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Mile End Park Ventilation Shaft – 15th August 2017

These pictures show Crossrail’s Mile End Park Ventilation Shaft.

It’s got to be finished, so that trains can run to Shenfield in May 2019.

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Crossrail Around Custom House Station – 15th August 2017

I took these pictures of Crossrail, as I rode between Prince Regent and Canning Town stations on the Docklands Light Railway.

Custom House station is scheduled to reopen in late December 2017.

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New Jet Flies In To Boost City’s Hopes Of Take-Off

The title of this post is the same as that of a substantial article in the Business pages of The Times.

It describes the affects Bombardier’s CS100 airliner will have on London City Airport.

Flights have started by Swiss between London City and Zurich, but the intriguing prospect is that the aircraft is capable of flying direct from London City to places like Dubai, Moscow and New York.

The Crossrail station for London City Airport, I talked about in Action Stations On Crossrail Howler, will certainly be needed.


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Action Stations On Crossrail Howler

The title of this post, is the same as that on Robert Lea’s Business Commentary in The Times today.

This is the first paragraph.

Study the route map of the Elizabeth Line – Crossrail as currently s – and gaze in wonder at one of the biggest cock-ups in recent transport infrastructure history.

He then details how Old Oak Common station is not on the map, with its connection to HS2 and the London Overground.

But he does indicate, that as HS2 won’t arrive until 2026, that there is plenty of time to get it right.

He then says.

The real howler is the missing Crossrail station at London City airport.

He finds it amazing that despite Crossrail running under the London City airport, there is no station to connect the City of London and Canary Wharf for that matter to the airport that bears its name.

I tend to agree.

He then says this.

Word is, feasibility plans to retrofit a Crossrail station are afoot with perhaps a delay to operations on the Woolwich branch to accommodate it. You’d think City airport will get this through; the new mayor likes the airport, the airport is prepared to fund construction of the station and, oh yes, the new chairman of City airport is Sir Terry Morgan, chairman of Crossrail.

He predicts a happy ending.

In Crossrail In Docklands, I had a section about Silvertown station, which has been safeguarded in the Crossrail plans and construction.

This Google Map shows the London City Airport and the Southern exit of Crossrail’s Connaught Tunnel.


  1. The airport is just to the top of this map.
  2. Crossrail runs diagonally across the map, with the Docklands Light Railway crossing from East to West.
  3. Silvertown station will be somewhere on this section of Crossrail.
  4. In the South-Eastern corner of the map, there is a footbridge over Crossrail.

These pictures were taken of the bridge and the Crossrail tracks underneath.


  1. There certainly seems to be a fair amount of space to the side of the London-bound track.
  2. It might be a bit tight to build a platform on the Abbey Wood-bound track.
  3. The track is all slab-track.
  4. Building the station further towards Abbey Wood might be easier.

It shouldn’t be the most difficult construction job to build a station and link it to the London City Airport.

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