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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    tours 700 million Victoria tube station upgrade Press Release Islington Council has started court proceedings against TfL over a planned eight month closure of Caledonian Road station Standard Art on the Underground Unveils Tube Map Cover by Tomma Abts BlouinArtInfo Crossrail A large protest meeting has been called in Wimbledon ahead of the end of the Crossrail 2 consultation Local Guardian Historic buildings could be demolished to make way for Crossrail 2 according to heritage campaigners BBC News Diamond Geezer walks the Crossrail route part 1 part 2 Mainline Overground Eurostar is running a trial with Boomerang which puts people in Paris and London in touch with each other to deliver products from across the Channel Railway Gazette Thameslink rated worst for customer satisfaction in 2015 Local Times Zac Goldsmith I ll sort out crowd problems at London Bridge Standard East London is getting a new train station IanVisits A 320million programme to lengthen trains on the London Overground has been completed Wharf The mayor of London has accused the government of not properly compensating homeowners affected by major projects such as High Speed 2 and Crossrail BBC News Local residents and rail users are invited to find out more about Putney Railway Station improvements project PutneySW15 Miscellaneous Pickpocket gang made 5million stealing London Underground passengers phones Mirror Rail union hits back at Zac Goldsmith after he says he will ban Tube strikes Get West London Caroline Pidgeon the LibDem candidate for Mayor of London set out plans for half price fares for people who start their journeys before 7 30am Mark Pack A miniature railway is planned for just outside Romford Recorder Police are hunting for a man who slammed a passenger s head into a ticket machine at Highbury and Islington station in a vicious unprovoked assault Islington

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  • Fire Stations to Open Doors to the Public – IanVisits
    do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life It s the 150th anniversary of the formation of the London Fire Brigade as we know it today and this year there will be a number of commemorative events Up first is a couple of months where fire stations around London will open their doors to the public Expect worthy displays about the value of fire alarms and more child friendly chances to climb around fire engines and the like Maybe a firemans pole in some locations Most are open at weekends with the curious exception of Whitechapel which is open

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  • Unbuilt London: Imperial Monumental Halls – IanVisits
    to house the lower class monuments The proposals didn t get anywhere despite a resurection of interest following the clearance of Parliament Square in 1868 and in 1891 a formal Royal Commission considered some more ideas but did not make a decision The matter gained more support following the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 as the Abbey is surprisingly small once you get inside it A bit too small for big state events it was getting smaller by the year Inconveniently it seemed that famous people will keep on dying after all Thus in 1904 the Diocesan Architect for London John Pollard Seddon proposed a 167 metre tall tower in the gothic style to be built next to Westminster Abbey Seddon had previously suggested a couple of expansions but it was his collaboration with the architect Edward Lamb which was to produce the most controversial design The plans didn t emerge newly formed though but were themselves an evolution of somewhat smaller plans for a national mausoleum in Hyde Park which would have become the centre for worshiping the memory of the great and famous The tower was however just part of a much wider complex which was to be added next to the Abbey which would have included a Monumental Hall running nearly 200 feet in length along side the Abbey The tower which would have been the main centrepiece of the expansion would have been taller even than St Paul s Cathedral with the lower floors for use by the clergy and the upper floors as an archive document store Another function was more political and that was the opportunity to clear away the unsightly terraced housing that lined the roads at the time in favour of more imperial architecture as was felt appropriate for the capital of the Empire Westminster Abbey was starting to lose out to St Pauls Cathedral as the main building for religious ceremonies and wanted its place in the nation back A monumental tower taller than St Paul s was seen as the way to wrest back the public s attention Contemporary with the plans for the Imperial Monumental Halls were plans for a monument for the late Queen Victoria and an Imperial Peace Memorial following the South African War It seems that the architects of the Westminster Abbey scheme may have been hoping to usurp at least one of the two other schemes to secure funding for their plans As The Builder magazine noted the tower would be 64ft square and some 550 feet high with a public walkway around the top In addition a new Central Hall of 192 feet in length with two new chapels for burials and a trancept of 157 feet in length Overall the plans would have doubled the floorspace inside Westminster Abbey Unsurprisingly once shown off the plans provoked howls of outrage The Builder magazine wrote that there was a little too much of megalomania about it The fact that the plans were not

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  • New tube map observations – IanVisits
    17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A new year and a new tube map and a curious change to how the cable car is presented The old tube map emphatically shows the dangleway as a connecting stop with both North Greenwich and Royal Victoria But no more The new tube map still shows the cable car but it is now as a lonely isolated line and is no longer shown as an interchange This more accurately reflects reality on the ground and probably the reality that barely a handful of people have ever used it as a connection between lines The cable car has also lost its dagger which used to highlight the page on the TfL website with pricing details The venerable Diamond Geezer has already dissected the amorphous blob that is the new Zone changes around Stratford The other notable change is the removing of vast numbers of daggers from 14 down to just four as the daggers have been rationalised to highlight serious travel disruptions rather than general knowledge issues One which might make people sit up in surprise though is the note that Bakerloo line trains will not stop at Paddington from April until early August 2016 Not seen anything about that elsewhere and TfL s own travel page doesn t highlight it Yet Possibly works to make it ready for Crossrail as there is an interchange tunnel between the two services that needs finishing off Another change is that the new map introduced this morning has finally stopped claiming that the

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  • East London is getting a new train station – IanVisits
    the Stratford Transport Implementation Group The old entrance was above the tracks as a building next to the main road In fact it s thought to have been the UK s first station with that design However that main road also happens to have more road than pavement and is totally unsuitable for modern use The new entrance will be on a side road which is vastly more suitable for a station entrance and a new footbridge is being constructed next to where the old station building stood to link the two platforms Unfortunately the station was headlined as opening before the end of 2014 and now signs at the station herald an opening in Spring 2016 The delay apparently being due to objections raised by three freight operators who also use the line The planning application was finally filed in October 2014 and works started in July 2015 Further problems such as Japanese Knotweed added to the delays The station is now set to open in either March or May this year the exact date still being undecided Eight carriage trains will be used on the line which will be used by Abellio Greater Anglia trains When it finally opens this page on the TfL website will at last be of more use And in a few years an area of mostly light industrial is likely to be a cluster of residential experiences being sold off plan to desperate homeowners Facebook 111 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 111 lea bridge station 11 thoughts on East London is getting a new train station Annabel Smyth says January 1 2016 at 6 03 pm Do let us know if you hear when it is going to open I have taken the train from Stratford to Tottenham Hale once and the line was fascinating My 5 year old grandson who is even more of a railway buff than I am if such a thing is possible would love to see the new station as would I and it s a fun thing for us to do together Reply David Henderson says January 1 2016 at 10 26 pm It really bugs me but I m sure that Lea Bridge featured in a pop video around the time it closed I have been unable to find any reference to it As I recall the band were performing on the platform Reply Gilian Lawrenc says January 1 2016 at 11 32 pm Thanks for the article Already houses next to the station are selling at half a million New flats unaffordable as per are rising despite local opposition Many of my neighbours long time resident in Leyton remember using the train line in the eighties to get to work The station launch party 2016 will be awesome as they say in Walthamstow posh sister of Leyton but not for much longer Leyton has a cycle highway too Reply Alan Ji says January 5 2016 at 9 53 pm What houses

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Holland Park Tube station will close for eight months in the New Year to replace ageing lifts installed three decades ago Standard London Underground upgrades track maintenance fleet IRJ Crossrail Noisy Crossrail works cause sleepless nights over Christmas break Maidenhead Advertiser The case for bringing the Crossrail 2 scheme to Sunbury and Shepperton is weak according to a report from Spelthorne Borough Council Get Surrey Councillors back calls for Crossrail 2 to include Harlow Town station HarlowStar Major works for the Crossrail project between Slough and London Paddington have been completed BBC News A row has erupted over who should foot the bill for a stretch of line that connects Heathrow s overground stations to Crossrail Sunday Times Photos from inside Crossrail s Paddington Station IanVisits Mainline Overground Tory MP says he will back call for Southern to lose franchise Inside Croydon London Waterloo set to become first European transport terminal to reach 200 million annual passengers Independent Thameslink fare increase blasted by rail users group Ham High UK Railways May Join the Tube in Going Contactless in 2016 Gizmodo Work on railway lines running through the heart of Gospel Oak kept hundreds of residents awake as it shook the ground during the early hours of Christmas Day Camden New Journal Miscellaneous The new tube map officially hits the racks tomorrow It s not pretty Diamond Geezer The image above is from May 2012 Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway Facebook 0 Google 0 Linkedin

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  • What you read in 2015 – IanVisits
    2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A round up of what I wrote and you read on IanVisits during 2015 In order of popularity 3D maps of every Underground station Photos from the Post Office railway tunnels Air raid siren to sound over London New photos from inside the Crossrail tunnels RAF flypast over central London on Friday Tours of disused tube stations and tunnels announced London s 2015 Bonfire Night Firework Displays Remains of a disused station uncovered by Network Rail Wembley s experimental never stop railway line A look inside the WW2

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/31/what-you-read-in-2015/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos from inside Crossrail’s Paddington Station – IanVisits
    the mainline building taking over a fortuitously located road that runs the entire length of Paddington station This was once the taxi rank but they were moved elsewhere a couple of years ago and Crossrail took over the whole road and started digging The new station is a 260m long 25m wide and 23m deep underground box and as large as the site is they only had the width for a couple of years as the space had to be handed back to the road users The method chosen then was to surround the box with walls that were dug down first and the site secured then laying the street level slab first they dug down underneath that to reveal the lower floor Add the concrete floor then dig down again until they were just above the platform level Ideally the station box would have been dug down to platform level and when the tunnel boring machines arrive they can be serviced inside the empty station Unfortunately in this situation the TBMs passed through the station before they could get down that far This resulted in a situation where there was a station above the concrete tunnels and those tunnels had to be removed which necessitated some careful breaking away of the tunnel to stop it collapsing However all that removed the rest of the platform level was excavated and at the moment is a huge empty box slowly being filled with the necessary clutter to turn it into a functioning station One of the advantages of a box design is that it is possible to create huge spaces where tunnels would normally exist While Crossrail platforms in the other stations will be huge by London Underground standards here at Paddington the platform will be two stories in height In addition the centre of the box is being left open right up to the surface level so that natural daylight can filter down and the lighting wells will adapt their luminosity to match that provided by the great light bulb in the sky above Although considered to be a concrete box it is almost as much steel as concrete thanks to the huge amount of reinforcing needed within the concrete walls The two end walls are also being further reinforced at the moment as they were left deliberately slightly weaker at the bottom so that the tunnel machines could chew through the walls when they arrived The tunnels for the trains are not the only tunnels though there is a third that runs down and under the new station connecting it directly to the Bakerloo line This was supposed to be one floor up but it turned out there were too many utilities under Paddington station so they went even deeper down for the tunnel link That tunnel sits in the middle of the new platforms and is currently fenced off Although most of the focus is on the underground aspect of the station it has two large surface protrusions

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