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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

West Anglia Route Improvement – The Closure Of Northumberland Park Level Crossing

This letter on the Department of Transport web site is a very long-winded way of saying that Network Rail can close the level crossing at Northumberland Park station.

Ironically, when Greater Anglia received their new trains on this route, their increased performance and reduced station dwell time, might mean they could do the required extra stops for STAR at Angel Road station, without the closure of Northumberland Park level crossing.

But it will have to be closed at some time.

March 3, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , | 1 Comment

West Anglia Route Improvement – Meridian Water, Road Traffic And Level Crossings – 1st March 2017

This map from the Meridian Water web site shows the area of Meridian Water outlined in red.

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And this Google Map shows the Lea Valley from the North Circular Road in the North almost to Tottenhsm Hale in the South.

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Note.

  • Tesco and IKEA are in the middle of the Meridian Water site with the West Anglia Main Line and the main North South road to their West.
  • The River Lea and the River Lea Navigation Canal pass between the Meridian Water site and the Banbury Reservoir.

With the building of Meridian Water, traffic in the area is only going to get worse.

The main North-South route shown in the second map starts North of Enfield Lock, where it has rather dodgy connections to the M25 and is generally a single carriageway road, all the way to the Tottenham Hale Gyratory, where traffic is heavy at all times.

One problem is going or coming West from this North-South route, as vehicles need to cross the West Anglia Main Line.

Starting from the North, the crossings of the railway are as follows.

  • A level crossing at Enfield Lock station.
  • A level crossing at Brimsdown station.
  • A bridge for the A110
  • A bridge at Conduit Lane, just North of the current Angel Road station.
  • The North Circular Road, which is not well-connected to the North-South route.
  • A bridge at Leeside Road, just South of the proposed site of Meridian Water station.
  • A level crossing at Northumberland Park station.

Another bridge over the railway delivers you into the jams at Topttenham Hale.

STAR is currently envisaged to provide a seven-day-a-week services of four trains per hour (tph) between Angel Road and Stratford with calls at Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale and Lea Bridge stations.

However the current local service up the Lea Valley from Stratford goes to Hertford East and Bishops Stortford stations with a rather erratic stopping pattern at stations North of Tottenham Hale.

So will STAR be based on these services or a separate train turning back at Meridian Water station?

But whatever happens it will increase the number of trains through Northumberland Park station.

The Bridges Are For Four Lines

It has now been announced in the last few weeks, that the level crossing will be closed.

Drivers wanting to go across the level crossing, following the closure will now do one of the following.

  • Go South and over the railway to Tottenham Hale.
  • Go North and cross the railway on the Leeside Road bridge.

They could always use the train.

I think the following would help mitigate the loss of the crossing.

  • Some road improvement at the junction of Leeside Road and the North-South road.
  • A decent pedestrian route between the new Meridian Water station and Glover Drive for Tesco and IKEA.
  • The STAR service going North from Meridian Water station, as well as South to Stratford.

Hopefully, it will all be clear by the end of 2018.

 

 

 

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

West Anglia Route Improvement – Meridian Water Station – 1st March 2017

After reading Colin’s comment to the recent Angel Road station post and looking at the FAQ on the Meridian Water web site., I created this Google Map of the area along Willoughby Lane, from Northumberland Park station to the other side of the railway from IKEA.

willoughbylane

Willoughby Lane is actually a road that starts at Northumberland Park station and then goes Northwards to the two bus stops.

I feel that the new station, which will be called Meridian Water will be built on the large clear site, between the Northernmost bus stop and the railway.

These are some pictures of the that site taken on 1st March 2017.

This is a Google Map of the site.

meridianwaterstation

Note.

  • I used a private helicopter flying low over the area or in more common parlance the top deck of a 341 bus going to IKEA.
  • The entrance to the site is off Leeside Road.
  • The railway runs North-South.
  • Fences leading from the entrance road go right up to the West side of the railway.
  • The works to create the third track for STAR are clearly visible.
  • A large area seemed to be fenced off off on the East side of the Railway.
  • The Leeside Bridge seems a substantial modern structure.
  • IKEA and Tesco to the East of the railway and the Angel Edmonton Road.

I remember the station site as a gas works and these sites are often very polluted. So perhaps building a station on the top and adding car parking might be easier than building houses, unless it’s a few signature tower blocks, which would have superb views of the Lea Valley.

It’s certainly going to be profitable for the developers.

This is from the Infrastructure page on the Meridian Water web site.

It is not very often London gets a brand new rail station, but Meridian Water Station will open in 2019, unlocking the area for commuters, taking passengers south directly to Stratford London and London Liverpool Street and north to Stansted and Cambridge.

The station, which will be built on the Willoughby Lane site and replace the existing and poorly accessible Angel Road station, will provide a much improved rail connection for Enfield residents with a more frequent service into central London.

This site North of Leeside Road is probably a much better-located site than that of the current station.

  • There is a lot of space, which might enable car parking and a turnback platform.
  • It is just off the main North-South road.
  • It is close to IKEA and Tesco and pedestrian access between the two would surely be possible.

This visualisation is from the Meridian Water web site.

meridianwaterstation

Note.

  • It doesn’t look to be a station built on the cheap.
  • The Crossrail symbol on the station.
  • Are we looking North or South in the visualisation.

I suspect that what gets built could be rather different and a lot better with perhaps a continuous garden bridge from West of railway to Glover Drive, where Tesco and IKEA are situated.

 

March 3, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , | 2 Comments