The Anonymous Widower

Looking For Bond Street Station’s New Northern Entrance

Bond Street station is going to get a new Northern entrance on the North side of Oxford Street.

So I went for a walk in the area and took these pictures.

As you come out of the current entrances of the station on Oxford Street a building is rising on the opposite side of the road. Its Eastern end is on Marylebone Lane, where a new entrance is being built.

The New Marylebone Lane Entrance To Bond Street Station

The New Marylebone Lane Entrance To Bond Street Station

Transport for London have produced a video called Bond Street station redevelopment for 2017 – virtual tour walk-through – Tube improvements.

It illustrates several features of the enlarged station.

But I can’t wait to experience the reality.

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Are Murphy Group Playing A Long Game?

This news release on the Murphy Group web site is entitled Murphy Wins £60M+ London Overground Electrification Project.

Given, that it was known to be a difficult project, I don’t think I am alone in thinking that Murphy’s contract price was good value for London Overground.

Since then, progress has not been at a fast pace and some challenging problems seem to have emerged, but on whole professional commentators in magazines like Modern Railways an Rail Engineer have been broadly praising of the way the work is being done and what has so far been finished.

The troubles on the Holloway Road Bridge, which is not in Murphy’s contract, that I wrote about in Did The Project Management Go Wrong On The Holloway Road Bridge?, can’t have helped either.

I do wonder though, if the Murphy Group could be a beneficiary of the successful electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line (GOBlin).

This Google Map shows the area between Gospel Oak and Kentish Town stations.

Murphy Group's Site In Kentish Town

Murphy Group’s Site In Kentish Town


  • Gospel Oak station in the top left, where the GOBlin meets the North London Line.
  • The Midland Main Line curves across the bottom of the map, with Kentish Town station, just off the bottom right corner.
  • There is another rail line (Tottenham North Curve ?) connecting the GOBlin to the Midland Main Line, that is current used by freight trains.

Between all these lines is a massive builders yard, which is the home of the Murphy Group.

In some ways giving the Murphy Group, the contract for the GOBlin upgrade and electrification, is like giving your local builder, the job of upgrading your house.

The Murphy Group have even accessed some parts of the work, by putting gates in the security fence between the railway and their yard.

This map from, shows the railway lines in the are.

Lines Between Gospel Oak And Kentish Town

Lines Between Gospel Oak And Kentish Town

It shows how at times in the past, the rail connections from this area, were some of the most comprehensive in London.

There are already plans for some of the railways in the area.

  • The Tottenham North Curve from Carlton Road Junction to Junction Road Junction is being electrified, so that electric-hauled freight trains can run between Barking and the Midland Main Line.
  • Passenger services could be introduced on the Tottenham North Curve to create a second route across North London, linking Barking and Acton via West Hampstead Thameslink and the Dudding Hill Line.
  • Could we even see a re-opened Highgate Road station?

I have a feeling, that all this, together with London’s enormous need for new housing will see the Murphy Group site developed, in a manner that is best for London. And the Murphy Group!


  • The development will have very good transport links.
  • A reopened Highgate Road station, would be in the middle of the development.
  • The development site is occupied by largely one company.
  • The site is well-connected to railways for the transport of building materials and spoil.
  • The site could be developed gradually, as the Murphy Group released the space.

Probably, the biggest problem would be finding the Murphy Group a new site.

It will be very interesting to see what happens on this very valuable site!





November 17, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 3 Comments

Brits Keen To Go Green But Don’t Want To Pay For It

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Energy Live News.

It is an interesting article.

  • People in London and Northern Ireland are more likely to pay a green premium.
  • People in the South-East and Wales are most unlikely.
  • More than one in 10 of those willing to pay more would be happy to pay an extra 31-50% for greener energy.

I think it is better value to make sure you don’t use the energy in the first place.

I also feel, that much of our housing stock can never be made energy efficient and should be knocked down and replaced with better quality housing.


November 17, 2016 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

East Of Wathamstow Queen’s Road Station – 16th November 2016

Don’t knock it, but the sun ruined some of these pictures.


  • I’m only one metre seventy, so taking pictures over a high bridge parapet iis not easy.
  • Shrubland, Albert and Queen’s Roads are respectively Bridges 68. 69 and 70.
  • From Bridge 70, you can get good views of the slab track.
  • East of Bridge 70, there is extensive piling, that probably stabilises the cutting.
  • East of Queen’s Road station, there was little evidence of overhead gantries.
  • There appeared to be work going on at the Eastern end of the slab track, where the viaduct starts.

It looks to me, that there is still a lot of work to do and the planned reopening as a diesel-powered railway in February, that I wrote about in The Gospel Oak To Barking Line Is Planned To Reopen On February 6th 2017, must be in doubt.

Unless of course, all that the closure is intended to do, is get the track, bridges and viaducts, in tip-top condition for the actual electrification.

A little bird told me, that the work around Bridge 70 at Queen’s Road was particularly challenging, but there was very little evidence of work still being carried out. As the pictures show, there is slab track and lots of piling. The slab track is from Rhomberg and will hopefully last for  sixty years (Modern Railways – August 2016)

It should be that the design of slab track used, is one that facilitates easy repairs if anything goes wrong.

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment