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Old May 23rd, 2014, 10:30 AM   #1321
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Three new state-of-the-art electric train fleets will mean more services and seats, faster journeys and better connections across many of the busiest rail routes in London and the south east after the government announced today (23 May 2014) its intention to award the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise to Govia Thameslink Railway Limited.
The 7 year franchise – the largest ever let in terms of passenger numbers – will help deliver the government’s multi-billion pound investment in the region’s rail network, opening up new routes across London and improving services to scores of destinations, including:
Brighton
King’s Lynn
Peterborough
Cambridge
Bedford
Luton
Gatwick Airports
Moorgate
Nearly 1,400 new electric carriages will be rolled out across the new franchise, providing 50% more capacity and 10,000 extra seats every weekday into central London during the morning peak by the end of 2018, and delivering quicker, cleaner and more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses.
In addition, the new franchise will see millions invested in improving stations and staffing, a simplified ticketing structure and tough new targets for Govia to improve punctuality by reducing delays by around a fifth and improve cleanliness.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said:
A world class railway is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. New state-of-the-art trains, more seats, better connections and improved stations will transform travel across London and the south east. That’s great news for businesses and the hundreds of thousands of passengers who use these vital services every day.
The TSGN franchise will play a crucial role in delivering the government’s £6.5 billion Thameslink programme – a major programme of infrastructure work that is helping create 8,000 jobs and will allow 24 trains per hour to travel in each direction from Blackfriars to St Pancras. New tunnels will link Peterborough and Cambridge to the existing Thameslink route providing easy access across London via St Pancras to Gatwick and Brighton.
The franchise will introduce 1,140 new carriages – already under construction - on the Thameslink network, improving services to scores of destinations, including the introduction of new cross capital services and a connection at Farringdon to London’s newest railway - Crossrail.
In addition, Govia will order a new fleet of 108 carriages for the Gatwick Express service, replacing the current 25-year-old trains with a fleet better suited to the needs of airport passengers. It will also secure 150 new carriages to replace the 40-year-old trains currently operating on the route between Moorgate, north London and Hertfordshire.
That means the total number of carriages in service will grow to 2,631 by 2019 – an increase of 27%. It will also release some existing electric carriages to be used elsewhere in the country.
Govia will invest significantly in improving stations, including free wi-fi at more than 100 stations, better retail and catering facilities and improvements to customer information systems. Staffing hours will also be extended so that at more than 100 of the largest stations there will be staff available from the first train in the morning to the last train at night.
Demanding contractual obligations on the operator will deliver cleaner and more spacious trains and improve passenger satisfaction. Tough new benchmarks for performance, train and station cleanliness and customer service information have also been agreed.
The operator will also develop website, smartphone and tablet apps that will make door-to-door travel easier for customers, including planning journeys, buying tickets and booking onward taxis.
The TSGN franchise will replace the existing Thameslink and Great Northern franchise (operated as First Capital Connect) from 14 September 2014 and will include the South Central franchise (operated as Southern and Gatwick Express) when it expires on 26 July 2015. A small number of services and stations will also transfer from the South Eastern franchise by 21 December 2014. The current franchises provide around 273 million passenger journeys annually.
Following the announcement, and in accordance with usual procurement practice, there will be a standstill period of 10 days before the department will be a position to enter into, and complete, the formal contractual documentation and make the award to the successful tenderer.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #1322
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This is the timeline map of future Govia Thameslink routes, taken from their website:

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Old May 25th, 2014, 09:27 PM   #1323
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The violet coloured routes are the current southern routes.

Some southeastern routes will transfer upon the December 14 timetable change (21/12 this year) to coincide with the London Bridge changes on Thameslink.

Some key aspects of the new franchise are the procurement and ordering of two new sets of EMUs for Great northern 313 replacement and 442 GatEx replacement; a 50% capacity increase to Uckfield, changes to Brighton Main Line services by extending 2tph of GatEx services to Brighton and the cascade of EMUs across the franchise (319s, 387s, 377s, 313s)
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Old May 26th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #1324
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Some key aspects of the new franchise are the procurement and ordering of two new sets of EMUs for Great northern 313 replacement and 442 GatEx replacement; a 50% capacity increase to Uckfield, changes to Brighton Main Line services by extending 2tph of GatEx services to Brighton and the cascade of EMUs across the franchise (319s, 387s, 377s, 313s)
And, of couse, refubrishment of stations, including Great Northern stations, yeah?
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Old May 27th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #1325
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From Railway Gazette:

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Crossrail flyover launched
27 May 2014

UK: On May 27 Crossrail Ltd announced that work had been completed to launch a 120 m long bridge weighing 1 000 tonnes into position over the Great Western Main Line at Stockley in west London. The bridge forms part of an additional flyover that is being built to avoid conflicting movements between Crossrail and Heathrow Express services heading towards central London and other trains using the GWML.

Two jacks were used to move the new bridge into position. A total of 20 moveable wheels and Teflon sheets were also deployed to slide the structure in place.

‘We used innovative methods as this was a complex and difficult operation’, said Rob McIntosh, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, which is responsible for delivering surface works for the project. ‘The system of sliding the bridge over the railway line allowed for controlled and safe installation with minimal interruption of rail services’.

Crossrail services are due to start running between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport in 2018. Once the project is fully completed in 2019, Crossrail services will run between the airport and destinations in east and southeast London via the new tunnel under the city centre.

‘The new flyover at Stockley is an essential part of our works in west London, ensuring that the network has enough capacity to run frequent services to and from Heathrow’, said Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail Ltd. ‘Crossrail will significantly improve transport links to the airport, bringing the West End, the City and Canary Wharf closer than ever before’

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Old May 27th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #1326
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Pictures from Crossrail's website:







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Old May 27th, 2014, 04:37 PM   #1327
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From Flickr user Diamong Geezer, progress continues on demolishing of old Pudding Mill Lane DLR station, making way for new Crossrail portal:

Destroying the DLR by diamond geezer, on Flickr

Demolishing the DLR by diamond geezer, on Flickr
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Timelapse on Crossrail works in Stokcley:

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Old May 28th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #1330
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Official from TfL:

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TfL appoints London Overground operator to run additional services
28 May 2014

Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to appoint LOROL, the London Overground train operator, on an interim basis to run local services out of Liverpool Street Station to north east London and improve standards for passengers.

LOROL (London Overground Rail Operations Ltd) will run the services – currently managed under the Greater Anglia franchise – between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford as well as those on the Romford to Upminster line for 17 months starting on 31 May next year.

The London Overground concession, including these latest additions, will then be re-let following an established bidding process.

Under TfL, and from day one of the transfer, passengers can look forward to seeing staff at all London Overground -managed stations while trains are running.

Their presence will bring immediate improvements to station security, safety and accessibility. Oyster will continue to be available to passengers who will also be able to use contactless payment cards for the same PAYG fare.

They will be able to take advantage of TfL’s extensive multi-media travel service information.

In a rolling programme, all of the stations will be thoroughly cleaned, and have new, modern ticket machines installed.

The trains will also be fully cleaned but TfL has ordered new ones which will carry more people more reliably than before.

LOROL has operated London Overground for TfL, since 2007.

During that time the network has been significantly extended, carrying more people than ever, and it has become one of the most punctual railways in the UK.

The Director of London Rail, Jonathan Fox, who leads TfL’s mainline rail business said: “London Overground is coming to West Anglia and will bring more staff, simpler ticketing and, eventually, brand new trains to these lines. LOROL has a proven record on delivery and I'm pleased that this will now extend to West Anglia.”

LOROL will take over the new routes on 31 May 2015 and run them until November 2016 when the current London Overground concession is due to end.
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Recent progress on costruction of Paddington Crossrail station, from Crossrail:

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Old May 28th, 2014, 08:12 PM   #1332
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Published on London subforum, the recent progress on new Tottenham Court Road station, first part of rebuilt ticket hall will open next year:

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I've a question. If we add underground, DLR, overground, thameslink, the future crossrail and all suburban rail lines which cross the metropolitan area of the capital, How many kilometers of rail has London?

Unlike others metropolis (Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo etc.) The London tube map only shows the underground and the overground lines but not the suburban rail lines (even though the suburban rail lines are the only ones which serve many areas of the city). I've never found an integrated map of the whole urban and suburban rail network of London.
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I've never found an integrated map of the whole urban and suburban rail network of London.
Not looked too hard, have you? http://www.tfl.gov.uk/maps/track

Literally two clicks from the TfL home page ('Maps' & 'Tube and Rail').

Also in poster format at every station in London - or at least some variant is.
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All it takes is a google image search for "all rail london" and there are plenty of examples.
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Re: London Overground taking over some East Anglia services - Boris seems to like keeping these in-house, any chance if this is a success that they'll continue to be operated by the state? Slowly renationalising key franchises can only be a good thing these days - no point letting a private company profit when TfL could do the same job and put the profits back into the network
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The blueprints of engineering studies from WSP, TfL and Network Rail of new Crossrail link to West Coast Main Line, which could take some Euston-bound services:





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Re: London Overground taking over some East Anglia services - Boris seems to like keeping these in-house, any chance if this is a success that they'll continue to be operated by the state? Slowly renationalising key franchises can only be a good thing these days - no point letting a private company profit when TfL could do the same job and put the profits back into the network
It's not renationalisation by any stretch of the imagination. London Overground is extending to the West Anglia services, and these will, like London Overground, be operated by a private firm. The article above states this will be LOROL (a consortium between Arriva, now part of Deutsche Bahn, and the MTR corporation of Hong Kong).

The difference between London Overground and most other UK train operating companies is that the TOC does not decide levels of service and fares. This is similar to the model used for the DLR, Tramlink and even London buses (incidentally, there was an 'in-house' bus operator in London until Boris privatized it - I'm not aware of him ever showing interest in making operations 'in-house').

TfL has aspirations to extend its London Overground concession system to much of the London metro portions of the rail franchises. If/when this occurs, however, it will in no way be renationalization or bringing operations 'in-house'.
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I've a question. If we add underground, DLR, overground, thameslink, the future crossrail and all suburban rail lines which cross the metropolitan area of the capital, How many kilometers of rail has London?

Unlike others metropolis (Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo etc.) The London tube map only shows the underground and the overground lines but not the suburban rail lines (even though the suburban rail lines are the only ones which serve many areas of the city). I've never found an integrated map of the whole urban and suburban rail network of London.
You should sum the lengths of the Tube, the Overground, the DLR, Tramlink, Thameslink, and Crossrail. As for suburban rail lines, the only metro-like lines London is going to get are Thameslink and Crossrail.

Are there exclusively suburban rail services in London? Or do you call as such just the metropolitan part of mainline services?
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