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Crossrail 2 October 2015 – Stations

This Crossrail 2 document is entitled A Typical Station.

Read the document and you’ll see that a typical station has the following.

  • Two 250 metre long platform tunnels with platform edge doors.
  • Several cross tunnels
  • Shafts at each end of the platforms for ventilation and evacuation.

It does look as if they’ve gone for the simplest design possible, that meets all needs and regulations.


I’ve been in two Crossrail stations and it does seem that this design is simpler.


October 30, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Good News For Redcar

I have a Google Alert set for “York Potash”, as contrary to the media who are ignoring the story, I believe that the new potash mine at Whitby being developed by York Potash could be economically valuable to the area around Middlesbrough.

The Alert found this article on a web site called Engineering and Mining Journal entitled Sirius Minerals Receives Approval For York Potash.

The article gives a positive report on the mine. I liked this bit.

The project lies between Whitby and Scarborough, extending about 16 km inland from the coast and up to 14 km offshore. According to the company, York potash will be a deep-shaft mine of unprecedented design. Within this area lies the thickest and highest grade polyhalite ore reserve in the world. Development of the 20-million-metric-ton-per-year (mt/y) operation would take place in two phases. The first phase is designed provide 10 million mt/y before scaling up to full capacity over a number of years.

That is serious engineering and a hell of a lot of potash.

Hopefully, it’ll give an upturn to the workers and residents of Teeside.

A quick estimate gives that the full capacity of the mine, is equivalent to about the weight of nine hundred HMS Invincibles, give or take a Harrier or two.

October 30, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Dutch Leave Passengers In The Cold

This article on Global Rail News is entitled Dutch Minister Resigns Over Fyra Failures.

The first paragraph sums up the article.

Dutch infrastructure minister Wilma Mansveld has resigned following the publication of a highly critical report on the failings of the Fyra high-speed rail fiasco.

The report, which was led by CDA parliamentarian Madeleine van Toorenburg, said that passengers had been “left out in the cold” by the HSL-Zuid project.

The second paragraph gave me the title for this post.

But as I effectively said in Back From The Hague, the Dutch, Belgians and Germans couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery!

So no wonder there’s frozen passengers all the way from Amsterdam to Brussels.

October 30, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment