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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:46 PM   #1881
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First ETCS-controlled train runs through London
Tuesday, December 15, 2015



FOR the first time a train has operated under ETCS with cab signalling through central London marking six years of development by Network Rail (NR) for the Thameslink upgrading project

The successful test runs were conducted during track possessions on two weekends using a specially-equipped class 313 EMU operating between Kentish Town, St Pancras, Farringdon, Blackfriars and Elephant & Castle. NR says a crucial aspect of the testing was switching between conventional lineside signalling and ETCS Level 2 cab signalling at Elephant & Castle

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Old December 18th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #1882
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Funding to develop Old Oak Common station plans
18 Dec 2015



UK: The European Commission is providing €4m to Transport for London towards planning new stations at Old Oak Common in west London. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility and will be match-funded by TfL

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Old December 20th, 2015, 04:55 AM   #1883
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:57 PM   #1884
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Siemens selected to supply Moorgate suburban EMU fleet
22 Dec 2015



UK: Passenger franchisee Govia Thameslink Railway announced on December 22 that it had selected Siemens as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 25 six-car electric multiple-units for use on Great Northern suburban services from Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Stevenage and Letchworth into London's Moorgate station from 2018.

The contract is expected to be finalised in the New Year. GTR is to run a separate competition to provide financing for the order, which would be worth more than £200m

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Old December 23rd, 2015, 08:39 AM   #1885
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Regarding Northern City line, an article about how things are going better and better for the line:
http://anonw.com/2015/12/22/one-of-n...-is-awakening/
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 06:12 PM   #1886
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If the previous franchisee were still in place, could one say "the First awakens?"

That was oh so not hackneyed of me.
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Old December 29th, 2015, 06:05 PM   #1887
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Progress of new Lea Bridge station:
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Old December 31st, 2015, 04:15 PM   #1888
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Construction of the station entrance building at the west end of the station box.


Construction of the ventilation shaft at the east end of the station box. There will be no public access from this site of the station - too bad for people from the Plumstead area... Views from Arsenal Way and Plumstead Road.


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Old January 2nd, 2016, 06:10 AM   #1889
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Late December update on Paddington station from Ian Mansfield, blogger of IanVisits:
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #1890
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:18 PM   #1891
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New Borough rail viaduct was brought into service as part of London Bridge station redevelopment. Viaduct was built back in 2011, but was without tracks citing LB configuration. Services to trains to and from Charing Cross are to be restored in August:
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:21 PM   #1892
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From London Evening Standard:

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TfL unveils its biggest-ever rail map, including new Oyster stations
07 January 2015



Rail bosses have unveiled the largest ever rail map of London, showing the full extent of the capital’s Oyster sprawl – a region extending all the way from Gatwick to Hertford East

TfL’s latest map of the capital’s rail services reaches far beyond the M25 and covers a 50-mile diameter.

As well as displaying the latest Tube map update, itself only revealed on Monday, the map includes National Rail services – colour-coded by the firm that operates them

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Old January 10th, 2016, 08:44 AM   #1893
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More on Crossrail - Tottenham Court Road station building:

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Old January 10th, 2016, 11:19 AM   #1894
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Official from TfL:

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BOOST FOR LONDON OVERGROUND USERS AS CAPACITY OF KEY ROUTES INCREASED
06 January 2016

Hundreds of thousands of London Overground customers are now getting better, more comfortable journeys as work to lengthen trains from four carriages to five has been completed.

The new carriages, which increase passenger capacity on the East London, West London, North London and Euston to Watford routes by 25%, will help meet the increasing demand for the highly popular rail service and provide room for an extra 170 passengers per train

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Old January 10th, 2016, 05:38 PM   #1895
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The routes should be numbered. The mess with the long names are very inconvenient. Plus the branches on many lines. A nightmare!
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Old January 10th, 2016, 06:49 PM   #1896
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The routes should be numbered.
Certainly the Overground lines should be more distinguished from each other, however it doesn't have to be numbers (letters and names are other options).

Though I'm sure we are all agreed that if it is names, it shouldn't be the current names they have!
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Old January 14th, 2016, 03:19 PM   #1897
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From Global Rail News:

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Crossrail revamp for Whitechapel
12 JAN, 2016





Work begins this week on the redevelopment of the 140-year-old Whitechapel London Overground and Underground station in preparation for Crossrail.

New Crossrail platforms, which are located in new tunnels to the north of Whitechapel station, will be integrated with the existing station. The ticket hall will also be expanded and lifts will be installed connecting all platforms from street level.

From January 18, passengers will have to use a temporary entrance to access the station as the project ramps up

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Crossrail 2 could go to Dorking
and should extend to Woking


Those are two key findings of a study for the county council examining ways to get the maximum benefit for Surrey’s businesses and commuters from the proposed railway.

Plans for the cross-London line currently take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Surbiton stations on its southern tip.

With Transport for London’s latest Crossrail 2 consultation [now closed], the report reveals:
  • Up to 17 minutes would be cut from a journey to central London if Crossrail 2’s Epsom line is extended to Dorking
  • Stretching the line from Surbiton to Woking would cut journey times by up to six minutes at less well-served stations on the route like West Byfleet, Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames
  • Overcrowding would be cut by freeing up space on the South West Mainline tracks for up to seven extra trains an hour.

Surrey County Council’s deputy leader Peter Martin said:
“Crossrail 2 is vital for commuters and businesses – not only will the planned railway reduce overcrowding, it will boost the economy in Surrey, London and way beyond.

“With four Surrey train services among the top 10 most overcrowded and more than 130,000 people already travelling into London daily from the county, we will use this study to do all we can to ensure the county’s rail network keeps pace with rising passenger demand and economic growth.”
The report’s findings [PDF below] form the basis of the council’s response to the consultation on the next steps for the project.

They show a “strong evidence base” for supporting a Crossrail 2 route serving stations to Woking and “potentially a case” for extending the railway from Epsom to Dorking.

Two trains from Woking were among the four Surrey services named among the most overcrowded in England and Wales by the Department for Transport.

[Below] is a table comparing Crossrail 2 and current journey times in minutes.




https://digitalpressoffice.files.wor...l-2-report.pdf

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Old January 18th, 2016, 03:15 PM   #1900
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