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An End-Of-Year Report For The Crossrail Surface Works

To many, Crossrail is all about the tunnels under London, but this report from New Civil Engineer gives the status for the extensive works being done on the surface by Network Rail, which they say are now one third complete.

Reading the report, makes me realise that Crossrail will bring a lot of work on new and refurbished buildings in the next year!

It’s almost as if much of London lives in the midst of a giant building site. But at least it’s a well-run one!

December 19, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Junction Road And Tufnell Park Stations

When there is speculation about new stations on London’s railways, the possibility of a new Junction Road station on the Gospel Oak to Barking line, linked to Tufnell Park tube station by escalator sometimes crops up.

This map shows the area.

Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park tube station is indicated at the bottom and Junction Road leads up from that station to the top right. The Gospel Oak to Barking line runs across the image to the top right corner at a thirty degree angle to the horizontal. The old Junction Road station was where the road and railway cross. Only Station Road survives.

What is interesting is to follow the railway under Dartmouth Park Road towards the top left and you can see some cars parked. This is a school, that has been built over some of the tracks of the railway.

If Junction Road station was to be reinstated, it is not that close to Tufnell Park tube station, so some heroic engineering would probably have to be employed to connect them.

But a better idea for the area must be being considered by Transport for London and property developers! After all, just as the school was created on the west side of Dartmouth Park Road, surely a similar method could be used to build something else over the railway. This map shows the area to a bigger scale.

Junction Road Station

Junction Road Station

If this should lead to a rebuilt Junction Road station, then this will be a bonus for everybody in the area and a good selling point for the developers.

I have since taken a few pictures of the area.

It’s quite a large area and it does seem to my engineering rather than property development brain, that it could be developed to either create housing or perhaps a school. A reinstated Junction Road station is probably not feasible as it is quite a walk to Tufnell Park tube station, which means crossing a busy road.

Note in the picture the actual junction, where the connection to the Midland Main Line, diverts from the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. This would be used if the line is extended to Hounslow.

The question has to be asked that if the line is extended, would the Gospel Oak to Barking Line still terminate at Gospel Oak station?

December 19, 2014 Posted by | Transport, World | , , | 1 Comment

Why Should Hackers Censor What I Watch At The Cinema?

As one of my friends was born in Korea, I was quite looking to seeing The Interview.

However, it now appears that Sony has cancelled all showings of the film in response to threats from hackers.

In response, I will not buy any more Sony products. Not that I have for a couple of years.

Surely, the film makers were only following the route of Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

Properly used humour is a vicious weapon and I’ve been wondering what Joan Rivers would have said of the cancellation.

I hope that Have I got News For You give the whole story comprehensive coverage.

I decide what I watch, not dictators, hackers or those with weird political views!

At least the film will soon be available on the Internet, as Sony’s Plastic Collander Of Security, will have let at least one complete copy escape.

December 19, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | 2 Comments

Two Energy Stories

Two stories appeared on the BBC today.

One was entitled North Sea Oil Industry Close To Collapse and the other was a report on BBC Breakfast about how new appliances and technology are enabling domestic customers to use less electricity and gas. They showed the heating system at Pimlico.

In a compact country like the UK, which generally doesn’t get too much cold weather, where according to this report from the World Bank, eighty-two percent of the population lives in towns or cities. we have some great opportunities to cut our energy use.

  1. District heating schemes like Pimlico are surely easy to develop.
  2. Public transport like trains, trams and buses can be developed that are fast and frequent.
  3. Shared car ownership could be made to work well.
  4. People are adaptable and will change their habits to save money, so if say, the local High Street gets better and has good public transport links, they’ll use it more.

All of these and other factors will mean we require less energy.

It also means that we’ll do other things like use the trains a lot more.

I also think that the difference in energy costs and provision of public transport, will make that isolated cottage in the country much less attractive.

December 19, 2014 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment