The Anonymous Widower

Crossrail 2 Consultation – Angel Station

This Crossrail document is entitled Angel Station.

The current Angel station is not a run-of-the-mill station with long escalators, an unusual platform layout and a situation in the ground-floor of an office block!

But as it was only built in the 1990s, I suspect the design is such to aid the construction of the Crossrail 2 station.

This is TfL’s proposal for the Crossrail 2 station at Angel.

  • 2×250 metre long platforms.

  • Station platform tunnels around 30 metres below ground level to the top of tunnel

  • An increase in capacity within the existing Northern line ticket hall to accommodate a Crossrail 2 ticket hall on Islington High Street

  • An enlarged station entrance and a new second entrance onto Torrens Street

  • An underground connection between Crossrail 2 and Northern line services

  • A facility for reversing Crossrail 2 trains

The last item is possibly surprising, as although they need reversing facilities, I didn’t think it would be Angel.

This map from the document shows the layout of the station and the work-sites.

Crossrail 2 - Angel Station

Crossrail 2 – Angel Station

The four work-sites are as follows.

  • Site A – The site of the Royal Bank of Scotland building would be used for station tunnelling works and construction of the station entrance, station box and station shaft.
  • Site B – Includes Iceland and other properties to the north of White Lion Street. This site would be used for construction of the station shaft. Impacts on Chapel market would be avoided.
  • Site C – At the southern part of Torrens Street, the location of the old entrance to Angel station would be used as access to support the construction of the underground connection between Crossrail 2 and the Northern line.
  • Site D – The Public Carriage Office site, which is owned by Transport for London, could be used for construction of a facility for reversing Crossrail 2 trains at Angel. This is subject to further investigation.

I have walked round the Angel and the various sites taking pictures in the order A, C, D and B.

All of this leaves me with these observations, thoughts and conclusions.

  • All sites except D are bordered by roads carrying large amounts of traffic.
  • The chaotic Junction At The End of White Lion Street needs easing before rebuilding Angel station.
  • It is quite surprising how far the Northern Line platforms are from the entrance to the station. Sadly, this history will probably mean that there will be no simple interchange between the two lines as is promised at Balham.
  • I would split the Northern Line into two lines before building Crossrail 2, as this might take pressure off Angel station during building of Crossrail 2.
  • I think it is also a pity, that there is no entrance to the station shown on the Chapel Market side of the road.

On the plus side, I can’t see the design of the station causing too many problems in both design and construction.

A 2020 Update

It is now over five years since I wrote this post, so these are some new thoughts.

The Reversing Facility

The TfL document says that the facility will be for reversing trains at Angel station.

  • As the site is to the West of Angel station, it would reverse trains from the East.
  • Usually reversing sidings are between the two tracks and would be long enough to take a full-length train.
  • The facility would be underground and it could be built in the traditional way as the new Bank tunnel was recently.
  • The effect on buildings, would probably be the same as the main Crossrail 2 tunnels.

Operation of the reversing siding would be as follows.

  1. Trains would pull into the Westbound platform at the Angel.
  2. After all passengers had got out, the train would move forward into the siding.
  3. The driver would then change ends.
  4. When the line was clear move into the Eastbound platform.

It should be noted that Crossrail doesn’t have a reversing facility under London, and I think it would have been useful in enabling the route to open in sections.

 

 

November 9, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Worksite D:
    “construction of a facility for reversing Crossrail 2 trains at Angel. This is subject to further investigation.”

    Would this be underground or a surface facility. Would it impact on buildings directly across the road from it on Penton Street.
    Thanks

    Comment by Naren Chetty | November 1, 2020 | Reply

    • It says that the facility will be for reversing trains at Angel station.

      As the site is to the West of Angel station, it would reverse trains from the East.

      Usually reversing sidings are between the two tracks and would be long enough to take a full-length train.

      Trains would pull into the Westbound platform at the Angel and after all passengers had got out, the train would move forward into the siding. The driver would then change ends and when the line was clear move into the Eastbound platform.

      The facility would be underground and it could be built in the traditional way as the new Bank tunnel was recently.

      The effect on buildings, would probably be the same as the main Crossrail 2 tunnels.

      I shall write this up fully, as either a new section to this post or a new post.

      Comment by AnonW | November 1, 2020 | Reply


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