works across London like construction of the Liverpool Street and Whitechapel Crossrail station tunnels and associated works, the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road Tube station which includes a new Crossrail Eastern ticket hall structure, major upgrade of King’s Cross station and reconfiguring Victoria Station Underground - creating a brand new ticket hall, doubling the size of the existing ticket hall, installing new entrances, nine new escalators and step-free access.

Crossrail is the largest engineering project in Europe and provides a new express rail link across London designed to provide affordable railway. Once completed, it will connect the City and Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of London.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #974
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Well that did not take long.

Two images of TFL's preferred options for Crossrail 2.

http://www.transportxtra.com/magazin...news/?id=28776



The first is for an automated metro line, which is pretty much just the core Chelsea Hackney route between Kings Road and Hackneys Downs, with an extension to Seven Sisters in the North and Clapham Junction to the South.

Then there is their regional metro option.



This is much more interesting. Again we have a core route but with fewer stations in the core because of their size. The tunnel would start at Wimbledon and then divert to Tooting Broadway, where it could intercept traffic from the Southern end of the Northern Line, before going back to Clapham Junction.

At the Northern end it is even more creative and reminds me of the two eastern branches of Crossrail 1. The line diverges into two tunnels at Angel, where one goesto Hackney and then Tottenham Hale before surfacing and taking over the West Anglia line to Hertford East. The other line goes to Dalston, Seven Sisters, Wood Green and then Alexander Palace. This line would intercept traffic on the other branch of the West Anglia, Northern Piccadilly and the Great Northern lines.

It seems to me this is TFL's attempt preempts Network Rails concerns particularly in the South West, while sneakily squeezing a few more suburban stations. Only one Northern Line takes over Suburban rail services, the other intercepts suburban traffic at interchange station, coincidently acting as a new suburban line for TFL.
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Old December 9th, 2011, 03:24 PM   #976
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Two images of TFL's preferred options for Crossrail 2.
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...5#post86481205

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Old December 9th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #977
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Then there is their regional metro option.

No stop between Tottenham Hale and Chestnut? This map depicts favouritism, as far as I can tell. (In addition, it's odd how they didn't flip the portal just south of Tottenham Hale 'upside down', just like 'they' would've used to ... )
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I imagine that Tottenham Hale to Cheshunt is drawn like the SW branches, where not all stops are shown, just the interchanges/termini.

Wood Green and Ally Pally could be one stop, like Euston St. Pancras.

This regional one is growing on me, but needs some thought beyond the portals (and perhaps something beyond Ally Pally too) - it looks overloaded in the SW (and Twickenham is a strange end point) and then should capture more in the NE.
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The strange end point's favouritism, e.g., changing trains at Clapham Jct can't be all that bad, no? Better than the meandering, southerly journey, no?
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The strange end point's favouritism, e.g., changing trains at Clapham Jct can't be all that bad, no? Better than the meandering, southerly journey, no?
The problem is Clapham Junction is dangerously crowded as it is, what is even more passengers got off there and tried to change, besides, many trains are currently dangerously crushed till the get to Clapham, where there is often a bit of relief when people get off. By running the trains further out the intercept people at less crowded points and provide more capacity on other services on the inner suburbs.

I've read the Broxbourne option assumes 4 tracking all the lea valley. I can't see why the Northern end can't be one tunnel as far as Hackney.

Alternatively they could have the express metro option and extend it from Clapham to Tooting and Wimbledon and to Ally Pally in the North. So we have a new super Victoria line.
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