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How Would Opening Crossrail Affect The Covids In London?

There seems to be very little on the Internet about this, that I can find, Partly because if you search for Crossrail and Covid-19 you get lots of articles about how the virus is delaying construction.

These are a few of my thoughts.

The Class 345 Trains

Crossrail’s Class 345 trains are 205 metres long and can hold 1500 passengers.

  • The passenger density is 7.3 passengers per metre, but the trains have three doors per car, as opposed to others like the Class 700 trains, which have a similar passenger density and only two doors.
  • Would the space and the wide doors, make social-distancing easier at all times?
  • I’ve ridden these trains several times during the pandemic and their full air-conditioning for the tunnels, would surely be ideal to help keep the trains free of the virus, by changing the air regularly.
  • The trains are walk-through, which means you can walk-away from someone who looks dodgy.

There will probably be some better trains to reduce the spreading of the virus, but I doubt there will be that many.

The Stations

I’ve only been in two Crossrail stations.

These are pictures taken in the Woolwich station box.

October 15, 2020 Posted by | Design, Health, Transport | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Legal & General Has Acquired One Of The Last Major Crossrail Development Sites

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on City AM.

There have been several stories like this is recent months and I think it shows how Crossrail will generate new housing an business developments across London.

July 4, 2018 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Development At The Royal Arsenal

The historic Royal Arsenal site at Woolwich is being developed.

Wikipedia gives a good summary of present day developments.

This is the summary.

The sprawling Arsenal site is now one of the focal points for redevelopment in the Thames Gateway zone, but the links to its historic past are not lost. Many notable buildings in the historic original (West) site are being retained in the redevelopment; the site includes Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum telling the story of the Royal Artillery, and Greenwich Heritage Centre which tells the story of Woolwich, including the Royal Arsenal. Parts of the Royal Arsenal have been used to build residential and commercial buildings. One of the earliest developments was Royal Artillery Quays, a series of glass towers rising along the riverside built by Barratt Homes in 2003.

Underneath the latest developments is the new Woolwich station for Crossrail.

These are some pictures I took.

According to Wikipedia it is one of the biggest concentrations of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings converted for residential use.

This aerial picture shows the site from the South East.

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The station is behind the towers along the main road.

Woolwich Station As An Interchange

Woolwich station has not been designed as an intended interchange, but it is only a short walk away from Woolwich Arsenal station, which has connections to Southeastern and DLR services.

As the walking connection passes several useful shops including a large Marks and Spencer food store, who knows how people will use the interchange?

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Exploring The Woolwich Station Box

Berkeley Homes had the excellent idea of having an open day to show those that wanted the inside of the new Crossrail station box at Woolwich.

It was a very professionally organised visit and we had met in the Dial Arch pub and then walked down into where in a few years, trains will be either rushing through at up to 100 kph or stopping to drop off and pick up passengers.

I have called the two ends of the box, London and Kent.  The former is the western end and the next station is Canary Wharf, whereas the other is the eastern end that leads to Abbey Wood.

There are going to be some stunning pictures here, when the tunneling machines break through on their way from Plumstead to Canary Wharf.

February 27, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 4 Comments