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Old July 2nd, 2013, 02:38 AM   #6801
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£800m ($1.2bn) London Bridge station improvement planned

Network Rail has unveiled plans to construct a huge new concourse under London Bridge station to improve passenger access.



The concourse would be bigger than a football pitch and would have two new entrances constructed on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street to improve links between the areas around the station.

Coupled with changes to the rail infrastructure around the station, the £800m project would mark the final phase of the Thameslink programme to deliver longer trains and more frequent services to more destinations. Passenger capacity at the station would increase by about 65%.

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.u...vement-planned
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 02:41 AM   #6802
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Boris Johnson: London needs a new airport to stay world-class

A third runway at Heathrow will not stave off long-term competition for business from our global rivals



The people who run Heathrow are doing their best. Their airport is bursting at the seams. They must deal with the fury of those who fly thousands of miles only to circle over London for half an hour and then miss their connecting flights. They must cope with the longest taxi-out times in Europe. They must be ready for the slightest disruption to cause chaos. Yes, the staff at Heathrow are doing exceptionally well in running a hub airport that is at 98.5 per cent capacity. They treat the suffering multitudes with great politeness and, in proposing a way forward, Heathrow’s bosses are treating the public like absolute idiots.

They say they want a third runway “now” and then maybe a fourth runway “later”. Of all the miserable, useless, cynical examples of corporate short-termism and greed, this takes some beating. It would need about 15 to 18 years — with a fair wind and favourable judges — to build a third runway in London’s western suburbs. The thing would not open until the late 2020s, at which point huge new sectors of London would find themselves under the roar of the flightpath. We would have recklessly exacerbated the Heathrow problem — which already causes a third of the aircraft noise pollution endured by the whole of Europe.

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Old July 2nd, 2013, 05:17 PM   #6803
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Just had a thought, I know there is talk about HS2, but is there any discussion about increasing capacity on Euro Star? (If that makes any sense...).

Just wondering, because that is the basis upon which California is basing it's decision to invest in HSR. Though, they're pretty much starting from 0, so...
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 05:19 PM   #6804
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Thought I'd throw together a quick list of what we have to look forward to in the short-term highrise-wise now that a lot of the projects are coming to the end of their construction:

One Nine Elms T1 – 200m
192 Lime Street – 192m
One Blackfriars – 163m
One Nine Elms T2 – 160m
Southbank Tower – 151m
Saffron Tower – 151m
Crossharbour Building – 150m
Providence Tower – 136m
Heron Plaza – 135m
One the Elephant – 133m
40 Marshwall - 128m

Not too bad, will certainly have some projects to keep us going after Leadenhall etc... are finished. May have missed some off, not sure.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 09:16 PM   #6805
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Just had a thought, I know there is talk about HS2, but is there any discussion about increasing capacity on Euro Star? (If that makes any sense...).

Just wondering, because that is the basis upon which California is basing it's decision to invest in HSR. Though, they're pretty much starting from 0, so...
Eurostar have ordered 10 Class 374s to increase capacity on their London - Paris and Brussells routes as well as allowing additional services in France and Germany The route Eurostar run on in the UK (High Speed One) has plenty of spare capacity even with SouthEastern domestics and limited intermodal freight. Deutsch Bahn do plan to run through services to St Pancras in 2016 pending the delivery of additional ICE 3 trains.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 09:50 PM   #6806
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£800m ($1.2bn) London Bridge station improvement planned


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Why are you posting a piece of news over 2 years old?
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 09:52 PM   #6807
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Refurbishment work keeps London construction active


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And this 'news' is over a year old.

Refurbishment work keeps London construction active » published 05/12/2012
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:02 PM   #6808
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Just had a thought, I know there is talk about HS2, but is there any discussion about increasing capacity on Euro Star? (If that makes any sense...).

Just wondering, because that is the basis upon which California is basing it's decision to invest in HSR. Though, they're pretty much starting from 0, so...
Well from what i've read recently, the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France is currently underused and has been held in a monopoly by EuroStar - but it has recently been approved that German national rail carrier Deutsche Bahn has had it's ICE trains approved for operation through the tunnel, so in 5 years or so time there will be new services from London to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Berlin - which can only be great news for Europe and London!

(oh and apologies to machester77 - I replied before seeing your post which provides a bit more detail!)
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 02:44 AM   #6809
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Why are you posting a piece of news over 2 years old?
cos i was bored.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 02:45 AM   #6810
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And this 'news' is over a year old.

Refurbishment work keeps London construction active » published 05/12/2012
intended to remind some folks!
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:32 AM   #6811
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Just had a thought, I know there is talk about HS2, but is there any discussion about increasing capacity on Euro Star? (If that makes any sense...).

Just wondering, because that is the basis upon which California is basing it's decision to invest in HSR. Though, they're pretty much starting from 0, so...
Well I suspect so.

Birmingham's Grand Central/Curzon Street HS2 Station will connect straight into HS1 offering direct links to Paris and Brussels and other cities.

Continental Europe will be within 3 hours journey time from Central England once completed so capacity should significantly increase and this follows through down to London.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:39 AM   #6812
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intended to remind some folks!
Or you just doing your usual spamming to wind up the French & others.

Posting 2 year old information just makes you out as a troll.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:39 AM   #6813
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Boris Johnson: London needs a new airport to stay world-class

A third runway at Heathrow will not stave off long-term competition for business from our global rivals



The people who run Heathrow are doing their best. Their airport is bursting at the seams. They must deal with the fury of those who fly thousands of miles only to circle over London for half an hour and then miss their connecting flights. They must cope with the longest taxi-out times in Europe. They must be ready for the slightest disruption to cause chaos. Yes, the staff at Heathrow are doing exceptionally well in running a hub airport that is at 98.5 per cent capacity. They treat the suffering multitudes with great politeness and, in proposing a way forward, Heathrow’s bosses are treating the public like absolute idiots.

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http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/co...s-8663337.html
Planning a new airport should give people at Heathrow enough time to plan their future jobs and retirements, along with the airlines too. They should never have expanded airports from old RAF bases, that's a catalyst for disaster because people live so close to them. I'm not sure a new airport should be in east London though, is there nowhere to the south or north?
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:55 AM   #6814
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London Lad you should really going easy on SO143 and you shouldn't be accusing him of being a troll because that makes you a bully the airport news was not two years old as it was on the standard on the 18 June 2013
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 12:27 PM   #6815
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So much perfectly clear glass in aspirational renders and so much horrible green glass in reality.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 12:31 PM   #6816
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So much perfectly clear glass in aspirational renders and so much horrible green glass in reality.
very true indeed
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 04:34 PM   #6818
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Or you just doing your usual spamming to wind up the French & others.

Posting 2 year old information just makes you out as a troll.
thank you very much for the kind compliment and i am proud of it.
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Francis Crick Institute is looking really good great building with great materials
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 04:54 PM   #6820
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