Evening Standard: "First look inside Crossrail train ahead of launch"

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"These are the first images of a new Elizabeth line train ahead of the launch of the £14 billion Crossrail project next May.

"It is the first in a fleet of 66 air-conditioned trains, which will operate on the Elizabeth line, linking Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in south-east London to Heathrow and Reading, via Canary Wharf and Oxford Street.

"Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown was today driving the train on Bombardier Transportation's test track in Derby. He said the trains, to be introduced in stages, were 'a showcase for British design and manufacture'.

"The new ‘Class 345’ trains will enter service when the first section of the line, which will be known as Crossrail, opens next May between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in Essex. It is believed the final interiors may differ in design to the first look seen today."

Bombardier: Building Crossrail trains in Derby


GetWestLondon: "QPR dealt new ground blow as landowner says: 'We will never agree to a stadium'"

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"Queens Park Rangers has been accused of misleading its fans with inaccurate statements over the future building of a new stadium.

"Cargiant, which owns land that the Championship side want to build its new ground on, has published a letter criticising the actions of the club. It says it wants to put the record straight over the proposals so supporters are aware of the actual situation.

"The decision taken this month to publish a letter, which was written in March to fans by Cargiant managing director Tony Mendes and Geoff Springer from development partner London & Regional Properties (L&R), was taken after QPR was given the go-ahead to build 605 new homes on the nearby Oaklands site with Genesis Housing Trust."


CNN: "London housing crisis extends to the water"

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"When it comes to the unwanted title of world's most expensive city for housing, London vies with Monaco and Hong Kong.

"The average house price in the English capital is now nearly £600,000 ($787,000), and a study from the charity Shelter found just 43 properties affordable to people on an average income. Several of these properties were houseboats.

"Life on London's 100-mile network of canals, or 42-mile stretch of the River Thames, has become a popular option for beleaguered citizens, and such homes can cost as little as £20,000 ($26,500). But as more people swap apartments for houseboats, the popular, romantic vision is giving way to a harsh reality."


Cargiant: Old Oak Park consultation, July 2016

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Evening Standard: "QPR housing development victory raises hope for new stadium" (Oh no it doesn't)

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"Queens Park Rangers were last night given the green light to build 605 new homes in west London.

"The Championship football club hopes the £175 million development project for Old Oak Common is the first step towards building a new stadium on the site.

"The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation — set up to lead the regeneration of Old Oak — gave the club and its development partner Genesis Housing Association the go-ahead for “Oaklands” at a City Hall meeting."

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