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From Lea Bridge Station To Coppermill Junction – 1st May 2018

I walked to the footbridge to the North of Lea Bridge station, before I took a train North.

I took some pictures around the bridge and some from the train.

Lea Bridge Junction was the old name for the junction and has been shown on carto.metro.free.fr.

It would appear there are gaps in the track, so will these be used to put in points to link to possible fourth track or even the Hall Farm Curve, which would link the Chingford Branch Line to Stratford.

One thing that puzzles me about Lea Bridge Junction, is that the crossing appears to be unwired. Does this mean that trains will cross using a mixture of Momentum and/or battery power.

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Tottenham Hale Station – 30th April 2018

These pictures show the space to the East of the third platform space, where the third track will go through.

It looks like there isn’t much space for the fourth track, if they want to squeeze one in. Or will the piles for the electrification have to be moved?

April 30, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The STAR Track Connection At Lea Bridge Station – 25th April 2018

This picture taken from the end of the platform at Lea Bridge station, shows the new connection, that links the third track being built to the Lea Valley Lines though the station.

Note how trains going North will be able to join the third track and those coming South can join the track to Stratford.

These pictures were taken as I took a train North, a few minutes later.

Note the track layout and that nothing is completed yet.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the track layout at Lea Bridge station.

Note.

  1. The original track layout from the 1800s is shown dotted.
  2. The original crossover was a double one.
  3. Lea Bridge station used to have a third bay platform and space has been left for one.
  4. The two parallel tracks originally connected via the Hall Farm Curve to the Chingford Branch.

This Google Map shows the area to the East of where the Lea Valley Lines and the Chingford Branch cross.

Adding in the curve at a later date would not appear to be compromised, by the current works.

 

April 25, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – STAR – 5th March 2018

These are some pictures I’ve taken and observations I’ve made in recent days.

An Unusual Train Movement At Stratford

I took some of the pictures for this post from a Stratford to Bishops Stortford train.

Whilst waiting in Platform 11 at Stratford, a Class 321 train, ran past my train and through Platform 12.

It could have just been an empty stock movement from Orient Way Sidings to Liverpool Street.

Or was it going round the High Meads Loop, possibly for driver training?

From Lea Bridge Station To South Of The Chingford Branch

Work has been progressing on this section, as these pictures show.

Track is starting to be laid, but there is no evidence of the points, where the three tracks will merge into two.

From North Of The Chingford Branch To Tottenham Hale Station

Work has been progressing here too!

The Space Towards Chingford

This Google Map shows Coppermill Junction.

Note there is a lot of space on the Chingford side of the junction.

Could Network Rail be reinstating the Coppermill and Hall Farm Chords? Or at least creating the space to do it? I wrote about these chords in Rumours Of Curves In Walthamstow.

Nothing has been published or said, but there’s an awful lot of work going on to just add a third-track between Meridian Water and Lea Bridge stations.

The Island Platform At Tottenham Hale Station

An island platform is emerging at Tottenham Hale station.

The current platforms are as follows.

  • 1 – Southbound to Liverpool Street and Stratford
  • 2 – Northbound to Bishops Stortford,Cambridge,  Hertford East and Stansted Airport.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the new layout.

Blue is the Victoria Line.

So it looks like an extra Platform 0 is to be added on the new track, which will be an island platform with Platform 1.

These pictures show the current works.

It looks to me, that there is a surprising amount of space and it might be possible to squeeze two tracks in the space.

Conclusion

Work is certainly progressing.

 

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March 5, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Is It Possible To Squeeze Two New Tracks Through Tottenham Hale Station?

Now that the area behind the station is more or less cleared and the signalling cables seem to have been rerouted, you can get a better idea.

Will the new tracks be the Slow or Fast Lines?

As the third track is being installed for STAR at the present time, it would appear that the two new lines will be the Slow Lines.

October 21, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – STAR – 19th September 2017

Progress appears to being made on installing the third track for STAR.

Note.

  • The piles for the electrification.
  • The completed piles with their orange caps.
  • The digging out of the bed for the third track.
  • The work around Meridian Water station

There’s certainly a lot of work going on.

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , | 1 Comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – Angel Road Stations – 20th March 2017

I took these pictures.as I walked from the current Angel Road station to the works, which could be the construction of the new Meridian Water station.

There is obviously a lot of serious work going on in the area, as some of the trains seem to be slowing appreciably.

But most of the work so far, seems to have been setting up the site, moving the signalling cables and generally clearing up the rubbish.

March 20, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Could Enfield Lock Station Have A Bay Platform?

In West Anglia Route Improvement – Modern Railways March 2017, I mentioned that Crossrail 2 might like to have turnback platform at Enfield Lock station.

As this morning, I turned back myself at Enfield Lock station, as it’s the Freedom Pass limit, I took these pictures.

This Google Map shows the middle of the station.

If you look at the West side of the station by the Down line, you’ll notice the house, which from the pictures could be a candidate for demolition.

So I do think, it might be possible to squeeze an extra platform, by the Down Line.

This Google Map shows the Southern end of the platforms.

The space available would certainly be enough for an extra platform, but will there be enough for two fast lines between the current Up Line and the houses?

I suspect that there is, if the current lines could be moved slightly to the West.

But as at Tottenham  Hale and Brimsdown, fitting the two fast lines through \Enfield Lock, is going to need a cunning plan.

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March 20, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – Lea Bridge Station To Enfield Lock Station – 20th March 2017

I took these pictures of the works between Lea Bridge and Enfield Lock stations from the 09:06 train from Lea Bridge.

Work seems to be progressing.

  • It looks like the area to the South of the Chingford Line is being levelled.
  • The route of the Hall Farm Curve is being cleared.
  • The level crossing at Coppermill Lane has been closed.
  • The bridges are being rebuilt to take at least a single-track.
  • The track-bed appears to be being created.

Incidentally, there still isn’t any sign of any overhead line equipment.

 

March 20, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – Enfield Council And Rail Companies

This article in the Barnet and Whetstone Press is entitled Transport Blow To Meridian Water Development.

This is said.

THE council has admitted spending nearly £200,000 on an unsuccessful judicial review into a transport decision that could drastically undermine its vision for the multi-million pound Meridian Water housing development.

In September last year, the Department for Transport told rail companies thinking of bidding for the franchise through Angel Road railway station, in Edmonton, that a successful bid would not have to guarantee a minimum of four trains an hour.

You don’t call for a judicial review lightly and as Enfield lost, I suspect they were none to pleased with the Department of Transport and the various rail companies.

I then found this article on 21st Century Rail, whih is entitled Network Rail needs to get a grip of GRIP.

This is how the article starts.

Network Rail’s infrastructure upgrade process has been severely criticised by one of Enfield Borough’s leading planners.

The Meridian Water project is part of the borough’s wider regeneration plan for the Lea Valley area, which involves re-siting and constructing a new Angel Road station – to be renamed Meridian Water – and installing a third track between there and Stratford.

It then contains a fairly savage attack on Network Rail’s planning process.

The article does include this about plans for the Stratford – Angel Road train service.

It is part of Network Rail’s wider STAR project (Stratford-Tottenham-Angel Road) to increase capacity on WAML (the West Anglia mainline). The third track will run for about five miles; Network Rail is working with the DfT to increase the number of trains to four per hour (tph). Between 2019 and 2024, WAML will be widened to take four tracks and the capacity increased to handle 8tph. If Crossrail 2 is built, capacity will be doubled again to 16tph by 2030.

But it does seem that relations between Enfield Council and Network Rail and the other rail companies could be better.

 

 

 

March 3, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment