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Old December 18th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #1181
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Old December 19th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #1182
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It's not a complete circle in so much that there isn't a single service covering the whole thing. However, it would be possible to create such a service, which you could say, start and finish at Clapham Junction. Instead, there are two services covering the full loop: one from Highbury and Islington goes east than south over the tracks of the old East London Line and along the newly opened section through South London to Clapham Junction. The other one starts at CJ and runs north west towards Willesden Junction, then east to close the loop at Highbury and Islington. It then continues east to Stratford.

I think the reasoning is that no-one would actually want to use the full loop and thus it runs as two services. However there must be journeys taken, where a continuous service would be useful, such as a journey across north London from say, Hoxton, Haggerston or Shoreditch. At the moment you would have to change at Canonbury or H&I whereas straight run through would be useful.

An actual loop service such as was represented by the old Circle Line is fraught with difficulties as there is no start or end point of the service so to speak. If trains get delayed, it is as I understand it, difficult for trains to get back to running on time than on a linear service. However this would not apply if the service started and finished at a fixed point, say CJ. I guess it's not seen as a priority and maybe not enough travellers would benefit.
Do services from CJ run directly to Highbury and Stratford? I thought it was services from Richmond that did that.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #1183
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Do services from CJ run directly to Highbury and Stratford?
Yes (and Highbury via two routes)
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I thought it was services from Richmond that did that.
They do as well.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #1184
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TfL approves £30m funding for Crossrail ‘public realm’ projects



A £30 million kitty has been set aside by City Hall to help create public areas outside Crossrail stations such as Whitechapel. TfL’s Board has stumped up a contribution to a ‘public realm’ project, in time for the ‘super tube’ opening in 2018.

Crossrail has to carry out improvements outside each station—but claims it has more ambitious plans beyond its legal requirement.

It could boost trade at Whitechapel which has already had months of disruption, with the closure Cambridge Heath Road where excavation for the new interchange station has begun.

The scheme would include an open forecourt with a bigger entrance and more space than the present Underground station frontage in Whitechapel Road, as well as a new concourse over the existing East London Line.

Crossrail’s £90m ‘public realm’ programme across London already has £28m in the bag and now TfL is adding its £30m share.
http://www.london24.com/news/tfl_app...ects_1_1747295
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Old December 20th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1185
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 07:45 PM   #1186
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Old December 25th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #1187
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Old December 25th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #1188
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Old February 28th, 2013, 09:03 PM   #1189
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The Telegraph has posted some interesting photos on their website of the Crossrail tunnelling projects.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/pi...of-London.html

















For more photos, click the link.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 01:07 AM   #1190
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21784141 Shocked that this has not been posted before.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:12 AM   #1191
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The public consultation on Crossrail 2 has begun

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/proj...mes/27405.aspx

There are two routes for consideration - known as the 'Metro' and 'Regional' services.

The 'Metro' option would be an underground service between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace, with the aim of relieving congestion on the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

The 'Regional' option would run underground and overground from Alexandra Palace and Hertford East in Hertfordshire to various locations in south-west London and Surrey.

Crossrail 2 is expected to be completed in 2030.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #1192
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Regional would be the best option easily. What's the reasoning behind the metro option?
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Old May 18th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #1193
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Cost and frequency of service, I believe.
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Old May 19th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #1194
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Old May 19th, 2013, 11:03 PM   #1195
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That cavern looks a bit enormous...
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Old November 20th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #1196
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From Crossrail official press release:

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CROSSRAIL REVEALS FIRST COMPLETED TRAIN TUNNEL

Tuesday 19th November 2013

By Krista Eleftheriou



Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, has unveiled its first completed train tunnel 18 months after tunnelling machine, Phyllis, started her 6.8 kilometre journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, Infrastructure Minister Lord Deighton and Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring have become the first visitors to set foot inside the completed train tunnel, entering via what will be the future Crossrail Farringdon station.

They gained a glimpse of how the most significant addition to London’s transport network in a generation will look when it opens in 2018, and enclosed a time capsule in the remaining section of Crossrail’s first tunnelling machine, Phyllis.

Crossrail is delivering a significant economic boost across the UK with more than 10,000 people currently working across 45 construction sites. Over 75,000 business opportunities will be created across the UK during the life of the project.

The ministers met several of the workers including apprentices that have been constructing the new passenger tunnels underneath Farringdon station. Crossrail is on target to deliver over 400 apprenticeships with more than 260 apprentices already working on the project.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon. Danny Alexander said: “This first tunnel is a key milestone in the journey towards a better transport network in London. Crossrail will transform the way people travel, slashing journey times from the City to Heathrow by around 30 minutes and increasing London's rail capacity by ten per cent. Anyone who travels in London knows Crossrail can’t come soon enough and today shows that the project is on track to open in 2018.

“This is just one part of the government’s plan to invest in our future through growth boosting projects. When completed Crossrail is set to create £42 billion for the UK economy, which means more jobs, better skills and growing businesses across the country.”

Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton said: “Big projects bring big rewards and Crossrail is another excellent example of the UK delivering on time and on budget to create world-leading infrastructure that will drive our economy. The project will create the equivalent of 55,000 new jobs, support thousands of business and produce lasting benefits for the whole country through the supply chain.

“With 90 per cent of contracts going to UK firms and 62 per cent outside London, it is a model that projects should be looking to follow so that we get the infrastructure the UK needs to compete in the global race.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The completion of the first section of Crossrail tunnel is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in delivering this landmark infrastructure project. As well as creating thousands of jobs in the capital and across the UK, it is sending out a very strong message that London is planning for the future and delivering on a scheme that will revolutionise rail travel in our great city.”

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail has finished construction of its first section of tunnel, showing that the UK can deliver big projects on time and on budget. In the process we are creating a new generation of tunnellers, with many of them training at the new £13m Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London, providing skills for not only Crossrail but future infrastructure projects. We have also helped more than 750 people move from unemployment into work.”

BAM Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture Managing Director, Tom Tagg said: "This has been a tremendous engineering performance which has taken skill and accuracy to deliver a complex piece of infrastructure while allowing London to function above. We have been proud to be the first tunnelling machine to start building Crossrail’s new tunnels and pleased to be finishing first and ahead of schedule.”

Among the items included in the Crossrail time capsule were a 2013 edition of the London A to Z donated by Phyllis Pearsall’s company who TBM Phyllis was named after, a Crossrail “Start of Tunnelling” mining tally and a tunnel phone used to communicate without standard telephone signal.

Crossrail’s seven giant tunnelling machines are approaching 25 kilometres out of 42 kilometres of new train tunnels that will link east and west London. Another 14 kilometres of new passenger, platform and service tunnels are being constructed below the new Crossrail stations.

Phyllis is the first tunnelling machines to complete her tunnel construction with another three 1,000 tonne, 150 metre long tunnelling machines due to complete tunnelling at Farringdon in the coming year.

Farringdon station will be at the heart of London’s rail network, becoming one of the UK’s busiest rail stations linking north, south, east and west London and three of London’s major airports. More than 140 trains an hour will pass through the station including 24 Crossrail trains an hour in each direction, during peak times.

More than 150,000 passengers a day will use Farringdon station after Crossrail opens and they will be able to travel to Tottenham Court Road in three minutes, Heathrow in just over 30 minutes and Canary Wharf in nine minutes.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will transform train travel across London and the south east, delivering faster journey times, boosting London’s rail capacity by 10% and bringing an additional 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes travel of the capital’s major business centres. Over 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.



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Driver Only Operation comes into full operation on the North London Line from the 24th of November, this is in line with the plan for London Overground to be fully DOO by Summer 2014
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Old November 26th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #1198
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Construction timelapse for Fisher Street Crossrail shaft at Holborn. It was completed 9 monts ahead of schedule:

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Old December 6th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #1200
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First step in the rebuild of the railway at Britain's busiest station

Wednesday 4 Dec 2013
London & South East


The start of a major improvement programme to renew the infrastructure at London Waterloo station is planned to take place during the Christmas period.

The Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance will be investing around £1m in track upgrades as part of an ongoing programme of improvements to boost reliability on one of the busiest sections of railway in Britain.

The programme of work carried out over Christmas will include the replacement of critical switches and crossings which are more than 30 years old and are used to control train movements into the busiest part of Europe’s most heavily used station. The work will affect platforms 1 to 9 which will be out of use while the track work takes place.

The improvement works have been timed to ensure the least disruption for passengers and will take place on 27, 28 and 29 December. Traditionally during the Christmas holiday period, around half the number of passengers travel on services to and from London Waterloo than at other times of the year.

Train services will continue to run throughout the works with around half of the normal level of trains available for passengers. However, some services will start and terminate at stations away from London Waterloo and passengers may have to change trains to complete their journeys. Passengers are strongly advised to check the timetable in advance of travel for details of the changes on journeys into Waterloo and other changes to the timetable over Christmas. Detailed information can be found at southwesttrains.co.uk/XmasEng2013.aspx.

Tim Shoveller, managing director of the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, said: “With more than 100m passengers a year travelling through Waterloo station there is never a good time to carry out work which affects the level of service we can provide.

“However, we normally see around half the number of passengers travelling over Christmas than at other times of the year, so it provides a good opportunity to carry out much needed improvement work on the track on the busy approach to the Waterloo station. This will provide a more reliable infrastructure which will help to deliver a better level of service to passengers.

“Since the start of the alliance, we have hugely increased the amount of maintenance on our network and are now investing an extra £3 million a year to improve the quality of the infrastructure on the UK’s busiest commuter network. At the same time, we are pushing ahead with plans to significantly improve the infrastructure around Waterloo station by extending existing platforms and bringing all of the former international platforms back into use.”

A 350 tonne road crane will be used to lift pre-built sections of track onto the railway. The track will then be moved into place using a crane operated from on the railway. The old track will be removed from the worksite by an engineering train.

Tim Shoveller added: “Using a road crane to lift pre-built sections of track onto the railway is part of the alliance’s efforts to complete the work as quickly as possible and keep disruption to a minimum. We are committed to improving the network and will continue to invest in Waterloo station and the track on the approach to provide a better railway for passengers.”

A multi-million pound package of improvements will build on the work over Christmas and further improve the reliability of the infrastructure and help boost capacity.

Platform 20 in the Waterloo International Terminal will be brought into permanent use in April 2014 and work will take place during 2014 to reinstate further platforms in the terminal. Extra carriages will be added to trains to provide additional capacity and seats for passengers.
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