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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #1381
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From London SE1:

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Waterloo International: new bridge built across 'orchestra pit'
Tuesday 24 June 2014



Work is under way at Waterloo Station to construct a new link between the mainline concourse and the disused international terminal

The former Eurostar platforms are separated from the domestic station concourse by a sunken area known as the 'orchestra pit'.

In Marchr South West Trains and Network Rail revealed that they plan to make use of platforms 21 and 22 for commuter train services by the end of the year and now work is under way to build a new deck across the former Eurostar concourse to enable easy access between the two parts of the station.

A number of kiosks and cash machines have been removed from the concourse to make way for the new bridge.

One former Eurostar platform – number 20, which adjoins the domestic station and doesn't need separate access – is already in use by South West Trains.

The five platforms under Nicholas Grimshaw's glass roof have been largely disused since Eurostar relocated its London terminal to St Pancras in 2007
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Old June 24th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #1382
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Testing milestone for Class 700
24 JUN, 2014


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One of Thameslink’s new Class 700 units has reached 100 mph during testing on at Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany.

Smashing through the 100 mph barrier marks another milestone in the production of the new £1.6 billion fleet, which will be fully delivered by 2018.

Iain Smith, programme director, Thameslink, at Siemens Rail Systems UK, said: “The Class 700 will be required to travel at up to 100 mph every day in service so this rigorous testing process is a fundamental part of the programme. This will ensure reliable performance of the 24-train-an-hour service through central London when the Thameslink Programme is completed.”

Thameslink’s current operator First Capital Connect (FCC) has been managing the introduction of the new trains since the rolling stock contract was finalised in June 2013. Last month, the government announced that Govia had won a seven-year contract for the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise, beginning in September this year.

FCC’s Thameslink programme director, Jonathan Bridgewood, said: “Our passengers have been looking forward to new trains on the Thameslink route with great anticipation.

“To actually now see one travelling at line speed on the test track in Germany is a wonderful achievement and a credit to everyone involved in the project.”
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Old June 28th, 2014, 08:25 PM   #1383
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Essex Thameside Franchise retained by National Express
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/p...-new-rail-deal
- an additional fleet of 17 brand new trains providing almost 4,800 extra seats
more than 25,000 additional seats for morning peak time passengers every week by the end of the contract
- free wi-fi at stations and on board trains
- an enhanced compensation system, meaning customers who use smart tickets will automatically receive compensation if their train is delayed
over £30 million invested in improving stations, including Fenchurch Street and Barking
- complete step-free access at all stations, providing improved accessibility for people with limited mobility and parents with buggies and push chairs
- more than 200 new car parking spaces and £457,000 invested in improving cycling facilities and accessibility at stations
http://maps.dft.gov.uk/essex-thameside/
http://www.c2c-online.co.uk/Breaking-News
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Old June 29th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #1384
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I can't help but think those trains may struggle to load quickly, only having 4 doors per carriage.

I know it's the norm for UK mainline, but was 6-8 doors per car looked at?
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Old June 29th, 2014, 04:07 PM   #1385
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I can't help but think those trains may struggle to load quickly, only having 4 doors per carriage.

I know it's the norm for UK mainline, but was 6-8 doors per car looked at?
Each carriage is 20 metres long and the doorways on the Desiro City are wider than standard doorways to allow faster boarding so even if you use standard width doorways having 3/4 entrances per carriage would give very few seats. The 700s aren't just for the Thameslink core, as much as the DfT would like them to be, they will serve a very large commuter range. What Siemens have had to balance here is in effect a tube frequency through the core but a standard suburban line frequency as you leave London so they need to incorporate high capacity and metro features yet more typical features for the bulk of the 700s workings.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 12:47 AM   #1386
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First episode to air Wednesday 16th July at 21:00

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UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway (three x 60 minutes, pictured) from Windfall Films.

The series follows the engineers and workers tunneling and building Crossrail, London’s new high-frequency, high-capacity subterranean rail link that will run beneath the River Thames.

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Episode one follows the team of engineers as they drive a 1,000-tonne tunnel boring machine through a tiny gap in the underbelly of bustling Tottenham Court Road Station. Episode two follows the team as as they build train tunnels underwater and engineer Laura Miller as she attempts to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London’s East End. The final episode focuses on the construction of the cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf.
Article in full:- http://realscreen.com/2014/06/18/bbc...rossrail-line/
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #1387
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Colas/Morgan Sindall team win £20m Paddington roof job
Thu 10th July 2014, 0:01

A Colas Rail and Morgan Sindall joint venture has landed a £20m project from Network Rail to refurbish roof spans one to three at Paddington railway station in London.

Work on the project will start at the end of July and include steelwork strengthening and repairs to the original wrought iron structure and decorative scrolls built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Spans one to three are listed by English Heritage as a Grade 1 structure. It is hoped that the refurbishment of the spans will improve the internal appearance and environment of the station and extend the service life of the roof.

Neil Barnes, rail director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the next phase of refurbishment at Paddington Station.

“Our team has a wealth of specialist rail experience and will carry out the work from a suspended scaffold above the live railway platforms to ensure the day to day running of the station can continue with minimal disruption.”

The contract award follows on from Morgan Sindall’s successful completion of Paddington Station’s Span 4, which was finished in September 2011
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London Overground EMU shortlist announced
15 Jul 2014


Gospel Oak – Barking line Class 172 DMU

UK: Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi and Siemens have been shortlisted for a contract to supply 39 four-car ‘metro-style’ electric multiple-units for London Overground services, Transport for London announced on July 15.

Tenders are to be submitted by the end of October, and TfL expects to announce the successful bidder by March 6 2015. Deliveries are scheduled to take place between summer 2017 and spring 2018.

‘We welcome the wide international interest from the rolling stock market in bidding for this order and look forward to engaging with the chosen manufacturers to define a standard that will set a new benchmark for TfL for many years to come’, said Mike Brown, TfL’s Managing Director of London Rail. Hyundai Rotem and Stadler Bussnang had also expressed interest in the contract.

The order will comprise 31 EMUs to be deployed on services from London Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford, as well as the Romford – Upminster line. TfL’s London Overground concessionaire LOROL is to take over these services on an interim basis from May 31 2015, operating the existing rolling stock. The services will then be merged into the overall London Overground concession when it ends in November 2016 and is re-let.

The remaining eight EMUs are to replace two-car Bombardier Class 172 diesel multiple-units operating on the Gospel Oak – Barking route which is to be electrified by summer 2017
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Old July 18th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #1389
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Two news from Crossrail - first is from TfL about train design:

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TfL appoints Barber & Osgerby to work on design of Crossrail train
11 July 2014

Following a competitive process design studio Barber & Osgerby has been appointed as Transport for London's (TfL) design partner for the fleet of Crossrail trains that will go into service from 2017 on the UK's newest rail line

The London-based design studio will be working on the interior and exterior designs with TfL and Bombardier, who will be building the trains at their factory in Derby. Each train will be just over 200 metres long, made up of nine walk-through carriages and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers.

Key features of the new high-capacity trains include air conditioning and inter-connecting walk-through carriages, and on-train passenger information systems will deliver real-time travel information to allow passengers to plan their onward journeys.

The new lightweight trains will be built with an emphasis on energy efficiency and use of intelligent on-train energy management systems controlling lighting and air conditioning and will re-generate energy back into the supply when braking.

Howard Smith, TfL's Director of Crossrail Operations, said: "London's transport is iconic from our red buses to the Tubes and the new trains for Crossrail will build on that heritage. So much work has already been done to deliver Crossrail and it is exciting to see this design work getting underway for the new trains which will start to carry passengers from 2017."

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby said: "Crossrail presents TfL with an historic opportunity to create a design legacy for London. London is the city that we both live and work in and we feel proud to have won this project. It gives us the chance to make a profound contribution to millions of commuters."

Crossrail will run over 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. TfL will introduce the new trains from 2017, with the fleet initially introduced to the existing rail network well in advance of services commencing through Crossrail's central section in December 2018
Second - from Railway Gazette about future Crossrail operator:

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MTR selected to operate Crossrail services
18 Jul 2014

UK: Transport for London named MTR Corp (Crossrail) Ltd as preferred bidder for the Crossrail operating concession on July 18. The £1·4bn contract will run for eight years from May 2015, with an option for a further two years. TfL will make payments to the concessionaire with a nominal value of £1·4bn over the initial eight years, subject to bonus and penalty adjustments.

The subsidiary of Hong Kong’s MTR Corp had pre-qualified for the contract in August 2013, alongside Arriva Crossrail Ltd, National Express Group plc and Keolis/Go Ahead.

Crossrail will run 118 km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new 21 km long tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, serving 40 stations. There will be around 700 timetabled services/day with a peak timetable frequency of 24 trains/h, totalling 11·4 million train-km/year. TfL said Crossrail would ‘set the benchmark for passenger experience on European metro services and achieve internationally recognised high standards of reliability, train frequency and customer service.’

MTR is expected to employ around 1 100 staff, including up to 850 new posts. This will include almost 400 drivers, and more than 50 apprenticeships. It will also support testing and commissioning.

MTR’s LOROL joint venture with Arriva UK Trains currently operates London Overground inner-suburban services under a concession awarded by TfL. ‘MTR knows London very well’, said Jeremy Long, MTR Corp’s CEO, European Business. ‘Over the past seven years, we have developed a strong partnership and collaborative working relationship with TfL and Network Rail through our joint venture operation of London Overground. We will build on these partnerships to establish Crossrail as a railway that provides operational excellence and the highest possible level of customer service for London.’

As well as local transport in Hong Kong, MTR operates Beijing Metro Lines 4 and 14, the Daxing Line extension, Shenzhen Metro Longhua Line and Hangzhou Metro Line 1. In Sweden it holds the Stockholm metro concession and is to launch an open-access inter-city service between Stockholm and Göteborg next year. In Australia MTR is lead shareholder in Metro Trains Melbourne and a member of the consortium which is preferred bidder to operate Sydney’s North West Rail Link automated metro.

‘MTR and TfL are recognised as two of the world’s leading railway operators and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring our worldwide capabilities, experience and knowhow to Crossrail, which is truly a 21st century railway for a 21st century London’, said MTR Corp CEO Jay Walder. ‘Crossrail’s success will be finally realised through pioneering and sustaining a culture to deliver world-class performance. We will work passionately, with TfL, to achieve this as we have in Hong Kong and our international operations including the highly successful London Overground service.’
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Video on restoration of Connaught Tunnel:

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Taken from Network Rail website, look on London Bridge station:

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I see that the 303s on the Great Northern inners are due to be replaced from 2017. Any rumours yet as to what stock will be introduced?
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I see that the 303s on the Great Northern inners are due to be replaced from 2017. Any rumours yet as to what stock will be introduced?
The 303s were withdrawn over ten years ago

The 313 replacements will have to be put out to tender so anyone can bid for it. We're likely to see Siemens offer Desiro cities, bombardier offer their metro aventra and hitachi offer their new metro design. It'd make sense to go for Desiro cities so they could be maintained at the new Siemens depot at Hornsey.
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Ta. So the Desiros can be adapted to fit the Northern City Line tunnel? I know there are issues there with some stock. Also the adaptability between third rail and overhead?
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Ta. So the Desiros can be adapted to fit the Northern City Line tunnel? I know there are issues there with some stock. Also the adaptability between third rail and overhead?
The low roof thing with the NCL is a bit of an urban myth really while the tunnel is restrictive it isn't an issue for most modern stock. The Desiro cities have 20m long coaches so they should be ok too. The dual voltage thing isn't an issue with any modern stock since all power drawn goes through transformers anyway.
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Britain's DfT to study Crossrail-WCML link
Thursday, August 07, 2014



BRITAIN's secretary of state for transport Mr Patrick McLoughlin announced on August 7 that the Department for Transport (DfT) will commission a study into the constructin of a link between the southern section of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and London's east-west Crossrail line, which is due to open in 2018

Building a short connection between Old Oak Common on the Great Western Main Line and Willesden on the WCML would enable suburban services which currently terminate at Euston to be routed into central London. The DfT says this could reduce journey times by up to 15 minutes and relieve pressure on Euston during the reconstruction of the station as part of the High Speed 2 project.

According to the DfT, initial analysis shows 40% of passengers travelling into London from WCML stations such as Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction and Berkhamstead complete their journeys within 1km of a Crossrail station, but only 10% are travelling to locations within 1km of Euston.

Under current plans many Crossrail services will terminate at Paddington because travel demand is higher at the eastern end of the route than the western end. Bringing the WCML onto the Crossrail network could help to address this imbalance, although the DfT says any changes will not affect the timetable or planned service pattern that has already been developed for Crossrail.

The European Union has allocated €2.9m towards the study through the Trans-European Network (TEN-T) programme
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Why are Overground, Thameslink, and Crossrail all going for different EMU designs?

Also, will they ever be operated together under one brand name?

Will the Victoria-London Bridge service ever be restored?
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Why are Overground, Thameslink, and Crossrail all going for different EMU designs?

Also, will they ever be operated together under one brand name?

Will the Victoria-London Bridge service ever be restored?
They're three different services and are procured at different times, the 378s were ordered in 2008/9, 700s in 2011 and 345s early this year. There was nothing to stop Bombardier winning the Crossrail and Thameslink contracts just the procurement process selected the bidder best suited to the spec issued by the DfT. LO was all procured by TfL and wasn't seen as one of the DfTs big contracts (Crossrail, IEP, Thameslink). Overground is an inner suburban metro like service and therefore doesn't require EMUs with a maximum speed of 100mph whereas Crossrail and Thameslink run on the GWML and MML respectively. The only reason why the latter two didn't get the same trains was because Siemens pulled out of Crossrail because had they won it they'd be overloaded.

Unlikely, Thameslink is run as a DfT let franchise which encompasses network South Central and great northern (the new mega TSGN franchise!) whereas LO and Crossrail are TfL concessions where TfL set branding etc. had they wanted it all to come under the same brand TfL would have specified that however they're not and Crossrail is getting it own roundel and branding.

Probably not since the bays at London bridge are being reduced thus meaning there probably won't be the cpapcity at London Bridge or the 'South London Line'.
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