Building Magazine reported this week that the government is considering cuts to Crossrail totalling £5 billion — almost a third of the project’s total £15.9 billion budget — in a worst-case scenario. Possible cuts include the Crossrail stations at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, cutting the number of carriages per train from 12 to 10, or abandoning extensions to Maidenhead and Abbey Wood. Whilst Crossrail refused to comment on the specific cutbacks, supporters have been out in ...
We have commented previously on the vexed question of toilet facilities being included in the new station complex at Farringdon. The Islington Gazette carries a story of continued intransigence by Crossrail whilst Thameslink appears to propose a minimalist revamping approach as their contribution. Conspicuous by their absence, there is no mention of any response from TfL or LUL: A project to turn Farringdon station into one of London’s busiest transport hubs will not include any new ...
[Below are the noteworthy extractions from the Commissioner’s Report – MWM] Sponsors Crossrail (CRL) has submitted to Sponsors a comprehensive update of the scope, schedule and costs of the project (the Initial Control Baseline or ICB), including an assessment of delivery risks. CRL is refining the ICB design and developing proposals to ensure the project is delivered in a cost effective manner. CRL’s Industry Partners (including London Underground, Network Rail, Rail for London, ...
We have previously drawn attention to Farringdon’s colourful and somewhat smelly history. It would appear that whilst the station’s future should be less colourful it may, alas, not be any less aromatic. Farringdon stands in the valley of the River Fleet and is an area that, since the Middle Ages, has presented sanitary challenges. In 1309, the Mayor and Council of London introduced swinging fines on those who left human excrement in the streets – 40d for a first offence and 80d ...
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