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Old December 7th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #3401
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Does Crossrail really go to LHR T4 instead of T5?
Yes, for T5 there is express train between Paddington and Heathrow. Crossrail replaces, actually, the other service to Heathrow which run on the same route with all stops, except Acton Main Line station
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Old December 7th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #3402
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Old December 8th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #3403
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Yes, for T5 there is express train between Paddington and Heathrow. Crossrail replaces, actually, the other service to Heathrow which run on the same route with all stops, except Acton Main Line station
That would be Heathrow Connect. It is a simple change at the terminal 1, 2 and 3 station to get to T5 on Heathrow connect and it is free.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 02:38 AM   #3404
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Would be very nice if the Elephant & Castle station will be renovated/renewed. It's really an awful station visually and practical wise with those often crowded elevators.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 07:13 AM   #3405
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Would be very nice if the Elephant & Castle station will be renovated/renewed. It's really an awful station visually and practical wise with those often crowded elevators.
Surprisingly, new Bank Northern line entrance also could have only lifts to platforms, but as result of ridership, this option was deferred.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #3406
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Work starts on £36m upgrade of Vauxhall Tube station

09 December 2013

Upgrade is part of the work to support the transformation of the Battersea Nine Elms area. Station to become step-free in latest push for a more accessible transport network

Construction work will start in January next year to transform Vauxhall Tube station with a £36million upgrade as part of a major investment designed to support the growth and regeneration of the surrounding area.

Transport for London (TfL) is working to support a huge increase in jobs, businesses and homes in Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, which is one of the Mayor's 33 key Opportunity Areas. Key projects include extending the Northern line, transforming the gyratory system, making major improvements for walking and cycling, enhancing bus services. The upgrade at Vauxhall Tube station is an essential first phase of this strategy.

The number of passengers using Vauxhall Underground station is set to increase by 40 per cent over the next few years and in order to create extra space the ticket hall will be reconfigured to allow an improvement and expansion of the ticket gates, reducing congestion within the station. The Tube station will remain open during the work. Two sites need to be established outside the station in December to support the work within.

The station, its subways and stairways will be completely refurbished and a lift will be installed between the ticket hall and platforms. This, combined with the existing lift from the bus station to the Tube ticket hall, will deliver step-free access to the Victoria line trains. Network Rail is also now completing the National Rail station's upgrade, which includes more lifts to improve accessibility, thus creating a fully accessible interchange between rail bus and Tube.

David Waboso, capital programmes director, London Underground, said: 'Vauxhall is a very busy Tube station, with about 21 million people using it annually, and it's set to get busier. The station will be kept open for passengers during the work and we will keep any disturbance to the minimum, but this upgrade work is absolutely vital.

'It will make the station step-free, will give passengers more space and will make journeys through the station quicker and more pleasant. These works, along with other TfL investment in improving the local transport network, will play a key role in helping to support the regeneration of the area.'

The total project cost of the Vauxhall Tube station improvements has been reduced by more than £9 million from £45 million through working closely with contractor Bechtel.

Bechtel's project manager Hani Rizkallah added: 'Using Six Sigma, best practices in supply chain management and sustainability we have developed together with London Underground a more cost-effective construction method, which also reduces the environmental impact. We aim to be good neighbours and are committed to delivering these improvements safely and to the highest quality.'

The upgrade work will be completed by the end of 2015.

Island work site - near the bus station:

-Through December, hoardings and site cabins will be installed on the area of derelict land between Wandsworth Road and The Bondway (close to Vauxhall bus station)

Wandsworth Road work site - near St. George's Wharf:

-A second work site will be established on the north side of Wandsworth Road around the existing subway entrance/exit outside the St. George's Wharf development

-This subway will be closed until spring 2015, although there will still be access to the station via the steps at the start of Vauxhall Bridge

-It will be necessary to work over some nights and TfL is working hard to limit any disturbance and environmental impacts as agreed with the London Borough of Lambeth
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Old December 10th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #3407
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Does anyone know if Liverpool Street underground station is going to see any updates as part of the Crossrail development? The ticket hall is looking really dated and has a filthy old ceiling that is begging to be replaced.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #3408
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Does anyone know if Liverpool Street underground station is going to see any updates as part of the Crossrail development? The ticket hall is looking really dated and has a filthy old ceiling that is begging to be replaced.
Liverpool street Crossrail station doesn't include upgrade of tube station in near future, but includes Moorgate tube station upgrade instead.
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Old December 13th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #3409
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Embankment interchange removed from the Tube Map for station works (escalators to the Northern and Bakerloo lines are going to be completely replaced), starting on 8 Jan and lasting for 43 weeks. During that time, Northern and Bakerloo trains will pass through Embankment without stopping.

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Old December 13th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #3410
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Jeez, hope they're doing more than just the escalators if they're shutting 4 platforms for essentially a whole year. This'd be the time to fix anything leaks and give the platforms a lick of paint
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Old December 13th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #3411
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Jeez, hope they're doing more than just the escalators if they're shutting 4 platforms for essentially a whole year. This'd be the time to fix anything leaks and give the platforms a lick of paint
It is London Underground we are talking about. I lived in London for near on 4 years near Notting Hill Gate. Not long after I moved there they started the refurbishment, it wasn't finished when I left. Now will admit one of the operating companies went bust in the middle of it, but 4 years was a tad excessive.
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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:58 AM   #3412
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Piccadilly Line Stop for Turnham Green
December 18, 2013

Campaigners celebrate news that full service to be introduced when line is upgraded

After decades of lobbying campaigners are celebrating after it was announced today (18th December) that Turnham Green is to be a permanent stop on the Piccadilly line.

The announcement was made by Boris Johnson following a consultation which received one of the largest ever responses to any held by Transport for London (TfL). Also a petition organised by local MP Mary Macleod raised over 4,000 signatures.

The date of the introduction of the stop in Chiswick is uncertain as the Mayor has made a commitment to make the change when the Piccadilly line is upgraded and there are still question marks over the funding and timing of this upgrade. At this stage it is believed that the upgrade of stock on the line may begin in 2017 with the first new train coming into service by 2021 and the project completed by 2023.

The Mayor’s announcement came during this morning’s Question Time at City Hall. Key announcements today were:
1. A 24-hour tube service, including Turnham Green, at weekends from 2015.
2. A new fleet of District Line trains in 2016.
3. Faster and more frequent services due to signalling upgrades from 2018.
4. Stopping throughout the day at Turnham Green as soon as the line has been upgraded.

Mary Macleod said, ‘Stopping the Piccadilly line at Turnham Green station throughout the day will make a huge difference to the lives of local people and businesses. On behalf of Chiswick residents, I have pushed hard on this issue for a long time and I am absolutely delighted that the Mayor and TfL have finally granted our wishes. I look forward to hearing from the Mayor in the New Year on the timetable for the Piccadilly line upgrade and when we can expect his announcement to take effect’.

Earlier this year, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “I want to congratulate Mary for her tireless and determined campaigning for her constituents in Chiswick to have more trains stopping at Turnham Green station.”

Councillor Gary Malcolm said: “The Liberal Democrats have campaigned for ten years to get this good news for residents. It may not be happening straight away but we will be counting down until the tubes stop all day at Turnham Green station. Thank you to all the residents who completed the consultation forms on this subject or filled in our petitions. A nice end to the year!”

Angie Bray, MP for the Ealing and Central Acton constituency said, "This is a great success for the local campaign, which generated one of the biggest consultation responses TfL had ever seen. Obviously we will have to wait while the line is upgraded, but I am hoping that we can still persuade Boris to introduce some improvements sooner than that, allowing more trains to stop outside peak hours and at weekends would be a good start."

Although Mary Macleod was thrilled that campaigning by her and local residents has paid off, she was quick to stress that she will continue to press the Mayor of London and TfL to stop Piccadilly line trains at Turnham Green Station during off-peak times between now and the completion of the Piccadilly line upgrade and Angie Bray pledged to help her in that effort.

She added: ‘Very few Piccadilly line trains stop at Turnham Green under the current arrangements. I would like TfL to start stopping Piccadilly line trains at the station at non-peak times in the short-term until the Piccadilly line upgrade is complete. I will continue to urge the Mayor and TfL on this issue.’
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Tottenham Hale station will be bigger and better
19 December 2013

Plans to transform Tottenham Hale into a landmark station, with greater capacity and step-free access for interchanging passengers, have been announced by Transport for London (TfL) as part of its Tube Improvement Programme.

The plans are part of a committed package of transport improvements, which includes a £54m investment from TfL. The proposed station improvements are funded through £20m from TfL's Unlocking New Growth Areas fund and also include a contribution from the Mayor's Recovery Fund.

Tottenham Hale is located within the Upper Lea Valley area - which has been identified as a key area for growth - with plans to create 15,000 new jobs and 20,100 new homes. At Tottenham Hale specifically there is the capacity for 5,000 new homes and 4,000 new jobs and the vision is to transform the area in to a new district centre. The station will be a focal point of this new district centre and be an iconic gateway to Tottenham and the Upper Lea Valley.

Since October 2012, TfL has also been working to remove the Tottenham Hale gyratory and return it to two-way traffic. A total of £34m will be invested in these improvement works, which will deliver significant benefits for all road users including pedestrians, as well as provide a new public space and a more accessible bus station to the north of Tottenham Hale station during 2014.

David Waboso, London Underground's Director of Capital Upgrades, said: 'The improvements include doubling the size of the current ticket hall, and installing new ticket gates. This will reduce crowding and queuing at the station, saving passengers time when interchanging between National Rail operated by Greater Anglia and Tube services.

'We are also proposing to create a new, more convenient pedestrian route from the east to the Tube and bus stations by extending the existing bridge to the Hale Village development. We plan to keep the station open during the work so that any potential disruption will be kept to a minimum.'

The planning application is due to be submitted in the next few weeks. Subject to approval, work is expected to start on site in 2015 and be completed approximately 18 months from then.

A committed £72m upgrade of the Lea Valley main line, which includes a £25m contribution from the London Enterprise Panel and will enable a new four trains per hour service between Angel Road and Stratford, is a key part of the transport investment in the Lea Valley. The new local service will serve Tottenham Hale station and is considered vital in supporting planned growth at Tottenham Hale, as well as Northumberland Park and Meridian Water.

TfL have been working closely with London Borough of Haringey, the Greater London Authority, Network Rail and Greater Anglia during the development of these plans to ensure that all the projects at Tottenham Hale station are carefully co-ordinated and are compatible with the long term plans for the West Anglia route and we will continue to do so as the scheme progresses.

Letters have been sent to local residents about the plans and an evening event was held in order for the community to find out more about the proposals. Further events will take place early in the New Year.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 09:00 PM   #3413
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Today's TfL press release:

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Paddington station works completed ahead of schedule
23 December 2013

Station works to support increased capacity from line upgrades, Crossrail and wider urban regeneration have been completed early

Works to rebuild the Hammersmith & City side of Paddington Underground station has been completed ahead of schedule.

The works included the installation of lifts giving customers step free access from the new ticket hall to the Circle and Hammersmith & City line platforms.

This side of the station has been rebuilt as part of London Underground's (LU) station capacity programme and as well new lifts, the station now boasts a new entrance from the Paddington Basin side of the station, a spacious new station concourse and ticket hall, better access to the mainline concourse, two new stairways, improved CCTV, extended platforms to accommodate new, longer air-conditioned trains.

Gareth Powell, LU's Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: `The installation of lifts is great news for our customers, as it increases parts of the network open to wheelchair users and other customers who require step free access.

'Customers have already seen huge improvements as each phase of the works has been completed including a new station entrance and concourse but also from the newly extended platforms that accommodate the new longer air conditioned trains that have been rolling out across the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

`Over 60,000 people use the station every day and this is set to rise following the completion of the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines' upgrade and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, coupled with the regeneration of the local area which will create more homes and jobs.

'We have built a station fit for the future to provide sufficient capacity for this expected increase in demand.'

Along with the new lifts, Paddington station is also being served by new state-of-the-art, air conditioned trains, which have been introduced across the Circle and Hammersmith & City line since 2010.

They have dedicated spaces for wheel chair users and a low-floor design for improved access between train and platform.

LU is investing millions of pounds in making the Tube network more accessible through new trains, lifts, raised platform sections and other improvements.

Works to replace lifts at Edgware Road station on the Bakerloo line have also been completed.

While the station was closed other improvements were completed to minimise the disruption to passengers including repair and refurbishment work on the roof, drainage pipes, render on platforms, ticket hall and stairs, electrics and lighting.
And photos of new Paddington (H&S) station entrance with public square:













Photo courtesy from londonreconnections.com and Crossrail
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Old December 24th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #3414
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Renders of new Tottenham Hale station building from TfL website:





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The new Paddington Station entrance has a Library of Birmingham inspired pattern I see
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Photo of reconstruction progress on Victoria tube station south ticket hall. Photo of TfL, copied from PDF file:

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Piccadilly line - Ealing Broadway (!)
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Bakerloo line–Edgware Road
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Old December 31st, 2013, 11:02 PM   #3419
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TfL to re-tender Sub-Surface resignalling
31 Dec 2013

UK: Transport for London announced on December 31 that it plans to re-invite tenders in mid-2014 for the resignalling of London Underground’s Sub-Surface Lines, which had been awarded to Bombardier in mid-2011.

Covering London Underground’s Metropolitan, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, the programme is due to see the installation by 2018 of communications-based train control on 310 km of track serving 113 stations, which accounts for approximately 40% of the capital’s metro network, together with the remodelling of 36 congested junctions. In conjunction with the introduction of new rolling stock, the work is expected to increase capacity on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines by 65%, the District Line by 24% and the Metropolitan Line by 27%.

Following a competitive tender process, Bombardier was awarded a £354m contract in June 2011 to install its Cityflo 650 CBTC technology. The company has already undertaken a great deal of preparatory work, reportedly valued at around £80m. A new unified control centre has been built in west London, and trial running with a CBTC-equipped trainset has been underway on a 5 km section of the Old Dalby test track since December 2012.

Citing the 'complex nature of the network and the nature of the work to be carried out over the next five years', LU and Bombardier have now agreed that LU should re-let the contract and 'continue the works with another contractor'. TfL expects to issue an OJEU notice inviting expressions of interest ‘this week’, and insists that ‘at this stage there is no change to the original delivery timetable’.

Meanwhile, Bombardier will continue to supply the fleet of 191 air-conditioned S-Stock trainsets, which are scheduled to be delivered by 2016. All 58 eight-car sets for the Metropolitan Line have been delivered, and deliveries of the seven-car sets for the other three lines is underway.

Insisting that 'this is the right decision', LU Managing Director Mike Brown said 'we have been working closely with Bombardier to find a way forward on what is one of the most challenging and complex pieces of work. However it has become apparent to both parties that for the work to be completed within or close to the planned deadline, we need to push on with works with another contractor. Enabling works already completed by LU and Bombardier can be utilised when works recommence next year.'

Adding that 'with London Underground we have laid the foundation for the complex signalling upgrade', Bombardier Transportation President & Chief Operating Officer Lutz Bertling said that 'both parties have jointly and amicably agreed to complete and finalise the works that have been provided to date. We look forward to working with LU as we continue to deliver the new air-conditioned trains for the network.'
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Interesting, but have a question. If the resignalling was going to increase capacity so much, have the trains needed to run this extra capacity been purchased as part of the 191 S stock sets?
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