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Old December 10th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #1201
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TRANSPORT SECRETARY VISITS MIDLANDS FACTORY BUILDING CROSSRAIL STATION FROM 130 MILES AWAY



Tuesday 10th December 2013
By Nick Mann

  • Construction of Crossrail station underway at state-of-the-art Midlands factory 130 miles north of London
  • Companies from outside London urged to seize opportunities created by Europe’s biggest construction project
  • Benefits of Crossrail felt well beyond the capital as project creates jobs and business opportunities right around the UK
The Transport Secretary and Crossrail Chief Executive are urging businesses from outside London to ensure that they reap the benefits of the construction of the capital’s £14.8bn rail link.

On Monday 9 December, they visited Laing O’Rourke’s state-of-the-art factory in Steetley, in the East Midlands, where the construction of Crossrail’s new Custom House station is underway. Large sections of the station are being built in Steetley and then transported more than 130 miles to East London and assembled on site.

This process saves time and money and ensures that disruption to residents, existing rail services and the nearby ExCeL London conference centre are minimised as far as possible.

Companies from right around the UK are being urged to make the most of the many thousands of business opportunities that will arise in Crossrail’s supply chain over the coming years.

It is estimated that Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities and support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs right around the UK. Three out of five businesses currently winning work on the project are based outside London and over half (58%) are SMEs.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Those who said that only the capital would reap the benefits of Crossrail are being proven wrong.

“Crossrail is presenting thousands of business opportunities for companies across the country, and with those come thousands of jobs. It is excellent to see how the Midlands is benefiting from the project and I would urge other regions to follow suit.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “The work taking place in Steetley is evidence that Crossrail is not just benefitting London and the South East, it is creating jobs and business opportunities right around the UK.

“It may seem unusual for a station to be constructed 130 miles away, but the method saves time and money and minimises disruption. The job on site at Custom House becomes one of assembly rather than traditional construction, significantly simplifying the process of building a station. Crossrail is committed to capturing the kind of innovation on display at Steetley to ensure that it can be applied to future projects and continue to drive up standards in the industry.”

Russell Kellett, Laing O’Rourke Director of Manufacturing said: “It’s thanks to the latest advances in digital engineering that allow our designers to model every aspect of the new station virtually, and then manufacture the major structural components here in the factory. This ensures that every item is made to a far higher quality than possible on site, the whole build process is more efficient, and the sustainability benefits are improved through fewer vehicle movements and less time required on site compared to traditional methods.”

The Laing O’Rourke Explore Industrial Park, which is built on the site of a former colliery, employs 275 people, 80% of whom live within a 20 mile radius of the plant. The factory supports construction projects across the UK through the manufacture of major components in a high quality environment.

The knock-on supply chain impact in the local area is also significant, with dozens of nearby suppliers providing the plant with vital goods and services. These include:
  • Aggregates and sand from Lafarge Tarmac three miles from the plant
  • Cement from Hope Cement Works located in the Peak District
  • Insulation from Sheffield Insulations Ltd
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Old December 11th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #1202
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Cool video from Paddington:

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Construction photos of the new Whitechapel Crossrail station from Londonist website:























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Old January 2nd, 2014, 04:29 PM   #1204
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Thameslink train hits roof at London's Blackfriars Station
2 January 2014



An investigation has been launched after part of a train hit the roof of London's Blackfriars station.

It is not yet known how the carriage's pantograph - which connects the train to the overhead lines - came to hit the roof of the central London station.

The Thameslink train to Sevenoaks crashed at about 09.55 GMT. No-one was injured and the train has been removed.

Southeastern, which runs the service on First Capital Connect trains, said it was investigating the crash.

Passengers who were on the train, which had left St Albans at 08:58, were able to use their tickets on London Underground services to continue their journeys.

First Capital Connect said there were delays of up to 45 minutes on the line as a result of the crash.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 05:33 PM   #1205
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Race narrows to three for £55m Crossrail tunnel link
Tue 31st December | 9:24

London Underground has shortlisted three bid teams for a £55m passenger tunnel link at Paddington Station.

The 100m long tunnel will link the new Crossrail station to the London Underground Bakerloo Line station at Paddington.

London Underground has estimated the Paddington Bakerloo Line Link Project will cost £30-£55m to build.

Design and build contract bid teams
  • Costain Skanska JV
  • Dragados
  • Morgan Sindall BeMo Tunnelling JV
Miles Ashley, LU’s Programme Director of Crossrail and Stations, said: “The building of the tunnel link is essential to support the increase in passengers when Crossrail starts serving the station at the end of 2018.

“The next stage of the process is to invite the three shortlisted contractors to engage in the Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement model, which we successfully used on the Bank Station Upgrade contract this summer, where the bids are assessed on the added value of their proposal, rather than on lowest cost.”

LU will be seeking innovative proposals against a RIBA E reference design for which a Transport Works Act Order is well progressed and due to complete during spring 2014.

The building of a link between the Crossrail and Bakerloo line platforms is a requirement of the Crossrail Act and is expected to be completed in autumn 2018.
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Don't see why this happened, pantograph should have been lowered at Farringdon where if it would not go down the train terminated at City Thameslink using its recently installed dual voltage sections of track and crossover.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 06:58 PM   #1207
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Either human error, or failure of actuator in the pantograph?
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Either human error, or failure of actuator in the pantograph?
The pantograph on the front unit (it was an 8 car 319 operated service ~ 2 319s) was down so it's quite obvious that it wasn't human error however I'd rather wait for RAIB to do their work rather than speculate. More in depth discussion here:- http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=94658
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Old January 6th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #1209
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In mid-December Royal Borough of Greenwich approved new building for Kidbrooke station, which is in the middle of Berkeley Homes' new development at Kiddbroke:



Existing station entrance:

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Old January 15th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #1210
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Crossrail to demolish North Woolwich Railway Station
JANUARY 14, 2014
BY IAN MANSFIELD

Within the next week or two, Crossrail will sweep away the the long abandoned railway station that once marked the terminus of the North London Line railway.



Opened in June 1847, this Grade 2 listed grandeur is, fortunately, not what I am talking about.

No, the station being demolished is its 1979 replacement, a rather insipid steel construction sat beside its much grander predecessor.



They need to demolish it as right underneath will be one of the numerous side tunnels that will link the two separate railway lines for staff to hop between lines on a good day, and passengers to be evacuated on a bad one.

As a result, they need to drill a series of boreholes and pumping grout into the ground through which the cross passage is to be constructed.

Rather oddly that late 1970s building reminds me of King’s Cross — an ugly shed stuck next to a much grander Victorian building. Although at least this time, the ugly shed didn’t despoil the stone building, which was for a while a modest railway museum.

I visited a few years ago when it was a museum with a number of friends, and I don’t think the manager had ever seen so many people such was his excitement at our arrival.

Today the building lies empty, and while I am not aware of any specific plans for it, my personal best guess is that it will be turned into a pub.

It’s too close to the ferry for conversion into flats, with large lorries, buses and cargo going past the front door.

It is however next to a gentrifying area, and a short walk under the river from Woolwich Arsenal. I would wager good money that a number of pub chains are keeping an eye on it for when Crossrail move on.

Talking of moving, Crossrail’s tunnel boring machine is approaching the North Woolwich portal, and should break through in the next couple of weeks as well, to be followed by the second tunnel in April.

The portal, basically a slope down to the tunnels has been built on top of the old North London Line (ex Silverlink), and over the past couple of years, much of that old railway has been resurfaced and a new high wall built alongside to deflect some of the noise from local residents.

Incidentally, it’s outside the Thames Barrier protection zone, so the walls also had to be high enough to act as flood protection barriers.

A gap in the line at the moment for road traffic gives an opportunity to see the flat expanse of empty concrete waiting for fresh railway tracks to be laid.



The long snaking line of concrete runs up to the Victorian Connaught Tunnel, which is now sealed off by a huge mound of soil as they continue the fit out inside.



Finally, if you are a North Woolwich resident, there will be a chance to see the TBM up close in February. Those who get their local newsletter should get the details shortly, or copies are pasted on some local notice boards along the route.
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Official today from Crossrail:

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PRIME MINISTER AND MAYOR OF LONDON VISIT CROSSRAIL AS PROJECT REACHES HALFWAY POINT
Thursday 16th January 2014
By Hamish McDougall



Less than five years after works began on Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project today reached the halfway point of its construction.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Crossrail Minister Stephen Hammond marked the occasion by visiting the £14.8 billion project, going 25 metres below ground to view progress at Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road site. The station will be a key interchange with London Underground when trains run through central London from 2018.

They were joined by apprentices and commuters who will benefit from the new east-west railway, along with Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan CBE, Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme OBE and Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy CBE.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Big infrastructure projects like Crossrail are vital for the economy of London and the rest of Britain. They are the foundation-stone on which business can grow, compete and support jobs – a massive 55,000 jobs in the construction phase of this project alone.”

London’s population is set to grow from 8.4 million today to around 10 million by 2030. Government, the Mayor of London and Transport for London are investing in Crossrail and other transport infrastructure to support access to jobs, education, housing and to boost economic growth.

Crossrail is part of TfL’s investment programme. In addition to Crossrail, the Mayor and TfL are investing to deliver the modernisation of London Underground, major investment in the capital’s road network and the Mayor’s cycling vision and further improvements to the Bus, London Overground and Tramlink networks.

Crossrail will add 10% capacity to London’s rail network. It will serve 38 stations, connecting Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via central London.

The economic benefits from Crossrail are spread across the country. It is estimated that Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities and support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs around the UK. Three out of five businesses currently winning work on the project are based outside London and over half (58%) are small and medium sized enterprises. In addition to Crossrail, 61,000 jobs are created around the country annually through TfL's investment programme.

Seven 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines have bored over 29 kilometres of new 6.2m diameter tunnels under London with an eighth machine due to launch next month. Construction is also advancing on the ten new Crossrail stations and on works above ground west of Paddington and east of Stratford. 10,000 people are currently working on Crossrail, including over 280 apprentices, with the project at peak construction.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “There was a time when some said that building a huge tunnel deep below the streets of London was a mad plan that would do nothing for our economy. But as this awe-inspiring project hits its halfway point – we can see how wrong the naysayers were. Crossrail will revolutionise east-west transit in the capital, making London an even more attractive place to visit and invest. This project is not just good for London; it’s good for the whole of Britain, responsible for 55,000 jobs across the country and showing that the UK can deliver on major infrastructure projects.”

Terry Morgan CBE, Crossrail Chairman said: “Everyone involved can be justifiably proud of this achievement. It demonstrates the growing capability of the UK to deliver major infrastructure projects.”

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail has now reached the halfway point and is being delivered on time and on budget. We are on track to deliver a world-class railway.”

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner said: “Crossrail is vital to the future success of London and the UK and it’s great to see it reach this important milestone. With London’s population set to reach around ten million by 2030, we must continue to invest in improvements to London’s transport network to create jobs and stimulate growth right across the UK, now and in the future.”

During 2014, Crossrail’s major civil engineering and tunnelling works will conclude and the focus will shift towards station construction, fit-out and implementing railway systems within the tunnels and stations. The train operator will then test and refine the systems before trains run from 2018.

Upcoming Crossrail milestones include:
  • Structural completion and start of fit out of western tunnels in early 2014
  • Further tunnel boring machine breakthroughs during construction of the eastern tunnels at Stepney Green cavern, then Whitechapel, Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Major tunnelling for Crossrail is due to complete by the end of 2014.
  • Completion of the Canary Wharf station ticket hall, and the roof of Canary Wharf Group’s over station development in early 2014
  • Network Rail to continue major surface works on the existing rail network including platform lengthening and construction of a new station at Abbey Wood
  • Crossrail rolling stock and depot contract to be awarded in spring 2014
  • Announcement of the Crossrail train operating concession in late 2014
  • Joint venture partners will be sought during 2014 for major above station property developments at Paddington Triangle, Tottenham Court Road (Dean Street), Farringdon East (Lindsey Street), Liverpool Street East, Woolwich and the Limmo Peninsula
  • Delivery and testing of trains is scheduled to start in 2017 ready for the opening of the new Crossrail tunnels to passengers in late 2018.
And this photo from Boris Johnson's Twitter page:

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First new platforms of rebuilt London Bridge Station take shape
Monday 20 January 2014

The new platform and canopy sections (bottom right) have taken shape in recent weeks


The entrance to the new ground-level concourse (bottom left) will sit under the raised section of the platform canopy


A worker attached to a harness studies plans whilst standing on top of the new canopy


The first sections of the new-look London Bridge Station are beginning to take shape.

Over the past few weeks the new platforms 13, 14 and 15 of London Bridge Station have been assembled as precast concrete sections and prefabricated steel canopies have been lifted into place.

Passengers have had their first glimpse of the new undulating canopies which will run the full length of each platform.

The rebuilding project began on the St Thomas Street side of the station and will gradually work its way towards Tooley Street.

Before demolition work began the station had nine platforms for terminating trains and six for trains continuing towards Blackfriars, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.

When the new station is completed in 2018 there will be nine platforms for through trains and just six for services which have London Bridge as their destination.

To allow the tracks to be reconfigured, from January 2015 Charing Cross services will not be able to stop at London Bridge until August 2016, and then Cannon Street services won't stop until early 2018.

Train operator Southeastern has now published outline plans for its revised timetable during these works and is inviting comments from passengers before a final decision is made by the Department for Transport.
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Mock-up of train for Thameslink services from Siemens is on its way to London and will be presented on 29th January at ExCel in Docklands:

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Plus this train is going to be presented at some Thameslink stations:

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New train roadshow

After the public showcase, the Thameslink Programme team will then be taking a model of the new train to a station near you on these dates, all from 3.30pm-8pm:

Roadshow dates (3.30-8pm)* Station
Monday 3 February St Pancras International
Tuesday 4 February King's Cross
Wednesday 5 February Blackfriars
Thursday 6 February London Bridge

Monday 10 February City Thameslink
Tuesday 11 February Bedford
Wednesday 12 February St Albans
Thursday 13 February West Hampstead

(Half term)

Monday 24 February Peterborough
Tuesday 25 February Cambridge
Wednesday 26 February Stevenage
Thursday 27 February Hitchin

Monday 3 March Brighton
Tuesday 4 March East Croydon
Wednesday 5 March Wimbledon
Thursday 6 March Luton

Monday 10 March King's Cross
Tuesday 11 March City Thameslink
Wednesday 12 March Gatwick Airport

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Draft design for Peckham Rye station area redevelopment. This is now with locals' comments:



And this is what will look like:

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World’s largest solar bridge completed in London
24 JAN, 2014



The installation of 4,400 solar panels has been completed on the roof of Blackfriars station, marking another milestone in the delivery of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme.

Described by Network Rail as the world’s largest solar bridge, Blackfriars’ new photovoltaic panels, which were installed by Solarcentury, will provide half of the station’s energy, cutting its carbon emissions by more than 500 tonnes a year.

Blackfriars has undergone a major renovation as part of the Thameslink Programme, with work now completed on new platforms, redeveloping the Underground station and creating a new south bank entrance.

Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said: “The dramatic transformation of Blackfriars station from a small and cramped station to a modern landmark is typical of how we are enhancing one of Europe’s busiest rail routes – using smart, sustainable technology to reduce the cost of running the railway at the same time as giving passengers the longer, more frequent trains that are so desperately needed.”
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Crossrail's TBM Elizabeth broke through at Whitechapel on the 21st January. All courtesy from Daily Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...gree-view.html





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Today official from Network Rail:

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£5.2m Twickenham station improvements in time for 2015 Rugby World Cup
Monday 27 Jan 2014



Passengers will benefit from a range of improvements at Twickenham station, to be delivered in time for the Rugby World Cup.

The Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance has announced it will carry out the work at the station in time for the tournament in 2015.

As well as step-free access between the ticket office and platforms and there will also be improvements to the facilities, including new accessible toilets, improvements to the existing toilets, resurfaced platforms, new lighting and a new footbridge – to replace the existing concrete structure.

In addition, Platform 2 will have a greater area set aside for the public to help cope with the growing number of passengers who use the station during stadium events.

A total of £5.2m will be invested in Twickenham station using funding from the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, the government’s National Station Improvement Programme and a £1.6m contribution from the Greater London Authority via Richmond Council.

Sam McCarthy, commercial director for the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, said: “Twickenham is used by more than five million passengers every year and these much-needed improvements will help the station cope with this ever-increasing number of commuters and visitors passing through Twickenham.

“The station will be improved in time for the Rugby World Cup and will help create a better first impression for fans as they make their way to the stadium. There will also be longer-term benefits for passengers and commuters who use the station every day and those who will attend future sporting and social events at Twickenham.

“It has been a lengthy process to get to this stage and we have worked closely with Richmond Council to deliver these benefits. We will continue to consider further ways to improve the station as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a better railway for our passengers.”

Other benefits that will be delivered as part of the investment include repainting the footbridge that links Mary’s Terrace to Cole Park Road, and refurbishing the canopies over the platforms.

Work is due to start on site in May 2014 and be completed by May 2015.

The Solum scheme designed to deliver a new station and improved public realm will commence after the world cup.
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