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Waterloo Upgrade August 2017 – A Progress Report From London Reconnections

This article on London Reconnections is entitled Back to the Future: (Re)lengthening and Shortening at Waterloo.

It describes in detail why and how the platforms at Waterloo station are being lengthened and shortened and information on other important topics can be gleaned.

Why Did The Train Hit The Barrier Train?

It doesn’t actually say why, but it does discuss the need for the barrier train to protect the workforce. As the train hit the barrier train, it seemed to have worked.

If you want to know more, I suggest you search for barrier in the comments added to the article by others. If nothing, you’ll realise there’s a lot to go wrong.

Why Weren’t The International Platforms Used Earlier?

The platforms were designed to handle six trains per hour (tph) with a long dwell time in the platform and after modification they will handle 18 tph for the Windsor Lines. So a lot of serious work was needed!

There was also complicated ownership of the five platforms.

Looking at it from a planning point of view, the provision of a terminal for Eurostar in London could have been handled better.

Why Are The International Platforms Only Being Used For A Few Weeks And Then Reopening in 2018?

The platforms are needed for this August’s blockade, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Effectively, the remodelling of the International Platforms have been almost split into two independent projects.

I like the way they’ve done this.

How Will Suburban Capacity Change?

In addition to the five platforms in the old International station, platforms 1-6 will also be remodelled for suburban use.

Currently, the slow lines through Wimbledon can handle 18-19 tph into four platforms.

After completion . these same slow lines will handle 22 tph, but they will have the use of two extra platforms.

In An Analysis Of Waterloo Suburban Services Proposed To Move To Crossrail 2, I showed that if you were running 4 tph on the four branches  to Chessington South, Epsom, Hampton Court and Shepperton, which will transfer to Crossrail 2, then you need.

  • New 100 mph trains.
  • A capacity of 20 tph between Waterloo and Wimbledon.

Both these conditions will be met.

How Will The Passenger Experience At Waterloo Change?

Read the article and there are some snippets in there, that give me hope, that passengers will like it. See what you think!


It is a highly intricate and difficult project, that will be performed in a short time.



August 27, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

An Alternative View On HS3

This article on CityMetric is entitled Is Crossrail For The North The Biggest Priority For The North?

The article presents a lot of information and finishes with this paragraph.

None of which is to say that HS3 (I’m sticking with that name) is a bad idea: the existing trans-pennine links are shocking, and it’s pretty gross that transport secretary Chris Grayling scrapped plans to invest in rail in the north in literally the same week he called for another £30bn railway line for London. But if money is scarce, there may be better things we can do with it.

In Lord Adonis On Crossrail Of The North, I came to this conclusion.

Improvements are much-needed in the North, which could include.

  • A short/medium term plan to deliver the best possible service with the new trains ordered by Northern and TransPennine Express.
  • A long term plan to deliver a genuine 140 mph service across the North of England.
  • A plan to improve the Calder Valley and Hope Valley Lines across the Pennines.
  • A plan to improve some of the poor connections across the North.
  • A strategy to make the best use of the two connections with HS2 at Manchester and Leeds .

A detailed plan is needed that lays down what should be done in the next ten to twenty years.

The plan is also needed as soon as possible.

Perhaps, a high speed route or routes across the North of England could be paired with improved local rail, tram and bus services in all urban areas.


August 27, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Internet Age Just Starting, Says Tech Guru

The title of this post is the same as the title of a short article in the Business section of the Sunday Times.

It is a summary of an interview with Marc Andreesen onside the Business section.

Some points raised.

  • The next wave of technological disruption will affect law, medicine and construction.
  • The basic cost of starting an Internet company has fallen dramatically
  • There’s something really special happening at the intersection of medincine and computer science.

I certainly agree with the title of the article.

August 27, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Health, World | | Leave a comment