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Old January 17th, 2012, 10:54 PM   #1101
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I agree with you, sotonsi, the looks of the intended blends between new and old are really quite compelling
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Old January 18th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #1102
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I think the arches are out of proportion, and the lower level should have an "open plan" appearance with plenty of glass or even bricks+glasses in irregular forms, having no resemblance to the present one other than its location. I like total replacement projects.

But this is still better than the bad-state, creative-less job they did at St. Pancraaas.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 12:46 PM   #1103
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Old January 19th, 2012, 04:28 AM   #1104
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Old January 19th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #1105
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Planning application submitted for new railway station in Chelmsford

Countryside Properties and its development partner, L&Q, have revised their outline planning application for a new railway station in North East Chelmsford. The proposals represent a major addition to the sustainable transport infrastructure of both the town and the county.

The application complements proposals for a new neighbourhood at Beaulieu Park, with up to 3,600 new homes and a total of 620,000 sq. ft. of commercial space incorporating a business park.

The station will include four platforms with passing loops that will bring efficiency and capacity benefits to the operation of the Great Eastern main line and therefore both to the county and region. It will be a ‘new transport hub’ where passengers can complete journeys using sustainable modes of transport.

The proposals incorporate a bus interchange and substantial cycle parking. It is expected that 60% of passengers will travel to the station by non-car means. This improved facility is expected to reduce congestion at the existing Chelmsford station and the reduced numbers of car trips will therefore assist in also reducing congestion in the town centre and on radial routes.

John Oldham, Group Chief Town Planner, Countryside Properties commented:

“This revised planning application is a major step forward in making the new railway station in North East Chelmsford a reality. It highlights our very robust commitment to its delivery. All the foundations are in place for its delivery.”

Mike Johnson, Land Director, L&Q, said:

“New infrastructure to support sustainable transport options on this scale offers huge benefits to North East Chelmsford and the surrounding area.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:44 PM   #1106
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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #1107
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Waverley Steps refurbishment completes

Refurbishment works to one of the principal entrances to Waverley Station are to be completed this weekend, paving the way for a more comfortable pedestrian connection to Waverley Station.

For 145 years some 14,000 people a day have huffed and puffed their way up the 72 steps to reach Princes Street but from Monday they will be able to glide effortlessly up thanks to the installation of a bank of escalators.

Network Rail’s £7m refurbishment project has seen Morgan Sindall install a glazed canopy installed above the stairwell, held aloft by six sculptural pillars, sheltering three banks of double escalators to whisk folk up and down the 40ft climb.

This remodeling work has seen Jefferson Sheard Architects narrow the stairs to just half their original width with eight shorter flights of stairs replacing the original five. A central handrail has also been added for those determined to continue making the ascent.

In their design statement Jefferson Sheard said: “We have to carefully balance the history and the historic appeal of the station's architecture with contemporary needs and modern design. The result is a structure with presence and appeal, but a ‘light-touch', not competing with the grand sandstone buildings that surround it.”

A partial opening of the stairs as far as the Princes Mall will take place on Saturday, ahead of a full unveiling on Monday.

Two 16 passenger lifts will also be installed once following the opening, scheduled to open by July 2012.






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Old January 27th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1108
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In time for the Six nations match between Scotland and England as well.

Anyone got room in their back yard for a railway bridge?

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Civil engineering contractor Amey is offering two railway bridges to the heritage railway movement

Two redundant single track bridges span the M50 motorway, between junctions 1 and 2, and previously carried the Midland Railway from Tewkesbury to Great Malvern. The single line from Tewkesbury to Upton-on-Severn closed on August 14, 1961, a year after the M50 opened. The Great Malvern-Upton section closed in December 1952. <snip> Amey says that each span is just under 15 metres long and has a skew of 24 degrees. The pair will be removed during March in an operation that will facilitate a full closure of the motorway.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 05:23 PM   #1109
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 04:40 PM   #1110
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Refurbished Marks Tey station opens

The new and upgraded Marks Tey station was opened last week by Essex County Council.

National Express East Anglia ‘rebuilt and transformed’ the station with a £2.2m investment as part of the National Stations Improvements Programme.

The rebuilt station has a new access ramp and stairs up to the widened London bound platform with new waiting shelters.

CCTV and new lighting has also been installed.

Andrew Chivers, Managing Director, National Express East Anglia said:

“The completion of this significant project to rebuild Marks Tey station and transform the customer facilities at this busy interchange station is another improvement scheme we have delivered for our customers in Essex as part of the National Stations Improvement Programme."
http://www.rail.co/2012/02/03/refurb...station-opens/
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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #1112
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Old February 5th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #1113
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Platform promise for Peterborough

More platforms and a new ticket hall feature in a £43m plan to upgrade Peterborough station. The redevelopment heralds longer, more frequent trains and anticipates a surge in passenger volume. Four million people a year use the station and this number is expected to double over the next 25 years.

Says Phil Verster, Network Rail route managing director, ‘We are making a significant investment to improve the railway in Peterborough, providing a better station and more trains for passengers. Rail is vital for Peterborough given its position as a strategic transport hub and this upgrade will provide a real boost to the local economy.

‘When we’re finished in December 2013 the station will have a modern main building, extra platforms to increase capacity and reduce congestion, easier access thanks to new lifts and longer platforms ready for new, longer trains serving more destinations.’

Peterborough is a major railway centre and hosts a complex mix of commuter and long-distance services travelling both east-west and north-south as well as burgeoning freight traffic – the station itself has two freight passing loops.

Network Rail’s redevelopment will increase capacity through the station, with two new platforms constructed on the west side of the station for use by trains travelling on east-west routes, freeing up the existing platforms for north-south services.

The current platform 3 will also be widened and a new platform added for future London-bound high-speed services from Peterborough. In addition to the new platforms, platforms 2 and 3 will be extended to facilitate future 12-car Thameslink services, which will provide direct connections from Peterborough to London and destinations across the South East.

Platforms 4 and 5 will be extended for future Intercity Express services, which will provide new trains on long-distance routes to the north of England and Scotland.

A new goods loop will also be created to the west of the station to increase freight capacity on the key cross-country route from the port of Felixstowe to the Midlands and beyond. A separate £3m scheme will provide a brighter, bigger entrance and a larger concourse at the station.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 11:42 PM   #1114
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Today saw the start of operations in and around East Anglia / Outer London of Abellio Greater Anglia, replacing National Express East Anglia.

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A new operator has started running train services across the eastern counties.

The British branch of Dutch train firm Abellio took over the Greater Anglia train franchise from National Express East Anglia just after 02:00 GMT. For the next 29 months, the company will provide train services across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and links to London.

Abellio said its first priority was to improve customer service. The firm is now responsible for 3,000 employees and 43,000 individual train services per month, carrying 2 million passengers a week, a spokesman said.
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New King’s Cross concourse to open in March

The new concourse at King’s Cross will be opened on 19 March, Network Rail said today. The redevelopment of the station started in 2007 and will be fully completed at the end of 2013 when a new public square is created.

Ian Fry, Network Rail’s King’s Cross programme director, said:

“On the outside passengers have seen King’s Cross station transforming before their eyes for the last five years. We have been working hard behind the scenes to create a blend of old and new architecture with a strong mix of facilities worthy of the new-look station.”

Congestion at the station will be significantly reduced by new walking routes based on an innovative method of pedestrian modelling undertaken during the design phase of the project.

A new one-way system will direct passengers to enter the station via the new concourse, and exit via the existing concourse at the bottom of the platforms, allowing better connections to other forms of public transport at both ends of the journey.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #1116
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One of Waterloo’s four disused Eurostar platforms is to be returned to service in 2014.

Longer trains are to serve the terminus as the DfT announced plans to add extra carriages and upgrade the SWT commuter fleet. The carriages, which will allow around 8,000 extra peak-time passengers into Waterloo every morning, will begin arriving from May 2013, with all new services in place by July 2014.

Government funding means lease company, Porterbrook, will be able to create a fleet of 36 five-car suburban trains to run on South West Trains routes. This new fleet will enable around 8,000 extra peak-time passengers to travel into London’s Waterloo station every morning, as 8-car trains will be lengthened to run in 10-car formation on certain routes.

Alstom is masterminding the project. Known as Class 458/5, the improved fleet will be made up by converting two existing Alstom-built fleets, the Class 458s, used by SWT and Class 460s, formerly used by the Gatwick Express.

Modifications will include cabs, couplers, gangways, as well as conversion of baggage areas into passenger saloon areas. Up to 92% of the material content of the project will be sourced from the UK supply chain. Doncaster-based Wabtec will carry out the work.

Alstom is recruiting around twelve engineers in order to provide a team of twenty five dedicated to supporting the conversion project.

Says Transport Minister Justine Greening, ‘These extra carriages will help ease those conditions, while opening an extra platform will provide space for additional trains to run. But our plans do not stop here. We are now embarked on one of the largest programmes of rail investment since the Victorian era and we expect to introduce further carriages on Waterloo routes and bring more platforms into use in the future.’

Waterloo’s former Eurostar platforms have been out of use since 2007 when services switched to St Pancras. Since then the only rail activity the platforms have seen is a steam locomotive being propelled into the station as part of the Railway Children theatre production.
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New rail station plans for Energlyn unveiled

Plans for a new station at Energlyn have been unveiled today by Network Rail. The new station will be located between Aber and Llanbradach and will mean passengers at Energlyn could benefit from direct rail services to and from Cardiff, ‘potentially within two years’.

Network Rail is holding a public exhibition so locals can give their feedback on the plans.

Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail Wales said: “This proposal is driven by a vision to transform the railway in Wales and, once delivered, will bring a huge benefit for Energlyn.

“Energlyn has seen a steady increase in passenger demand over the years and the proposed new station will cater for this growth and encourage sustainable travel, whilst improving the environment and socio-economics of the area.”

The exhibition is being held at Plasyfelin Primary School, Lewis Drive, Churchill Park, Caerphilly, CF83 3FT, between 4pm and 8pm on Thursday 9 February 2012.
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Well, we've been waiting for 10-15 years for one, so why the sudden interest now is beyond me. (I live nearer to this proposed station than the main station in Caerphilly)

There'll still be some decent competition with Stagecoach buses, as there are 4 buses an hour from Caerphilly (The 26 Cardiff -> Caerphilly -> Blackwood as well as 'local' Caerphilly services) which are cheaper, and are not that slower than the train.

There are plans to provide loops on section(s) between Bargoed and Rhymney as well, as currently the Rhymney Valley line (which Energlyn will be on) only has one train an hour from Penarth/Cardiff Central to Rhymney.
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Raising the roof

Plans to transform London Bridge station have been given the green light by Southwark Council.

The station will have a completely new platform layout allowing high frequency trains on the Thameslink route. Britain’s largest station concourse will provide more space for passengers. Sadly the historic station roof will be demolished.

However new eye-catching entrances on Tooley Street and St Thomas Street will make the station more accessible and easier to use.

Says David Higgins, Network Rail’s chief executive, ‘London Bridge is one of the busiest stations in the country and this investment is vital for passengers who want more space, less congestion and better services.

‘Our proposals will breathe life back into London’s oldest rail terminus and help build on the programme of regeneration along the South Bank and Bankside. It will provide a focal point for the local communities it serves as well as the tens of millions of passengers who use it every year.

‘We are grateful for the support we’ve received and will continue to work closely with our partners and the local authority to deliver the project efficiently and considerately over the coming years.’

The station will remain operational throughout the redevelopment and will be complete by 2018.
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