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Old April 13th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #1121
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In the past unions really fought for rights. These days they don't really care to know what proposal it is, they will be against it.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #1123
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The steel inserts into the tunnel under central London

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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:25 AM   #1124
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Old April 14th, 2012, 04:22 PM   #1126
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Old April 15th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #1127
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Think he's impressed with Kings Cross.

I was lucky enough to be there 2 days after opening. Very very impressive, but not as much as St Pancras
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #1128
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It truly was a vast improvement.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #1129
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Old April 18th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #1130
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Ada and Phyllis Get to Work

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and transport secretary Justine Greening have officially launched the start of Crossrail tunnelling during a ceremony at Westbourne Park near the Royal Oak portal, a short distance from Paddington station.

Two tunnel boring machines, named Ada and Phyllis, will now begin an 18 month journey beneath London. In autumn 2013 they will meet up with other boring machines, that will commence tunnelling from Docklands later this year.

Each machine weighs 1000 tonnes and is 150 metres long.

Over the next three years, eight tunnel boring machines will construct a total of 13 miles of twin-bore tunnel under the capital. The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 73 miles from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

The two TBMs are named after Ada Lovelace, one of the first computer programmers, and Phyllis Pearsall, who walked 23,0000 streets and 3,000 miles to create the London A-Z road gazetteer.

The next two machines will be named Victoria and Elizabeth, after Britain’s longest reigning queens.

Mary and Sophie, will be named after wives of great engineers. Mary was the wife of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sophie the wife of Marc Isambard Brunel who built the first tunnel under the Thames.

In a spirited attack on political opponents of the £14.8 billion project Mr Johnson said, ‘I remember there was a period of appalling, nail-chewing suspense when the new government was trying to understand how to deal with the colossal mess they’d discovered the country was in, and one distinguished Cabinet Minister, no names, no pack drill, I’ll only say he wears Hush Puppies, was heard to say that we’d save a lot of money by cancelling this project.’

The coalition government, the London Mayor and business and community leaders have united with the rail industry to deliver Europe’s biggest rail infrastructure project. Trains are expected to start running along the 73 mile route in 2018.
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Ready to dig.

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Old April 21st, 2012, 08:24 PM   #1133
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Derwent London and Crossrail’s Oxford Street Project Approved

Derwent London Plc (DLN) and Crossrail Ltd. won approval for a plan to develop offices, shops and a theater on London’s Oxford Street, the UK’s busiest shopping district.

Westminster City Council gave permission for the development at 1 Oxford Street above the Tottenham Court Road underground station, Derwent said in a statement today. The REIT, which focuses on central London, will build two new buildings measuring 25,500 square meters (275,000 square feet) on the land, including a 350-seat theater designed with Nimax Theatres Ltd., a London operator.

Derwent plans to exercise its option to acquire the site when Crossrail, which owns the land, completes works on a subterranean train line linking Heathrow Airport to east London in 2017, it said in the statement. Derwent is betting that the area will prove more attractive to office occupiers when the station opens and that retailers will benefit from the number of people using the trains, resulting in higher rents.

The development “will help in the much needed revitalization of the eastern end of Oxford Street which is essential for the long-term growth of the West End,” John Burns, chief executive at Derwent, said in the statement.
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Works at Connaught Tunnel ‘pick up pace’

Crossrail has begun drilling wells at Connaught Tunnel to draw down the water table ahead of works to deepen and widen the 130 year old tunnel in east London.

Once the wells are completed, drawing down of the water table will begin next month which is required ahead of works to widen and deepen the central section of the Connaught Tunnel so it can accommodate Crossrail’s larger trains.

The water table is also being lowered to allow for the pump house shaft to be deepened by another seven metres to 25 metres in order for it to accommodate modern pumping equipment that will work to keep the tunnel dry.

During the coming weeks the 130 year old pump house will be removed brick by brick and will be donated to Newham Council.

This Victorian building is too small to accommodate the larger modern pumping equipment that will be installed as part of the tunnel’s major refurbishment. Demolition of the former North London Line station at Silvertown is ‘commencing’.

Works in Connaught Tunnel are ‘well underway’ with the ballast – loose stone ground cover – and rail tracks already removed.

Major piling works are also underway at the western approach to the tunnel in order to strengthen the ground.

Survey work for to identify potential unexploded ordnance from World War II has been completed in the tunnel’s western approach with the all clear given. Crossrail’s archaeologists have opened their fourth and final trench for the site, searching for possible evidence of human activity dating back 6,000 years.
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London Bridge station to be 'exit only' for horseriding

One of London’s busiest railway stations will be partly closed in the evening rush hour during a key Olympic event, it emerged today.

Full details of the disruption caused by the Games was revealed by transport bosses on the website www.getaheadofthegames.com outlining operations at 88 affected rail and Underground stations.

Transport chiefs have decided that London Bridge will have to operate as an exit-only station for at least one evening peak in the summer due to fears of overcrowding — the first time ever outside of an emergency.

Rush hour commuters will be turned away from the station and told to make their way home via other mainland railway stations.

London Bridge - the Achilles heel of public transport during the Games – is among six stations including Waterloo, Charlton, Greenwich, Blackheath and Stratford that will be “exceptionally busy”, according to Network Rail which has identified 59 hotspot stations during the Games.

Commuters are advised to avoid these stations on event days unless they want to endure lengthy waits even to enter the station concourse.

London Bridge will be made exit-only for a couple of hours on the evening of Monday, 30 July. This is to cope with a sudden spike from spectators returning from the Olympic horseriding in Greenwich Park where spectator numbers triple for one day only to 55,000 for the cross country event.

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The chairman of Crossrail is keen to learn from leading Europe's biggest infrastructure project and leave a lasting legacy.

Terry Morgan never forgets where he's come from. He remembers the days when, as a young automotive-engineering apprentice in Cwmbran, in his native South Wales, he had to demonstrate his craftsmanship by filing a perfect one-inch steel cube.

Forty-five years on, Mr. Morgan has an even tougher task: To oversee the construction of a mammoth £14.8 billion ($23.86 billion) rail link that cuts across, through and under London's vast metropolitan sprawl. From Maidenhead and Heathrow to the west of London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood on the eastern edge, some 118 kilometers of track will be built, involving 42 kilometers of newtunnels under the center of the EU's biggest city, the construction of eight new stations and the upgrading of 28 more.

"This is a huge undertaking in terms of scale," says Mr. Morgan, speaking in his Canary Wharf office, which overlooks the River Thames and the London cityscape. "I suspect there's very few European engineers who ever worked on a project like this."

Crossrail—a wholly owned unit of Transport for London, the Mayor of London's transport authority—is funded through a mix of local and central government money and contributions from local businesses. It looks to reduce journey times in the capital, to ease congestion and to offer better transport links in London and the South East of England. The original plan to build this new railway through Central London dates from the aftermath of shortly after World War II, but it is only this month that the project is on the verge of beginning construction.

At the heart of the project is the 42 kilometers of new tunnels beneath the busy British capital. These will allow trains to run right through central London, allowing people to travel from peripheral stations to central destinations without having to change to buses or the subway.

Last month, Crossrail said the first of eight 150-meter-long tunnel-boring machines, each weighing nearly 1,000 tons, was positioned at Royal Oak in West London, ready to begin carving out the new east-west link. Another two tunnelingmachines will start their journeys from the east later this year. The new tunnels are scheduled for completion by late 2014.

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Have the machines actually started boring yet?
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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #1138
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Crossrail’s first giant tunnel boring machine (TBM), Phyllis, has broken ground at Royal Oak to construct the first section of tunnel between Royal Oak and Farringdon.

Following the official unveiling of 1,000 tonne Phyllis, Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM) travelled 400 metres to Royal Oak Portal including under Hampden Street footbridge which was jacked up to allow the 7.1 metre diameter machine underneath. The arrival of the TBM at the portal in mid-March allowed for remaining major works to get underway to support tunnelling.

Work has also been underway to install the major conveyor system behind the TBM to remove more than one million tonnes of excavated material from the cutter head to the portal entrance. A total of 24 kilometres of conveyer belt will be used to construct the western tunnels. Rail sidings have been constructed to allow freight trains to access Westbourne Park to transport the excavated material to Northfleet from where it will be shipped to Wallasea Island to create a nature reserve.

A narrow gauge railway has been also laid to provide for small locomotives to transport materials and supplies into and out of the tunnel. Work has also been continuing at the Old Oak Common concrete segment plant. Over 8,000 segments have now been produced and stockpiled for the western tunnels.

A further tunnelling machine, Ada, will subsequently be launched from Royal Oak. Once the first machine has progressed sufficiently, the second tunnel boring machine will be brought down to the portal headwall. When the second tunnel boring machine has reached Paddington, both machines will then progress forward through the Paddington station box to Bond Street and then onwards to Farringdon. The tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon will be completed in late 2013.

Eight tunnel boring machine will be used to construct 21 kilometres (13 miles) of Crossrail’s twin bore tunnels running between Royal Oak in west London and Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead in east London.

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There is a further, but smaller gallery of photo's over at the Crossrail website.

Also, if you can find a way to 'obtain' it, there was aprogramme on Channel 5 (UK) a fortnight ago called Dirty Great Machines* which featured the construction of one of the TBMs

* The Link may be restricted to the UK/Rep. of Ireland only

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Old May 19th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1139
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Passengers will benefit from more than 700 extra trains every week at Blackfriars thanks to the new platforms and the completion of engineering work on the central London section of the Thameslink route, allowing trains to serve the station later at night and on weekends.

Network Rail senior programme manager for Blackfriars, Paul Byrne, said: “Our work to rebuild Blackfriars is approaching completion with two new platforms opening on Saturday, coupled with the end of weekend closures on the route, allowing over 700 extra trains to serve the station each week.

Network Rail, working in partnership with Balfour Beatty, has rebuilt Blackfriars station on top of a Victorian rail bridge, creating the only station in London to span the River Thames. The new station roof, built on top of the bridge, is currently being fitted with 4,400 solar panels to create London’s largest solar array.

Saturday also sees weekend and late evening services return to First Capital Connect’s Thameslink route through central London. For three-and-a-half years the section of the route between London Bridge and St Pancras has been closed every night and almost every weekend to allow Network Rail to install new track and signalling and rebuild Farringdon and Blackfriars stations.

The work is part of an upgrade of Thameslink route, which runs from Bedford to Brighton through central London, which will eventually allow 24 trains per hour in each direction to run through Blackfriars.

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With the timelapse footage, I found myself watching the tide of the Thames more than the Station itself !
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Old June 9th, 2012, 12:58 AM   #1140
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Now that Crossrail 1 is under construction, the political campaigning to get crossrail 2 built and underway has begun in earnest.

Business promotion group London First has issued a report stressing the importance of building another crossrail line to cope with growing traffic.

London First's preliminary report into the line is up.

1st the case for

Detailed projected congestion maps for 2007. 2021 and 2031, with all assumed investment. Whats different about these ones, is that it shows congestion in both directions instead of just peak flow.

Green lines show between 1 and 2 people standing per square metre. Orange between 2 and 3, Red 3 and 4 and Black over 4 people standing per square metre.













It looks at the latest thinking on the route and it's impacts.

The old route.











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