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Mazda Europe Boss: 2035 ICE Ban Is ‘A Disgrace Of The Politicians’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Car Dealer Magazine.

These are the three bullet points.

  • Mazda Europe’s CEO lambasts EU’s 2035 ban and labels it a ‘big mistake’
  • Martijn ten Brink says he finds new rules ‘hard to get his head around’
  • Changes will stifle creativity in the automotive industry, claims Mazda boss

The article is a very interesting read.

January 22, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 3 Comments

Thoughts On Belmont Station

This press release from Sutton Council is entitled Trains Running To Belmont Set To Double As Sutton Wins £14 million Levelling Up Funding.

These four paragraphs outline the scheme.

The number of trains running to Belmont is set to double after Sutton Council secured a £14.1 million cash injection from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The investment has been awarded to unlock the full potential of the London Cancer Hub, the world-leading life sciences campus that is being developed in Belmont and is poised to create 13,000 jobs and £1.2 billion each year for the UK economy.

The money will be used to improve rail services at Belmont, an area which has been poorly served by public transport until now. This will enable train services to double from two to four trains an hour, with additional direct services between Belmont and London Victoria. Belmont station will also be improved with step-free access, better wayfinding signage and new walking and cycling routes to the London Cancer Hub.

Better public transport is key to delivering the huge health and employment benefits of the London Cancer Hub. The major regeneration project is set to bring unprecedented investment to Sutton and tackle health inequalities nationwide by accelerating life-saving cancer research and innovation.

I have some thoughts.

Comparison To The Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is a similar medical research site in Cambridge.

  • The Cambridge site does more general research, than the Sutton site.
  • Both sites have world class hospitals.
  • Both hospitals attract lots of patients from some distance away.
  • The Cambridge site already has 20,000 employees, as opposed to Sutton’s target of 12,000.
  • In a few years, the Cambridge site will have a railway station; Cambridge South, connecting it to London and the wider environs of Cambridge.
  • The Cambridge site has good cycle and bus connections to the  Greater Cambridge area.
  • The Sutton site, needs good cycle and bus connections to the local area and especially local stations, including Belmont.

In addition, I believe that if Belmont had four trains per hour (tph) connecting it to Greater London, this would be an alternative to using private cars to reach the Sutton site.

Handling Patients At Belmont Station

Going into hospital even for just a short out-patient visit can be stressful, so I feel it is important that everything is done to make the time in the station and getting between the train and bus, as stress-free as possible.

  • Access between train and platform should be step-free and wheelchair-friendly.
  • There should be a comfortable waiting area.
  • Access between the train and bus should be step-free and wheelchair-friendly.
  • Buses should be timed to meet the trains.
  • There should be lots of information.
  • I suspect blind people get cancer, just like most people, so there probably needs to be staff or volunteers at the station.

I see a couple of problems.

  • Getting the bus next to the platform is difficult, as they’ve built flats on the space in front of the station.
  • The light controlled crossing, is in the wrong place for slow travellers to get across the road to the bus station.

Some hard and possibly expensive thinking will be needed to get good access between the trains and the bus to the hospital.

How Well Would Four tph Connecting London Victoria And Belmont Serve The Hospital?

The current trains between London Victoria and Belmont call at the following stations, where there are interchange possibilities.

  • Clapham Junction, which has lots of connections.
  • Balham, which connects to the Northern Line.
  • West Croydon, which connects to the Overground.
  • Sutton, which connects to Thameslink.

There may be sensible reasons for the extra two tph from Belmont to serve another set of destinations.

The train services should be designed in partnership with the NHS cancer treatment.

 

January 22, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

Leyton Station Set For £14m Upgrade

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Waltham Forest Echo.

These paragraphs outline the joint plan for Leyton and Colindale stations.

Leyton Station will receive step-free access and a new ticket hall and concourse thanks to £14 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The Greater London Authority was awarded more than £43million yesterday for work to make Leyton Station and Colindale Station in Barnet more accessible.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hopes that the work will improve “two pockets of socio-economic deprivation in the capital”.

Waltham Forest Council has insisted for some time that an upgrade to the station is “desperately needed” to expand capacity before thousands of new homes are built nearby.

This project doesn’t seem to be listed on the this page in The Times, which is entitled Levelling Up: Full List Of Winners From Eden Project North To Mini Golf.

This news item from Barnet Council is entitled Barnet Council Leader Welcomes £29.5m Levelling Up Funding For Redeveloping At-Capacity Colindale Tube Station and gives a description of the works proposed at Colindale station.

January 22, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Brent Cross West Station – 22nd January 2023

T took these pictures as I passed the site this morning.

I’m not sure about the work of art.

Changing At Farringdon To And From Northbound Thameslink Trains

For my trip this morning, I took the Lizzie Line one stop from Moorgate station to Farringdon, and then straight up the escalator to the Northbound Thameslink platform.

Changing to Northbound Thameslink services at Farringdon is very easy, if you make sure you arrive in the Western end of your Lizzie Line train.

These pictures show the change.

Note.

  1. You can only change at the Western end of the Lizzie Line platforms.
  2. At the top of the escalator, keep to the left and walk through to the Northbound platform.

You will be arrive on the Northbound platform at the back of the train.

The reverse change is also easy, so if I was coming home from Gatwick Airport or Brighton, I’d change at Farringdon to the Lizzie Line for Moorgate, from where I can get a bus to my home.

The change to the Lizzie Line will be easier, if you are in the back of your Thameslink train.

Pit Stops At Farringdon Station

One unique feature of the Northbound Thameslink platform at Farringdon station, is that unusually for a sub-surface station, it has full facilities, which are located by the escalators for the Lizzie Line.

I would very much like to see more of these.

Changing At Farringdon To And From Southbound Thameslink Trains

Changing to Southbound Thameslink services at Farringdon is similar to changing to Northbound Thameslink services, if you make sure you arrive in the Western end of your Lizzie Line train.

These pictures show the change.

Note.

  1. You can only change at the Western end of the Lizzie Line platforms, where you go up the escalator.
  2. At the top of the escalator, keep to the right and take the escalator to the station entrance.
  3. Then descend to the Southbound platform using the stairs or the lifts.

You will be arrive on the Southbound platform at the front of the train.

The reverse change is also easy, so if I was coming home from Bedford or Cambridge, I’d change at Farringdon to the Lizzie Line for Moorgate, from where I can get a bus to my home.

The change to the Lizzie Line will be easier, if you are in the front of your Thameslink train.

January 22, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment