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    Thames Hub I briefly talked about this in my previous photo-laden post, but Foster & Partners, Halcrow and Volterra have finally unveiled their vision for a massive overhaul of aviation in and around London. The £50bn project would include a 150mppa 4-runway airport that would have flight paths avoiding London, a new four-track HSR orbital line by-passing London, a new river crossing under the Thames, a tidal energy array and new Thames Barrier. All of the major ports would be connected to the cargo hub attached to the main airport. Naturally this is just a vision, but unlike previous studies, this incorporates multiple features to boost the productivity gains and business case. On a side note does anyone know why formatting is messed up on the forum? Everything 'merges'??

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    Quite the plan.

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    The Shard


    Source: chest at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=21501









    Source: potto at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post85873903




    20 Fenchurch Street


    Source: insightful light at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/insight...in/photostream




    King's Cross Central

    The new western concourse at King's Cross is gradually being opened up. Photos taken by potto at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1148 + http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1152








    The new Central St Martins College and other King's Cross Central developments






















    122 Leadenhall


    Source: wilecat67 at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildeca...in/photostream




    One St George Wharf

    Photo update by at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1438






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    Hey guys, long time. Was visiting one of my favorite Tech sites this AM and came across this article which I'm sure you will enjoy. Thanks

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/...skyscraper.ars

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    Well that did not take long, looks like TFL are pushing ahead with lobbying for Crossrail 2 now that Crossrail 1 is under construction and they have just got through the parliamentary committee stage for High Speed line 2.


    Two images of TFL's preferred options for Crossrail 2.


    http://www.transportxtra.com/magazin...news/?id=28776





    The first is for an automated metro line, which is pretty much just the core Chelsea Hackney route between Kings Road and Hackneys Downs, with an extension to Seven Sisters in the North and Clapham Junction to the South.


    Then there is their regional metro option.





    This is much more interesting. Again we have a core route but with fewer stations in the core because of their size. The tunnel would start at Wimbledon and then divert to Tooting Broadway, where it could intercept traffic from the Southern end of the Northern Line, before going back to Clapham Junction.


    At the Northern end it is even more creative and reminds me of the two eastern branches of Crossrail 1. The line diverges into two tunnels at Angel, where one goesto Hackney and then Tottenham Hale before surfacing and taking over the West Anglia line to Hertford East. The other line goes to Dalston, Seven Sisters, Wood Green and then Alexander Palace. This line would intercept traffic on the other branch of the West Anglia, Northern Piccadilly and the Great Northern lines.


    It seems to me this is TFL's attempt preempts Network Rails concerns particularly in the South West, while sneakily squeezing a few more suburban stations. Only one Northern Line takes over Suburban rail services, the other intercepts suburban traffic at interchange station, coincidently acting as a new suburban line for TFL.

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    Shard

    Excellent pics taken by chest over at skyscrapercity (Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=21695 + http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=21698).














    New Covent Garden Market Towers

    Some images sourced by Rational Plan at skycrapercity illustrate plans for two towers of 53 storeys (approx 170m each) and six other buildings of high-density in the Vauxhall-Nine Elms-Battersea regeneration area.

    The plan by Allies & Morrison is on a plot of land held by the New Covent Garden Market who are keen to raise funds to assist in regenerating the nearby market












    Directly opposite across the railway tracks, Downing Developments has submitted an application for a 32 storey tower which would be occupied by 572 en-suite student rooms, a gym and swimming pool.











    The Pinnacle

    Gradually progressing upwards. Shots taken by chest from skyscrapercity (Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=9639).








    122 Leadenhall

    Richard Rogers' tower is progressing well (the adjacent construction site is that of the Pinnacle). Pics taken by Wildecat at skyscrapercity (Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5311).








    20 Fenchurch Street

    Once again more pics from chest at skyscrapercity of the Walkie Talkie (Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5128).










    Milton Court

    112m residential going up in the Square Mile beside the Barbican. Pics taken by chest at skyscrapercity.com (Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=698).










    Craven Cottage Expansion

    Home to Fulham Football Club in West London for 115 years, Craven Cottage is a compact and historic stadium with a capacity of 25,700.

    Yet despite being in close proximity to fellow Premier League rivals (Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium is a mere 2.2km away and QPR's Loftus Road 3.81km), the stadium is at full capacity.

    Failure to add capacity, will undoubtedly lead to Fulham struggling to generate the additional revenue to compete with not just other Premier League clubs, but London clubs in general.

    Yet despite being backed by wealthy Egyptian Mohamed Al-Fayed, the present stadium site is constricted...



    The above aerial illustrates the situation facing the club's present home:
    - To the north lies an apartment complex,
    - To the south lies a public park,
    - To the east lies the expensive homes of Fulham and the Grade II listed Johnny Haynes Stand,
    - To the west lies the slight hurdle of the Thames.

    In the past, Fulham have looked at potentially moving to another site in West London, however fan pressure and the lack of potential sites has deterred such development.

    Instead Fulham will expand the present Riverside Stand which backs onto the Thames to expand the capacity to 30,000. This would make Craven Cottage the 8th largest stadium in London (overtaking Selhurst Park and The Valley, of Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic respectively).

    As part of the design a new pedestrian path along the Thames riverbank will be created (currently you have to detour around the stadium).















    The aforementioned Grade II listed Johnny Haynes stand

    Source: fliefy on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29423584@N08/5372826934/




    New Chelsea FC Stadium

    Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich has recently held discussions with the owners of the Battersea Power Station site in south-west London, about the possibility of constructing a new 60,000 seat stadium.

    The site is located 3km due east of Chelsea's present home in Stamford Bridge and has been idle for several years ever since power generation seized.

    Several developers over the years have struggled to get construction off the ground which would have seen the site become home to several thousand homes.

    The Power Station itself is a giant art deco landmark, and is classified as being the largest brick-building in Europe. In recent years the vast canvass has been utilised for various extreme sports events, obscure parties and locations for films. Fans of The Dark Knight may recall it being used in some scenes.

    Chelsea have desperately been seeking ways to expand match-day revenue for several years, as the present 42,500 capacity Stamford Bridge is constrained by surrounding developments. There is also pressure to maximise attendances that a larger stadium could provide to offset against the incoming UEFA Financial Fair Play rules restricting callous uncontrollable expenditure.

    Previously, the Earls Court site was viewed as a potential opportunity, however going by recent developments this would appear unlikely as that vast site is set to become a large residential development. Earls Court would have been ideal for the club as the site is adjacent to the Earls Court tube station (a major transport hub) and only 700m from their present home.

    There are a few hurdles to Chelsea's potential move however, despite the $bn's available to the club courteously of Mr Abramovich:
    - The pitch and naming rights to the club are owned by the Chelsea Pitch Owners (around 15,000 individuals), without their permission, the club would be unable to sell the present site or use the 'Chelsea FC' name.
    - Even with a stadium, the site would still need extensive development (potential for several thousand housing units).
    - The club would have to contribute towards the planned Northern Line Extension to Battersea.

    Almacantar has been appointed as development partner, while KPF have been instructed to draw up plans.

    My view - this entire area up to Vauxhall is due to be redeveloped in the coming years, so this could be a good catalyst for other developments. I suspect the stadium would struggle to be incorporated into the power station however.

    Stamford Bridge

    Source: Gkriniaris on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkriniaris/4378545156/

    Battersea Power Station

    Source: John Linwood on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2704588...n/photostream/




    Thameslink

    *Nurse* over at skyscrapercity.com took some pictures of the new southern ticket hall at Farringdon and the new northern and southern ticket halls at Blackfriars.

    Source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=589 + http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=590


    Farringdon
    By 2018 there will be four ticket halls to access Farringdon station. The original ticket hall which dates back to 1866 is being renovated and is visible across the pedestrian road in the first picture. The first picture also shows the second recently opened ticket hall which will also be the main western entrance to the Crossrail platforms.









    A general indication showing the layout of the new ticket hall and future connection to Crossrail platforms

    Source: Network Rail: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/6282.aspx


    Blackfriars
    The station has been extended to cross the Thames, with two new ticket halls on the north and south bank. A solar roof which is still under construction will span the length of the station.

























    The finished appearance in summer 2012

    Source: Network Rail: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/6264.aspx


    West Hampstead
    In addition, a new entrance has opened for the Thameslink West Hampstead station in north London.


    Source: Green, Cream & Tangerine livery[/b] on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4580146...n/photostream/




    High Speed 2

    After various protests from locals and green groups (rather ironic), the decision on whether HS2 will be given the green light has been postponed until mid-January. This delay also combines with a new proposal to put an additional 1.5 miles underground to preserve some picturesque countryside.




    Crossrail 2

    Some bigger maps sourced from the TfL report as per Rational Plan's images.

    Option A: Automated Metro Scheme



    Option B: Regional Scheme

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    ^Thanks for the update. London has some superlative things going on. Shard is looking great and Pinnacle is finally on its way.

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    Happy New Year all! 200 days till the Olympic party begins.





    Image taken by Richard Barnes London: http://www.flickr.com/photos/richard...n/photostream/




    Olympic Park

    Update from December of the Olympic Park and venues. Photos sourced from London 2012: http://www.london2012.com/press/medi...tion-on-ev.php

    Velodrome & BMX Track






    Handball Arena




    Olympic Park






















    Water Polo Arena




    Olympic Village






    International Broadcasting Centre






    Eton Manor






    Olympic Stadium












    Aquatic Centre


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    The gardeners and landscapers are going to be very busy over the next few months.

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    Great update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    The gardeners and landscapers are going to be very busy over the next few months.
    Fortunately work is pretty much done on that front, with the exception of some tidying up and the erection of temporary buildings (security, sponsors, etc...). There won't be any incidents of spraying green paint on the ground ala-Beijing '08!


    The two year planting programme consisting of 4,000 semi-mature trees, 300,000 wetland plants, 10 football field’s worth of perennial meadows and 120,000 other plants was completed in November (http://www.london2012.com/press/medi...ardener-jo.php).

    However it should be noted that this is for the park in Olympic-mode, where vast areas of tarmac are an IOC requirement for security and handling the large volumes of people circulating around the venues. In legacy-mode, the park will be landscaped further to reflect the lower 'peak' usage.

    For instance temporary bridges will be removed along the waterways (identifiable in the above images), while the security areas and vast pavements that meander through the site will be cut up to make way for more parkland or other developments. What is currently known as London Way (the wide pedestrian route parallel to the river running north to south) won’t exist in twelve months time.

    While a rough outline of the legacy-mode is known, specific details are still being released. Today the Handball Arena has been given the official title of the Copper Box. Last month the Olympic Park Legacy Company submitted plans for the VeloPark which includes a one mile road cycle circuit and eight kilometres of mountain bike trails. Images below and sourced from Inside The Games: http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports...class-velopark











    Also worth watching is a 5 minute flythrough in and over the entire Olympic Park and venues: http://www.london2012.com/videos/201...nuary-2012.php

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    High Speed 2 - Approved

    After various consultations, the Transport Secretary Justine Greening has given the green light to High Speed Two. The initial £17bn stretch will run between London and Birmingham.

    Following consultation with tens of thousands of interested parties, various amendments have been made to the current route:
    - The line will be in tunnel for around 22.5miles of its length (up 50%).
    - An additional 56.5miles will be partially or totally hidden in cuttings, with a substantial reduction in the number of viaducts and embankments.
    - Only five properties across the length of the line would experience high levels of noise.
    - A commitment has been made to plant two million trees along the route.

    Aerial video from between Aylesbury and Birmingham: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16478954
    An Ordnance Survey map of the route: http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publication...5000issue3.pdf


    Source: BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16478954

    Some other notes:
    - Upon completion of work of phase I (London - Birmingham) in 2026, there will be 11 trains per peak hour in each direction, with 10 trains per hour off-peak with a maximum capacity of 14 trains per hour.
    - Once phase II is built, peak-hour capacity in each direction will increase to 18 trains per hour.
    - Upon the completion of phase II, it is expected that 270,000 passengers a day would use HS2 to Central London.
    - The line is being built to international gauge and will include a connection to HS1 for journeys onwards to the continent.
    - Planned operating speed is 225mph; however the line will be built for 250mph operations.
    - The line would operate between 0500-2359 Monday-Saturday and 0800-2359 on Sundays.
    - Trains will be 400m in length with seating capacity for 1,100.
    - 27 sites were suggested for a London terminus; however the present West Coast Main Line terminus of London Euston will be rebuilt to cater to the 400m train sets.
    - The pace of growth on the railways has been outstripping growth forecasts despite the economic climate meaning the present rail capacity limits will be reached sooner than predicted.

    Proposals for the £15bn phase two branches to Manchester and Leeds are also being put forward, with recommendations to the government being announced later this year. Phase II would also incorporate a spur to Heathrow Airport, however with the potential development of a Thames Gateway Airport and a London-bypass HSR line this may not be needed.

    The first phase will open in 2026, cutting journey times from London to Birmingham to 45 minutes. Journey times to Manchester and Leeds would be cut respectively by 68 and 88 minutes by 2032.

    A Southeastern Shinkansen operating on High Speed 1

    Image taken by UK-JPN on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uk-jpn/...7627906625277/




    HS2: Crossrail and London Overground Integration at Old Oak Common

    jon10 over at skyscrapercity sourced these slides from parkroyaltown.blogspot.com which illustrate Transport for London's (TfL) plans for the High Speed 2 station that would be built at Old Oak Common in west London.

    With the proposed HS2 station at Old Oak Common, it is planned that an adjacent station would be built to serve the Great Western Main Line and Crossrail line, providing easy access from HS2 onto London Heathrow Airport.

    Slide 1 illustrates the present plans for HS2 and Crossrail in the area. Presently the two London Overground lines (the North London Line and West London Line) skirt around the planned interchange but do not run via the planned site.




    TfL have taken the view that the two London Overground lines could be diverted to create a new 18 platform interchange station that would drastically boost interchange and connectivity across and beyond London.

    A subsequent development would be the West London Line being diverted away from its current terminus at Willesden Junction (just off the map to the north), and onto what is presently the freight-only Dudding Hill Line to terminate at Brent Cross, to create a brand new orbital rail route.

    The North London Line would still call at Willesden Junction, but its course would be amended to create the Old Oak Common interchange, before rejoining the present route onto Richmond in south-west London.




    The newly extended West London Line would create six new stations, four of which would interchange with other London Underground and National Rail lines, maximising the connectivity to HS2 and north-west London.






    The second potential option is to re-route various West Coast Main Line commuter services onto Crossrail via Old Oak Common. This would:
    - Significant relieve London Euston (the present WCML terminus) and the approach tracks, allowing for potentially more HS2 terminating platforms.
    - Drastically reduce journey times for WCML commuters to the City and Canary Wharf.
    - Maximise the track usage on the western section of Crossrail.
    - Provide extensive connections to HS2 from a region which is growing fast.












    Crossrail

    Some photos of the construction work for the Canary Wharf station which is sunk into a dock. All images taken by IanVisits at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianvisi...th/6515449619/










    Croxley Rail Link

    Funding has been secured to construct the long-awaited Metropolitan Line extension to Watford Junction.

    The present Watford Branch terminates at Watford station; however this will be sacrificed to allow for the line to be diverted eastwards on a disused alignment, before merging with the Watford DC London Overground Line at Watford High Street, before terminating at Watford Junction.

    Two new stations will be constructed at Ascot Road and Watford General Hospital. Line frequency to Central London would be a train every 10 minutes, greatly expanding the journey options from Watford Junction.

    There is also potential to re-utilise a south-western chord which would allow for Chiltern Railways to run non-Central London bound trains to Watford Junction, thus increasing regional connections to Watford.


    Source: http://www.londonreconnections.com/




    New Bus For London

    The controversial 21st century Routemaster replacement for London's bendy-bus fleet was recently unveiled. The buses are part of Boris Johnsons' election pledge to bring back a Routemaster-equivalent bus which allowed passengers to literally hop-on or off the back of the bus.

    This allowed for short dwell times at bus stops as people could easily access the bus without needing the bus to stop at a designated bus stop. Naturally however there was a cost; firstly the buses required conductors (in addition to the driver) who would check tickets, secondly people jumping off the bus at speed led to injuries and accidents. They are also proving to be quite costly (both in terms of being manufactured and the requirement to employ a conductor) and questionable in terms of passenger benefit.

    Due to health & safety legislation, the rear platform will only be able to be used during the peak hours when a conductor is present. During off-peak hours, only the front and middle doors will open.

    The buses incorporate two staircases to provide ease of access to the upper deck, and the 38 bus route from Victoria to Clapton will begin to receive its first vehicles sometime this year. Images taken by DaveAFlett over at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9003948@N05/












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    New London Crossings

    Various proposals for new crossings over the Thames have been made in the last few years, but with the exception of tube, train and DLR construction work, nothing much has taken off.

    A major problem for East London is that road traffic is limited past Tower Bridge and the Rotherhithe Tunnel to the permanently congested Blackwall Tunnel and Queen Elizabeth Bridge (southbound) and Tunnels (northbound).

    Recently the Mayor has sought to increase support for new crossings which is ironic considering it was he who originally put a hold on the Thames Gateway Bridge at the beginning of his term.

    There are three crossings:
    - The Thames Gateway Bridge which would link the missing link of the North (and to a partial extent the South) Circular roads.
    - The Silvertown Crossing which would come in the form of a tunnel running from Silvertown to the Greenwich Peninsula to relieve the Blackwall Tunnels. This would be roughly on the same alignment as the presently under construction Cable Car.
    - A Third Dartford Crossing, however this may not be sited adjacent to the present QE2 bridge and tunnel and may be sited further to the east and be incorporated as part of a tidal barrier in the previously mentioned Fosters’ Thames Hub airport project.


    Sourced from The Evening Standard: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...-for-london.do




    The Tube

    According to figures released by Transport for London, Friday 9th December marked the highest number of passengers carried on the London Underground network in its 148 year history.

    4.17mn passengers were carried across the network, which despite the mixed economic climate is up 7% year-on-year. The network also experienced its busiest every week (ending Sat 10th December) with 24.9mn journeys made.


    Image taken by UK-JPN on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uk-jpn/...n/photostream/

    Information source: TfL http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/medi...tre/22218.aspx




    London Cable Car

    Construction is well underway on the Emirates Airline sponsored Cable Car that will link the ExCeL centre and 02 Arena. The rather pointless scheme is one of Boris Johnson’s pet projects to somehow appease his previous postponement of the Thames Gateway Bridge.

    The first tower was recently completed. Image source from Londonist.com: http://londonist.com/2011/12/first-c...-completed.php



    And how the sponsored route will appear on the tube map.






    Bank-Monument Tube Station Expansion

    Bank-Monument is London’s 4th busiest tube station; consisting of an underground labyrinth located at the heart of the Square Mile consisting of the Central, Circle, District, Northern, Waterloo & City lines and DLR handling in excess of 43.5mn passengers each year.

    The station is experiencing significant annual growth of 2mn passengers per annum, with the number of interchanges also substantially increasing by 42% in the past six years.

    While Crossrail and Thameslink will assist in relieving some strain by 2018, an additional ticket hall will be constructed on King William Street which would enable for 4 x 40 person lifts to be installed allowing for step-free access to the Northern Line platforms.

    A new southbound Northern Line tunnel will be constructed, while the present southbound platform tunnel will be converted into an additional passageway. New connecting tunnels would then feed into the Central Line and DLR platforms to increase interchange capacity. Construction would start in 2015 and last until 2021.

    All images taken by IanVisits at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianvisi...th/6328793981/

    Black = Current Northern Line
    Green = DLR
    Red = Central Line
    White = Existing Underground Ticket Hall, Stairs & Escalators
    Magenta = New Northern Line platform, connecting tunnels and King William Street ticket hall










    The site for the future King William Street ticket hall


    In addition, to the above plans, it is planned that as part of Bloomberg’s new office development at Wallbrook, an additional ticket hall will be built to allow for additional access to the Waterloo & City platforms.




    Thameslink

    Work on London’s north-south rail link continues.

    London Bridge

    Plans for the redevelopment of London Bridge station have been approved by Southwark Council. The works will see the number of terminating platforms (presently nine, in future six) sacrificed for more through platforms (presently six, in future nine); this will allow for greater segregation of services and increase frequencies along all lines into London Bridge, London Cannon Street, London Charing Cross and the Thameslink route via London Blackfriars.

    In addition a new street-level concourse will be built to greatly expand the station's capacity during peak hours. Construction work will not commence until after the Olympics, and is set to be completed in 2018.

    Images and walkthrough video sourced from Network Rail (http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/12179.aspx) and other images from Grimshaw Architects http://grimshaw-architects.com/project/london-bridge
























    Farringdon

    Two aerial images of Farringdon station which illustrate a few of the recent developments at Farringdon:
    - The recently opened new southern ticket hall (green roof).
    - The original Farringdon station building (immediately across the road from the above); this will be regenerated in the coming months.
    - The new Turnmill Street ticket hall (running to the right of the old station canopy).
    - The nearly completed roof canopy extension to cover the northernmost platform section.
    - The large plot immediately adjacent to the recently opened southern ticket hall will be the primary western entrance to the Crossrail platforms.







    Video and images sourced from Network Rail: http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...egoryID-8.aspx


    West Hampstead

    A before and after image of developments at West Hampstead Thameslink; the original station entrance is being retained and expanded, while a far larger station hall has been constructed to provide step-free access and greater cover for passengers using the station.







    Video and images sourced from Network Rail: http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...egoryID-8.aspx


    Peterborough

    Located on the East Coast Main Line, Peterborough is an important north-south London & intercity commuter and east-west freight junction that is 120km north of London.

    Despite its distance from London, the fast straights on the ECML allow for journey times of under an hour. In addition the station also offers a London bound train every five minutes at the peak which makes the area an attractive commuter destination with 4mn passengers using the station. (passenger journeys are up 30% in the last decade).

    Passenger journeys are up 30% in the last decade and with Peterborough becoming a northern terminus for Thameslink, Network Rail expect London-bound passenger volumes to significantly increase; doubling within the next twenty years. Subsequently to cope with this, work has started on extensive redevelopment to allow for higher train frequencies and longer trains.

    At present the station has five platforms, this will increase to seven, with present platforms widened and extended to cope with the longer Thameslink train sets and future Intercity Express trains. The concourse will also be significantly enlarged and modernised, while a new step-free footbridge to all platforms will be constructed.

    In addition due to the station's national importance from the eastern ports to the Midlands, a new goods loop will also be built to increase cross-country freight movements.







    Images sourced from Network Rail.

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    Cambridge Station Expansion

    Opened in 1845 to service the famous university city, the station is a major rail junction and terminus for various commuter and rural services handling 7.6mn passengers per annum.

    While a destination in its own right due to the various university-related education & business activities and tourist attractions, the station is also a major London commuter station, with ten London bound services each peak hour into two London termini (London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street).

    Prior to December, the station had a complex configuration of six platforms (two north and two London-facing bay platforms), of which two platforms were a single 'joined' platform just shy of 500m in length. This peculiar layout meant that there was only one platform for trains running north beyond Cambridge from London and vice versa for trains in the other direction, constricting train movements.

    The station also lacked sufficient London-bound platform capacity for terminating services.

    Furthermore, with stations along the West Anglia Main Line into London Liverpool Street in the process of being extended (e.g. Broxbourne, Cheshunt and Sawbridgeworth) to handle 12 carriage class 379 services, a brand new island platform has been built to support terminating services.

    Image and information sourced from Network Rail: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/Longer-...e-station.aspx






    Croydon Tramlink

    The successfull south London tram network has received the first of several new trams from Stadler to cope with increased demand on the 28km network. The new trams are 2.5m than the present Bombardier fleet.


    Picture taken by Andrew Grantham: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewg...n/photostream/




    Carriage Capacity Upgrades

    Southern
    It was recently announced (http://www.rail.co/2012/01/03/southe...ding-contract/) that Southern have placed a £190mn order with Bombardier for 13 new class 377 sets (formed of 2x5 carriages, 130 carriages in total) which will assist with congestion relief on metro routes into London Victoria with delivery due in the latter half of 2012.

    Various platforms at stations such as Balham are being extended to cope with the extended trains. In addition, these new carriages will support Southern's already sizable 700 carriage fleet of class 377's.


    Source: UK-JPN on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uk-jpn/...n/photostream/


    South Western Trains
    South West Trains have announced that they are seeking an additional 60 carriages to increase train lengths on Windsor Line trains by two carriages to 10 carriages. The present line is exceptionally busy with 54mn passengers per annum (up 4.4% year-on-year).

    An additional three London Waterloo bound services will also be introduced (two from Reading and another from Hounslow) to boost line frequencies. The former Waterloo International platform 20 (which was mothballed following the move of Eurostar services to London St Pancras) will be utilised for the additional services come 2014, relieving platform congestion at London Waterloo.

    Source: http://www.rail.co/2011/12/23/london...k-time-trains/




    Colchester Station Upgrade

    Located to the east of London on the Great Eastern Main Line, Colchester station which handles 4.3mn passengers a year is the primary transport hub for what was once the capital of Roman Britain.

    Historically, the southern entrance was the primary access point due to the geographical proximity to the town, however a modern northern entrance was created to accommodate a car park.

    Subsequent changes in transport use and growth in passenger flows has meant that the old entrance has now been brought back into use. Further information: http://www.rail.co/2011/12/23/offici...ester-station/


    Taken by Always Santa Fe over at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tunnel_...n/photostream/




    Bromley South Expansion

    Work has begun on expanding the capacity of the south-east London station including two new lifts and an expanded ticket concourse.

    The station which handles 20 London bound trains per hour at rush hour is a major commuter station.


    Source: Network Rail, http://www.networkrail.co.uk/Bromley-South-station.aspx




    Heathrow Terminal 2

    Work on the superstructure of Heathrow’s newest terminal is nearing completion.


    Image taken by Mic V. on Flickr (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/micswor...n/photostream/)




    East London Line Extension

    Work continues on the second phase of the ELLE which will see the creation of a branch between Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction, completing the London Overground orbital route around Central London.

    Clapham Junction bound services will branch off the present ELL south of Surrey Quays onto a brand new 2.5km alignment. The new rail link will also see the opening of a new station: Surrey Canal Road which is being funded by a developer who plans to build a £850mn 2,400 home development adjacent to the line.

    The line then connects up to the present Inner South London Line, boosting frequencies and improving orbital interchanges at Queen’s Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, Clapham High Street, Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction.

    On approach to Clapham Junction, London Overground trains will run under the London Victoria & Waterloo approach tracks to terminate at platform two and same-platform interchange with the West London Line.

    Unfortunately due to the geography of the line, interchange stations at Brixton and Loughborough Junction would be expensive, however in the future stations could be built if there was a sufficient business case.

    Once the line is opened in the latter half of this year, frequencies via the central route of the ELL will increase to a train every 3 minutes.

    All images sourced from London Reconnections: http://www.londonreconnections.com/













    The 4 southern branches of the ELL that maximise rail interchanges across the south London rail network

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    WOW! Lots of stuff going on here, looks good. Thanks for posting!

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