03 Oct 07
Consultation on the proposed Tramlink extension to Crystal Palace has shown strong support from local businesses and residents for the scheme.
TfL have announced MTR Laing, a joint venture between the operators of the Hong Kong metro system and of Chiltern Railways, as the concessionnaire for the London Overground operation taking over from Silverlink Metro in November.
The Olympic Delivery Authority will fund the upgrade of Stratford station, which includes full step-free access, an additional Central line platform and two new station entrances.
John Laing Rail, the company behind Chiltern Railways and therefore their proposed interchange scheme for West Hampstead, has confirmed that the scheme is on hold whilst they are involved in a bid for the London Overground concession.
Utilities diversions around Tottenham Court Road station have begun in preparation for the upgrade of the station, which is part of the Crossrail Bill currently in Parliament.
Power has now been switched on for the second phase of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ebbsfleet, Kent and St Pancras in London, ahead of a November start to passenger services. The switch on allows test trains to run and will prevent thieves stealing the wires - a significant problem last year when thousands of pounds of cabling was stolen at Ebbsfleet.
The Mayor has announced that from 2009, the congestion charge will rise to £25 for the most polluting vehicles (tax band G) whilst it will drop to zero for the cleanest vehicles (bands A and B) from 2008. The residents' discount will also be withdrawn for those most polluting vehicles.
TfL has awarded the "main works" contract for the East London Line extensions north to Dalston and south to Crystal Palace and West Croydon to a consortium of Balfour Beatty and Carillion. The main works will commence later this year following completion of preparatory works along the northern route.
The promoters of the Crossrail scheme, CLRL, have rejected the Transport Select Committee requirement for a station at Woolwich, stating that the additional cost (£200m) is too high and that it would place the scheme itself at risk.
The Government has granted planning permission and legal powers under the Transport and Works Act to Network Rail to progress the Thameslink Programme, with the only remaining obstacle being a funding agreement. The enhanced route could be operational in seven years, with the ability to pause construction during the Olympics.
The Mayor has outlined plans to turn Oxford Street into a near traffic-free zone, with just trams running along the street to provide a hop-on service for shoppers. A report is due from the Mayor and Westminster Council on the proposals next month, with Mr Livingstone indicating a seven-year timescale for the project. He also mentioned plans to scrap the Marble Arch gyratory system and creation of a convention centre at the St Giles Circus end to replace "tacky" buildings.
The London Assembly's transport committee has concerns that the Greenwich Waterfront Transit scheme in southeast London has been watered down so much from an initial proposal that included the option for a tram, that now it is little more than a "glorified bus service" which will not attract travellers out of cars. The committee hoped that the route would still be a high-quality, frequent express service.
Eurostar will remove Brussels services and reduce Paris services to just three a day at Ashford International next year as part of a cost-cutting plan, which will also see the opening of Stratford International delayed to coincide with the start of the new high-speed Kent commuter services. Most existing Ashford service stops will be switched to the new Ebbsfleet International station, a giant "parkway" station with 9,000 car park spaces near the M25 close to Dartford. There are fears that Eurostar will eventually abandon Ashford if keeping a presence there is too costly for such a low level of service.
Heathrow Terminal 4 station on the Piccadilly line will re-open at 0545 on Sunday 17 September, following 20 months of preparatory works for the new Terminal 5 branch. T5 station will not open until the new terminal itself opens, so trains will resume running around the loop via T4 and then T123 as before.
The northern part of the second phase of East London Line extensions - from Dalston Junction to Caledonian Road & Barnsbury via Highbury & Islington - has been brought forward into phase one following a commitment by the Mayor to connect his East London and North London Railway operations before the 2012 Olympics. The announcement was made at the same time as a "London Overground" brand was announced for all TfL's rail operations.
TfL have announced plans to brand its forthcoming railway operations as "London Overground", using the familiar "roundel" logo but in orange. Trains, stations and information on the North London Railway routes being taken over in November 2007 and on the extended East London Line (to be known as the East London Railway) will use TfL's orange Overground stylings, and the routes will appear together on the Tube map.
Following discussions between the London Borough of Newham and Crossrail, it has been agreed that Crossrail services will call at Maryland station, using selective door opening, subject to safety approval. Previously, Crossrail trains were planned to skip Maryland station because its platforms could not be lengthened.
A downward trend in nitrogen oxide pollutant levels around Heathrow airport means that a key barrier to the construction of an additional runway has been removed. Previously, it had been believed that extra pollutants from additional flights would breach the EU's minimum air quality standards.
London & Continental Railways, the company building the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, are hoping to meet the government this autumn to promote the high speed railway to the north of England and Scotland. They believe that their project management of the CTRL, which is currently on time and budget, gives them the exporience necessary for the line which has already been mooted by the DfT.
The Mayor has said that he wants a sliding scale of congestion charges depending on the vehicle emissions, with up to a £25 charge for petrol-guzzlers and a low charge for low-emission vehicles. He would like such discounts to be in place by 2008, and a higher tier in place by 2010.
Ntework Rail will carry out improvements to the Shakespeare Tunnel to the west of Dover in order to allow high-speed domestic commuter services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to reach Dover Priory when they begin operating in 2009.
The preliminary report of the parliamentary Select Committee considering the Crossrail Bill states that the committee is convinced of the need for a Crossrail station at Woolwich, and given that it would be "exceptional value for money", will require it to be added to the Bill.