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Old November 27th, 2014, 03:55 PM   #1521
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Funding and financing options for Crossrail 2
27 November 2014

Independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers published

An independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published today has set out funding and financing options for Crossrail 2, the high frequency, high capacity rail line that could link south west and north east London to provide additional transport capacity for the capital.

In the preparation of the report, PwC reported to a Steering Committee that included representatives from TfL, the Department for Transport (DfT), HM Treasury (HMT), Infrastructure UK (IUK) and Network Rail. The report was undertaken to look at funding and financing feasibility for the proposed new railway line that would link south west and north east London and on to Surrey and Hertfordshire.

The report sets out a number of options, which draw on funding mechanisms currently being used for Crossrail 1. These include paying back investment through a combination of revenue generated through fares, continuations of the Business Rate Supplement and Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) currently being used to fund Crossrail 1, and other measures.

The report also looks at options that could see funding raised through existing mechanisms such as retaining the Council Tax contribution arrangements that were introduced to help fund the 2012 Olympic Games as well as potentially increasing the Mayoral CIL. Funding from property related developments and from land owners adjacent to the line could also be part of the mix of contributions. The report shows that over half of the costs of the scheme could be met by London using existing funding mechanisms

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Old November 28th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #1522
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Old November 28th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #1523
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From Crossrail, photos from tunnels. Bond Street station:









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Old December 13th, 2014, 03:57 AM   #1524
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But the missing middle links are absolutely crucial.
That's why Crossrail 1 (Paddington to Liverpool St) and Crossrail 2 (Victoria to Euston/King's Cross/St Pancras) will be so important, now some routes take forever.
Now there's only Thameslink, and that clearly isn't enough.
The thing is that said middle parts would often not have been built at all if the locations of adjacent "old" railroads and termini hadn't pre-determined the rough course. I mean, it's not as if Paddington-Whitechapel etc. wouldn't have deserved a direct rapid transit connection before, but nobody ever bothered to do so unless termini as "natural" gatekeepers dictated a likewise course.

In other networks, you can see how a crossrail also prompts the construction of new stations along the former "broken" lines especially at the termini's vicinity. A recent example would be Leipzig in Germany that opened its "city tunnel" a year ago. Out of six new stations, only four were actually underground in the tunnel as the remaining two have been built as infill stations near the end of their respective maiden lines, Leipzig Nord (in the north, d'oh) and Leipzig MDR (in the south, MDR is Central German Broadcasting). That's what I call synergic effects, there wouldn't have been much of a point in their construction without the tunnel making for a short underground line.

I wonder how a "metro option" for Crossrail 2 could actually have been conceived instead of merely having the "regional option" in mind from the start.
On the other hand, I'm ready to buy the statement that Brits do these things late but well when they do it that once in a lifetime. I was amazed when I saw how much of a stretch is to be newly built in Crossrail 1's southeastern branch. If there's no handy terminal in your vicinity, you got to make your own (symbolically).
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Old December 13th, 2014, 09:01 PM   #1525
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Bombardier opens Crossrail Aventra test centre
12 DEC, 2014



Bombardier has launched its new ‘Iron Bird’ integration test facility for the 65 new Aventra trains it is manufacturing for London’s Crossrail network.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson opened the new centre, known internally as ‘Train Zero’, on December 11.

The Iron Bird is one small part of a large investment programme currently underway at Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane site. The manufacturer is close to breaking ground on a separate ú12.5 million Aventra testing facility which is needed to house the longer 205-metre trains

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Old December 13th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #1526
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:37 PM   #1527
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Official from Crossrail:

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90 TONNE BRIDGE LIFTED INTO PLACE AT CUSTOM HOUSE STATION
Monday 15th December 2014



A 34 metre long bridge has been installed as part of the construction of a new Crossrail station at Custom House, linking the station with ExCeL London

The new structure was lifted into place over the weekend in three sections by two huge cranes with a combined weight of nearly a thousand tonnes. The bridge was fabricated in Dublin, painted in Widnes, Cheshire and then transported to the Custom House site in London under police escort.

The construction of the new station is almost half complete. Large sections of the station have been manufactured in Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park in Steetley, near Sheffield, and then transported more than 130 miles to east London and assembled on site. This process ensures safer construction and saves time, with disruption to residents, existing rail services and the nearby ExCeL London conference centre minimised as far as possible

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Old December 16th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #1528
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London Bridge progress, taken by Network Rail in late November:

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Old December 16th, 2014, 07:39 PM   #1529
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From Network Rail, timelapse of Tennison Road bridge replacement in East Croydon:

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Old December 17th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #1530
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From Construction Enquirer:

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Costain/Skanska tipped for ú50m last Crossrail job
Wed 17th December 2014, 8:04



Costain’s successful joint venture with Skanska is set to take the job to build a ú50m passenger tunnel link at Paddington Station

The deal will be the last significant works contract for the Crossrail project, although London Underground is the awarding client for the project.

It ranks as the eighth contract win on the Crossrail project for the duo, which are now looking for a repeat performance on the first phase of HS2 where they will also jointly bid.

On the Paddington passenger tunnel the Enquirer understands the two have fended off rival bids from Dragados, and Morgan Sindall’s joint venture with BeMo Tunnelling

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Old December 18th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #1531
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Works on upgrading of Crossrail surface sections:

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Old December 19th, 2014, 01:59 PM   #1532
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Progress on new Custom House station:

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Old December 19th, 2014, 02:15 PM   #1533
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New entrance to Hanwell station, on Great Western Main line, future part of Crossrail:
https://anonw.wordpress.com/2014/12/...cond-entrance/









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Old December 20th, 2014, 10:49 AM   #1534
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From Crossrail's website, excavation of Acton Diveunder:
http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/arti...third-complete

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Old December 21st, 2014, 07:28 PM   #1535
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More progress on London Bridge station, all taken by David Harvey (unravelled):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/unravelled


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


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London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


London Bridge works 20/12/2014 by unravelled, on Flickr


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Render of new Hayes & Harlington station:
http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/arti...yes-harlington

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Pictures of Stockley flyover, which will be serving Crossrail and Heathrow Express services:
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Track map of flyover:

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Timelapse of Christmas works around London Bridge station:

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