London TravelWatch is to lobby TfL to construct a stop on the Bakerloo line extension serving Bricklayers Arms. A ventilation shaft is proposed for the area.
Transport for London have reported that the Croxley rail link that will extend the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction requires an additional £50m to be completed.
The London Assembly has agreed a unanimous motion asking for the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.
The full text of the Motion is:
“This Assembly notes that on 6th March 2017 Transport for London submitted its Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 to the Department for Transport. This Assembly notes the project has the backing of the independent National Infrastructure Commission, 83% of London businesses and councils across the South East. This Assembly further notes that investing in infrastructure is one of the 10 pillars of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.
This Assembly notes the importance of ensuring the project is approved quickly. TfL modelling shows that the Capital’s transport network will grind to a halt without the project. Furthermore, this Assembly notes that without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 Phase 2 could lose times saved on their journeys queuing to board onward Tube trains.
This Assembly further notes that Crossrail 2 has widespread regional benefits. Some 40% of the transport benefits and 30% of the new housing will be delivered outside London. This Assembly welcomes the work that has been done which shows that London can pay for 50% of the costs of the project.
This Assembly notes that no other infrastructure project tackles so many local and regional problems while boosting overall capacity on such a scale. Crossrail 2 would increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent and support 200,000 additional new homes and 200,000 new jobs. This Assembly believes Crossrail 2 would contribute to bringing forward the new homes this city needs.
This Assembly highlights the cross-party support for the project across the South East and believes the approval of Crossrail 2 will be a strong statement of confidence in London’s economy as we negotiate a new relationship with the European Union. This Assembly therefore asks the Secretary of State for Transport to approve TfL’s Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2 without delay.”
The precision operation required a huge 750-tonne crane to lift the two tunnel boring machines, Helen and Amy, in the shadow of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.
The two tunnel boring machines will create two 3.2km underground tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms Station. Tunnelling will take six months to complete. The extension, targeted for completion in 2020, is the first major Tube line extension since the Jubilee line in the late 1990s.
Both tunnelling machines will now be fully assembled within two 77m long launch tunnels, before starting their journeys towards Kennington next month. When fully assembled, Helen and Amy will each be 100 metres in length.
According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, were named in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer, Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
After both tunnel boring machines and their gantries are constructed, a conveyor system will be built to take the spoil from the tunnels up to barges on the River Thames. More than 300,000 tonnes of earth will be excavated by Helen and Amy in this way before the spoil is taken to Goshems Farm in East Tilbury, Essex by boat where it will be used to create arable farmland.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today warn that the capital’s transport network will grind to a halt under the strain of overcrowding unless the Government backs plans for Crossrail 2.
His warning came as he revealed TfL modelling shows that, without Crossrail 2, at least 17 Underground stations will buckle under crowding pressures and thousands of passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 phase 2 could lose time saved on their journeys as they will have to queue to board onward trains.
Without the new south west – north east connection Crossrail 2 provides into London’s transport network, the mayor will warn that Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations risk rush hour meltdown.
Improvements to the Tube network and the opening of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail 1) will provide extra capacity in the coming years, but they will not be enough to cope with the anticipated demand.
Sadiq will highlight the problem during a speech at the London Transport Museum’s annual fundraising dinner tonight in which he will warn that, without Crossrail 2, London will face daily closures at key stations and see time savings from the Government’s flagship HS2 line lost as a result of onward delays at Euston.
He will say that only by investing in Crossrail 2 will the transport network be able to cope, with the major project also playing a crucial role in unlocking the capital’s economic growth and delivering new affordable homes across London and the South East.
However, Crossrail 2 would increase the capital’s rail capacity by 10pc – bringing in an additional 270,000 people into central London each morning peak – cutting journey times, improving connections and accessibility. It would serve stations throughout the South East, linking south west and north east London, as well as Surrey and Hertfordshire, bringing more than 800 stations on the national rail network within just one interchange.
It would also support the regeneration and development of up to 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs in London’s economy, as well as creating 18,000 jobs during construction and supporting a further 60,000 jobs nationwide through its supply chain – boosting the UK economy by tens of billions of pounds.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“Crossrail 2 is crucial. It’s crucial to meeting our ambitious targets for new affordable homes. It’s crucial to unlocking future economic growth in the aftermath of the EU referendum. It’s crucial to ensure that Euston station keeps running smoothly when HS2 opens, and it’s crucial if we are to prevent Waterloo, Victoria and many other stations from rush hour meltdown.
“Half the cost of the project can be met through funding from London, but we need the Government to meet the other half if we are to avoid this unbearable strain on our transport network. Crossrail 2 is the answer to help the entire country, because when London succeeds, Britain succeeds.”
TfL is preparing to submit a robust updated business case and funding plan to the Transport Secretary, who is due to make a decision on further Government support in the Spring. Construction could start in the early 2020s and the railway could be operational by 2033
The extension of the Bakerloo line moved closer today with the opening of a new Transport for London (TfL) consultation that sets out detailed proposals for station locations along the proposed route beyond Elephant & Castle.
The Bakerloo line extension, to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, is vital to meeting the needs of the Capital’s growing population, which is expected to increase from 8.7 million today to reach over 10 million by 2030. It would support growth in south east London through new housing, improved connectivity, increased transport network capacity and reduced journey times to key destinations including the West End and Lewisham town centre.
Working in collaboration with the local boroughs, Lewisham and Southwark, at least 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs could be supported as a result of the Bakerloo line extension. Other benefits of the extension will include:
- Extra capacity on London Underground for 65,000 journeys in the morning and evening peak, helping relieve congestion on local bus services and National Rail services
- Relief of congestion on roads, reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution
- An Underground train every two to three minutes between Lewisham and central London, with reduced journey times
Four new stations are being proposed along the route to boost connectivity and support regeneration. This includes two stations along Old Kent Road, one at New Cross Gate providing an interchange with London Overground and National Rail services, and one at Lewisham, providing an interchange with the DLR and National Rail services. Details for proposed locations of the ventilation shafts needed to support this extension also form part of this consultation.
The proposals also set out the need to undertake further capacity upgrade works to the Bakerloo line station at Elephant & Castle.
As announced in the TfL Business Plan, the updated plans bring the completion date of the extension forward by two years to 2028/29, to align with the timetable for the upgrade of the Bakerloo line.
The Mayor and TfL remain committed to delivering a second phase of the extension beyond Lewisham, and work is continuing to build a case for a second phase.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said:
`I’m delighted that we’re pushing ahead with the Bakerloo line extension two years earlier than originally planned. It will provide substantial benefits for thousands of Londoners, providing a new direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and joining up key transport links across south London.
`The extension also has huge potential for new jobs and 25,000 new homes in the area, helping fulfil our ambition to tackle London’s housing crisis and provide a substantial boost to the local economy.’
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: `A Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham would make it easier for our residents to travel around London and it would bring in much needed investment. Lewisham is growing fast and a Bakerloo line extension to this part of south London will help to support that growth in Lewisham and beyond.’
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark, said: `We have big ambitions for the Old Kent Road regeneration, which will pull central London further south and help transform the length of this historic thoroughfare into a dynamic new high street bustling with new homes, including at least 35 per cent affordable homes, new shops and cafes, workspaces, parks and open spaces and safer networks for cyclists and pedestrians.
`A key part of this is the Bakerloo line extension, making this part of London more open and accessible and encouraging investment.
“This is a very exciting opportunity and we are encouraging local people in particular to get involved in the conversations now to help shape the future of one of London’s most famous roads.’
Alex Williams, TfL’s Acting Managing Director of Planning, said:
`London continues to grow and we need to ensure transport has the capacity to accommodate this growth. The Bakerloo line extension plays an important part in these plans, improving connectivity for an area under-served by public transport where there is potential to support 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs.’
The preferred route was chosen as it provides the greatest regeneration opportunities, and the best case for maximising new homes and jobs. Other options were considered for the extension, many of which were suggested as part of the previous public consultation.
TfL is planning to progress work towards an application for planning powers by 2020, with further public consultation expected in the future as more details about the proposals are developed.
The public consultation will run until 21st April and further information about the consultation and the questionnaire can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension .
The Mayor of London has announced that tunnelling to create an extension of the Northern line between Kennington and Battersea will begin in March.
Sadiq Khan confirmed news of tunnelling for the first major Tube line extension since the 1990s as two gigantic tunnel boring machines were unveiled in Battersea. The two 650-tonne machines, each the length of a football pitch, will create two 3.2km underground tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea, via Nine Elms.
According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, the machines are being named Helen and Amy in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
The two tunnel boring machines were built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in central France. They were shipped to London earlier this year and reassembled in Battersea. Each tunnel boring machine has a rotating cutterhead at the front which is pressed against the tunnel face by hydraulic cylinders. A series of trailers behind house all the mechanical and electrical equipment and a conveyor belt removes the earth.
The machines will undertake two individual tunnel drives at depths of up to 26 metres to construct the 5.2 metre diameter east and westbound tunnels. Each machine is capable of tunnelling up to 30 metres per day with teams of around 50 people needed to operate them. The work is expected to take around six months to complete. As they advance forward, nearly 20,000 pre-cast concrete segments will be built in rings behind them.
The Croxley rail link is running over the agreed budget of £284.4m due to prices received from the supply chain. The government has advised that it will not provide any further funding. TfL are considering how to resolve the current overspend.
Transport for London have announced the bidders shortlist for the Barking Riverside extension.
Three bidders have been shortlisted to build the extension, they are:
- Balfour Beatty
- Carillion PLC
- VolkerFitzpatrick Morgan Sindall joint venture
A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the 4.5km extension was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2016 and if approved could mean construction beginning in late 2017 with train services commencing in 2021.
Tunneling of the Northern line extension is underway following the completion of two shafts. Tunnel Boring Machines will complete most of the branch with excavators completing the work where the new line will join the existing Kennington loop. The line is expected to open in 2020.
A public inquiry opens next week into plans to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside.
The proposals would provide a vital new transport link and support the creation of more than 10,000 new homes – up to 50 per cent of which are likely to be affordable – within the next 15 years.
The 4km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line to Barking Riverside would offer an alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside to London’s public transport network.
From Barking, customers could connect with the District and Hammersmith & City lines, and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
The new London Overground service would operate along the existing Tilbury rail line then via a new section of railway, built as a raised viaduct, ending in Barking Riverside. A station would be built at the heart of a new district centre that would provide healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.
Without a rail link, no more than 1,500 homes could be built as part of this new development.
The extension is fully funded. The majority of the cost is being met by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited – a joint venture between the Greater London Authority and London & Quadrant – and the remainder by us.
If the scheme is approved, construction could begin next year, with train services starting as soon as 2021.
Deputy Mayor of Transport, Val Shawcross, said: ‘The extension of the Overground will be key to the success of the exciting new developments at Barking Riverside, with a new station built alongside 10,800 new homes, shops and restaurants, and new school and health services.
‘As we have seen in other parts of London, the extended Overground line will be an integral part of ensuring regeneration benefits everyone in the community, with excellent transport links to the rest of London and the creation of new homes and jobs.’
MP Greg Hands will be meeting TfL to ensure that the decision to not route Crossrail 2 through Imperial Wharf has been fully investigated.
Transport for London (TfL) has begun the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension, a vital rail link that will serve east London’s largest housing development site.
The extension will unlock a wide range of benefits for people in the local area and beyond, including 10,800 new homes, many of which are affordable, along with a new school and healthcare services, as well as shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
The extension will also deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside into London’s public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City Tube services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.
TfL has placed a notice with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) seeking expressions of interest to construct the rail extension. A formal Invitation to Tender is expected to be issued in 2017 following the completion of design work. This follows the submission of the Transport and Works Act Order earlier this year.
Construction of the 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community, with construction beginning in late 2017 and train services commencing in 2021.
The project is part-funded by TfL’s £360m growth fund, which is creating more than 50,000 homes and 30,000 jobs by supporting 14 transport projects across London that are directly unlocking development.
The Northern Line Extension to Battersea remains a high concern according to an independent report presented to the TfL board.
The London Mayor Sadiq Khan will not reopen proposals to create a cross River Tram that will link Euston, Waterloo, Brixton and Peckham.