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Old Posted Mar 15, 2009, 9:44 PM
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East London Line Extension

Pictures provided by TfL, sourced from londonreconnections.blogspot.com

Dalston Junction - 4 platform station. The platforms are located under the concrete slab. Residential developments are planned on either side of the submerged line, which will have a park running above.



Hoxton Station - Moving southwards towards the Square Mile, we come to Hoxton Station which shows the incorporation of the historic brick viaducts and the modern track.



Shoreditch Station - While above ground, Shoreditch station will be a fully enclosed structure. This box is intended to protect those using the station while several tall buildings are built above and around the station, essentially enclosing it.



The outside illustrating the enclosed elevated station



The bridge that connects Shoreditch station and the old East London Line further on, with the old Broad Street viaduct pictured in previous images



Whitechapel Station - New access stairway at the end of the ELLE platforms. Whitechapel currently also serves the Hammersmith & City and District lines. In 2017 it will also serve the Crossrail line.









New Cross - South of the Thames, the ELLE will take over local stations to West Croydon ensuring that other train services can provide express services to Central London. This image illustrates a fly-over in New Cross to ensure that services don't conflict.






Imperial Wharf Station

A long delayed station on the West London Line. Pictures by irstan74 on SSC.








Thameslink Programme

Thameslink is a massive multi-£bn project to create a 24tph central corridor line that connects commuter settlements to the north and the south. Due to the complexity of the project (it could be argued more so than Crossrail due to the immense station rebuilds required), it has been divided into three Key Outputs as to not conflict with other transport projects and the 2012 Olympics.

Key Output 0 - Going live on the 22nd March will see additonal services running through the central corridor providing 15tph.

Key Output 1 - The main product from this scheme will be to enable 12-carriage trains to run across the majority of the network, which also includes the complete re-building of Farringdon and Blackfriars

Key Output 2 - The final phase will see London Bridge station completely rebuilt in tandem with the final construction on the London Bridge Tower, and the finalisation of the 1,100 new carriage order supplied. The peak capacity of the Central London route will be 24tph.

The map of the Thameslink network at Key Output 0 is below. Map and picture by mackenzieblu (flickr.com)



The rebuilding of Blackfriars - note the new entrance to help during the rebuilding (the Underground station below ground will be closed to help construction) - also of note is that the gap in the background is where Thameslink crosses the Thames - the new station will span the entire length of the river.













The below map is from Joe Brown's London Railway Atlas illustrating the railways around St Paul's and the Thameslink line which runs north to south.

Its an excellent book, now on its second edition (London's railways don't stop changing), if you're a rail nut and want an atlas on all of the railways in London, pre-order it now! http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Railw...7151260&sr=1-4






Britain's Biggest Bus Garage

On a massive site in East London, close to West Ham station, and south of the Olympic park a vast new bus garage is being built. With a capacity for 300 buses, and 650 drivers, the building resembles the barrel-vaulted Victorian train stations or a time gone by. The modern adaptation however is to cover the entire roof with grass, and incorporate a biomass generator and wind turbines to create a depot with probably the greenest credentials.

Picture from londonreconnections.blogspot.com






London - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

David Hubert has compiled an amazing video of some 3,000+ photos taken in London.... definately worth a glance.

http://vimeo.com/2169237




Future Circle Line

On the present tube map, the Circle Line is represented as a yellow circle, but there are several issues with he service which impact its performance. To overcome this issue, the Circle line will be re-worked to run from Hammersmith, go around the present Circle line route, but terminate at Edgware Road instead of continuing to go around and around.

The situation should ensure that the service is more efficient, although it could become a bit confusing for those at Edgware Road, where you could get four Circle Line trains in the station at the same time (a similar issue as found at Earl's Court where all the district line spurs converge).

Mackenzie Blu on his flickr account has drafted a tube map (minus National Rail and DLR lines) illustrating the change.






DLR Updates

South Quay Station - Work progresses on the new South Quay DLR station. Picture by sirstan74



Tower Gateway Station - Now re-opened, this former two platform terminus station has been re-built to allow for passengers to board from both sides, which will allow for an increase in capacity on the line. Pictures by bowroaduk from flickr.







Stratford International Extension -
Pictures taken by kpmarek on flickr.










London Overground

Here is an interesting map of the London Overground services, including the East London Line Extension, but not including Phase II of the ELLE which should be built by 2011. Phase II would leave Surrey Quay to the bottom of the map and link Clapham Junction on the right spur, effectively creating a complete orbital service bypassing Central London.

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Old Posted Mar 16, 2009, 4:13 AM
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Great update! Are any of these projects endangered by the rough economic times? Is the UK government discussing cutbacks?
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Great update Nick! Thanks!
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Great update! Are any of these projects endangered by the rough economic times? Is the UK government discussing cutbacks?
Gordon Brown is a Keynesian to the core and promises so many stimulus projects.

Whether they can actually deliver given the huge debts incurred is another matter.
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Great update! Are any of these projects endangered by the rough economic times? Is the UK government discussing cutbacks?
As noted by urbanfan89, these will be used to help the economy along, but they have been in the pipeline for sometime.

The real biggie is Crossrail, for which momentum is gaining; with demolition taking place (eg Tottenham Court Road, West End), and construction equipment getting prepped at various sights (eg North Quay, Canary Wharf).


Unfortunately its not all great news. Boris Johnson the (numpty of a) mayor of London who took over from Ken Livingstone lacks the long-term aspirations that Ken fostered. The likes of the DLR extensions, Crossrail, Thameslink, London Underground and Overground overhaul, Oyster were given the stamp of approval under Ken's leadership.

The best Boris could do was ditch the Thames Gateway Bridge (multi-use bridge down stream), cancel the tram plans (West London, Cross River, and Croydon) and the DLR Extension to Dagenham Dock. The worst crime committed however was to ditch the Western Extension of the Congesion Charge which means that Boris has to re-phase the traffic lights in Central London to give more time to vehicles. Then there is the joke of replacing bendy-buses at huge cost to London tax payers, and longer, slower, and more costlier journeys.

All I say is thank god there is a recession, come the next election Livingstone or a Livingstone successor steps in to correct the course of the boat when the global economy takes an up turn.
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This has taken me some time to do, but using passenger rail maps and google map I have managed to create a heavy rail map of London. I plan towork on Tokyo next.


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That's an insane map!
And awesome thread. I had no idea there was this much going on with regard to London transportation. Such an amazing city. Ever changing and ever evolving.
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Crossrail

Contracts for site-enabling works on Crossrai have been awarded to the following companies:

- Balfour Beatty (Civils)
- BAM Nuttall (Site facilities, Demolition)
- Brown & Mason (Demolition)
- Carillion Civils Engineering (Civils)
- Clancy Docwra (Utilities)
- Costain/Skanska Construction joint venture (Civils, Utilities)
- Fitzpatrick Contractors (Site facilities)
- J Murphy and Sons (Civils, Utilities)
- John F Hunt Demolition (Demolition)
- Keltbray (Demolition)
- Kier Construction (Demolition, Civils)
- Laing O'Rourke Construction (Demolition, Civils, Utilities)
- McGee Group (Demolition)
- McNicholas (Utilities)
- Morgan Est (Civils, Utilities)
- PJ Carey (Demolition)
- Select Plant Hire (Site facilities)

Work on the tunnels will start in 2010.



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Nick, that map above is unbelievable man, good work.
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Crossrail - Construction Begins

The biggest engineering project in Europe officially began today. This is by far and away the most important project going on not just in London, but all of the UK.

With a length of 118km running west to east (with two spurs), once finished it will be as long as the entire Singapore MRT system. The line will call at two of London's international airports, and connect with the lines to its three other international airports. It will serve its 3 biggest CBD's (the Square Mile, West End + Canary Wharf) and provide immense relief in Central London and on several commuter lines that currently terminate at London Paddington (in the east) and London Liverpool Street (in the west).

Below are new renders and a construction picture of the station at Canary Wharf (illustrated as Isle of Dogs on the map). At todays exchange rate, the £500mn station is going to cost $761mn to be built, which will involve the draining of the dock that currently resides in its location (this will later be re-opened to the water), and 7 'levels construction down to the platforms. A new park will be built on the top level running the length of the station.

The station box will be built by 2012, while the first train will run in 2017.










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New Thames Crossing

These are the options for a potential new river crossing of the Thames (due east of London) as undertaken in a study by Parson Brinckerhoff in January 09 (sourced from londonreconnections.blogspot.com).





The most eastern crossing is located at 'option A', which consists of two tunnels (both northbound traffic) and a bridge (southbound traffic only) - the M25 - London's orbital motorway is connected on either bank. HSR1 (the line connecting London to Paris and the rest of Europe) is visible running along the north of the image (it goes into a tunnel just to the east of the crossing).



At present the traffic jams are severe, and a new crossing is needed to help facilitate free traffic movements, especially when Dubai Port World's new port opens on the north bank of the Thames.

In addition there is a long-term requirement to create a new tidal barrier to protect London from future rises in the sea-level. This is due to the Thames Barrier although ensuring that London is protectd, could become inundated within a few decades, and could be incorporated into a new crossing to protect London into the 22nd century. The scale would be far larger and possibly several km in length.
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Stratford Station - Expansion Works

Images sourced by DarJoLe (flickr/SSC) from the london2012 website.

New concourse and approach to the bridge (pics of that further down) that will span the station and connect up with the Stratford City development


Clockwise from 9'oclock: London Stansted Airport line, Great Eastern Main Line (up to Ipswich and Norwich), two platforms of which will be used for Crossrail, the two (and future third) platforms of the Central line are the runs that pop out of a tunnel at the end of the platforms), the u/c Stratford International Extension (which runs under the the station), the Jubilee line platforms, the DLR Stratford line platforms, slightly off the image to the left - the North London Line platforms




The bridge spanning over the North London line platforms












The third Central line platform - the main concourse is in the glass shed to the left - all platforms at Stratford are connected via three subways


The bridge for pedestrians eventually pushed over the station - count the number of trains in this shot.
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Hi (first post)

Great pics update and map man.

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The proble however is that at Brixton (interchange for Victoria Line, Chatham Main Line), the ELLE platforms would be located on a viaduct above another viaduct (which house the CML platforms). At Loughborough Junction (interchange for Thameslink and other suburban train lines) the situation is similar as found at Brixton. Fortunately part of the works includes creating the necessary ammendments to allow for future stations to be slotted in]
I've read a lot on the net about how Loughborough Junction SLL viaduct is far too high but it really doesn't seem that way looking at Google streetmaps. In fact there's a nice space for a station and opportunity to redevelop around a future station. Lets hope they don't mess up the chance to do it like elsewhere on the London Overground (like making it impossible to 4-track the WLL unless trains can be put through the corridor left for the WLT and some newish buildings get demolished at Stamford Bridge). The LO would need a proper funded investment plan for Loughboro' Jcn to become a reality and Brixton might go ahead instead of waiting for a developer to pay for it, unless they're afraid the vic will get even more passenger pressure (like Shoreditch HS and the Central).

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Queens Road Peckham Station
This station would probably have to go if they ever doubled the line along this section (Old Kent Road has the space for it) but at least there's no particular station building to knock down - just a viaduct which won't likely be affected.
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Hi (first post)

Great pics update and map man.

I've read a lot on the net about how Loughborough Junction SLL viaduct is far too high but it really doesn't seem that way looking at Google streetmaps. In fact there's a nice space for a station and opportunity to redevelop around a future station. Lets hope they don't mess up the chance to do it like elsewhere on the London Overground (like making it impossible to 4-track the WLL unless trains can be put through the corridor left for the WLT and some newish buildings get demolished at Stamford Bridge). The LO would need a proper funded investment plan for Loughboro' Jcn to become a reality and Brixton might go ahead instead of waiting for a developer to pay for it, unless they're afraid the vic will get even more passenger pressure (like Shoreditch HS and the Central).

This station would probably have to go if they ever doubled the line along this section (Old Kent Road has the space for it) but at least there's no particular station building to knock down - just a viaduct which won't likely be affected.
Loughborough Junction - It's an interesting location that as you mentioned is ripe for sizable development due to the connections possible. I think getting the ELLX Phase II built, but with the possibility to provide for stations here and at Brixton would have great long-term benefits for the locales.



First European Shinkansens Launched[/b]

Today marks the official launch of the class 395 Shinkansen trains built by Hitachi - the first Japanese trains to run in Europe. The public will be able to use the service on the 29th, with a complete timetable available on the 13th December once staff training has been completed.

The trains will operate out of London St Pancras (alongside the Eurostar platforms) running to Stratford (site of the London Olympics) and then on to Kent.

On another note, Hitachi the manufacturer of the class 395 trains, won earlier in the year the contract to build 1,400 carriages for the Inter City Express programme which will see trains connect up several dozen cities across the UK.













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Report on the first service of Europe's Shinkansen
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Report on the first London Underground air-con trains
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Stratford Station

Stratford station is a major rail station located adjacent to the 2012 Olympic Park and the new Stratford City development. There are three tunnels under the platforms connecting the north and south sides, but to allow people to get across the 11 active railway lines at Stratford without venturing into the station, a new bridge has now been pushed across the tracks.

The bridge is 128m long, 14m wide and weighs 1,600tonnes. Pics sourced by DarJoLe from the London 2012 site.














London Liverpool Street

Opened back in 1874, London Liverpool Street station is the terminus of the Great Eastern Main Line (Stratford, Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, and Harwich) and West Anglia Main Line (Harlow, London Stansted Airport, and Cambridge), located just off Bishopgate in the Square Mile, serving the heart of global financial.

Upwards of half a million people pass through the station each weekday, making it the third busiest station in London (behind London Victoria and London Waterloo).

As well as providing various commuter services to the 173 stations of the National Express East Anglia (NXEA) network, the Stansted Airport Express operates from Liverpool St, as does the Dutchflyer - a special train for romps in Amsterdam! The Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan platforms are located to the southern end of the station.

The frontage of the station was designed by Charles Barry of the Houses of Parliament fame, in the neo-gothic tradition while the glazed shed was designed by Edward Wilson. There are 18 National Rail and 4 London Underground platforms, and a disused connection between the two. All platforms bar the two Central Line platforms are at the same level (below street-level).

Liverpool St was attacked in both World War's; one attack in 1917 killed 162 people, while another in WW2 destroyed the roof. Liverpool St also played a part in the Kindertransport - the mission to rescue thousands of Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis' (a similar plan by the US failed to get approval from Congress)

The station was heavily renovated in the 90's, creating several retail outlets, an expanded concourse, and new access points from the surrounding area. The next major development will begin shortly with the creation of Crossrail platforms running on an west-east

Current developments at the station involve the addition of underground platforms for Crossrail services, which would be built parallel to the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan line.

Pics taken by Waterloo Station from flickr.com























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Did someone change the title of this thread for some obscure reason?


Heathrow PRT System
Anyway, another world first; the world's first proper Personal Rapid Transit system. The first stage network (3.8km - 80% elevated) linking a northern car park to Heathrow Terminal 5 is now complete and passenger operation due is to begin in Autumn 2009.

The below video shows a visualisation of the network and at 03:15, the eventual planned network that will criss-cross the airport area connecting periphery car parks, hotels, stations and terminals into one giant convenient network spanning some 80km (tunnel, and elevated).

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If you travel to and from Heathrow by train you are unlikely to see the system in use, but it makes economical and environmental sense - journeys are 50% more energy efficient than a standard bus (70% compared to a car). Vehicles are battery powered. The average wait for a vehicle will be a mere 12 seconds (the most convenient public transport around?), and journey times will be reduced by 60% due to the lack of congestion and non-stop journeys.















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Despite being the first nation to build a railway, and still maintain a high-density network - there are vast swathes that are not electrified. At present 40% of the UK network is electrified compared to 50% for France and 56% for Germany.

That low 40% figure will change from today, as work begins to electrify the Great Western Main Line (connecting London to Cardiff), the world's first intercity line (one of the lines connecting Liverpool and Manchester), and possibly next year the Midland Main Line (connecting London to Sheffield and Nottingham).

Electrifying the GWML will ensure that the u/c Crossrail can be extended to Reading - a major rail hub due west of London, further improving rail connections across London and the south-east of England.


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Electrification! Great to see the UK finally getting a few more lines electrified.

The Heathrow PRT looks pretty good. A place like Heathrow is where PRT will probably work very well.
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