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Built almost 150 years ago, St. Pancras is widely famous for being one of the two terminal stations of the Eurostar who crosses the English Channel, with direct connections to Paris and many cities of Belgium and the Netherlands. In what it happens to be an exception to the logic of the european railway stations, St. Pancras has a complete separate sector for the international terminal within, with strict security measures and controls, similar in that sense to an airport. Thorughout its history, this station went through three different stages: the first one was during its first 100 years, when it was planned for the transportation of goods but also ended as a passenger hub. It was damaged by the german bombings during the Second World War. The second stage was in the decades who followed the 1960s, when it was planned to be demolished. And the third, the recent history when it became an international rail icon.










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King's Cross (Railway Station)



King's Cross is usually considered as a part of a two-combined railway stations along with St. Pancras, in what it can also be considered as a transportation hub, with the arrival of the Underground, many buses lines and the Euston Station just a few blocks away. It's widely famous for the filming of the Harry Potter scenes, especially with the Platform 9¾.












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One third of traffic is now made up of cyclists, and is the peak form of transport in the rush hours.

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The Return of London’s 1930s Futuristic Subway Car

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- This year, some of London’s oldest surviving subway carriages will be coming back from the dead. The three so-called Q-stock trains, which first hit the rails in 1938, have been languishing in storage since the last one left service in 1971. Now, pending the completion of a public appeal to raise £200,000, the carriages will be restored by the London Transport Museum and made ready for service once more.

- Don’t necessarily expect to see them pulling into a regular station anytime soon, however. The restored rolling stock are being retooled as a sort of rolling exhibition. Each car will be refitted to highlight an important period of London history during the carriages’ working life: the evacuation of children from the city during World War II, the lean years of 1940s austerity, and the relative affluence of the 1950s.

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Waterloo Station Upgrades
Two new developments of the ongoing expansion of Waterloo

South Bank Entrance
Temporarily closed to enable redevelopment of the site above, the new ticket hall has been greatly expanded and will have a new side entrance. Images taken by IanVisits: https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/201...hbank-entrance very good blog for transport developments.




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Platforms 20-24
Platforms 20-24 were constructed in 1994 to house Eurostar services; but when Eurostar transferred a decade ago to the rebuilt London St Pancras they were mothballed. Over the past two years, work has been underway to remodel the approach tracks and recommission the platforms to provide much needed capacity; 230mn journeys are made via the Waterloo-Waterloo East-Southwark station complex.

Late last year platforms 20-22 were brought back online, and now the remaining platforms are now usable. Works are also nearing completion of the second concourse which runs below the platforms (this was the old Eurostar departures/arrivals area) which will further aid passenger distribution through the station and improved access to the Underground. Images sourced from The Anonymous Widower: https://anonw.com/2019/05/20/is-this...utes-in-europe







The reopened platforms 20-24

Image taken by johnmightycat1on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmi...734468/sizes/l

The next phase of the platform 20-24 redevelopment will be the completion of a new three storey retail area and improved access.


Class 717 Trains
Great Northern has now started to roll out replacements for the class 313 trains which were showing their age. The new Class 717 share a lot of similarities with their Class 700 cousins (also made by Siemens) with the exception that they have emergency access at either end of the train (for the underground section south of Drayton Park) and run in 6-car formations (the Class 700 run in either 8 or 12-car formation). Like all new commuter trains being introduced onto the UK rail network, they come with onboard WiFi, air conditioning and walk-through carriages.


Image taken by localet63 on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136510...993171/sizes/l

Image taken by Stuart’s Transport on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart...674828/sizes/l


Class 710 Trains
Originally planned to be introduced in May 2018, they have only now started to be rolled out due to software glitches. They share similarities with Bombardiers other Aventra trains such as the Class 345 found on the Crossrail route and are being delivered in 4 and 5-carriage sets. 53 trains are being built and will run on several London Overground routes (Lea Valley Lines, Gospel Oak to Barking Line, Watford DC Line, Romford-Upminster Line and the West London Line) to boost capacity and frequency.

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Image taken by localet63 on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136510...663281/sizes/l

Image taken by diamond geezer on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgeeze...817072/sizes/l


Beam Park Station
Beam Park is a new station planned to be constructed on the Tilbury Loop Line to serve the new 3,000 residential unit Beam Park development in East London. Image sourced from JSA Architecture: https://www.jsaarchitecture.co.uk/se...m-park-station




Barking Station Rebuild
Located in East London, Barking is a regional centre where four railway lines converge; c2c commuter services (main line and Tilbury Loop), London Underground (District and Hammersmith & City) and London Overground (Gospel Oak to Barking). The station was completely redeveloped in 1959-61 to create a large spacious ticket hall (it became Grade II listed in 1995). Unfortunately, various changes over the years (congestion at the ticket barriers and encroachment of retail) has meant that the station looks dated and unable to cope with the passenger volumes (32mn in 2017-18), let alone cope with several massive residential developments all around the station.

An application was lodged earlier this year to regenerate the ticket hall, by clearing out and reorganising the retail units, reinstating the second ticket barrier line to avoid congestion, and refresh the interior. A second phase will extend the overbridge to deliver additional stairs and installation of lifts. A final phase envisions building over parts of the station as part of continued redevelopment of the area around the station. Images sourced from London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Planning: http://paplan.lbbd.gov.uk/online-app...=PM1ZEKBLKXU00












Southwark Station Upgrade
Southwark station is part of the London Waterloo-Waterloo East-Southwark complex, a complex handling 230mn passengers each year. To further aid station access and avoid bottlenecks at the eastern entrance, TfL proposes to build a new entrance to the west. Images sourced from TfL Consultations: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tub...econd-entrance






Clapham Junction
Clapham Junction is located in south-west London, and acts as a junction for services running into London Victoria and Waterloo, and outbound to South and South West England, as well as London orbital services. It holds the title of Europe’s busiest station in terms of trains throughput (one every 20 seconds) despite the absence of a London Underground connection; 30mn people interchange each year which is pretty astronomical for a non-metro station. The station has been upgraded over the years, but growth and changing needs (more orbital journeys) has meant that at times the station becomes dangerously overcrowded. Crossrail 2 (which will call at the station) should help provide relief but will also undoubtedly increase demand to interchange and avoid onward tube journeys at Victoria and Waterloo.

As part of the UK government’s strategy to make better use of infrastructure, a proposal has been put forward to construct a deck over Clapham Junction with over-station development. This won’t be a simple or cheap project; the station covers a sprawling but confined site and keeping the station open will be a monumental task, but sometimes you need to think big (e.g. the rebuild of Reading or London Bridge) to deliver long-term capacity gains, especially with the growth on the suburban lines which are increasingly sharing metro characteristics. Images taken from Hawkins\Brown: https://www.hawkinsbrown.com/project...nction-futures


Image taken by u07ch on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/u07ch/25578804974















Crossrail
Crossrail was meant to have opened in December 2018, but last Autumn it was announced that several issues had been discovered which have delayed the opening of the central section. This section will now open sometime before the end of 2020. Some updates. Images taken by Crossrail: www.crossrail.com

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CAF Wins Driverless Trains Contract

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Impressive scheme for Clapham Junction.
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Norwood Junction Station Rebuild
As part of a wider scheme to unbundle the junctions between Norwood Junction and East Croydon (https://www.londonreconnections.com/...ydon-revisited), Network Rail are proposing a wholesale rebuild of Norwood Junction to create two step-free 12-car island platforms (enabling cross-platform interchange in each direction) and two through-running lines to boost capacity, reliability and journey times.


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Work would be completed in the early 2020’s. Images sourced from Network Rail Consultations: https://consultations.networkrail.co...tation-upgrade






Expansion of Contactless across South East England
The Department for Transport have launched a consultation on expanding pay-as-you-go on rail across a wider area on the commuter rail network around London as part of a nation-wide drive towards contactless travel. Images sourced from DfT Consultations: https://www.gov.uk/government/consul...you-go-on-rail













Thames Barrier Bridge
A proposal (it doesn’t have approval or funding yet) has been lodged by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for a 530m multi-span double-leaf bascule bridge for pedestrians and cyclist adjacent to the Thames Barrier in East London. It would connect two sides of the Thames that are set to receive a substantial increase in new housing units. It would also help alleviate the Woolwich Foot Tunnel and Ferry due east. Images sourced from Thames Barrier Bridge: https://www.thamesbarrierbridge.com







Meridian Water Station
As part of the upgrade to the West Anglia Main Line to enable an increase in services along the Lower Lea Valley and Stratford, a new station at Meridian Water has been built. It replaces Angel Road which was poorly sited and inadequate for substantial developments planned in the immediate vicinity. The station currently has three platforms but has been built with a fourth to be brought in line when Crossrail 2 is built. Images taken by sludgegulper on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sludge...855778/sizes/l + https://www.flickr.com/photos/sludge...855363/sizes/l





Class 800/Azuma Trains
The Class 800 is a new family of intercity rolling stock that has been rolled out across the Great Western Main Line and East Coast Main Line routes. They come in 5 or 9-car sets and electric or bi-mode operation. 80 trains have been built by Hitachi. Standard operating speed is 200kph, but with ETCS signalling they can run at 225kph.


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Image taken by Paul David Smith (Widnes Road): https://www.flickr.com/photos/widnes...641434/sizes/l


Crossrail
Some further update photos from the last few months, including an outline of the next steps to get Crossrail open. Images sourced from Crossrail: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/construct...elizabeth-line

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Heathrow Expansion
Heathrow have unveiled a substantial and heavily detailed consultation for a substantial upgrade of the airport. The plans are focused around the construction of a third runway and new northern terminal, along with an expanded T5 and continued realignment of the central terminal area into a toaster configuration for improved efficiency in what is a heavily constrained environment. Another key component of the plans is a complete review of how passengers and employees interact with the airport, including the creation of two giant parkway areas to the north and south, extensive cycle infrastructure, diversion of several roads ( including diverting and burying the M25 orbital motorway under the new runway), high-capacity inter-terminal transit and new western and southern rail links to enable the airport to reduce emissions and improve connectivity. Images taken from Heathrow Consultation: https://aec.heathrowconsultation.com...red-masterplan

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Crossrail
Latest updates from July and August of Crossrail. Images sourced from Crossrail on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132206803@N03

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Underground line to heat up homes in north London

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- Heat from the London Underground will be used to keep homes warm this winter under a new scheme. Transport for London (TfL) said waste heat from the Northern Line will be harnessed and channelled to provide heating and hot water to around 1,000 homes in Islington. The Bunhill heat network in Islington already provides heating to more than 800 homes in Bunhill ward as well as Finsbury Leisure Centre, Ironmonger Row Baths and offices on Old Street. The second phase of the project involves building a new energy centre at the top of Central Street, connecting the King’s Square Estate to the network and adding capacity to supply an additional 1,000 homes.

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