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Old March 30th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #1101
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There maybe some advantages in compatibility of trains, signalling etc but otherwise i must concur.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 01:27 AM   #1102
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Waterloo named Britain’s busiest rail station

Waterloo has been named as the busiest station in Great Britain by the Office of Rail Regulation.

Station usage statistics for April 2010 – March 2011 estimate that there were 91,750,382 entries and exits made by passengers at Waterloo station – an increase of 6.2% (over 5 million more passenger entries and exits) compared with 2009-2010 figures.

London Victoria came second with 73,573,492 entries and exits (an increase of 4.8%) and London Liverpool Street third with 55,769,423 (up 8.1%).

Glasgow Central beats Birmingham New Street to be the busiest station outside London, taking ninth place in the GB rankings.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 07:37 PM   #1103
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London Bridge redevelopment gets planning permission

Network Rail’s £500M redevelopment of London Bridge station has been awarded formal planning consent.

The plans are part of the second stage of the Thameslink programme to unlock much needed capacity on London’s rail network, and allow more services to travel to and through the capital.

Southwark Borough Council’s decision to grant planning permission means that from 2018 over 90m passengers a year - a 35m increase - will be able to travel through a brand new, state-of-the-art railway station.

Costain has already been appointed design and build contractor for the project.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 06:04 AM   #1104
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 06:08 AM   #1105
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Major Moorgate development application approved

The new scheme will comprise approximately 88,000 sq-ft of new retail and commercial space in the City on Moorgate. The previous 1970s office building and former HQ’s of Amro Bank and Norton Rose, 101 Moorgate, has already been demolished for Crossrail to sink a shaft to provide access to Crossrail’s east and westbound tunnels.

The new development will integrate carefully with the new and existing railway and will be constructed over part of the new Crossrail station and in part over the existing Metropolitan and Circle line tracks to Moorgate.

101 Moorgate is on the west side of Moorgate next to the proposed new western entrance to Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station. The development will wrap over and around the associated ventilation and emergency intervention shaft, the ‘Moorgate Shaft’, for the station.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail Land and Property Director said: “101 Moorgate will be an office-led mixed-use sustainable development of high quality which is respectful to its surroundings and will help assist in the promotion of the City as the world’s leading financial and business centre.

“These proposals at 101 Moorgate make best use of this centrally located site. The new shop units will provide a significant length of active frontage which, together with the high quality office floor space will contribute positively to the Moorgate area. These plans are further evidence of the lasting legacy that Crossrail will deliver. Crossrail plans to promote over 3 million sq-ft of new development above and around the new railway infrastructure through the heart of London.”

The proposed building in the City has been carefully designed to fit into the surrounding Moorgate area. The building’s height, facades and elevations all relate to existing buildings within this part of Moorgate. Crossrail also plan new attractive urban paving and public space around the new Moorgate station.

The privately funded over-site development project will be built once work to construct Liverpool Street Crossrail station is complete in 2017. Income from over-site developments is a major element of the Crossrail funding package.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 03:58 PM   #1106
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Old April 4th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #1109
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Network Rail begins work for Heathrow Crossrail services

Network Rail has begun work on the Stockley Interchange in west London, a ‘crucial part’ of the Crossrail network that will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow.

When Crossrail services begin, even more trains will travel along the Great Western main line so work is needed to improve capacity.

The current junction at Stockley allows trains to leave the main line and continue to Heathrow Airport.

Network Rail, on behalf of Crossrail Limited, will build a new single track viaduct for all trains from Heathrow towards London. Work is due to complete in 2017. Existing train services to Heathrow will continue to run throughout.

Stockley Interchange will allow Crossrail trains to join the branch to Heathrow without delaying – or being delayed by – fast trains to the west, thus increasing ‘capacity and reliability on the extremely busy Great Western main line’.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km (43.5 miles) of track and 28 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 03:23 AM   #1110
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What Lies Beneath: Excavating Crossrail's tunnels

Europe’s largest civil engineering project, the London-spanning Crossrail line, is entering a major new phase with the beginning of tunnel excavation. Stuart Nathan reports on the progress of the project

Like most large cities these days, London exists in three dimensions. The high-rise buildings climbing into the sky are obvious to everyone, but the vital arteries below the ground — the gas, electricity and water utilities and, perhaps most of all, the London Underground — receive comparatively little attention. But subterranean London has been jolted to the surface of public consciousness in recent weeks, as the most visible phase of the development of a new part of the sub-city swings into action: the excavation of the tunnels for Crossrail.

Mooted for decades but only just getting off — or rather under — the ground, Crossrail is the scheme to link the commuter areas to the East and West of the capital to major transport and business hubs — Heathrow Airport, Paddington, the City, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street. In order to do this, the line dives underground through 21km of new tunnel, from Royal Oak in the West to Stratford in the Northeast and Plumstead in the Southeast, and along this route are seven new stations, at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf.

For many Londoners, Crossrail has been a visible presence for some time, particularly with a large building works behind hoardings near Tottenham Court Road station, but the start of tunnel construction marks the beginning of perhaps the most challenging phase of the project.

Tunnelling is always a technologically challenging task, but London’s underground city is the oldest and one of the most complex in the world; the oldest section of the Tube is 149 years old, with eleven lines running from just below the surface to a deepest point 67.4m underground, and with a whole range of cellars, basements, sewers, water mains and a variety of other structures. For Crossrail’s chief engineer, Chris Dulake, it’s the trickiest part of the project. ‘It’s quite a challenge to plan the alignment of the tunnel when you’re threading your way through all the tunnels and services,’ he told The Engineer; the closest approach that the Crossrail tunnel will make to an existing tunnel is less than a metre. The task is made even more difficult because the minimum turning radius of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that are excavating the tunnels have a minimum turning radius of 250m.

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Brighton train companies shortlisted to run Thameslink service

Two of the companies running trains out of Brighton have been shortlisted to operate Thameslink services from September next year. First Group, which currently operates the franchise as First Capital Connect, hopes to retain the contract.

It faces competition from Govia, the company that owns Southern Railway and runs most services out of Brighton.

Southern’s trains run to London Victoria and along the coast through Hove and Portslade to the west and to Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings in the east.

Govia is a partnership between the Go Ahead Group, which also owns Brighton and Hove Buses, and the French transport company Keolis. It also operates the Southeastern franchise and the Gatwick Express.

First Group and Govia have been shortlisted along with three other bidders for a franchise that will run for at least seven years.

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The Connaught Tunnel, that's being redeveloped for Crossrail use.

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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #1114
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Boris Johnson promises driverless Tube trains within 10 years

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About time, cut out the striking union ****ers.
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Would like to see the insides of Gatwick Express while the train is in service.
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About time, cut out the striking union ****ers.
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Unions have their place, when they are constructive and help the management to understand the conditions "on the floor", to lead to a better working environment for all. But when they become militaristic and bloated... that I abhor. The union in charge of the tube workers has no sympathy from me.
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