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Old June 3rd, 2014, 12:50 PM   #1361
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IMPROVED EALING BROADWAY STATION DESIGNS REVEALED
Monday 2nd June 2014





Redesigned proposals for improvements to Ealing Broadway station have been revealed by Crossrail

Since submitting proposals at the end of last year, Crossrail has been working closely with Ealing Council, local developers and nearby landowners to broaden the scheme and revise the plans for the station. There has also been close consultation with the local MP and community groups, allowing them the opportunity to comment on the designs.

The new proposals for the station, designed by Bennetts Associates Architects, include the addition of a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that reflects the prominence and importance of the station building.

Crossrail’s plans allow for the current dated façade to be replaced with a new glass structure and a new entrance twice the size of the existing one, which will allow much more natural light into the building.

Inside the station, improvements comprise:
  • A ticket hall more than twice the size of the existing one with capacity for 17 standard ticket gates and one wide gate
  • Four new lifts to provide step free access from street level to all platforms
  • Improved staircases for platforms 1 and 2/3
  • Platform extensions to accommodate the new high capacity Crossrail trains
  • New toilet facilities
  • New customer information screens, station signage, help points and CCTV
The revised designs will be open to community consultation before Ealing Council takes its decision on planning.

Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “The council was determined to secure a high quality station for Ealing Broadway and has worked hard with Crossrail to ensure the designs match Ealing’s aspirations.

“The council is pleased that, following our intervention, Crossrail decided to completely re-think its plans and responded constructively to the design observations we put forward. We are confident that the revised station plans will create a building which works better for people and is of a scale and appearance that benefits Ealing as west London’s premier town centre.

“The council is also currently finalising further plans which will transform the entire area around the station, as well as improve safety and transport links, and upgrade the look and feel of the area. These plans will be announced shortly.”

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director, said: “Ealing Broadway will be a key stop on the Crossrail route and we understand the need to provide local people with a much better station building than they have at the moment.

“By working with the council, community groups, developers and nearby landowners we have improved our proposals and broadened the scheme. Our plans are for a station that will be brighter, more spacious, easier to get around and more visually prominent.”

Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Ealing – better stations, new and longer trains, faster journeys. Residents will be able to catch up to ten Crossrail services an hour right through the centre of the capital, making it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East. The station will also be an interchange with the District and Central lines on the Underground as well as National Rail services.

By improving transport links, Crossrail is already unlocking development opportunities in west London, encouraging investment and supporting local jobs and businesses. Almost half of planning applications (44%) within a kilometre of the five stations in the London Borough of Ealing cited the new railway as a justification for the development proceeding. This equates to an estimated 260,000 square metres of residential, commercial and retail space
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DfT and TfL publish report setting out options for step free Crossrail
03 June 2014

The joint sponsors of Crossrail, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL), have reaffirmed their aim of making the entire route accessible and published options to make the remaining seven stations step free.

The route will serve 40 stations from Reading and Maidenhead in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Eight stations are already step free and work is underway to upgrade or build 25 more to give step free access for the first time. The joint sponsors are working on plans for the remaining seven.

The report sets out practical, workable solutions that could be implemented at Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park, Hanwell, Iver, Taplow and Langley.

Further work will be undertaken to verify technical and engineering assumptions as well as further develop the plans. TfL and the DfT are currently looking at funding options to pay for these improvements.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London now has one of the most accessible public transport networks in the world, with further improvements underway at stations, bus stops and on our trains.

It is therefore only right that Crossrail is also part of that accessible future. This report sets out workable solutions for step-free access at all Crossrail stations and I will continue working alongside the DfT and TfL to help deliver that.”

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: “World class transport networks are a vital part in the national economic plan but they have to be accessible to all. This is why everyone in the Crossrail family supports the aim of making all of the route accessible. The publication of this study is a step in the right direction.”

Mike Brown MVO, the Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail, said: “Crossrail is going to transform how people travel in and across London and we are committed to making the entire railway open to everyone. Providing an accessible transport network is a priority for TfL and we have already made significant improvements to make travelling in London easier for customers with disabilities. The provision of 40 step free stations for Crossrail is an important part of that work so that London can continue to deliver greater accessibility.”

The new Crossrail train fleet will be built to the latest standards of accessibility. Crossrail trains will have dedicated, clearly distinguished priority seats and space for wheelchairs. Each carriage will provide both visual and audio information about the train’s journey.

Crossrail will be fully operational by the end of 2019. The line will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It is connecting people and places, providing faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.

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 are small and medium-size companies (SMEs).
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CROSSRAIL BEGINS NEW DOCKLANDS TUNNEL DRIVE
Wednesday 4th June 2014

  • Tunnel Boring Machine Jessica begins her journey from Limmo Peninsula
  • End is now in sight for Crossrail’s tunnelling marathon with construction of new rail tunnels over 80% complete
Crossrail today started its shortest tunnel drive from Limmo Peninsula, beside Canning Town station, towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London.

Tunnelling machine Jessica, named after British Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, will create the 900m tunnel forming part of the south-east spur of London’s new rail line. The tunnel begins from a 35m deep access shaft alongside the mouth of the River Lea, and will run to Victoria Dock Portal, where the Crossrail tracks reach the surface at Custom House station. It is Jessica’s second tunnelling mission, having already completed a tunnel from Pudding Mill Lane, near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to Stepney Green over the winter.

Jessica’s launch continues Crossrail’s good progress with over 80% of rail tunnels now complete. Later this year Jessica’s sister machine Ellie will create the second tunnel from Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock Portal. Crossrail is creating 42 kilometres of bored tunnels using eight tunnel boring machines, four of which have already retired after completing their journeys.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: "The end is now in sight for Crossrail’s tunnelling marathon. We wish those operating Jessica a safe and speedy journey through to Victoria Dock. While this is our shortest tunnel drive, it still forms an important part of Crossrail’s south-east spur, which will bring tremendous benefits to Docklands and south east London.”

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. 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. In addition to Crossrail, 61,000 jobs are created around the country annually through TfL's investment programme.

Crossrail is catalysing regeneration around London. Once construction is complete at the Limmo Peninsula site, the historic former home of the Thames Ironworks is to be developed into a high density residential development, contributing funds to the Crossrail funding envelope.

According to research from GVA, nearby Custom House Crossrail station has seen nine planning applications within a 1km radius between 2008-2013, comprising nearly 9,000 new homes, 340,000 square feet of office space and 45,000 square feet of retail space.

Crossrail aims for at least 95% of its excavated material to be beneficially reused. This includes transporting materials by river barge to Wallasea Island in Essex where it will help form a new nature reserve, established in partnership with RSPB. The concrete segments lining the tunnel are manufactured in Chatham, Kent and also transported to Limmo Peninsula by river barge.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times across the city, bringing an extra 1.5m people to within 45 minutes of central London.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #1364
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CROSSRAIL EXHIBITS DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR AREAS AROUND STATIONS
Tuesday 3rd June 2014


Bond Street station


Canary Wharf station


Around Forest Gate station


Around Ilford station


Around Maryland station


Tottenham Court Road station development


Whitechapel station


Around Whitechapel station


Around Woolwich station
  • Initial plans include over 2 million square feet of improved public areas outside Crossrail stations
  • Proposals are part of the UK’s largest ever integrated rail design project
Crossrail is exhibiting initial design proposals for public areas surrounding 31 of its stations. The designs offer a vision of how areas outside stations could appear in the future, and include landscaped areas, better way-finding and enhanced integration with other transport services across London and beyond

The design proposals are at a high level and subject to further revision, in close consultation with local authorities and other stakeholders. They will be shown at the ‘Crossrail Places and Spaces’ exhibition at City Hall until 13 June, at the Royal Institute of British Architects from 16 June and The Building Centre from 21 July.

Areas outside the stations included in these proposals are equivalent in size to 19 Leicester Squares. The proposals aim to be attractive, accessible, free from clutter, safe and adaptable, so they can change over time. They also aim to be diverse and characteristic of their local area, stimulating regeneration opportunities by giving confidence to local communities and investors.

The initial proposals include 24 new station forecourts, 12 improved forecourts, 1,335 new cycle parking places, 328 new trees and 20 new pedestrian crossings. Designs for many areas include wider pavements, new pedestrian areas (including pedestrian prioritisation), paving, signage and road alterations to slow and reduce road traffic, improving safety.

The proposed designs are by some of the UK’s leading urban designers and masterplanners and have been created in a joint effort by local authorities, Transport for London, Crossrail and, on the surface section of the route, Network Rail. They have been subject to design reviews by a panel of experts appointed by CABE at Design Council, or by Urban Design London.

The total cost of the proposed urban realm improvements is estimated at £130m. Crossrail Limited aims to raise and implement £90m of improvements by the time trains are running in 2018. The funding will be split three ways between Crossrail, TfL and third parties - principally local authorities through developer contributions. Local authorities are being given the opportunity to secure funding towards the improvements through a £28.5m fund established by TfL. Boroughs eligible to apply for funding have been given guidance on how to do so and allocations will be announced later this year.

Examples of proposed improvements include Tottenham Court Road, which will be transformed by a new piazza and pedestrian links towards Soho; Farringdon, which will become a pedestrian priority area around the Cowcross Street entrance and Abbey Wood, which will have a new upper level concourse.

Crossrail and Network Rail will take the proposed designs forward for formal approval by local authorities. Some designs will be worked up in more detail by local authorities to attract funders.

The exhibition will also feature Crossrail designs for 11 property developments to be built above Crossrail stations, which will deliver three million square feet of top-quality office, residential and retail space to London’s supply-constrained property market. This makes Crossrail one of London’s largest property developers over the next five years. Crossrail is interested in speaking to development partners for several of the schemes, which will return funds to the Crossrail funding envelope.

Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman said: “Crossrail does not just stop at the top of the station escalators. Crossrail will help to improve London’s cityscapes, transforming the experiences of transport users. These urban realm proposals around Crossrail stations are well on the way to becoming a great addition to the project.”

Thomas Bender, Lead Advisor, Cabe at Design Council said: “We have conducted more than 80 reviews of different elements of Crossrail, helping the project deliver high quality, sustainable design. Our independence and breadth of expertise means Crossrail will enhance the lives of passengers using the stations, the spaces around the stations as well as ensuring value for the developer. We look forward to working with Crossrail in the future and sharing the vast knowledge that we built up around the project to benefit other towns and communities.”

Mike Brown MVO, the Managing Director for London Rail, said: “We are determined to ensure from day one customers’ journeys are improved not simply when using Crossrail services, but also when travelling on to their destinations by bus, bike or on foot. That is why TfL is making available £28.5m to support the introduction of the significant public realm and transport improvements as well as ensuring Crossrail services are fully integrated as part of London Underground and the rest of the TfL network.”

The exhibition marks the first time that a major UK rail project has taken an integrated approach to the design of routes, stations, operations, over station developments and areas surround the stations
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Railway platform gap to be reduced at Elephant & Castle Station
Friday 6 June 2014



Work is about to begin on a project to raise the height of platform 4 at Elephant & Castle railway station

The platform, which is used by southbound trains, is on a curve and there are many signs warning passengers to take extra care because of the height difference between the train and the platform.

"For many years we have recognised that the gap on platform 4 at Elephant & Castle needs to be addressed and we are delighted that Network Rail is now carrying out this work," said Keith Jipps, customer service director at First Capital Connect.

"This will make it easier and safer for our passengers to board and alight our services."

The project, which is due to be completed by late August, involves the construction of a gently sloping surface from the back of the platform rising closer to the train doors.

A similar scheme was completed at Tulse Hill station in April this year.

Throughout the work the platform will remain open although areas will be fenced off at times
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Taken from London subforum, construction progress on brand new Tottenham Court Road station ticket hall:

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Have your say on Crossrail 2
09 June 2014



A further consultation focusing on specific areas of Crossrail 2 launches today

Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have today launched a second consultation on Crossrail 2 which will look at variations to the proposed route.

Crossrail 2 would create a new high frequency, high capacity rail line with shorter journey times between south west and north east London.

Its route is designed to address capacity constraints in the south west as well as providing vital new connections across the capital which will help to support economic growth, providing opportunities for thousands of new jobs and homes.

The results of an earlier consultation on Crossrail 2 carried out last year by TfL and Network Rail demonstrated considerable support for Crossrail 2, particularly for the Regional route.

This route, which will travel through London and into Surrey and Hertfordshire, will provide greater benefits through journey and congestion relief across the existing rail network.

It will also create much needed additional capacity on the main line network and have a greater impact on regeneration and development particularly in outer London and the Upper Lea Valley.

However it also raised some issues on specific route alignments.

This second consultation will explore these specific aspects in more depth.

Work carried out to review the comments and proposed changes by the public consultation in 2013 identified some potential changes to the route which may offer further passenger benefits, better value for money and potentially better opportunities for local growth and regeneration to increase the supply of housing and jobs.

As a result a further consultation being launched today will look specifically at:
  • Alternative route alignments in the London borough of Hackney;
  • Extending the terminal destination for Crossrail 2 from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate;
  • Alternative locations for the proposed station in Chelsea.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

'If London and its economy are to keep moving then it’s essential that we crack on and get Crossrail 2 delivered. It’s a vital project not just for the capital, but also for the regions from which hordes of commuters struggle into work on packed carriages each day. As we’ve seen with Crossrail 1, major transport projects like this have an enormous role to play not just in boosting capacity, but in galvanising economic development and unlocking the potential for jobs and homes. We know there’s huge appetite from passengers and from business to get this project off the ground and as we take the hugely important step in fine-tuning the potential route we’re genuinely keen to hear people’s views.'

TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, Michèle Dix, said:

'People can clearly see the immense value of Crossrail 2 which will create a new high frequency, high capacity rail line with shorter journey times between southwest and northeast London and relieve pressure on suburban rail routes and the Underground as well as helping to spur economic growth in and beyond the capital. Crossrail 2 is a vital addition to London’s transport system and as we move forward with this second consultation we’re another step closer to making it a reality.'

Network Rail’s Group Strategy Director, Paul Plummer, said:

'London’s railways are already the busiest and most congested in the country, with many main lines operating at, or close to, capacity. Working jointly with TfL we must press on with schemes such as Crossrail 2 so that public transport continues to support and drive economic growth.'

The consultation will run for six weeks, from 9 June to 25 July 2014.

More information can be found at www.crossrail2.co.uk.

Local drop-in sessions for people to find out more about the options will be held in Chelsea, Hackney and Dalston from mid June, further details and dates of the events are available on the website.

Even with the Tube upgrade works and the delivery of Crossrail 1, Crossrail 2 is needed to provided additional capacity on the transport network so that it is able to cope with London's forecasted population growth, expected to reach 10 million by 2030.

The results of this second consultation will inform a revision to the project safeguarding later in the year.

More detailed design will then be needed and an application for Powers to build could take place in 2018.
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It wouldn't be too hard to build an underground station between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central with access shafts to both..
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It wouldn't be too hard to build an underground station between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central with access shafts to both..
That would be a very long connecting tunnel! The two are about 1Km apart

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That would be a very long connecting tunnel! The two are about 1Km apart Derek
I've not physically taken a tape measure but the platforms are closer than 500m apart. Certainly closer than Farringdon and Barbican. Assuming the same 250m platforms as for crossrail1 then 100/150m tunnels don't seem too difficult. It wouldn't work well for people transferring between Hackney Central & Downs but to and from Crossrail would be possible.
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That would be a very long connecting tunnel! The two are about 1Km apart
More like 500m (currently - would become smaller)
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Assuming the same 250m platforms as for crossrail1 then 100/150m tunnels don't seem too difficult.
This is assuming that the Crossrail 2 platforms would be well aligned for the connection.

They are quite likely to be at 90 degrees to the NW-SE alignment of a straight line between both stations. Though if they want a good interchange with both, it will be a N-S station, rather than NE-SW. And actually, getting the Google maps tap measure out, you can get to both sets of platforms with relatively short passages, regardless of alignment, provided the southern end is near where the railways cross each other. Getting to the station buildings is harder, but a North-South aligned station can do both easily with sub 200m walkways.
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From Flickr user stevekeiretsu, works continues on upgrading Putney station:

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Taylor Woodrow wins £142m Crossrail depot deal
Wed 11th June 2014, 9:54

Taylor Woodrow has won a £142m contract from Bombardier Transport UK to design and construct a depot for its Crossrail train fleet at Old Oak Common, West London.

The 8-road depot will be able to accommodate 33 trains while routine maintenance is carried out.

Around 250 construction jobs will be created at the site.

Project Manager James Mendis said: “The award of this important contract is the latest stage of Taylor Woodrow’s extensive involvement with Crossrail.

“Our role at Old Oak Common will allow us to demonstrate our extensive capabilities in delivering railway infrastructure projects. “

Bombardier landed the Crossrail contract earlier this year covering the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new 200m-long trains.

Bombardier will manufacture and assemble the trains at their Derby plant, with the first due date to be delivered in May 2017.

The new fleet will be progressively introduced to the existing rail network, well in advance of services commencing through Crossrail’s central section in December 2018
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CHANCELLOR UNVEILS CROSSRAIL’S NEW TUNNELS UNDER THE THAMES
Friday 13th June 2014



On Friday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, unveiled London's newest tunnel under the River Thames.

The ‘Thames Tunnel’, part of the £14.8bn Crossrail project, stretches for almost two miles and will help to significantly improve connections between southeast London and the rest of the capital when it opens in 2018. As a result of the new link, journeys times will be cut by up to half from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf, Bond Street and Liverpool Street.

The Chancellor was joined 15 metres below ground under the river Thames at North Woolwich by Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan and Crossrail apprentices who have worked on the tunnels.

Speaking from the site the Chancellor said: “As part of our long term economic plan we are investing in infrastructure around the country to create a more balanced, resilient economy.

“Crossrail is not only providing extra speed and capacity for London’s passengers, but also supporting new housing, jobs and businesses."

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is the engine room of the UK and projects such as Crossrail are helping to drive our country’s economy in the right direction. Completion of The Thames Tunnel is yet another important chapter in the Crossrail story - a tale that perfectly highlights how investing in major transport schemes can trigger development and unlock the potential for thousands of new jobs and homes.”

Since 2008 there have been planning applications within a kilometre of Woolwich Crossrail station for 4,286 new homes, over 70,000 square feet of new office space and 114,000 square feet of new retail space.

Crossrail will also develop almost 500,000 square feet of residential development above the new station. Berkeley Homes is currently constructing 631 new homes above Woolwich Crossrail station, of which 265 (42%) will be affordable.

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 January, the Crossrail project reached the half-way point in construction on time and on budget.

Rail minister Stephen Hammond said: “Crossrail will transform travel for millions of passengers across London and help regenerate communities along the route. The planned Woolwich station is already delivering on that promise and is transforming the southeast of London, attracting investment from businesses and developers, and supporting our plans for long-term economic growth. This is a major milestone in the Crossrail project and demonstrates that our plans to build a world-class railway are firmly on track.”

Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman said: “Crossrail will help to transform this part of London, boosting the local economy, creating new transport links, reducing congestion on existing rail services and supporting wider regeneration. We have now completed over 21 miles of new rail tunnels beneath the streets of the capital and are more than half way through the project.”

Mike Brown MVO, Managing Director London Underground and Rail said: “The completion of this tunnel under the Thames marks another key milestone in the construction of Crossrail which when it opens will boost rail capacity in the capital by 10 per cent. Cities are the engine of the UK’s growth and continued investment in infrastructure improvements is vital to create jobs and stimulate growth across the UK.”
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Network Rail to begin £10m complete replacement of Tennison Road bridge, Croydon
Friday 13 Jun 2014


The bridge now


The bridge after rebuilding

Tennison Road bridge, near Norwood Junction, Croydon, will be closing from June 16 until spring 2015 to allow Network Rail to completely replace it with a bigger and better structure.

The bridge, which has spanned the main lines from London Bridge and Victoria to East Croydon since 1922, has to be replaced as it has reached the end of its life.

A main span of the new structure, which will be hydraulically pushed into place next Christmas, will be approximately 3.5 metres wider to allow for wider footways, safer cycling and a wider carriageway. It is due to open for public use in spring next year.

Network Rail’s enhancements manager for the South East, Mike Smith, said: “The old structure is past its use-by date and this is a great opportunity for us and Croydon Council to put something better in its place.

“We have already built a temporary footbridge so there will still be pedestrian access across the railway and it will also allow vital services, such as electricity, gas and water, to continue undisrupted while the old bridge is demolished in the coming months.

“We thank drivers and residents in the area for bearing with us as we do this vital work.”

Councillor Kathy Bee, cabinet member for transport and environment at Croydon Council, which is part-funding the replacement, said: “This is an important and necessary undertaking.

“Unfortunately, it appears there will be an overlap of these planned works with the current closure of Spring Lane bridge, which is due to be fully reopened in late July.

“However, the long-term benefits to local people and all who use the Tennison Road bridge outweigh the unavoidable inconvenience they experience while the replacement work is carried out.”

Demolition of the bridge will be a gradual process and there will be some changes to train services at various weekends during the autumn to allow for the safe removal of the existing bridge.

The main span of the new bridge will be pushed into place in one piece over Christmas and Boxing Day this year.

The bridge replacement will be carried out by contractors Graham Construction. For more information and contact details see www.graham.co.uk/tennisonroadbridge
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CROSSRAIL TUNNELLING MACHINE ELLIE COMPLETES JOURNEY AT STEPNEY GREEN
Monday 16th June 2014





Tunnel Boring Machine Ellie has broken through into a cavern 40m beneath Stepney Green, in the East End of London

The breakthrough marks the structural completion of tunnels for Crossrail’s north east spur, between Whitechapel and Pudding Mill Lane. It has taken Ellie just over three months to complete the 2.7km journey, travelling as much as 72m in a 24 hour period.

In the coming weeks 1,000 tonne Ellie, named after Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds OBE, will be lifted out of the cavern and taken by road to Limmo Peninsula at Canning Town. From there she will be re-assembled ahead of recommencing tunnelling towards Victoria Dock Portal.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Ellie has made a safe journey from the shadow of the Olympic stadium to our site at Stepney Green. Our tunnel teams deserve congratulations for an impressive feat of engineering. Construction of the new rail tunnels for Europe’s largest infrastructure project is now over 80 per cent complete. Crossrail continues to be delivered on time and on budget.”

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. In addition to Crossrail, 61,000 jobs are created around the country annually through TfL's investment programme.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times across the city, bringing an extra 1.5m people to within 45 minutes of central London.

Joint Venture Dragados Sisk is constructing the eastern tunnels between Pudding Mill Lane and Stepney Green, Limmo Peninsula and Farringdon, and Victoria Dock Portal and Limmo.
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ROOF ABOVE CANARY WHARF CROSSRAIL STATION COMPLETES
Wednesday 18th June 2014



Canary Wharf Group plc has completed the striking timber lattice roof above the Canary Wharf Crossrail station

The final aluminium piece was placed on the Foster + Partners designed roof, marking the structural completion of the project which began in May 2009.

The roof will sit above a new roof garden and Canary Wharf Group’s four storey, 115,000 sq ft retail and leisure development including shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema. The roof garden and first phase of the retail and leisure space will open in May 2015, three years before trains run through the station.

Work began on the new station in May 2009 by creating a 250m long and 30m wide watertight dam in the waters of North Dock, using an innovative ‘silent’ piling method. The station box was then built ‘top down,’ 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels.

Canary Wharf is the most progressed of Crossrail’s 10 new stations. Eight 40 metre-long escalators, four lifts, flooring, wall cladding and space for station services are all in place in the ticket hall level.

Crossrail’s construction remains on time and within budget. Its tunnelling programme is over 80% complete. When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times across the city, bringing an extra 1.5m people within 45 minutes of central London.
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