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Old August 21st, 2014, 11:48 PM   #1901
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Why are they demolishing these houses , seems a bit drastic to me.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 12:11 AM   #1902
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Dear, sweet little houses, how sad. People have fallen in love in those houses, died, given birth, had family dramas and weddings. All gone.
You could say the same about cars, but I can't imagine you weeping much for the ones made obsolete to their owners by Crossrail. ;p
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 12:53 AM   #1903
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Why are they demolishing these houses , seems a bit drastic to me.
Space is needed on the approach to Abbey Wood station as the 4 tracks approaching (2 southeastern and 2 crossrail) widen to meet two island platforms.

I've just written a new post looking at progress on the Southeastern branch at Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Custom House and Canary Wharf here http://fromthemurkydepths.wordpress.com/

It covers the stations and developments around them. A crane is now on site for Cross Quarter and sainsburys supermarket next to Abbey Wood station and piling has begun. Another big project is a large sidings and maintenance yard is being built Plumstead. It's a big facility that doesn't get much coverage as it was announced after the rest of the scheme was signed off and started. It will have 11 tracks for train storage. The towers above the Woolwich box can also now be seen and look good.

I'll hopefully write a bit more about Custom House soon as building work is progressing well there. There was news today about a deal signed for constructing the 'Hoola' 2 mini towers nearby. Here's the thread with good renders - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...350521&page=24
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 01:09 AM   #1904
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Space is needed on the approach to Abbey Wood station as the 4 tracks approaching (2 southeastern and 2 crossrail) widen to meet two island platforms.

I've just written a new post looking at progress on the Southeastern branch at Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Custom House and Canary Wharf here http://fromthemurkydepths.wordpress.com/

It covers the stations and developments around them. A crane is now on site for Cross Quarter and sainsburys supermarket next to Abbey Wood station and piling has begun. Another big project is a large sidings and maintenance yard is being built Plumstead. It's a big facility that doesn't get much coverage as it was announced after the rest of the scheme was signed off and started. It will have 11 tracks for train storage. The towers above the Woolwich box can also now be seen and look good.

I'll hopefully write a bit more about Custom House soon as building work is progressing well there. There was news today about a deal signed for constructing the 'Hoola' 2 mini towers nearby. Here's the thread with good renders - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...350521&page=24
Just followed your amazing blog on wordpress , I live on the crossrail route. My station is West Drayton , fairly void of any activity at the moment but I'm sure it will pick up soon.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 09:01 AM   #1905
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Just followed your amazing blog on wordpress , I live on the crossrail route. My station is West Drayton , fairly void of any activity at the moment but I'm sure it will pick up soon.
Preparatory works have commenced at West Drayton. Should become more obvious to the public within the next few months.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 09:14 AM   #1906
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Nobody talks much about what's happening on the surface sections so nice to see the Abbey Wood progress updates.

Over on the west, there is remarkable progress being made on the Acton Diveunder and Stockley Flyover.

The Diveunder admittedly looks a bit dull as you go past on the train as all you can see is the blue hoarding behind which the ground is being carved out for he new underpass. This is so Crossrail trains, running at a higher frequency than current metro services, can continue unaffected by the slow and long freight trains moving in and out of Acton yard.

The Flyover is much more dramatic and impressive to see. If you're travelling westbound on the train, as soon as you leave Hayes & Harlington the new flyover rises up on the northern side then bridges across on the North of the existing Heathrow Express flyover. There are some images and videos online of the bridge shunt into place from a few months ago which I'll try and find and link here. The flyover will allow the higher frequency Crossrail trains and HEX services in and out of Heathrow without having to cross the existing GWML lines.

Sorry I don't have photos, not easy to take as you whizz past!
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 12:36 PM   #1907
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Nobody talks much about what's happening on the surface sections so nice to see the Abbey Wood progress updates
In part because work on many of the surface sections hasn't really started yet.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 12:45 PM   #1908
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Why are they demolishing these houses , seems a bit drastic to me.
Oh the absolute lunacy!!!

I do have a bit of local knowledge of this area so I can categorically state that this housing stock is absolute garbage on a road severed from the rest of the area by the railway line anyway. In fact most of this area could be knocked down and there would be no need for anyone to lose any sleep over it I can assure you Mr C.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 02:42 PM   #1909
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In part because work on many of the surface sections hasn't really started yet.
The works at Acton and Stockley have been going on for a few years, and there were significant bridge works particularly in Slough in the last 18 months to prepare for the electrification.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 04:01 PM   #1910
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Oh the absolute lunacy!!!

I do have a bit of local knowledge of this area so I can categorically state that this housing stock is absolute garbage on a road severed from the rest of the area by the railway line anyway. In fact most of this area could be knocked down and there would be no need for anyone to lose any sleep over it I can assure you Mr C.
I wouldn't say it's absolute garbage. It's mainly just bog standard Victorian terraces and semi-detached housing seen all over London. This kind of housing is sought after in Clapham, Brixton etc. Hell of a lot better than most of what's been built the past 30 years. Typical housing around there can be seen here on street view -
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.49...ekvKv74Ocw!2e0

A lot of it isn't in great condition as too many buy to let landlords moved in who aren't keen on upgrading houses. Just been looking around on streetview and there's one house (just along from the two being demolished) that's had its original London yellow brick restored along with roofing, windows, garden wall etc and it looks much better than the grimy brick or pebble dashing all too common. Here it is next to a pebble dashed house - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.49...ED8Les7T5w!2e0
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Shame those bubbles aren't fully transparent.
I wonder if they will become even less transparent as they become weathered over time.
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Just a reminder to check here tomorrow at 10am to book tours of Moorgate and Farringdon for Open House weekend
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Old August 31st, 2014, 10:18 PM   #1913
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Just a reminder to check here tomorrow at 10am to book tours of Moorgate and Farringdon for Open House weekend
Which Stations are you applying for ?

Just add to your contribution i do believe the bookings open at 9am and Canary Wharf is also open as well.
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Which Stations are you applying for ? Just add to your contribution i do believe the bookings open at 9am and Canary Wharf is also open as well.
Crossrail's twitter account said 10am, but I'll be there at 9 just in case!

I'm going to apply for Moorgate. Canary Wharf aren't doing prebookings, just queuing up on the day, so I'll try and get to both of those
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Old September 1st, 2014, 08:29 AM   #1915
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Oh yes it is 10am , apologies.
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Old September 1st, 2014, 08:32 AM   #1916
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I went to moorgate last year so it might be intresting to see how construction has progressed I will also apply for Farringdon too , I know someone who works there.

I can see the queues for Canary wharf being just as long more likley longer than last years , I saw the queue for last year but decided to do custom house and Lloyd's of London instead.
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That was quick all the tickets for Moorgate and Farringdon have gone , i got both sites so i will be uploading photo's from the aforementioned sites in due course.
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Far too many nerds in London.
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 12:24 AM   #1919
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God bless them, they post photos I can't take.
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 11:49 PM   #1920
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Will Self gets all Freudian about the new *****.

I mean Crossrail:

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/20...ailway-bankers
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