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Old February 28th, 2016, 12:00 PM   #1961
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This feels like Boris' scheme to please the royal family for his own sake.



Terribly irrelevant reason (which i don't dare to write it in Reddit to get tons of downvotes) I prefer "Elizabeth line": "Crossrail 1" in Chinese is localised to "Horizontally Piercing Railway" (横贯铁路) for linguistic rhyme and its almost horizontal alignment. This translation obviously would cause trouble to "Crossrail 2" because of its almost vertical alignment, some Chinese (including me) suggest to name it "Vertically Piercing Railway" (纵贯铁路) which seems too original research.
Yes. And Boris talking about the need for greater links with China.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #1962
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No idea how possible this would be, and it'd probably be prohibitively expensive, but with 13,000 new homes on Greenwich Peninsula (and others in Deptford and Surrey Quays, I'm wondering if a Metropolitan line extension to North Greenwich would be feasible.
The Bakerloo extension to Lewisham should make the Greenwich DLR-branch more useful, resulting in more trains, which will lead to a useful interchange to the city center in both directions (when viewed from Greenwich).

Extending the Metropolitan line is more difficult, since:
1) it would open up less areas for redevelopment, generating less money
2) it already is at over 100% capacity.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 07:55 PM   #1963
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The Bakerloo extension to Lewisham should make the Greenwich DLR-branch more useful, resulting in more trains, which will lead to a useful interchange to the city center in both directions (when viewed from Greenwich).



Extending the Metropolitan line is more difficult, since:

1) it would open up less areas for redevelopment, generating less money

2) it already is at over 100% capacity.

Surely the majority of those who would use a hypothetical extended Met line would not be the same as those who currently use it. At peak times most people would use it to reach or leave the city, not cross it. How many of its current morning rush hour users would still be on trains beyond Liverpool Street?

I'm talking about using it to open up an alternative to the Jubilee line at North Greenwich, which is supposedly at capacity and will soon serve an additional 13,000 homes. That's not to mention your various developments in the Deptford area. Wouldn't that be opening up a massive area for redevelopment?

If you could get all the City commuters between Dartford and Woolwich onto Crossrail, you'd free up space on Met trains/southeastern trains for inhabitants of all these new developments. I'm still sure it's a fanciful idea and would cost a LOT of money, but I think it meets both of the criteria you mentioned.
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That theory only works if every Greenwegian (or however you call them) gets off at Liverpool Street.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 02:29 AM   #1965
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That theory only works if every Greenwegian (or however you call them) gets off at Liverpool Street.
Ditto the Met-landers. None of them can be allowed to hold jobs near Canary Wharf.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 04:42 AM   #1966
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While I like Diamond Geezer's blog, this is one of the rare instances I can't agree with him on not depicting the Battersea Park parliamentary branch in the official diagrams. To me adding it on the diagram removes confusion than causing more, considering the branch is served by Overground trains daily no matter how infrequent the service is.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 11:01 AM   #1967
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Ditto the Met-landers. None of them can be allowed to hold jobs near Canary Wharf.

Well most suburban Metlanders would continue changing for the Jubilee line at Finchley Road as it's a more direct route, or I'd imagine those further in would change at Liverpool Street for a 3min commute by Crossrail.

So when we say the Met Line is at capacity are we really saying that trains are completely packed between Moorgate and Aldgate? I know the Northern line is "at capacity", yet as soon as you get past Old Street heading north in the morning, miraculously spare seats start appearing. Just the same as how the Bakerloo Line is way under-utilised south of Piccadilly Circus.

And of course the Met Line itself is soon to go from 12tph to 14tph.
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 12:00 PM   #1968
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I'm pleased with name change. Elizabeth Line is distinct enough and she has dedicated her entire life to public service. I had been dreading eventually having to cope with the names Crossrail 1, Crossrail 2, Crossrail 3, Crossrail 4, Crossrail 5, etc. I look forward to the services, but not a load of numbered lines perhaps 40 or 50 years from now.
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 12:16 PM   #1969
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she has dedicated her entire life to public service.

Normally I would assume that is sarcasm although there are a lot of retarded people in Britain
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 03:30 PM   #1970
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Heathrow Express fleet out of service
Wednesday, March 02, 2016



HEATHROW Express, the operator of direct services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport, has withdrawn its entire fleet of 14 four and five car class 332 EMUs after a structural defect was found on the underside of several cars during routine inspections earlier this week

The fleet is currently undergoing further examination and where necessary repair work will be carried out with the fleet out of service "for the foreseeable future." The operator says that trains' manufacturers, Siemens and CAF, have sent specialist engineers from Germany and Spain to assist with the work

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Normally I would assume that is sarcasm although there are a lot of retarded people in Britain
... as you have just demonstrated. Elizabeth had every opportunity to live as her sister Margaret did. Elizabeth chose public service instead.
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Old March 9th, 2016, 04:41 PM   #1973
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Old March 10th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #1974
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Crossrail 2 "a priority for London" says NIC report
Thursday, March 10, 2016



BRITAIN's National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has urged the government to bolster support for development the Crossrail 2 link across London, describing the northeast - southwest line as a "priority" for the city

In a report entitled Transport for a World City, which was published on March 10, the NIC identifies four challenges which will face London's rail network from the late 2020s. These include overcrowding on key Underground Lines; lack of capacity on commuter lines and at major main line stations; insufficient orbital links, particularly in the east of the city, and the need for transport to promote housing growth. Congestion is forecast to be particularly acute on north - south Underground lines, commuter services in the southwest of the city, and at major stations on these routes

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/trans...-a3200286.html



Cross Rail 2 gets green light!
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Old March 11th, 2016, 12:23 PM   #1976
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New Gatwick Express EMUs enter service
Friday, March 11, 2016



BRITAIN's rail minister Mrs Claire Perry officially launched the new fleet of Bombardier class 387/2 EMUs for Gatwick Express on March 10, travelling on an inaugural run from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has awarded Bombardier a £145.2m contract to in 2014 to supply 27 of the dual-voltage (750V dc/25kV 50Hz ac) four-car trains, which will supersede class 442 EMUs dating from the 1980s. the order was financed by Porterbrook Leasing and the trains are being assembled at Bombardier's Derby plant

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From late February 2016, the first of 27 brand new Gatwick Express trains enters service, which will replace the current 30-year old ones in time for summer.
The new £145million, British-made trains are designed to transform your journey between London and Gatwick:
  • 108 brand new carriages
  • More First Class seats and more tables in Express Class
  • Power sockets throughout to charge your tech
  • On-train Wi-Fi – handy for live flight departures, Tube updates and posting holiday selfies
  • Brighter and lighter, with reading lamps above every seat
  • Dedicated luggage racks in every carriage
  • 2x2 seating with more leg room and under-seat storage
  • Accessible toilets and baby changers
  • Improved on-board announcements and info in several languages
  • Better air-con for more comfort
  • Two double doors per carriage - plus more space around them to help you get on and off the train with luggage. A simple but big difference
It doesn’t stop there - we’re excited about the summer and introducing a range of great improvements to your Gatwick Express journey – watch this space!

http://www.gatwickexpress.com/en/you...ey/our-trains/
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Old March 13th, 2016, 09:05 AM   #1979
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Construction site of the station entrance building. In the background the Cannon Square buildings:





At the other end of the station box several buildings that will house the technical installations are going up. These buildings will be hidden inside the future Armourer’s Court development (after 2018).



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New Crossrail station in North Kensington back on the agenda
11 March 2016

A new Crossrail Station in North Kensington could unlock widespread regeneration in one of the capital’s most deprived neighbourhoods and lead to the delivery of up to 5,000 new homes and 2,000 jobs according to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP.

The Kensal Gasworks off Ladbroke Grove has long been proposed as a site for a possible Crossrail station but in 2013, following detailed analysis, the Mayor and Transport for London came to a view that it would not be feasible.

Since then, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has revised proposals for the station to ensure that it could unlock regeneration in the area along with the Crossrail and HS2 station that is scheduled to open at Old Oak in 2026. As a result, the Mayor has asked for further feasibility work to be carried out with the intention of resurrecting the scheme. This work will include examining how a new station would impact on the wider rail network, including integration with longer term capacity enhancements planned for the Great Western Mainline

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