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Expanding Charing Cross Station

Network Rail have published the Kent Route Study, which says the following about Charing Cross station.

Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations are effectively full.

Only Platform 1-3 can take the longest trains at Charing Cross station.

The study suggests this as a solution at Charing Cross.

Charing Cross has just six 12-car platforms and Platforms 4, 5
and 6 are very narrow, leading to operational restrictions. Class 465
units cannot operate in 12-car into these platforms and selective
door operation is used on Class 375 units. A major rebuild of the
station could allow it to be extended south over the river, like
Blackfriars, providing compliant platforms and greater passenger
circulation. At concept level, a new link to Waterloo from a southern
entrance to Charing Cross may supersede Waterloo East allowing
the station area to be used for additional track capacity, but there
are likely to be many issues with a project on this scale.

This Google Map shows the station and the Northern |end of the Hungerford Railway Bridge.

Note.

  1. Platforms are numbered 1 to 6 from top to bottom.
  2. The two Golden Jubilee footbridges on either side of the Hungerford bridge.
  3. There appear to be four or five tracks on the bridge.
  4. The bridge appears to tracks on either side of a central truss.

I went to Charing Cross station on the train and then walked across the downstream Golden Jubilee Bridge, which is the top one in the Google Map.

The Hungerford Bridge is certainly a good example of Victorian engineering, which appears to be two separate sections separated by a big truss, with trains running o either side.

A Cross River Charing Cross Station

Network Rail obviously feel that it will be possible to create a cross-River station, as they have published the idea in the Kent Route Study.

I shall outline some thoughts.

Will The Hungerford Bridge Have To Be Replaced?

Consider.

  • Replacing the bridge and all the associated steel-work, would be an extensive and expendive project.
  • The state of the bridge, which was refurbished about three decades ago, will be very important.
  • Modern structural engineering can probably give the bridge sufficient integrity and possibly more space.
  • The Golden Jubilee Footbridges, which are some of the busiest pedestrian crossings of the Thjames would obviously stay.

I feel that unless the bridge was in a really poor condition, that the current bridge won’t be replaced, but it will probably be substantially rebuilt.

Will Waterloo East Station Be Closed?

The Kent Route Study said this about Waterloo East station.

At concept level, a new link to Waterloo from a southern
entrance to Charing Cross may supersede Waterloo East allowing
the station area to be used for additional track capacity, but there
are likely to be many issues with a project on this scale.

The issues could include.

  • A double-ended Charing Cross station would give benefits similar to those at Blackfriars.
  • A Southern entrance to Charing Cross station would possibly be better than Waterloo East station for entertainment on the South Bank.
  • Passengers transferring between Charing Cross and Waterloo services might have further to walk.
  • Underground connections.
  • Cutting out the stop at Waterloo East would save time. It would probably make it easier to stick to the timetabe.
  • Some of the Waterloo East site could be released for development.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Waterloo East station closed.

How Many Trains Could Use Charing Cross Station?

Currently, the six platforms at Charing Cross handle sixteen trains per hour (tph) in the Off Peak.

A well-run platform can turnback four tph, so it could be that the capacity of a well-laid out Charing Cross station could be 24 tph.

Other factors could increase the capacity of the station.

  • The platforms could be long enough to handle two full length trains.
  • Entrances on both sides of the river would ease passenger flows.
  • The next generation of trains will hold more people in a train of a given length.
  • Automatic Train Operation could be employed on trains out of Charing Cross.

Obviously, the engineers and architects will have to get the design right, but I believe this frequency could be possible.

Conclusion

I think expanding Charing Cross station across the river is a good plan and not impossible.

But the design could be tricky!

It also looks like the passenger capacity at Charing Cross could be substantially increased.

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

The Eurostar Platforms At Waterloo Station Are Being Brought Back Into Use

When travelling to Shepperton, I walked from Waterloo East station to the balcony at Waterloo station.

You get a good view of the disused Eurostar plaforms, which are being brought back into use.

I also took a few as my train left the station.

At least this monument to bad planning of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, is being put to a laudable use of providing more capacity at Waterloo.

There’s some more pictures from before the work started in Waterloo’s Blue Elephant.

October 31, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

Around Waterloo East Station

In Southern Crossrail, Idiscussed the possibility of creating a direct link from Waterloo across London to London Bridge. The proponents of Southern Crossrail also take about rebuilding Waterloo East station.

So I went to look at the station and took these pictures.

Note.

  • The complex arrangement of high bridges.
  • The highest white bridge is the pedestriain link between the two stations.
  • The red bridge is what remains of the former rail link.
  • It’s about a hundred metres between the two stations, with a slope down to the platforms at Waterloo East station.

This Google Map gives a view from above.

The Link Between Waterloo And Waterloo East Stations

The Link Between Waterloo And Waterloo East Stations

The link is the white-coloured link that goes between the two stations. Don’t confuse it with the two trains in the map.

In the previous post, I said that rebuilding this station could be a project that a quality developer would relish.

But I do think that Southern Crossrail’s dream of connecting Waterloo East and Waterloo stations with a rail link is an impossible dream.

  • There is now a retail balcony at Waterloo station, which was built in 2012 at a cost of £25million. It would need to be demolished.
  • The lift and a couple of escalators  to Waterloo East station are in the middle of where the new track would go at Waterloo station.
  • The residents of the area probably wouldn’t like to have trains trundling through at height.

In the previous post, I said that rebuilding this station could be a project that a quality developer would relish.

Consider.

  • Waterloo East station could be replaced with a better station.
  • There is probably space around and above the station to add some sympathetic development.
  • Escalator and lift connections could link Waterloo East station to the Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines.
  • A full step-free connection could be built between the two Waterloo stations.
  • The current connection to the Jubilee Line at Southwark is poor.
  • The Waterloo and City Line will soon be getting a very good connection at Bank, so why not build a good one one to both Waterloo and Waterloo East.

This is one of those pedestrian links, that can benefit the around seven million or so passengers, who go through Waterloo East station every year.

Given the right financial figures, I think that there could be a developer, who would create the sort of development that residents, passengers and visitors to the area would like.

My ideal station would have the following.

  • Four platforms to match the four platforms 6-9 at London Bridge station.
  • Sympathetic over-site and surrounding development, preferably with affordable housing.
  • Escalator and lift connections to the Underground and Waterloo and City Line.
  • Full step-free access to Waterloo station, which would probably use the current entrance on the balcony.
  • Better passenger facilities at Waterloo East station.
  • A proper passenger entrance on Waterloo Road for Waterloo East station.
  • The ability to handle an increased number of trains from the current fourteen trains per hour between London Bridge and Charing Cross stations.

All of this would probably be more affordable, than rebuilding Waterloo station.

 

 

 

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , | 1 Comment