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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #1001
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Old January 16th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1002
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London Overground braces itself for 100 million new journeys as demand for the service rockets

The East London Line extension has “grown faster than anticipated” with nearly three and a half times more journeys made per week in 2011 than in 2007, according to a TfL report on the train operator.

Nearly two million journeys were made on the line per week in September last year compared with 0.6 million in 2007.

But the increase has led to higher levels of crowding, and the local government body predicts there will be 100 million journeys made on the whole Overground network in 2011/12 as user demand proliferates this year due to predicted popular events including the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Jubilee.

The Overground has rapidly grown as a commuting route with over 60 per cent of journeys made to and from work and eight per cent made for leisure reasons. The busiest station is Canada Water with over 30,000 passengers per day but Whitechapel in Tower Hamlets came second with 15,000 users per day.

The extension opened in May 2010, with 160 million users since then, and this year will see new services from Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction. Since the opening, both the Geffrye Museum at Hoxton and the Brunel museum at Rotherhithe have seen higher number of visitors.

TfL report that customer satisfaction with the extended line averages 85 out of 100 meaning they are more “popular with passengers” than before their closure when the average was 77. According to the body, the network has changed from being a “neglected railway into the best performing train operator in Great Britain”.

Schoolchildren have also benefited from the extension as the train operator has a higher proportion of educational travel than most rail operators.

According to TfL’s report, the most popular mode of transport used previously by passengers was the bus, suggesting that the route has been crucial in providing certain deprived areas such as Hackney with quicker transport options and “links them to key employment centres in the City, Docklands and West End as well as leisure and social facilities”.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1003
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Old January 16th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #1004
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Old January 16th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #1005
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Farringdon Crossrail station platforms given to First Capital Connect

The Crossrail scheme in London has taken a major step forward towards completion. First Capital Connect has been handed the lengthened platforms at Farringdon station, allowing it to run 12-carriage Thameslink trains through the £250 million redeveloped public transport hub within 48 hours.

Costain revealed this is significant for the expansion of the Thameslink route, which connects London offices to those in Brighton in the south and Bedford in the north. Farringdon station acts as an interchange for Thameslink and the tube, and will also deliver Crossrail services when completed.

A new London Underground (LU) entrance, an integrated ticket hall (ITH), five new lifts to street level and new power supplies have also been delivered at the Farringdon Crossrail station.

Commenting on the latest announcement, construction director at Costain Daniel Powrie stated: "The Farringdon team has worked tirelessly for three years to deliver the 12-car platforms and the ITH and now we have to hand over the LU building and accommodation building in eight weeks - no simple task given the high specification and number of trades required to work in very confined conditions."

He added that every Crossrail milestone has been hit so far, so he is confident this one will also be completed in time. Crossrail stations are also set to be built at Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Paddington, Canary Wharf, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street.

The service will run through 37 stations, linking the east's Abbey Wood and Shenfield to the west's Maidenhead and Heathrow.

Businesses with London offices will be able to enjoy a wider talent pool and improved access to clients, as an extra 1.5 million people are expected to be brought within a 45-minute commute of the main business districts in the capital.

The Liverpool Street Crossrail station, for example, will provide a boost to organisations with City offices, delivering connections to Stansted Airport, as well as acting as a LU interchange for a variety of lines.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #1006
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That's a rather misleading article. My first impression was that First Capital Connect would be running Crossrail! It took a few seconds for me to realise that they meant the Thameslink platforms.
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Old January 17th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #1007
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That's a rather misleading article. My first impression was that First Capital Connect would be running Crossrail! It took a few seconds for me to realise that they meant the Thameslink platforms.
"Farringdon Crossrail station platforms given to First Capital Connect" Its not that confusing lol, means what it says
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #1008
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Kings Cross passengers offered a glimpse into the future

Network Rail is giving passengers, businesses and members of the community a chance to look three months into the future with an interactive exhibition about the new station concourse at King’s Cross.

From Monday 16 January an exhibition stand featuring new CGI images, a map and iPads giving people the chance to play a quiz about the project will be located next to the ticket office. Members of staff will be on hand to distribute information leaflets and answer any questions.

Ian Fry, Network Rail’s programme director at King’s Cross said: “With around three months to go until the new concourse opens, we want to share more details with people about the new facilities coming their way and the changes to how they will need to use the station. For example, to improve passenger flow passengers will only be able to enter the platforms via the new concourse and will exit via the old concourse.

“Once complete, King’s Cross will be a world-class transport hub which can meet future demand and offer the best facilities for passengers.”

The new concourse will be the stand-out feature of the redeveloped King’s Cross, helping make it a world-class transport hub. The striking domed roof covers an area three-times the size of the existing concourse and big enough to fit over six Olympic-sized swimming pools. As well as providing a brighter, more spacious station, it will contain a wide range of new food and drink outlets and shops, plus improved facilities which will improve the journey experience for passengers.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #1009
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"Farringdon Crossrail station platforms given to First Capital Connect" Its not that confusing lol, means what it says
No, "Farringdon station platforms given to First Capital Connect" would mean what they meant. Specifying the Crossrail platforms is a journalism fail.

What they meant to write was "Farringdon Thameslink station platforms (where there are also Crossrail platforms but this has nothing to do with the following article in any way whatsoever) given to First Capital Connect"
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Old January 20th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #1010
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London Overground HR director confident over Olympics

London Overground, the rail operator which will transport huge numbers of London Olympics visitors this summer, has revealed plans to swell the number of frontline staff and use ‘pay as you go’ rewards for workers during the Games.

The train operator, which has 1,160 employees, has estimated that it will carry up to 70 per cent more people during the 2012 Games period.

Darren Hockaday, HR director at London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL), said that two more trains would run per hour during the Olympics, bumping the service up to 8 trains an hour off peak and 10 an hour in peak time.

To manage this increase in service, Hockaday told PM that about 75 volunteers would move temporarily from the firm’s internal support functions, such as finance, HR and safety, to help frontline workers at stations to manage passenger flow.

Hockaday said that people who volunteer to work more flexibly, work in a completely different role or defer holidays until outside the event period would be rewarded. “An incentive has been set up to encourage staff to work more flexibly during the Olympic period in anticipation of far more flexible working patterns than they are used to for frontline and non frontline people,” he said.

Office staff prepared to work flexibly and volunteer for frontline support roles will receive a £250 bonus for the Olympics and another £250 bonus if they work during the Paralympics as well. Meanwhile, frontline staff, such as drivers, will get time and a quarter for completing a shift. This will incentivise them to work outside normal work patterns and agreements, he said.

LOROL has also agreed with staff and unions that some of this additional pay can be clawed back if employees are off sick during this period.

The train operator has called the agreement “groundbreaking” and it includes workers from the three main unions, the RMT, Aslef and TSSA. One example of how the incentive will work for front line staff is that maintenance workers will receive time and a quarter for a completed shift.

The plan is to get all the trains and tracks in top condition before the event, meaning these employees have been asked to work more flexible hours, including more night shifts and in different locations. During the Olympics they may also be asked to travel on every other train to do on-the-spot maintenance and avoid breakdowns snarling up the system.

Hockaday said that this “radical” approach to workforce planning has been made possible by high employee engagement and good industrial relations.

“A staff engagement survey showed that 93 per cent of our staff say they are ‘proud to work for LOROL’, and employees are very excited about the Olympics,” he said.

“This is a business critical event for us, and our customer Transport for London is expecting us to deliver. We knew we were in a good position around how people felt about this key event and we will be showcasing our services.”

Hockaday and other senior managers and directors will be volunteering at stations and in other frontline roles during the Olympics. In addition to the ‘volunteers’, 150 temporary workers will also be employed.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 12:08 PM   #1011
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"Farringdon Crossrail station platforms given to First Capital Connect" Its not that confusing lol, means what it says


It is confusing because the crossrail station doesn't exist yet! It should say Thameslink station platforms.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 04:54 PM   #1012
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Old January 24th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #1013
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #1014
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Livingstone Pledges To Take Over Suburban Rail

Ken Livingstone has produced an eight-point plan for London’s suburban rail network. If he wins in May, he says he would ditch the hated franchises and bring routes under TfL’s control, much as he did with London Underground during his time as Mayor.


The Labour candidate pledged to put at least four trains an hour through each station during the week, make stations cleaner, safer and better staffed, install ‘state of the art’ information systems, improve cycle parking and accessibility and bring fares in line with the tube (something that’s being called a fares cut, but on some lines the national rail-only fare is cheaper than TfL).

London Overground is a huge success story – the new trains are a joy to ride and the service scored 96% in last year’s National Passenger Survey (with the exception of the Richmond/Clapham-Stratford route, flagging at 80%) where other Train Operating Companies’ metro routes struggle to make it to 85%. Passengers numbers are increasing in excess of general demand for rail travel: last month, London Reconnections looked at the Overground’s usage stats and we particularly like their assessment that

" general increased demand for rail travel in London and the South East is only a small part of the story – just as important have been the three basic principles on which the original Overground principle was pitched. This was that a good metro service should be clean, reliable and frequent – get that right and the passengers will follow."

Of course, this patchwork of different companies and daily seething commuter rage could have been avoided as far back as 1933, when rail was excluded from the London Passenger Transport Board. Bloody Herbert Morrison, eh?
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Can anyone enlighten me to the purpose of the thin metal footbridge and staircase from Turnmill Street to the southbound Thameslink platform at Farringdon? I guess its for workmen but I'm not clear why they need it.

Along the same lines, given all the work there going on in the area, I had the impression and hope they were going to put in a walkway and exit from the end of the northbound Thameslink platform up to to Farringdon Road. But I was evidently evidently confused by references to the new (Turnmill Street) entrance.
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Survey reveals high satisfaction with London Overground

The London Overground continues to enjoy high levels of passenger satisfaction according to a passenger watchdog’s survey. Carried out by Passenger Focus, the National Passenger Survey reveals a 92 percent overall approval rating for the Overground service.

The service is routinely scored highly by Network Rail and in 2011 was named as the top performing train operator in the UK for trains arriving on time. In November 2007 Transport for London took over the Silverlink rail service, rebranding it as the London Overground and promising to improve standards.

A major investment programme included the deep cleaning of all stations, introducing staffing at all stations and the purchase of 65 new, air-conditioned, trains. In 2010 TfL completed the East London Line extension linking Highbury & Islington in north London with West Croydon in the south.

A second extension, due to enter service in December, will link Clapham Junction to Dalston Junction.

Welcoming the survey’s findings, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Passengers have spoken and these results show that our investment in the London Overground network is paying off. We are running more trains, carrying greater numbers of passengers and providing a more reliable service.’

Mike Brown, Transport for London’s Managing Director of London Rail and London Underground, said: “These high rates of passenger satisfaction are due to consistent, punctual operational performance with frequencies of at least 4 trains per hour across almost all the network.

“Where passengers have asked for more trains per hour, we have, where possible, provided that – the enhancement of the Richmond and Clapham to Stratford services being a case in point.

”Passengers are also showing their approval of our new, air-conditioned trains which have a more spacious layout, are fully accessible and easy to board and exit.”
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Do we know if the London rail map will be altered to indicate the existance of the south bank entrance to Blackfriars?
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