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Old March 24th, 2013, 04:53 PM   #5841
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Crossrail Two vital to future of Surrey’s railways

Surrey must lobby for more involvement in Crossrail Two to reap the benefits for local rail users, according to the county council’s draft rail strategy.

The multi-billion pound project could help increase capacity on the overburdened South West Main Line by up to 40% at peak times, easing overcrowding with an extra nine trains per hour into Waterloo.

The current preferred Crossrail Two route spans from the north east to the south west of London, taking in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court and Chessington South stations on its southern tip.

But with no Government funding yet allocated for the project, the county council’s rail strategy raised concerns that an alternative route could be selected that remains within the London boundary and not reach Surrey.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Clearly Surrey must be part of Crossrail Two and this is reflected in the fact we are currently included in the preferred route. But with no funding yet allocated, we must lobby hard to ensure Surrey remains part of the plans.”

Mr Furey added: “Our position on Crossrail Two is part of our overall rail strategy, which will provide the evidence we need to bid for Government funds to improve our railways and other transport infrastructure. This is vital when convincing the Department for Transport to invest in Surrey instead of elsewhere in the country.



“Both Surrey and London are economic powerhouses that together drive the UK’s economy. Almost 20% of our working population commute daily into the capital. Without improvements to the railways, Surrey risks losing out on global investment and jobs to better connected areas of the capital and the South East.”

The county council’s draft rail strategy forms part of the work of Surrey Future, an organisation bringing together business leaders, the county council and district and boroughs, with the aim of helping the county’s economy thrive. A key focus will be tackling overcrowding on trains.

The draft strategy suggests Surrey’s three main rail priorities should be Crossrail Two, improvements to the North Downs line and improving access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

It found that longer trains and more services could be squeezed into Surrey’s already overburdened railways to increase capacity and reduce overcrowding, but urged that longer term improvements are vital.

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Old March 24th, 2013, 04:59 PM   #5842
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Old March 24th, 2013, 06:09 PM   #5843
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Old March 24th, 2013, 07:23 PM   #5844
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Crossrail's Tunnel-Boring Machines Pictured Under London's Streets

Boris Johnson was at the Crossrail Tunnelling Academy in Ilford Essex on Monday, visiting apprentices and getting a lesson in how to spray concrete.

At £14.8 billion, Crossrail is the biggest construction project in Europe, building a 118 kilometre rail line and 42km of underground lines.



Much of this work is being done underground, right under the feet of oblivious Londoners.

Five tunnel boring machines (TBMs), each one weighing 1,000 tonnes and 148m long, are currently underneath the capitals streets chewing through the earth at a snail-like 100m a week.

Together they will remove six million tonnes of excavated material - enough soil to fill the equivalent of Wembley Stadium to the roof three times.

Progress has to be carefully planned. Not only are there other Tube lines to consider but also secret government tunnels.

Assistant project manager Greg Reichmann, told the Evening Standard: "They don’t tell us exactly where they are, they might just tell us to plan the tunnel a couple of metres left or right."

Some more Crossrail facts:

Eight new underground stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Woolwich will be built

A new surface station will also be constructed at Custom House

Crossrail will increase the capacity of London’s rail based public transport network by 10 per cent

An estimated 200 million people will travel on Crossrail each year

Phyllis (one of the TBMs) is currently under Hyde Park having completed 2.9km of tunnel and is now heading for Crossrail’s Bond Street Station western ticket hall in Davies Street

At least two-thirds of all Crossrail excavated material, more than 4.5m tonnes, will be used to create the new RSPB nature reserve at Wallasea Island, creating Europe’s largest man-made coastal reserve



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Old March 24th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #5845
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A new prospect for Piccadilly: St James's Gateway building is London's newest startling building



Eric Parry is a highly cultured member of the establishment. Cambridge education, member of the Royal Academy, and regarded as one of Britain's finest architects. Why, then, do the double-storey windows in his revamped building in London's Piccadilly appear to be spattered with blood? And, in a designated Conservation Area, why are the colours and syncopations of Richard Deacon's cornice wilder than Rio Carnival?

The facade of the St James's Gateway building is the most startling big building in London since the repellent faux-gothic blancmange off Fenchurch Street known as both Minster, and Munster, Court. Equally challenging, in different ways, are No 1 Poultry, designed by Sir James Stirling in the early 1990s, Tony Fretton's Red House in Chelsea, with its glinting, ox-blood-red French limestone facade, and the mesh-bandaged yellow elevations of Newington Court student housing, Islington – architecture as triage.

Some will see the St James's Gateway building as architectural grand guignol; others will proclaim its ceramic faience surfaces as a vividly original craftwork.

It's true that Parry can be sighted wearing a pair of Lobb shoes one day, and battered clogs and a rumpled duffel-coat the next. But that hardly explains the extraordinary trouble he's taken to simulate a mescaline vision 60m from Piccadilly Circus, with the blessing of Westminster Council and the Crown Estate.

“The cornice is inspired by the exuberance and activity of the nearby Piccadilly Circus and shows how true collaborations between architects and artists can enrich the experience of buildings for inhabitants of, and visitors to, London,” he says. The crimson spray around the windows is “sympathetic”.

Parry loves coloured ceramic facades, and the craft that produces them. He has also always been profoundly interested in art: one of the architect's favourite painters is Sean Scully, who tends to produce loose patterns of coloured squares. Another key interest lies in the stage-set designs of Adolphe Appia, the Swiss who effectively invented 3D performance spaces in the Edwardian era.

But what has happened in Piccadilly is not simply about an art-sensitive architect's polychromatic boldness. Eric Parry has helped Westminster Council to set an interesting, but rather tricky, precedent about the way some of London's street-scapes can be vertically resurfaced.

And a worrying possibility emerges. What if it catches on?

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Old March 25th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #5847
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Incredible projects.. No city comes close in the West to London right now.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:40 AM   #5848
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Woah, London's first twisting tower!
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #5849
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Woah, London's first twisting tower!
Unfortunately, I think that it will not be built

At least this is the info I got from 2 forumers. It is a shame because it is really nice.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #5850
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World’s Most Visited Cities 2011-2012 Euromonitor - number of international arrivals

No 1. Hong Kong - 2011 International Arrivals: 21.8 million Growth: 8.8 percent
No. 2 Singapore - 2011 International Arrivals: 19.8 million Growth: 8.7 percent
No. 3 London, UK - 2011 International Arrivals: 15.1 million Growth: 2.7 percent
No. 4 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 2011 International Arrivals: 13.3 million Growth: 16 percent
No. 5 Macau - 2011 International Arrivals: 12.9 million Growth: 8.4 percent
No. 6 Bangkok, Thailand - 2011 International Arrivals: 12.4 million Growth: 12.5 percent
No. 7 Antalya, Turkey - 2011 International Arrivals: 12.1 million Growth: 13.3 percent
No. 8 Shenzhen, China - 2011 International Arrivals: 10.9 million Growth: 6.8 percent
No. 9 New York City, USA - 2011 International Arrivals: 10 million Growth: 3.5 percent
No. 10 Istanbul, Turkey - 2011 International Arrivals: 9.8 million Growth: 20.2 percent
No. 11 Guangzhou, China - 2011 International Arrivals: 8.9 million Growth: 8.9 percent
No. 12 Paris, France - 2011 International Arrivals: 8.4 million Growth: 3.5 percent
No. 13 Dubai, UAE - 2011 International Arrivals: 7.7 million Growth: -0.1 percent
No. 14 Shanghai, China - 2011 International Arrivals: 6.9 million Growth: -5.8 percent
No. 15 Miami, USA - 2011 International Arrivals: 6.5 million Growth: 7.1 percent
No. 16 Mecca, Saudi Arabia - 2011 International Arrivals: 6.4 million Growth: 4.7 percent
No. 17 Pattaya, Thailand - 2011 International Arrivals: 6 million Growth: 10.5 percent
No. 18 Rome, Italy - 2011 International Arrivals: 6 million Growth: 4.5 percent
No. 19 Las Vegas, USA - 2011 International Arrivals: 5.4 million Growth: 4.2 percent
No. 20 Barcelona, Spain - 2011 International Arrivals: 5.4 million Growth: 4 percent

New York City and Paris often vie for the title of the most visited city in the world, but a new study out from Euromonitor International, which looks exclusively at international visitors, offers a list that's different from most other "most visited city" lists.

Indeed, because a large portion of their visitors are domestic, New York City and Paris don’t even make the top eight. Meanwhile, China’s two special administrative regions, Macau and Hong Kong, score disproportionately high on the list because Euromonitor researchers consider Chinese as international visitors. Singapore, too, creeps into the list's upper portion since it’s a small city-state in a booming region.

The international market research organization compiles its annual list by looking at arrival data sourced directly from national statistics offices, airports and hotels in 57 core countries and 153 markets.

Other surprises on its latest survey include Antalya, which surpassed Istanbul as Turkey’s most visited city. Perhaps due to their proximity to Hong Kong and Macau, Shenzhen and Guangzhou welcome more international tourists than Shanghai or Beijing. And in the U.S., Miami and Las Vegas see more international arrivals than the nation’s second-largest city, Los Angeles.

Caroline Bremner, head of travel and tourism research at Euromonitor International, said Vietnam was one of the year’s biggest surprises, even though none of its cities cracked the top 30.

“While many cities maintained their previous rankings, Vietnam showed a particularly strong performance with Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi experiencing over 40 percent growth for the second consecutive year,” Bremner explained. “Although Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will continue to be top tourist attractions in Vietnam, future demand is likely to be driven by other Vietnamese cities, including Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc emerging as international tourists look to discover more new places.”

The rebound in global economic growth in 2011 contributed to stronger tourism demand, Bremner added, positively impacting the results for the top 100 cities, with arrivals up by 7 percent. Fewer visa restrictions and future growth driven by the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America regions should make the 2012 numbers even higher when Euromonitor releases its 2012 study next year.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #5851
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World’s Most Visited Cities 2012-2013 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index

In choosing your next travel destination, do you follow your heart or follow the crowds?

To come up with its second annual list of the 20 most visited cities in the world, MasterCard followed the money. Their Global Destination Cities Index for 2012 ranks Istanbul as the fastest growing destination, putting it #5 on the list after London, Paris, Bangkok and Singapore.

“Despite sluggish economic growth around the world, the number of people traveling abroad continues to increase,” the report states. London leads the world in the two key criteria MasterCard considered: as both the most popular destination city for overseas travelers (they’re expecting 16.9 million foreign visitors this year), and in the average amount each visitor spends (their total spending there is projected to be $21.1 billion). Whether drawn by business or as tourists, London’s visitors from New York are the ones that travel the furthest and spend the most.

New York still ranks second by visitor spending (after London), which may explain all the foreign languages one hears while shopping at the Gap.

In the Asia/Pacific region, Bangkok leads in the total number of visitors and visitor spending and is expected to displace Paris as the third-ranking city by visitor spending. Dubai retains its rank as #1 of the top 10 destination cities in the Middle East and Africa.

Glitz trumps history in the People’s Republic of China, with Shanghai ahead of Beijing by five ranks. And though to many minds Barcelona outcharms Madrid, Spain’s capital remains the more popular destination.

Although Rome hasn’t lost any of its charm, it has slipped in popularity as a tourist destination, falling below Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt and Dubai. Perhaps economic forces are at play.

1. London
2. Paris
3. Bangkok
4. Singapore
5. Istanbul
6. Hong Kong
7. Madrid
8. Dubai
9. Frankfurt
10. Kuala Lumpur
11. Seoul
12. Rome
13. New York
14. Shanghai
15. Barcelona
16. Milan
17. Amsterdam
18. Vienna
19. Beijing
20. Taipei

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http://newsroom.mastercard.com/wp-co...Index_2012.pdf

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Old March 25th, 2013, 10:50 AM   #5852
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Unfortunately, I think that it will not be built

At least this is the info I got from 2 forumers. It is a shame because it is really nice.
They have started to sell apartments and have been quite successful with it. Give it few more months until they sell more and they will start
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #5853
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london organized olympics in 2012 that's why they are ahead paris this time.
2013 will see back to normality.

Euromonitor is a joke because it counts the passengers in transit.If you go to america just by landing heathrow without going in the town you go in the statistic of visitors
The same for Atlanta which is far to be a 'beast' of tourism.

I don't trust this whole story of surveys. We know which is the n°1.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #5854
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london organized olympics in 2012 that's why they are ahead paris this time.
2013 will see back to normality.

Euromonitor is a joke because it counts the passengers in transit.If you go to america just by landing heathrow without going in the town you go in the statistic of visitors
The same for Atlanta which is far to be a 'beast' of tourism.

I don't trust this whole story of surveys. We know which is the n°1.
Actually, during Olympics there were less visitors because a lot of people put up their travel plans being afraid of high hotel prices and crowds, etc. London hotels seen the drop in occupancy rates during 2012. 2013 will be much better for London because of these delayed trips.
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london organized olympics in 2012 that's why they are ahead paris this time.
2013 will see back to normality.

Euromonitor is a joke because it counts the passengers in transit.If you go to america just by landing heathrow without going in the town you go in the statistic of visitors
The same for Atlanta which is far to be a 'beast' of tourism.

I don't trust this whole story of surveys. We know which is the n°1.
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I'll be in London in May, looking forward to my visit to the Shard. Although I'm a little afraid of heights!
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Unfortunately, I think that it will not be built

At least this is the info I got from 2 forumers. It is a shame because it is really nice.
This is old news, it has been brought back to life by a new developer, Galliard Homes, who has bought out the site. Apartments are already selling..

http://www.baltimorewharf.com/
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This is old news, it has been brought back to life by a new developer, Galliard Homes, who has bought out the site. Apartments are already selling..

http://www.baltimorewharf.com/
This is great to hear

I love this tower. Thanks for the update
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london organized olympics in 2012 that's why they are ahead paris this time.
2013 will see back to normality.

Euromonitor is a joke because it counts the passengers in transit.If you go to america just by landing heathrow without going in the town you go in the statistic of visitors
The same for Atlanta which is far to be a 'beast' of tourism.

I don't trust this whole story of surveys. We know which is the n°1.
Apologies! I looked really hard, but i just couldnt find any data regarding Lille!

For some reason nobody has published any!
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Old March 25th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #5860
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I don't trust this whole story of surveys.
... unless they say that Paris is top in which case they are 100% accurate? Please. What I doubt is that the Olympics had much of an effect at all. In fact, if I remember rightly, it's often the case that there is a decrease in visitors during the Olympic year; although in the subsequent years the number of tourists increases.

EDIT: Hadn't noticed Quicksilver's post, but that is a reason behind the fall in numbers.

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