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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #1081
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Carillion wins £120m Thameslink contract

Carillion has won a new £120 million Thameslink contract to upgrade the infrastructure to accommodate new 12-car trains. The company will deliver further construction work improving depots and stabling sites in London.

Chief executive of the contractor Richard Hoswon said: "We are delighted to be chosen for this project. We will continue to work closely with Network Rail and the train operators to maximise value for money in delivering this important new phase of the Thameslink project," he added.

The firm has been awarded the work via the Multi Asset Framework Arrangement and it is claimed the introduction of the new fleet will improve the timetable for those using the service.

Carillion has annual revenue of around £5 billion and works across the globe, employing around 50,000 people.

Other rail contracts it has won include projects on the Nottingham Express Transit line, Evergreen 2, Larkhall to Milngavie, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Moy Viaduct.

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http://www.sageforconstruction.co.uk....aspx?aid=2886
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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #1082
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Vinci wins last Crossrail tunnel portal contract

Crossrail will award Vinci Construction the last remaining £50m tunnel portal contract at Victoria Dock in East London.

Contract C340 involves the realignment of 420m of the Docklands Light Railway between Custom House and Victoria Dock Stations to release the site for portal construction.

The 355m long and 12m wide tunnel portal will be built in two phases to allow for the launch and recovery of tunnel boring machines during 2014.

Vinci beat rival bidders Costain/Skanska, which recently completed the Royal Oak Portal, as well as Bam/Kier, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall.

Five new tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, Victoria Dock, North Woolwich and Plumstead.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Crossrail has now awarded the last remaining tunnel portal contract. Construction of Royal Oak Portal was completed ahead of schedule last year.

“Main construction of the portals at Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead are now underway. Construction of the North Woolwich portal will begin in May 2012 with Victoria Dock portal commencing in autumn 2012.”
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Old March 18th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #1083
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Old March 18th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #1084
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Old March 19th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #1085
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Great to see so many projects going on in London. Everything looks amazing. I am green with envy. Meantime in NY it's taking them 10 years to build 3 km of subway with 3 stations. Pathetic.

One question: is the new Blackfriars station spanning the river already open or is it slated to open in the summer?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 06:01 AM   #1086
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Great to see so many projects going on in London. Everything looks amazing. I am green with envy. Meantime in NY it's taking them 10 years to build 3 km of subway with 3 stations. Pathetic.

One question: is the new Blackfriars station spanning the river already open or is it slated to open in the summer?
I think it's open for use, but not finished. Though I haven't been in London for a while, so there's a high chance I'm wrong
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 12:49 AM   #1087
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Construction industry boosted by Crossrail

The flagship £17 billion Crossrail scheme is casting a positive light on an otherwise tough market for the construction industry.

Crossrail is the biggest engineering project in Europe and forms a major part of the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy. When it opens in 2018, Crossrail will connect 28 stations across the South East and new Crossrail stations at Paddington, Liverpool Street, and Canary Wharf will be built.

The focus on London this year means increasing competition across the construction industry. The market is set for re-growth and many top construction firms are eyeing up and bidding for major work packages across the city. Construction firm Kier won the £200 million contract for Farringdon’s Crossrail station last year in a joint venture with BAM Nuttal and Spain’s Ferrovial.

Other work currently being tendered for or awarded consists of the circa £1 billion contract to cover rolling stock supply, maintenance, and depot construction across the scheme, and the circa £250 million Whitechapel Station, which was recently won by a joint venture consisting of Balfour Beatty Rail, Morgan Sindall and VINCI.

With Mayor Boris Johnson’s arrival at London Paddington next month to switch on one of the huge tunnel-boring machines, London’s star is shining bright and will continue to do so for years to come.

Advantage Resourcing International is the 4th largest recruitment firm in the world. We are pleased to be preferred partners to Crossrail Ltd, Bechtel, Balfour Beatty, and multiple main and sub-contractors across the scheme.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:12 PM   #1088
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:08 PM   #1089
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Those photos are very revealing; they give a feel of the sheer scale of the Crossrail stations.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #1090
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Old March 25th, 2012, 06:14 AM   #1091
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Great Canary Wharf photos on the last page, thanks for those. Here are some tiny men, toiling away in the vast open spaces of TCR:





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Old March 25th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #1092
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Maybe you could also post the link to the original post? And let the person know you've posted their images elsewhere?


That being said- the cross-rail station is HUGE.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #1093
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London Overground passengers to get free WiFi

They will be allowed 60 minutes free access per day once the hotspots are up and running. The first 12 will be installed at at stations spread across the network by the end of the year, London Overground said.

"Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground’s customers,” said Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations.

The hotspots will be operated by The Cloud, a leading public Wifi provider owned by BSkyB. Users will need to register once to access the service.

The announcement follows a similar deal between London Underground and Virgin Media. The cable firm will install Wifi at 80 tube stations in time for the Olympics, extending to 120 by the end of the year. The London Underground service will be free initially, but will become a pay-as-you-go service later. London Overground, however, said its hotspots would remain free to use.

The first 12 stations to benefit from will be Willesden Junction, West Hampstead, New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon, Norwood Junction, Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping, Hackney Central, Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush.

The London Overground network, run by the private firm London Overground Limited, was created in 2007 when Transport for London took over suburban rail services and consists of five lines, with a sixth to be added later this year.

The network has enjoyed major investment including new rolling stock and a multibillion-pound extension to the East London Line. It recently came top of a Which? poll to find the most improved rail service in England.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 12:31 AM   #1094
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Canary Wharf Crossrail hits milestone 5 months early

Work has progressed at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, with the first platform level being completed five months early.

Once finished, the transport hub will slash the time it takes to travel from London offices here to other business centres in the capital. The journey to Liverpool Street will take around six minutes, while Farringdon will be reached in less than ten minutes.

Employees who need to fly abroad to liaise with clients or other offices could be at Heathrow Airport in approximately 40 minutes. There will be 12 trains an hour at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station during peak hours, with the service scheduled to start in 2018.

By completing the first station platform level ahead of the expected time, the station is ready to accept tunnel boring machines next year. Work first started at the Canary Wharf exchange three years ago at the North Dock, with 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured and around 300,000 tonnes of material excavated.

Commenting on the work, Canary Wharf Contractors' executive director Cliff Bryant said: "We are very proud to have played our part in a project which will benefit London for many generations to come. Credit must be given to our workforce and supply chain, many of them local east Londoners, who have responded to a very challenging brief and delivered it to Crossrail ahead of time and within budget."

When completed, the total Crossrail network will pass through 37 stations from Heathrow and Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

It will bring an extra 1.5 million individuals within a 45-minute commuting distance of London offices in the major business districts, with an expected 200 million people travelling on the network every year.

The central route includes Bond Street, Paddington, Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Farringdon. All of these destinations will have a new Crossrail station.
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Crossrail shortlists for major rail tunnel contract

Crossrail has announced the organisations shortlisted for the major fit-out of the new rail tunnels. The value of the contract is in the region of £400m.

The companies shortlisted are Joint Ventures of Alstom Transport/TSO/Costain, BAM Nuttal/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier Construction, Laing O’Rourke Construction/Volker Rail and Rhomberg Bahntechnik/Alpine Bau/FCC Construccion. Balfour Beatty Rail is also shortlisted.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Tunnel fit-out will be one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create further employment opportunities as well as providing a welcome boost to regional suppliers.

“We received significant interest from the rail and construction industry with a large number of responses received. Contract will be awarded in early 2013, providing the chosen contractor with sufficient time to undertake detailed design and planning before fit-out work commences in 2014.”

Construction of Crossrail’s tunnels will get underway next month when the first tunnel boring machine is launched from Royal Oak. By late 2014, the construction of over 21km of twin-bore tunnel, stretching across the capital via central London and Docklands, will have been completed.

As construction concludes, work will get underway to fit-out the tunnels with the necessary track and overhead power equipment to enable Crossrail trains to operate from 2018.

This will include the installation of over 40km of track, overhead electric conductor rails to power the trains as well as ventilation and drainage systems.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #1096
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It depends a bit on how you organise your network. Crossrail seems conceived as a high capacity metro. However, on could ask if it would not be better to try to run trains through it from as many lines as possible, to create one seat rides in to the city from more suburbs. That's the RER concept... And that uses double deckers.
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In the Münich S-Bahn tunnel they run 30tph, with 7 different lines using the tunnel.
It depends on the branches. Crossrail will have 2 or more at each end which will fill up the available paths and the core will have a high capacity just like most well-used metro lines. Most branches will be high frequency to start with so there won't be too many of them. Probably eventually just 2 main ones at each end plus the Heathrow spur.

Crossrail 2 might feed more branches particularly into the southern end if it ends up a Crossrail and not a north-east-to-south-west tube line. There are a few lower frequency branches in the south west to feed into the core route.

Thameslink is an existing high capacity regional through 'line' with multiple low-frequency branches funnelling into a high frequency core and with the core capacity being expanded is set to include even more branches.

Thameslink post-upgrade and Crossrail will start with 24 tph and are expected to be pretty fully used. Frequency might be increased once the new services are established, it is planned for Thameslink to eventually have 30 tph, but in both cases the trains are very long and with Crossrail additionally the speed of trains affects the frequency.

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I am aware double deckers aren't the anwer to everything. But the RER is often mentioned in the context of Crossrail discussions, which makes me ask questions on how much it really will be like an RER.
It will be like the RER in the same way it is compared to it - regional/outer suburban through routes with inner stations typically further apart than on inner suburban and metro routes. While the furthest out a London metro route goes is 18 miles from the centre of London (the Metropolitan line, which is a bit RER-like itself with express running), Thameslink will go up to 60 miles out and Crossrail up to 28, with possible further extension. There is no hard and fast rule though, as Thameslink, Crossrail and the future Crossrail 2 will be quite different to each other, as are each of the London metro lines and each RER line.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #1097
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While the furthest out a London metro route goes is 18 miles from the centre of London (the Metropolitan line, which is a bit RER-like itself with express running), Thameslink will go up to 60 miles out and Crossrail up to 28, with possible further extension.
Your figures are wrong.

Chesham is 30 miles from central London (by the shorter, road, route). Chesham trains, other than at peak times, only skip 2 Met line stops (Preston Road and Northwick Park), though the whole Met line runs fast from Wembley southwards (but so does the Piccadilly heading out to Acton, and arguably some of the newer lines outside Central London - even if there aren't slow services - like the Central line between Stratford and Liverpool Street, ot the Victoria between Kings Cross and Seven Sisters).

Reading (now guaranteed to be on Crossrail) is about 40 miles away, then again 28 is correct for Maidenhead.

Peterborough is nearly 90 miles away by road.
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Your figures are wrong.

Chesham is 30 miles from central London (by the shorter, road, route). Chesham trains, other than at peak times, only skip 2 Met line stops (Preston Road and Northwick Park), though the whole Met line runs fast from Wembley southwards (but so does the Piccadilly heading out to Acton, and arguably some of the newer lines outside Central London - even if there aren't slow services - like the Central line between Stratford and Liverpool Street, ot the Victoria between Kings Cross and Seven Sisters).

Reading (now guaranteed to be on Crossrail) is about 40 miles away, then again 28 is correct for Maidenhead.

Peterborough is nearly 90 miles away by road.
Thanks for the distance corrections. I was using google maps scale which is completely wrong, and which i should have realised having come across this before. The principle I was referring to still stands and you will note the distances are the same relative to each other.

As for express running, I just happened to point out the Met has some, not that it is defined by non-stopping or is the only example of it, and i fail to see the relevance of Chiltern to this (other than to support my point).
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I never mentioned Chiltern.

Anyway, I think the principle that we have RER-equivalents that are all wildly different and different to all the differing Parisian lines is a good one to take note of, so trying to impose RER philosophy or ideas onto Crossrail isn't a good idea. Ditto Munich S Bahn, etc.
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Trying to impose the philosophy of any line onto any other isn't a good idea in general. Every line has its own subtleties, partly what makes it interesting.
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