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Old June 9th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #1141
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I think it's been discussed before, but it seems that you could almost do with having two separate lines: a Chelsea-Hackney tube line running from Epping to Wimbledon with lots of intermediate stations and a mainline Crossrail 2 connecting to the Northern Line, Clapham Junction, Victoria, Crossrail 1, Euston, Kings X and up the Lea Valley.

Too bad we won't see both due to cost but at least it seems that the latter project may eventually get built.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #1142
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Thameslink was created in 1988 by relaying track through the disused Snow Hill tunnel. However along with the closure of Holborn Viaduct Station in early 1990, the original line linking Blackfriars with Snow Hill was replaced with an underground line only a couple of years after being relaid. Was this a sudden change of plan to accommodate the City Thameslink Station or was this always the intention? It amazes me that what's now a vital artery should have lain disused for so many years.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #1143
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Closing Holborn Viaduct (and demolishing its approaches, which occupied extremely valuable real estate) was part of the Thameslink plan from the start; they progressively reduced the number of trains calling at HV until City Thameslink was ready. The amount of new infrastructure that was 'wasted' by this temporary arrangement was relatively small - it was just a cross-over and tracks from the approach to HV on to the disused slope into the tunnel.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #1144
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The UK's first urban cable car service, spanning the River Thames in London, opened to the public on Thursday 28th June.

The crossing, sponsored by Dubai-based airline Emirates, is between the ExCeL exhibition centre and the O2 arena at Greenwich in south London.

The system can carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction and will operate every day.

Known as the Emirates Air Line, the facility will cost £3.20 for a single fare for those using Oyster cards, while adults paying by cash will have to fork out £4.30.







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Old July 11th, 2012, 02:11 AM   #1145
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Wow nice cable car service!
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Old September 24th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #1146
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So are those boring old machines Near You?

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Old October 6th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #1147
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Old October 6th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #1148
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Old October 8th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #1149
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Old October 8th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #1150
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Old October 9th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #1151
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Is the Canary Wharf station going to be integrated into the LU station?
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Old October 9th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #1152
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no - the Crossrail station is in West India Dock North, whereas the Jubilee line is in West India Middle Dock. I'd imagine that there might be some poorly signed underground 'outerchange' (like the Jubilee and DLR stations), but Poplar DLR is closer to the Crossrail station, with a lot fewer deep foundations in-between, than Canary Wharf Jubilee station.

I can't see a link being well used, however. What journeys does it produce? A better use of (considerably less money) would be a decent interchange with Poplar (I imagine an 'outerchange' would be signed and recognised as valid on Oyster).
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:08 PM   #1153
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Crossrail trains to receive state guarantee

The £1bn order for new trains for the Crossrail east-west London rail line will be among the first recipients of a government guarantee designed to revive investment in essential infrastructure, Danny Alexander will announce on Tuesday.

Mr Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury believes the guarantee will drive down the cost of the rolling stock order, which was launched in February. Industry sources are sceptical the move would cut the costs of borrowing for banks but acknowledge a guarantee should make it easier to secure financing, a problem that has led to delays on two other large rolling stock contracts, including the controversial Siemens contract for Thameslink.

The order is for a depot and 60 trains to be used on the new £15bn route, linking Heathrow in the west and Canary Wharf in the east. Four companies are interested – Siemens, Bombardier, Hitachi and CAF of Spain – and are expected to bid formally by the end of October.

The government was already providing 30 per cent of the funding for rolling stock and will say on Tuesday that it is prepared to guarantee the remainder, which will be financed as a private finance initiative.

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Old October 19th, 2012, 02:11 PM   #1154
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Crossrail to boost house prices 'by up to 25%'

House prices along the £16bn Crossrail route could rise by up to 25% over the next 10 years, a report has shown. The study found the rail link, from Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, could add £5.5bn to property values by 2021.

The research looked at commercial and residential developments within 1km of new stations on the route.

However, Matthew Fine, who owns an estate agents in Marylebone, said the figure was likely to be nearer 10%.

The study, carried out by property consultancy GVA for Crossrail, found properties in places such as Ealing Broadway, Southall, Hayes and Harlington, Farringdon, Whitechapel, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood could be boosted by up to 25%.

Meanwhile towns at either end of Crossrail, in Berkshire and Essex, could expect to see property prices increase by 20% above the baseline trend, it showed.

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Old October 19th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #1155
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Crossrail to come to Stansted?

PROPOSALS to extend the Crossrail project to Stansted Airport have been revealed – clearing the way to expand the Uttlesford low-cost hub with TWO extra runways.

According to a report in the Architects Journal, National and London Planning Forum chairman Brian Waters and transport consultant Michael Schabas, who helped develop the Jubilee Line Underground extension, “have unveiled a ‘near-term’ vision to tackle congestion”.

Their proposal would see a new £3bn Crossrail spur connecting Heathrow, the City of London and the corporate centre of Canary Wharf to Stansted – which they suggest has room for three runways.

Currently under construction, Crossrail will link 37 stations in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Kent via Greater London. The 118km (73.3-mile) railway is set to open in 2018.

It is estimated the initiative – the biggest construction project in Europe – will bring an extra 1.5m people within a 45-minute commute of the capital’s business districts.

Architects Journal quotes Rob Naybour, of architect Weston Williamson, as saying: “Residents of Bishop’s Stortford may not be in favour, but it would take decades to come to fruition so they would have plenty of time to move.”

Although Stansted bosses ditched plans for a second runway two years ago, when all three main political parties made a General Election manifesto commitment to veto any new runways in the South East during the term of the current Parliament, expansion is back at the top of the political agenda, thanks to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The Tory maverick has been vociferous, calling for an increase in the region’s aviation capacity and backing either a new airport in the Thames Estuary or the creation of a “super-Stansted” to act as the UK’s main hub instead of Heathrow.

The Government has recently launched an independent commission to examine the issue, chaired by Howard Davies.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 03:50 PM   #1156
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Crossrail resumes tunnelling towards Bond Street

Tunnelling has restarted on one of Crossrail’s two active machines after both were brought to a standstill last week.

A Crossrail spokesman said: “Tunnelling has now recommenced with Phyllis progressing from Paddington towards Bond Street. Ada will recommence tunnelling next week as will the direct loading of rail freight wagons ahead of transport to Northfleet.”

Tunnelling re-commenced this morning at around 10.30am. Stockpile levels at Royal Oak have been sufficiently reduced and tunnelling can now recommence.

CN revealed earlier this month that Crossrail had temporarily halted Ada, one of its tunnel boring machines as investigations continued into the collapse of a hopper at Westbourne Park.

It was then forced to halt ‘Phyllis’ last week to allow the site team to focus on excavated material removal at Royal Oak.

Crossrail used lorries to remove excavated material that had built up in a stockpile at Royal Oak. That stockpile will be built up again this week as tunnelling recommences with lorries due to continue to remove the resulting excess of material. Once it has been completely cleared, Crossrail will stop its use of lorries to remove the material.

More than 1 million tonnes of earth will be excavated during the tunnelling construction of Crossrail’s 6.4 km western tunnels between Royal Oak Portal and Farringdon station.

Excavated material is transferred from Northfleet by ship to regeneration sites, including a new RSPB nature reserve at Wallasea Island, Essex.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 01:59 AM   #1157
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Crossrail lowers tunnelling machine into peninsula

Crossrail has lowered a 550 tonne tunnelling machine into a 40m shaft in the Limmo peninsula near Canning Town in preparation for the next stage of construction. The operation required one of the largest cranes in Europe to lift the equivalent of 280 London taxis.

"Elizabeth" is now underground but the team will have to repeat the exercise with her sister machine "Victoria".

Later this year, Elizabeth will travel under the River Lea towards Canary Wharf and work has started to prepare Crossrail's Canary Wharf station to receive Elizabeth, with workers breaking out the hard concrete at the tunnel eyes to allow for the machines to enter the station next year.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: "Elizabeth and Victoria will construct Crossrail's longest tunnel section - 8.3km between Canning Town and Farringdon.

"When Crossrail is completed it will dramatically improve transport in east London and bring places like Custom House and Abbey Wood to within 20 minutes of London's major employment areas."

The assembly of the tunnelling machines and their gantries will be completed underground creating two 148m tunnelling factories. A large conveyer system will be constructed to take the earth from the bottom of the shaft onto nearby ships at a jetty that will take 1.2million tonnes of earth to Wallasea Island to create a new RSPB nature reserve.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "With every twist of these giant boring machines we are unleashing the huge economic opportunities stemming from this ambitious infrastructure project.

"Furthermore, the construction of Crossrail's eastern section is demonstrating London's world-class engineering expertise and providing thousands of technical training and job opportunities."
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Main Phase Of Utility Works To Begin For New Farringdon Station

As part of the construction of the new Farringdon station, Crossrail needs to protect and replace the utilities that lie beneath Farringdon Road.

The preparatory works began in August this year, with the main phase of the utility works commencing on Monday 12 November. The works are expected to continue until May 2013.

A number of water, gas and other utility pipes that run under Farringdon Road, must be replaced or monitored as they could potentially be affected by ground settlement caused by station and tunnelling works.

A major benefit of the works is that, once complete, the major local utilities will have been replaced or upgraded which will significantly reduce the level of utility works on Farringdon Road in future years.

Crossrail has been working closely with the utility companies, Transport for London (TfL), the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington and the City of London to minimise the impact of this work for businesses, shoppers and local residents.

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