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Royal Mint Gardens

Royal Mint Gardens is a housing development to the East of Fenchurch Street and Tower Gateway stations.

These are a few pictures of the development.

But this doesn’t tell the full story.

This Google Map shows the position of the development.

Note.

  1. Fenchurch Street station is towards the top-left corner of the map.
  2. The c2c tracks running to the East from Fencurch Street station.
  3. Tower Gateway DLR station is just to the right of the centre, just above the green space.
  4. The tracks of the Docklands Light Railway running to the East from Tower Gateway DLR station.

The three concrete towers at the right of the map, lying to the South of the railway tracks, are the three structural towers of Royal Mint Gardens.

This Google Map shows a close up of Royal Mint Gardens.

Note how the Docklands Light Railway splits into two to the East of the development.

  • The Northern pair of tracks skirt the development to the North to go to Tower Gatewat DLR station.
  • The Southern pair of tracks go underneath the development to go to Bank DLR station.

The new development has put the Bank branch in a concrete tunnel.

So in an area of the world, where land is a very expensive commodity, this area is being used twice at the same time.

Royal Mint Gardens On The BBC

BBC London television has been covering various aspects of the building of Royal Mint Gadens in local news for most of the day.

The developer, the architect, Network Rail and the reporter, all seemed very positive about what is being created.

The architect felt up to 250,000 houses could be created on similar sites across London.

How many houses could be built over rail lines in the rest of the UK?

Conclusion

Building over rail lines like this, will increasingly be seen as a way of adding new housing in densely populated cities.

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2019 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Redevelopment Of Fenchurch Street Station Help To Pay For Crossrail 2?

I have just written Could Crossrail 2 Go To Grays?, after various articles suggested that a Hackney Branch of Crossrail 2 could take over c2c lines through Barking and have termini at Bssildon and Grays.

This map is provided.

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

The red section is new track, which would need to be in tunnel as far as East Ham.

Looking at this proposal, it became apparent, that the number of trains terminating at Fenchurch Street station could be severely reduced.

This Google Map shows Fenchurch Street station.

Fenchurch Street Station

Fenchurch Street Station

Note Tower Gateway station on the DLR and Tower Hill station on the District and Circle Lines, to the South of the lines into Fenchurch Street.

The site must be worth a fortune in the City of London and could surely be redeveloped.

  • It could have enough capacity to provide four trains per hour to Southend and/or Shoeburyness.
  • The Docklands Light Railway terminus could be moved alongside the new station.
  • It could have direct connectivity to Tower Hill station.
  • There would obviously be a lot of offices on top.

There has been a proposal in the past to extend the DLR to Charing Cross and Victoria.

A rebuilding of Fenchurch Street station with the c2c and DLR stations underneath, might enable this extension from the Toewer Gateway branch.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the rail lines from Tower Gateway to Charing Cross.

Tower Gateway To Charing Cross

Tower Gateway To Charing Cross

This is said about the proposed route in Wikipedia.

Two reasons driving the proposal are capacity problems at Bank, having just one interchange between the DLR and the central portion of Underground, and the difficult journeys faced by passengers from Kent and South Coast between their rail termini and the DLR. Intermediate stations would be at City Thameslink/Ludgate Circus and Aldwych.

Could it be, that one of the drivers of linking Crossrail 2 to c2c services is to enable the Fenchurch Street station site to be redeveloped?

March 23, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Could Crossrail 2 Go To Grays?

This article in Your Thurrock is entitled Is Crossrail about to stop at all stations in Thurrock?

It talks about a branch of Crossrail 2 going East from a junction between Angel and Dalston stations calling at Hackney Central, Stratford International, East Ham and Barking, before taking over the c2c routes to Basildon and Grays.

This map is provided.

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

Possible Crossrail 2 Eastern Branch

The red section is new track, which would need to be in tunnel as far as East Ham.

Connectivity Of The Route

The route would appear to tidy up a lot of the connectivity problems in East London.

  • Stratford International station will be properly connected to London’s local rail network, instead of by a sizeable walk through Eastfield.
  • The Western parts of Essex between Upminster and Grays, which will see a lot of much-needed new housing built in the next few years, get a much better rail connection to Central London.
  • c2c services get a new excellent connection to Central London at Barking, which by-passes the inaccessible Fenchurch Street.
  • Hackney gets its own direct connection to Central London.

And of course there will be a large increase in capacity with 200m. long trains to Basildon and Grays.

Stratford International Station

Stratford International station has never been properly connected to London’s local rail network.

At present, it is only really a domestic station for Southeastern’s HighSpeed services to Kent and some have branded it a white elephant.

With more and more international services likely to run into London, I think it is only a matter of time, before Stratford International gets some international services.

The Future Of c2c To Central London

If c2c services to Basildon and Grays are replaced with higher capacity Crossrail 2 services, does this have repercussions for c2c services.

  • Basildon station currently has four trains an hour going between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness.
  • Grays station has four trains per hour to Fenchurch Street and two to Southend Central.

This says to me that there might be scope to simplify the pattern of c2c services.

Fenchurch Street Station

This Google Map shows Fenchurch Street station.

Fenchurch Street Station

Fenchurch Street Station

Note Tower Gateway station on the DLR and Tower Hill station on the District and Circle Lines, to the South of the lines into Fenchurch Street.

The site must be worth a fortune in the City of London and could surely be redeveloped.

  • It could have enough capacity to provide four trains per hour to Southend and/or Shoeburyness.
  • If the Docklands Light Railway terminus was moved alongside the new station, it might be possible to extend the DLR to Charring Cross station, as has been proposed
  • It could have direct connectivity to Tower Hill station.
  • There would obviously be a lot of offices on top.

Could it be, that one of the drivers of linking Crossrail 2 to c2c services is to enable the Fenchurch Street station site to be redeveloped?

Hackney Central to Stratford International

This Google Map shows the area between Hackney Central and Stratford International stations.

Crossrail 2 - Hackney Central to Stratford International

Crossrail 2 – Hackney Central to Stratford International

Hackney Central station is at the extreme left of the map and Stratford International station is north of the Olympic Stadium.

At least the engineers know it is good tunnelling country as there is already a large pair of tunnels between the two stations – High Speed One.

Stratford International to Barking

This Google Map shows the area between Stratford International and Barking.

Crossrail 2 - Stratford International to Barking

Crossrail 2 – Stratford International to Barking

Barking is at the extreme East of the map.

The Surface Route From East Ham to Barking

This Google Map shows the surface lines between East Ham and Barking stations.

Crossrail 2 - East Ham to Barking

Crossrail 2 – East Ham to Barking

East Ham station is in the South West corner and Barking station is in the South East corner. The large structure on the railway by the park is c2c’s East Ham Depot.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines through East Ham and Barking.

East Ham to Barking Lines

East Ham to Barking Lines

The engineers also have a lot of choice as to where Crossrail 2 can emerge to join the surface network.

Conclusions

It certainly seems to be a feasible route through East London, that effectively gives Crossrail 2, two eastern termini.

I also think, that it could release the Fenchurch Street site for redevelopment with perhaps a smaller station with four trains per hour to Southend Central, good connections to the Underground and the DLR and lots of offices on top.

That would help to pay for the extension.

 

 

 

March 23, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment