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Old February 1st, 2012, 04:37 PM   #1021
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Construction of Paddington Crossrail station ‘steps up’

The new Paddington Crossrail station is to take a step further towards construction as the excavation of the station box gets underway in February. The new station will be built under Eastbourne Terrace and Departures Road.

Westminster City Council has agreed to a full closure of Eastbourne Terrace from 12 February 2012 until early 2014 to excavate the station box.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Once complete, Crossrail will cut journey times across London as well as creating new journey opportunities. It’s vital that the impact of Crossrail’s construction on central London is kept to a minimum.

“A full-closure of Eastbourne Terrace will mean that construction of the new station box at Paddington can be completed in two years instead of four years enabling station fit-out to commence and Eastbourne Terrace to be re-opened as soon as possible.

“Crossrail, Network Rail and TfL have worked closely with Westminster City Council, businesses and residents to do all we can to deliver these major works in the least disruptive way possible.”
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King's criss-cross lattice roof crowns station's £550m rebuild



This is the new giant latticed roof that will greet travellers using King's Cross station this spring. The covering of the western concourse is part of the station's £550 million redevelopment.

The domed roof covers an area bigger than six Olympic-sized pools. The building uses five million tiles and one million "heritage bricks", made in the style of the wartime originals.

The next stage, after the Games, will create the new piazza and reveal the station's Grade I-listed Victorian façade for the first time in decades. The work began in 2008 and is due for completion next year. It will mean better connections to St Pancras International and the Tube as well as capacity for extra trains, more ticket machines and a new shopping arcade. Network Rail says that 10 million more people will be able to use the station annually once the works are complete.

The first glimpse of the new roof came as the Mayor launched a campaign to get people using public transport more. David Higgins, NR chief executive, said: "Our job during Games time is to provide smooth, seamless journeys for spectators travelling to and from Olympic venues, whilst keeping London and the rest of the country moving."
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 06:36 PM   #1024
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:06 PM   #1025
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Crossrail Connaught Tunnel Checked For Bombs

The Connaught Tunnel and similar sites are being checked for unexploded bombs from World War Two before Crossrail works begin.

The 550m tunnel, which runs underneath the old Connaught Passage linking the Royal Albert and Victoria Docks and formerly used by the North London Line, suffered a hit in 1940. Experts want to make sure no other devices buried themselves in the soil before they start repairing and reinforcing walls. The middle section of the tunnel was narrowed in 1935 when the Passage was deepened; original 1878 brickwork was taken out and replaced with steel.

Crossrail contractors will dredge a section of the Passage next year and lay a reinforced concrete slab. This will allow the steel to be removed and a foam concrete (which sounds fun) added to the walls. And all this is just to prepare the tunnels for boring!

As well as checking for old bombs, archaeologists will have time to explore the Crossrail sites to see if they can find artefacts from London’s buried past.
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 02:03 PM   #1027
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Old February 4th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #1028
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Major Paddington road to shut for two years for Crossrail work

One of Paddington’s busiest roads is set to close for two years from next week to allow for the construction of a new Crossrail station. Eastbourne Terrace, which runs alongside Paddington Station, will be completely shut to traffic from next Sunday February 12 until early 2014.

The road has been partially closed since last year but it is hoped the move will cut the overall construction time by two years. A number of residents have voiced concerns about neighbouring roads having to take extra traffic.

All vehicles, including buses and taxis, will be diverted to alternative routes around Paddington. Transport for London will be monitoring the situation closely to “limit disruption and congestion”.

To coincide with the closure, the existing taxi rank in Departures Road will be relocated to the north of the station.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: “It’s vital that the impact of Crossrail’s construction on central London is kept to a minimum.

“A full-closure of Eastbourne Terrace will mean that construction of the new station box at Paddington can be completed in two years instead of four years enabling station fit-out to commence and Eastbourne Terrace to be re-opened as soon as possible.”

Paddington Waterside Partnership chief executive Kay Buxton added: “While there will be an impact locally we are clearly focused on the long-term benefits that will be delivered”.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #1029
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Here's an great article about an underground signal box 30 feet under St Pancras from the British Railways Magazine (London Midland Region) October 1950.
Scans are here:

Page 1 - http://tinyurl.com/6pyrxe3
Page 2 - http://tinyurl.com/6v69qty
Page 3 - http://tinyurl.com/832kgyq
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Old February 7th, 2012, 08:19 PM   #1030
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Network Rail names retailers for ambitious King’s Cross development

Network Rail has revealed the list of retailers and food & beverage operators for the striking new London King’s Cross station concourse, which will open on 19 March. The station owner and operator pledged “more space, better facilities and an improved range of shopping and food and drink outlets”.

Among the retail firsts (new names to the UK rail channel) are LS travel retail-operated Watermark (click here for separate story), American Apparel and Kiehl’s. New F&B names for UK railways are Giraffe, Fuller’s, Benito’s Hat, Leon, Prezzo and ***** *****.

The opening will mark a major milestone in the redevelopment of the station, which started in 2007. It will be fully completed by the end of 2013 following the removal of the 1970s extension and canopy at the front of the station and the creation of a new 7,000sq m public square.

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Old February 8th, 2012, 12:58 AM   #1031
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I'm dead happy for Leon! A great chain with a great ethos! Shame that we have to have a WH Smith Their branding needs major overhaul!
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #1032
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Crossrail outlines new approach to refurbishing the Connaught Tunnel

Connaught Tunnel in the Royal Docks was built in 1878 and was part of the North London Line until 2006. The tunnel will be extensively refurbished as part of works to construct Crossrail’s new Abbey Wood branch.

Sections of the existing tunnel are in a poor structural condition. In 1935, larger ships began scraping the bottom of the Royal Victoria Dock which sits above the Connaught Tunnel. As part of work to deepen the dock, the central section of the tunnel was narrowed with brickwork removed and steel segments installed.

Crossrail originally planned to strengthen the central section of the tunnel by removing the existing steel linings and back filling the entire section with concrete foam. These tunnels would then have been enlarged by boring through the concrete to create tunnels that are large enough for Crossrail trains to pass.

Crossrail will now place cofferdams in the Connaught Passage between the Victoria and Royal Albert Docks, pump out the water and create a dry construction site allowing workers to dig down to the tunnel to undertake the enlargement work through a ‘cut and cover’ approach.

Linda Miller, Connaught Tunnel Project Manager said: “The central section of the Connaught Tunnel is in a poor structural condition. To ensure we can undertake the tunnel enlargement work as safely as possible we have now decided to drain a section of the Royal Docks and then dig down into the tunnel. This will be the first time the tunnel has been exposed from above ground since its construction in the 1870s. While we will be using modern techniques, we will be using a similar cut and cover approach that was used to build the original tunnel which saw the tunnel constructed first with the docks then built over the top.”

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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #1033
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One of Waterloo’s four disused Eurostar platforms is to be returned to service in 2014.

Longer trains are to serve the terminus as the DfT announced plans to add extra carriages and upgrade the SWT commuter fleet. The carriages, which will allow around 8,000 extra peak-time passengers into Waterloo every morning, will begin arriving from May 2013, with all new services in place by July 2014.

Government funding means lease company, Porterbrook, will be able to create a fleet of 36 five-car suburban trains to run on South West Trains routes. This new fleet will enable around 8,000 extra peak-time passengers to travel into London’s Waterloo station every morning, as 8-car trains will be lengthened to run in 10-car formation on certain routes.

Alstom is masterminding the project. Known as Class 458/5, the improved fleet will be made up by converting two existing Alstom-built fleets, the Class 458s, used by SWT and Class 460s, formerly used by the Gatwick Express.

Modifications will include cabs, couplers, gangways, as well as conversion of baggage areas into passenger saloon areas. Up to 92% of the material content of the project will be sourced from the UK supply chain. Doncaster-based Wabtec will carry out the work.

Alstom is recruiting around twelve engineers in order to provide a team of twenty five dedicated to supporting the conversion project.

Says Transport Minister Justine Greening, ‘These extra carriages will help ease those conditions, while opening an extra platform will provide space for additional trains to run. But our plans do not stop here. We are now embarked on one of the largest programmes of rail investment since the Victorian era and we expect to introduce further carriages on Waterloo routes and bring more platforms into use in the future.’

Waterloo’s former Eurostar platforms have been out of use since 2007 when services switched to St Pancras. Since then the only rail activity the platforms have seen is a steam locomotive being propelled into the station as part of the Railway Children theatre production.
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Boris Johnson pushing for control of London's suburban railways

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is calling on the government to hand over control of the capital's suburban railways to City Hall.

But with the mayoral election looming in May, his opponents say he's had years to do this. Under the proposals train companies such as Southeastern, whose franchise comes up for renewal in 2014, would be integrated into Transport for London.

Mr Johnson claims this would save millions of pounds and give passengers more reliable and frequent services, safer and cleaner stations, more staff and simpler fares.

His plan would mean putting on more services in Bromley and elsewhere by introducing ‘turn-up-and-go’ with at least four trains per hour throughout the week.

He also promised to provide better access to Petts Wood station for prams and wheelchairs. Mr Johnson said: "The fractured organisation of London’s suburban railways is totally inefficient and needs a complete overhaul.

"My vision is for one integrated suburban service operating to the standards we have demonstrated can be achieved on London Overground, which is now one of the most reliable and popular railways in the UK."

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Am I right in thinking that Ken Proposed this many years ago? Another theft from Boris to add to the list?
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Am I right in thinking that Ken Proposed this many years ago? Another theft from Boris to add to the list?
Except are any of these proposals Kens or Boris's most of them originated from within TFL management and planners neither of them spend their time scribbling on maps. They rely on advice, all of whom came from TFL. TFL has been pushing for control of suburban services for a while any candidate can push one plan over another. Policy rarely shifts rapidly, proposals merely change to reflect available funds. Schemes can live and die on how they are received by the public and what the Treasury is prepared to pay for.

People were expecting the next round of rail franchises to be split in TFL's favour but it looks like the Department of Transports failure and the recent collapse in plans to extend Oyster to outside London.
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Crossrail tunnel segment plant begins full operations

A new tunnel segment manufacturing plant has begun full operations in London. The facility will be pouring the first batch of 250,000 concrete segments that will line 42km (26 miles) of Crossrail tunnels.

Located at Old Oak Common, the facility will employ about 60 people at its peak, including the first of 15 trainees and apprentices.

They are among the first group of apprentices and trainees to receive training at the new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA).

The segment production has begun ahead of the start of Crossrail tunnelling next month, with the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) currently being assembled at Westbourne Park.
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Crossrail has rescheduled its main station tendering programme to allow shortlisted contractors more time to draw up competitive bids.

The move means that the £200m contract for Bond Street station will no longer be awarded this year as planned but will be pushed back to the first quarter of 2013. Crossrail engineers have been able to move the contract back because much of the tunnelling work will be carried out by Costain Skanska which is already excavating the site for the first TBM drives under contract C411.

The new programme will smooth out the tendering process for the three remaining central London station jobs, where many firms plan multiple bids. It is the second time the central London station bidding programme has been rescheduled after contractors in 2011 called for more time for bidding.

A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “Crossrail constantly reviews the packaging structure for all major contracts. The intention has always been to award the major stations contracts in accordance with industry feedback and bidder capacity.

“This ensures that contracts are let in line with Crossrail’s delivery timetable while also allowing the construction industry to benefit from a staggered bid submission process. The next main construction contract to be awarded by spring 2012 will be for Liverpool Street station. This will be followed by the contract for Tottenham Court Road station in mid-2012.”

He added: “At Bond Street, the new station will be delivered through two major contracts – C411 and C412. The C411 contract awarded to Costain Skanska JV in March 2011 also includes the necessary civil engineering works to enable the TBMs to progress through later this year.

“The C412 contract is largely station fit-out and will be put out to tender later in 2012.”
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