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Old December 10th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #981
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More seats on way in new Thameslink route timetable

Longer rush hour trains feature in First Capital Connect’s new Thameslink route timetable that comes into force from Sunday, 11 December.

In the new timetable, four trains in the morning and four in the evening will be lengthened to 12 carriages on services between Bedford and Brighton and a further four services will be extended to eight carriages on the Luton to Sutton service group.

Between them they will add over 3,200 more seats at the busiest times of the day. Off-peak during the week, there will be over 1,200 off-peak weekday seats and, between London St Pancras and Bedford, almost 3,900 more Saturday seats.

Customer Service Director Keith Jipps said: “We’re working hard to improve services for customers and have targeted the extra capacity on those trains that need it most.

“The Thameslink Programme has imposed some tough times on our customers with lots of track closures for engineering work but with the start of the new 12-carriage services we can finally see improvements coming on line.”

Details of the new timetable can be seen at www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk or by picking up a copy at any staffed FCC station.
http://www.rail.co/2011/12/08/more-s...ute-timetable/
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Old December 10th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #982
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Seems like Clapham Jct's the one that needs skipping altogether, e.g., build flyovers above it
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Old December 11th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #983
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Absolutely, otherwise trains have to keep waiting for others to pass and so on.
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Old December 11th, 2011, 08:46 PM   #984
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Old December 13th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #985
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Network Rail sets out timetable for Thameslink completion

The transformation of rail travel in London came a step closer this morning when the first longer, 12-carriage train began its journey from Bedford to Brighton just before 7am.

By 9:25am, when it arrived at its destination at Brighton, it had passed the longer platforms, new signals and upgraded power facilities, all provided by Network Rail as part of the Thameslink programme to allow longer, more frequent trains to use the route.

To make this possible, Network Rail has lengthened platforms at 14 stations across the route. That’s an additional 4km of extra platform and carriage space, twice the length of Luton Airport runway, or 34 football pitches laid end-to-end.

More than 160km of new power cable has been laid to provide the power demanded by longer trains, and signalling systems along the route and through central London have been upgraded and replaced.

The vast majority of this work has been completed overnight and at weekends to reduce disruption to passengers. The improvements were not limited to the longer, less crowded trains. At Farringdon station a new spacious ticket hall came into use this morning.

At 1,600 square metres – the equivalent of six double tennis courts – this spacious hall will provide the additional capacity that will be required, not only for the longer, more frequent services made possible by the Thameslink programme but also future Crossrail services.

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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #986
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Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine unveiled



Europe’s largest construction project has unveiled the first of eight, 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines (TBM) that will construct the new Crossrail tunnels under central London. The 140 metre long, fully assembled tunnel boring machine (TBM) is currently undergoing factory testing.

The machine will shortly be dismantled and shipped to London where it will be re-assembled at Westbourne Park ahead of tunnelling commencing from Royal Oak in March.

To construct the 21km of twin-bore tunnel required for Crossrail, eight tunnel boring machines will be required and will undertake ten individual tunnel drives to construct the 6.2m diameter tunnels.

At 140 metres, each TBM would just fit just inside the boundaries of a cricket oval. The TBMs will bore the tunnelled section of the 118 kilometre rail line that will link Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When completed, Crossrail will bring an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes journey of London and reduce cross London journey times.

The TBMs will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week stopping only for scheduled maintenance. As the TBMs advance forward, precast concrete segments will be built in rings behind the TBMs.

Construction of the concrete segment factory for the western running tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon is now complete at Old Oak Common. The plant will begin manufacturing over 70,000 segments for the western tunnels from January.

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New West Hampstead Thameslink station opens

West Hampstead’s new Thameslink station has opened to the travelling public, providing passengers with improved access to the station, less congestion, more capacity and easier interchange with nearby Underground and Overground services.

The new entrance on Iverson Road links to a new footbridge with lifts to all platforms, providing step-free access at West Hampstead for the first time. The platforms have also been lengthened to accommodate 50% longer 12-carriage trains that enter service in 2018.

The redevelopment of the station is part of the wider Thameslink Programme, a £6bn scheme to introduce longer and more frequent trains on the route from Bedford to Brighton.

London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone joined local councillors, residents, Network Rail’s project team and managers of the station, First Capital Connect, to officially open the new building.

Ken Livingstone said: “The new station at West Hampstead will make a big difference to people in terms of easing congestion, catering for the increased capacity on rail services and helping with access. It will be welcomed by local passengers who use these services every day.”

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I've just learned that Overground's taken to adopting diesel-electric traction: surely there must be plans to electrify the trunk, no?


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I've just learned that Overground's taken to adopting diesel-electric traction: surely there must be plans to electrify the trunk, no?
London Overground is all electric apart from the less-well used GOBLIN route which is diesel - and has always been (well, since it was steam). There are many plans to electrify it, but there is resistence from certain parts of the DfT over costs and benefits.

I would wager however, that despite having purchased new diesel units for the line, there is significant benefit for freight if this line is electrified, and with GWML electrification in the near future as well as increased flows from the Thames estuary ports, that the GOBLIN route will be electrified, new trains purchsed and the diesel ones cascaded to elsewhere in the country (there's no shortage of places they could go, there are a huge number of legacy diesels that will need replacing in the next 15 years).

Also, its no diesel-electric traction, the DMUs are diesel only, transmission is mechanical. They are class 172 DMUs (all class 1xx are mechanical transmission)

Only the class 2xx are DEMUs which don't operate on London Overground, all other diesel passenger trains in the UK are not diesel-electric (apart from loco hauled of course).
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