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Liverpool Street Station – New Entrance

These pictures show the new entrance taking shape in front of Broadgate and the original Liverpool Street station.

It looks like the entrance is going to be a large fosterito.

They seem to be cropping up all over London.

Judging by the fact, that bikes seem to be parked in front of the entrance, I would suspect that this entrance could be finished soon.

July 24, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Paddington Station – New Western Entrance

I was alerted to the fact that this new entrance to the Paddington station, by one of Ian’s pieces on Ian Visits, so I had to go along and take a look.

It is a simple design, which looks more like an entrance to a museum, school or church, than to an important station.

Unusually, for a station entrance, it takes you right into the retail and food area of the station, but there are several ways to get to the platforms.

July 24, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Crossrail Parts Company With Costain Skanska At Bond Street

The title of this post, is the same as that on this article on Construction Enquirer.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Costain/Skanska joint venture’s troubled Crossrail contract at Bond Street Station has been ended early.

It appears to be a mutual decision and in my opinion such a decision is very rare, especially as Costain/Skanska’s other project at Paddington station seems to be progressing as expected.

Could it be that the architects designed a project that was unbuildable? Or one where the architects didn’t think about the project management needed to build it?

June 25, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Coronavirus: How Realistic Is Crossrail Opening Next Year?

The title of thispost, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

The article takes the form of the BBC’s Transport Correspondent; Tom Edwards interviewing Crossrail’s Chief Executive; Mark Wild.

This is an extract.

But the big challenge is the 40% of work left to do on the safety checks known as “assurances”.

The management team say it is working to the opening date of the summer 2021 for the Paddington to Abbey Wood section under central London.

To make up for lost time, Crossrail wants to carry out blitz testing in August and September.

I asked Mr Wild if he could guarantee 100% if Crossrail will open in summer 2021.

He said: “I guarantee that this project team and myself, will do everything humanly possible to do it.

“I must say we are working pretty effectively – 2,500 people working off-site and we are making great progress on the assurance work.

“Clearly we have to do that safely but there’s no doubt Covid has had an effect and we are working now on a plan to recover lost ground.”

Having watched many projects, that were in dire straits, being recovered by top class project management, I feel that there is a good chance that if Mark Wild and his team, are up to scratch that Summer 2021 could be a realistic possibility.

I remember the tale of British Leyland’s MiniMetro plant, that was recalled in Michael Ewardes‘s book.

  • The complicated machine, that assembled the bodies wasn’t working.
  • It was then found out, that it had hit a motorway bridge on the journey from Germany.
  • Good project management saved the day, by reorganising and accelerating the commissioning of the second line, so that it came into production early enough to save the day.

As British Leyland were Artemis customers, I do wonder how much the software, I wrote in a Suffolk attic, played a part in that episode.

Let’s hope that Mark Wild and his team have some good project management software on their team.

June 16, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Three New Step-Free Crossrail Stations – 15th June 2020

I first took a train from Paddington to Langley station, where I took these pictures.

At Langley, I had eight  minutes before I caught a train to Iver station, where I took these pictures.

At Iver, I had fifteen minutes before I caught a train to Taplow station, where I took these pictures.

After Taplow, I took the train to West Drayton station, where I took these pictures.

Note the extreme length of the new Platform 5. I can’t find any references to any proposed or possible services terminating at West Drayton, so is Platform 5 for emergency use, if there are problems on the Heathrow Branch and it allows the station to be used as an alternative for Heathrow.A bus would take you to the Airport!

June 15, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

West Ealing Station – 12th June 2020

I took these pictures from a passing train of West Ealing station.

It looks like it will be a lot of steel and glass.

Nothing seems to have been said about improving the trains on the Greenford Branch.

June 13, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Hanwell Station – 12th June 2020

These pictures show the current state of Hanwell station.

Note.

  1. Two lifts have now been installed to Platforms 1/2 and 3.
  2. The station is a Grade II Listed building.
  3. In Will Crossrail Open To Reading in 2019?, I worked it out that Hanwell station, will have a train every ten minutes all day.

Compare the pictures with these I took in 2014 and posted in Before Crossrail – Hanwell.

June 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

The Proposed MSG Sphere At Stratford

I have been reading about the proposed MSG Sphere at Stratford in East London.

Note.

  1. The railway lines to the left of the sphere are platforms 11 and 12 of Stratford station on the West Anglia Main Line.
  2. The Great Eastern Main Line goes off to the right.

This article in the Guardian gives a good outline of the building and its promoters and backing.

But it won’t be plain sailing to get planning permission, as this paragraph explains.

Worries have already been voiced by local residents. A petition launched four months ago argues that the building will block sunlight, create light pollution and increase traffic in the area. Others have opposed MSG, whose executive chair, James Dolan, has donated funds to Donald Trump, and was on the board of the Weinstein Company from 2015-16. Beverley Whitrick, strategic director of the Music Venue Trust, has argued< that some audiences would feel uncomfortable in a venue from a Trump backer.

Protestors also believe the site should be used for housing, as Newham has over 25,000 households on the housing waiting list.

This Google Map shows the site.

Note.

  1. The site was used as a coach park during the 2912 Olympics.
  2. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link runs across the Northern edge of the site.
  3. The Great Eastern Main Line runs along the South-Eastern edge of the site.

As the sphere will be five hundred feet across, it must almost fill the site.

And then there’s this article in The Telegraph, which is entitled Crossrail Objects To Plan For London Mega-Venue.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Crossrail’s operator is seeking to block plans for a “second O2” in London, over concerns flashing lights from the proposed entertainment venue could cause crashes, with trains travelling at up to 80mph.

Crossrail have a serious point.

May 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Crossrail Bond Street Site Closed For Deep Clean

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction Enquirer.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Bond Street Station Crossrail site was shut down for deep cleaning on Thursday after a member of the construction team tested positive for the coronavirus.

It looks like COVID-19 will now be delaying Crossrail.

March 20, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Another Space To Be Filled

This Google Map shows the City of London North of Moorgate station.

Note the crossroads, where South Place goes East from the A501, which has LEON and Boots on the West side and Barclays Bank on the East.

The South-East corner of the crossroads has been redeveloped and now it the time for the North-West corner to be redeveloped.

The pictures show that the site has been cleared.

  • At appears that the site will be a development called 20 Ropemaker Street.
  • It will be up to 27 stories high.
  • It will be 457,000 square feet of offices.
  • There will be retail premises along Finsbury Pavement opposite Gap and Marks & Spencer.
  • The building will be the new London headquarters for Linklakers LLP.

There are also hints on the Internet, that the main entrance will be opposite the entrance for Moorgate station, with all its connections to the following.

Circle Line

  • Crossrail
  • Hammersmith  & City  Line
  • Metropolitan Line
  • Northern Line
  • Northern City Line

It looks to me that the developers are taking advantage of the transport developments.

 

March 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment