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03 Oct 07

    Crossrail gains funding
    2007-10-03 16:34:41

    Crossrail has gained funding after the prime minister announced a package that now includes contributions by Canary Wharf Group, BAA and the City of London Corporation.

20 Jun 07

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09 Jan 07

    Channel Tunnel Rail Link:
    Power switch on for Channel Tunnel Rail Link
    2007-01-09 16:27:41

    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.

17 Nov 06

15 Nov 06

23 Oct 06

    East London Line Extensions:
    363m contract for East London Line awarded
    2006-10-23 15:35:25

    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.

18 Oct 06

    Crossrail station at Woolwich rejected
    2006-10-18 17:02:37

    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.

    Thameslink Programme (Thameslink 2000):
    Planning permission granted for Thameslink
    2006-10-18 16:44:41

    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.

18 Sep 06

    Oxford Street pedestrianisation & trams:
    Mayor & Westminster investigate Oxford St tram plan
    2006-09-18 17:39:12

    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.

13 Sep 06

    Greenwich Waterfront Transit:
    "Watering-down" of Greenwich Waterfront Transit concerns Assembly
    2006-09-13 17:30:37

    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.

    Channel Tunnel Rail Link:
    Eurostar to reduce Ashford service and delay Stratford use
    2006-09-13 17:14:47

    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.

08 Sep 06

    Heathrow Terminal 5:
    T4 station reopens on Sun 17 Sep
    2006-09-08 06:53:11

    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.

06 Sep 06

    East London Line Extensions:
    ELL extension to Highbury brought forward
    2006-09-06 06:16:14

    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.

    London Overground & Orbirail:
    TfL announce rail branding plans
    2006-09-06 06:13:22

    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.

29 Aug 06

10 Aug 06

    Crossrail will serve Maryland station
    2006-08-10 09:45:59

    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.

07 Aug 06

    Heathrow third runway:
    Pollution test passed for third runway
    2006-08-07 16:14:49

    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.

06 Aug 06

    High Speed Rail to the North:
    LCR plans high-speed line to north
    2006-08-06 16:24:59

    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.

31 Jul 06

    Congestion charge:
    Sliding scale wanted for C-charge
    2006-07-31 19:51:28

    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.

    Channel Tunnel Rail Link:
    CTRL Domestics will run to Dover
    2006-07-31 14:32:22

    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.

    Crossrail Select Committee adds Woolwich station to scheme
    2006-07-31 14:00:02

    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. [list all projects | about | links of interest]