July 4th 2017 saw the surprise announcement that the Elizabeth line would serve Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Heathrow Media Centre, the public relations department of Heathrow Airport Ltd, let the world know of this Crossrail development and appeared to be on its own in doing so although others such as the BBC were quick to pick up on the story but unable to add any significant detail. Perhaps the biggest surprise was not the contents of their press release as such but that it was Heathrow Airport ...
If you have something you feel we should read or include in a future list, please email us at [email protected] Airlander 10 resumes flight tests – Ars Technica Citymapper Smartbus London circulator – Medium Network Rail considering options for south rail access into Heathrow – RAIL Forgotten 1930s UK cycleways – Guardian Paris steampunk/Punk de vapeur Métro station – Transport Designed European Cities leading global shift towards cleaner transport ...
In part 2 of our detailed look at London 2050 we look at what it forecasts for both jobs and population - and how these affect the proposed transport strategy to be found within it.
In Part 1, we introduced the many components that need to be integrated into the grand plan at Old Oak Common (OOC), for a new interchange with HS2, Crossrail, the Great Western Mainline (GWML) and Overground services. Here in Part 2 we take a step back to look at the implications and explore some nagging questions, which we’ll conclude in Part 3 along with a tentative stab at how the decision-making might unfold in the near future. OOC has grown into a very large project indeed. The ...
Once synonymous with Kings, Castles, Halls and Manors and now home to the dedicated Heathrow services, Old Oak Common is now the pivotal interchange in many of London’s rail plans. Our thanks and copyright acknowledgements to our chum Loose Grip 99 for this scene that looks destined to change. Andrea Klettner writing in Building Design and Greg Burns writing in the Fulham Chronicle report that Terry Farrell and Partners, the architects behind the controversial new Earl’s Court estate plans ...
Some rail enthusiasts pore over timetables. There are those who look at maps in great detail. Other’s dissect the minutes of meetings in the quest for information. This author, however, often finds himself looking to Route Utilisation Strategies for railway-related reading material. Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) will be a term not unfamiliar to regular readers of London Reconnections. They are documents that Network Rail is legally obliged to produce and the InfraCo generally breaks ...
Surrey County Council have agreed, in principle, a package of works that would see the local authority end its formal opposition to the Heathrow Airtrack scheme. Although the Council have always agreed with the scheme in principle, they are one of several parties to have registered their opposition to Airtrack. In Surrey’s case, this was largely due to the negative impact the increased rail traffic would have on a number of key roads in the Egham area – roads where long closure times ...
Our friends at Travel Mole, specialist purveyors of information to the travel trade for a number of years, report on BAA’s next moves now that the Government has turned off the light at the end of their tunnel leading to the third runway. Utilising a lot of existing infrastructure, including an embarrassingly mothballed Railway Terminal, BAA might have found some opportune “low hanging fruit.” Publishing their capital expenditure programme for the period from 2013 to 2020,BAA ...
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