Monthly Archives: September 2014


Bakerloo Line Extension Consultation Launched 1

A consultation into a southern extension of the Bakerloo Line has been launched. The extension would take the line from its current termination point at Elephant and Castle towards Lewisham, Hayes and Bromley.

Bakerloo Map

 

Click here for a link to the consultation

Options for the tunnelled section through Southwark (1a and 1b)

 

We are considering two options for the tunnelled section between Elephant & Castle and New Cross Gate.

Possible routes through Southwark to Lewisham:

  • 1a via the Old Kent Road. This would serve existing communities and support new development and regeneration as well as relieve congestion on the Old Kent Road; or
  • 1b via Camberwell and Peckham Rye. This would provide Tube access to central London for the area’s existing communities as well as relieve congestion on Walworth Road.

 

Terminating at Lewisham

 

We are also considering options for where the extension may end. An extended Bakerloo line terminating at Lewisham would cost less and focus on supporting inner London’s growth and regeneration.

It would also support growth and regeneration in the northern parts of the Borough of Lewisham.

 

Extending the line beyond Lewisham (to Beckenham Junction and Hayes)

 

If the proposed Bakerloo line extension runs as far as Hayes, it would replace the existing National Rail line between Lewisham and Hayes. It would also utilise the current link to  Beckenham Junction.  A Tube stop at Beckenham Junction would be in addition to the National Rail station at this location.

Currently, six trains per hour use the Hayes line to London Bridge.  An extended Bakerloo line to Hayes could mean up to 15 trains per hour could serve this route. It also means that up to 50 per cent more people may be able to use the line to access central London and the Docklands – via DLR at Lewisham.

This substantial capacity increase would support growth around stations in locations such as Catford.

In addition to capacity increases, an extension beyond Lewisham would relieve crowding on the South Eastern Rail network. This is because trains paths that currently go to London Bridge from Hayes could be reallocated to other routes between central London and the southeast.

A proposed extension to Hayes means that people who currently travel on the Hayes line into London Bridge and Cannon Street would need to change from the Bakerloo line to directly reach these destinations. However, an extended Bakerloo line would also provide direct connections from Hayes to other parts of central London including Waterloo, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus and Paddington.

 

Possible extension to Bromley town centre

 

As part of extending the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham, there is the possibility of continuing east, in a new tunnelled section, to Bromley town centre.  A new direct link between central London and this major centre would support the area’s economy and housing growth. It would also provide a new link between central London and Bromley, as well as connections to Canary Wharf via Lewisham.


East West Rail Phase 2 Design Contract Awarded

The East West Rail scheme has taken a step forward with the award of a design contract to global engineering consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The project will re-establish a passenger and freight rail link between Oxford and Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in more than 40 years. It involves upgrading and reconstructing underused and disused sections of railway.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract of up to £8 million for the second phase of the scheme. The work it will be carrying out includes timetable modelling, the design and alignment of track, civil engineering works to bridges and embankments, geotechnical investigation and survey works, studies on how the reinstated railway will impact on level crossings, station design, consents, ecology and environmental works.

Andy Milne, Network Rail senior programme manager, said: “This contract award marks a significant milestone for the East West Rail scheme. The work Parsons Brinckerhoff will be carrying out will enable the project to be developed to the point where we can then award contracts for detailed design and construction.”

The first phase of the scheme is already underway with the construction and doubling of track for more than 18km of railway to increase line speeds to 100mph along with a variety of other works. These include the construction of new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges, closure of 37 level crossings, construction of a new station at Oxford Parkway and work to upgrade Bicester Town and Islip stations along with a new signalling system.

Darren Reed, Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Director of Rail UK/Europe, said “We are delighted to be working with Network Rail and the East West Consortium to facilitate the development of this major complex rail programme which will enable essential east west rail connectivity. We look forward to developing this visionary strategic transport scheme, which in turn will encourage economic growth and promote sustainable transport solutions.”

The East West Rail will deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits to Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and beyond.


Sleeper set scene ahead of Borders Railway rail installation

Over 90,000 railway sleepers will help make up the new Borders Railway route once it becomes operational next September. The majority of sleepers, 80,000, are already on site with several miles already positioned at various locations along the route.

Sleeper distribution will be completed along the full 30 mile route ahead of the main rail installation phase that gets underway in October. The sleepers are laid upon the stone ballast and play a vital role in creating a structurally sound railway track. Sleepers also anchor the rails to a precise geometry that leads to a smooth rail journey.

The installation of the sleepers involves a specifically designed machine to accurately space out each sleeper so that each is correctly aligned.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “It’s great to see sleepers now being positioned along the route. What has been a construction site for the last 18 months is starting to look like a railway.

“With around a year to go until the line becomes fully operational, most of our work to prepare the track formation is now complete and we are now concentrating on the final phase of installation of all sleepers ahead of rail installation starting in October.”