[Reposted] Why no progress on Boris's Dudding Hill Line London Overground service to Thameslink? (Site of the London Borough of Barnet's corrupt Brent Cross Cricklewood planning consent)
What we will actually get:
(That's enough blow-back from Barnet's corrupt Brent Cross Cricklewood planning consent. Ed.)
Sky: "Many New-Build Homes Like 'Rabbit Hutches'" (including by Genesis Housing Association's General Woundwort?)
"The Royal Institute of British Architects says space standards that are currently optional should apply across the board"
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"Many new family homes being built in England are like rabbit hutches because they are too small to live in comfortably, a report has warned.
"It found that on average a new three-bedroom home sold outside London is four square metres short of what buyers need – equivalent to the size of a family bathroom.
"The study by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) compared the sizes of new three-bedroom homes on more than 100 developments across England against new, optional space standards introduced in October."
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"The tunnelling is finished. It's time to start building a railway. Ok, here at Rail Engineer we've taken an interest in the Crossrail tunnelling machinery. We've marvelled at the wonders of steering a delicate path through all the services and foundations beneath London. We've looked at the logistics of shifting all the spoil and the creation of a wetland nature reserve twice the size of the City of London at Wallasea Island in Essex.
"But we're really railway engineers, not tunnellers, and so it's now, with the tunnels completed, that our enthusiasm for the project really kicks in. Over the coming months we’ll be looking at how an almost bare tunnel will be kitted out with the paraphernalia of a railway and how all that stuff is integrated to form a complete system capable of running a service of up to a train every two minutes.
"This month, David Bickell covers the signalling and the transition from Network Rail to the Crossrail system and back again. In future issues, we’ll be looking in detail at the track installation equipment and how everything fits together, as well as delving into the power requirements and the overhead power delivery system.
"And amongst all this there will be coverage of the logistics involved in not only feeding this voracious project but how all the various sites are kept safely apart. Of course, everything will depend on telecoms right through and beyond the construction phase.
"But this is all to come. In the meantime we look at how things are at the moment with the rumble of the tunnelling machines now a thing of the past."
"Crossrail is nearly here and it already looks fabulous.
"New images show how well the project is coming together, with the vast tunnels now fully carved.
"But there’s still quite a bit to do."
[This is the Noddy school of journalism.]
"You may be aware that as part of the Crossrail project, London Underground (LU) has started the construction of the Bakerloo Line Link (BLL).
"The BLL is a passenger subway between the new Crossrail Paddington station platforms on Eastbourne Terrace and the LU Bakerloo line platforms.
"The BLL is scheduled to open in 2018 along with the Crossrail central London service. The contractor carrying out the work on behalf of LU is Costain Skanska Joint Venture.
"A temporary shaft has already been constructed within the RMG building on London Street to provide access for the personnel and machinery required to tunnel the deep level BLL connection.
"The tunnelling process started in November 2015 and will continue until January 2017, when the fit-out works will commence.
The team is working 24 hours, 7 days a week during the tunnelling works to fulfil safety regulations. The project will shut down for the Christmas holidays between 25th December 2015 to 4th January 2016.
The construction site contained within the Royal Mail building gives the opportunity to ensure that disruption to the local community is kept to a minimum."
"Destination boards at London Paddington could be displaying services for Southampton via Heathrow Airport in future years, Network Rail suggests in one of it latest route studies.
"NR’s Western Route Study looks through Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and on to 2043 to assess what the railway must do to accommodate the increase in passengers and freight it expects. For the lines from Paddington, there’s the prospect of a new interchange station at Old Oak Common for High Speed 2 in 2026, as well as CP6’s proposed new line into Heathrow from the west.
"Improving connections to these two transport hubs drives many of NR’s proposals across three recently published route studies covering Western, Wessex and Sussex. Providing better access from places such as Southampton to Heathrow and HS2 would need extra capacity, with NR suggesting flying junctions at Southcote Junction and Basingstoke. In addition, it suggests a third line between Southcote Junction and Oxford Road Junction (both near Reading) to cope with more container trains.
"Brighton Main Line trains could run to Old Oak Common via the West London Line to provide access to HS2. NR notes that this might need a flying junction around Clapham, which is something it says only tunnels could provide. This could harm capacity into Waterloo because NR suggests that dedicating fast line paths onto the West London Line would lead to other trains diverted from the fast lines being restricted to eight cars, rather than 12.
"Ladbroke Grove Junction, just outside Paddington, may also require rebuilding as a flying junction, as part of a re-modelling of the approach to Paddington. Looking towards 2043, NR predicts that Paddington-Reading will need 24 trains per hour on its two main lines in the high peak, compared with the 20tph needed in NR’s 2019 base year.
"NR expects these paths will need longer trains, too. It suggests high peak trains for Newbury and Oxford will need to be 12 cars rather than eight, and that Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains be increased to 11 or 12 cars.
"There’s pressure too on the relief (slow) lines from Paddington, with NR estimating an increase in demand between 2012 and 2043 of 298%. The equivalent figure for the main lines is 99%. Main line services will have only standing room east of Reading in the morning peak hour from 2023 if nothing beyond the current plans is delivered. By 2043, it will be standing room only, from Oxford, Swindon and Newbury on the same basis.
"Even in the West Country will require extra capacity. If no extra capacity is provided into Exeter, then by 2043 passengers will be standing from Umberleigh on the Barnstaple Line, from Lympstone on the Exmouth branch and from Feniton on the old South Western Main Line for 0800-0859 arrivals.
"More capacity is also needed on NR’s Wessex Route, adjacent to the Western. In addition to re-modelling Basingstoke to cope with Paddington-Southampton trains, NR argues that Woking’s flat junction should be replaced by grade-separation in CP6. The London Waterloo-Southampton route needs longer trains and more seats to cope with demand. NR suggests that trains on the route switch to 2+3 seating (most today have 2+2 seating).
"Beyond CP6, rail funders will need to decide on more radical upgrades. NR predicts that the choices available could be some or all of the following: a fifth line from Surbiton to Clapham Junction, Crossrail 2 or cab signalling (ETCS Level 3) plus automatic train operation (ATO).
"For the inner suburban area, NR argues that only Crossrail 2 'looks to have the potential to get close to the long-term target train numbers to cope with growth', although it says that accelerating ETCS/ATO could help, and would bring better value for money than the fifth track.
"In Sussex, in addition to Thameslink improvements, CP6 should include capacity improvements where the routes from Victoria and London Bridge converge just north of East Croydon, extra platforms at East Croydon and Reigate, and grade-separation at Coulsdon."
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" 'The last piece in the jigsaw' is how architect Eric Parry described his design for 1 Undershaft, the tallest building in the City of London, when it was unveiled this week. It will crown the planned 'cluster' of towers, standing right between the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin. But it's far from the final piece – in fact, it's only the beginning of another building boom.
"In an anonymous basement a few streets from the 1 Undershaft site stands a chessboard showing the City of London's future skyline. The Perspex peaks cluttering this planning office model glow greenish-grey, like a malevolent crystal formation from the planet Krypton.
"Dreamed up during the banking bubble, most of these novelty chess pieces were stopped dead by the recession. But now, with the global property investment industry booming and the City's vacancy rates at their lowest for 15 years, the tabletop fantasy is fast becoming reality."
"The Shard, the Cheesegrater, the Walkie Talkie… and there are more towers to come. So how do we judge what's blight and what's beautiful?"
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"Tall buildings in London, say various forms of official policy on the matter, should be well-designed and in the right place. Well I never. Who could possibly disagree with that? Hands up all those who want badly designed skyscrapers in the wrong places.
"Yet, if you survey the hundreds of plans for towers at various stages of planning and construction in London, it's hard to find those elusive beings that have both or even either quality, projects that are unequivocally Well-designed And In The Right Place – let’s call them WDAITRPs.
"The Walkie Talkie? No on both counts. The St George tower in Vauxhall, and the Strata in Elephant and Castle? Ditto. The Shard? Arguably one but not the other."
"London Underground stations in the future will feature shiny blue-panelled walls and gold-coloured ceilings, ambient lighting, and illuminated escalator portals."
"Transport for London’s extensive plans to build new Tube stations that 'represent London's rich heritage and contemporary culture' while providing 'simple, clean and uncluttered spaces' and an 'uplifting and inspiring' customer experience, have been realised in designs by the London-based group Studio Egret West."
"The development of the Old Oak Common area in the nineteenth century was dominated by a un-coordinated succession of linear routes driven through an agrarian landscape." [There were farms.]
"... The decline of heavy industry and changes to the rail network have left parts of the study area with the appearance of an exposed or semi-derelict post-industrial landscape." [It's a dump.]
"... Recent developments around North Acton Station complete the picture, hinting at new land uses including housing, retail and offices." [North Acton has been rebuilt as a dump.]
"High-Rise Buildings: Energy and Density Professor Philip Steadman of UCL sets out some of the existing evidence on density and energy usage for high-rise buildings"
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"As is well known, large numbers of high-rise buildings are under construction or planned for London. A survey last year by New London Architecture showed that 236 buildings of more than 20 storeys are planned, of which 80% are residential.
Today there are extra concerns about high-rise buildings, to do with their sustainability and use of energy. In this context a new research project at University College London’s Energy Institute will try to answer two questions:
1. Are high-rise buildings more energy-intensive – all other things being equal – than equivalent low-rise buildings?
2. Is it possible to provide the same total floor area on the same sites as high-rise buildings, but on a much-reduced number of storeys?"