At Custom House, the DLR station has been closed for most of 2017, whilst the Crossrail station is being built, and finally the DLR side opened back up again this week, and with it came rumours that a purple 'Elizabeth Line' roundel was now visible ... Music by Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud If you've made it this far in the description, well done! Why not write a sensible comment, followed immediately by your best Homer "Mmm, purple" impression. (Which by the way, is the thing you must now forever say whenever anyone mentions Crossrail. Ok?)
The new 'Aventra' Class 345 trains are now in operation on the TfL Rail branch between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. When Crossrail fully opens in December 2018 from Abbey Wood all the way to Reading as well, these are the units that will be running on the line. Music by the brilliant David Cutter: https://davidcuttermusic.com/ For bonus points ... can you spot Andy (@CASrailwayBlog) in the video!
TfL asked us down to a depot near Ilford where drivers are being trained up on the new Class 345 trains - some of which are already in operation. It meant that we got to see a simulated version of what the the new tunnels look like... Camera: Matt Frost.
Crossrail/Elizabeth Line services start in December 2018, but it's not all going to open in one go as you might expect. Instead it will open part by part, starting with a change in May 2018, right up until it's fully open in December 2019. Geoff explains all... (Don't forget to give us a 'So Much Purple!' in the comments)
From buried skeletons to a £42billion boost to the national economy: Incredible facts about Crossrail revealed.Did you know that by next year Farringdon station will be the busiest in Britain with a whopping 140 trains passing through each hour?This is just one of the amazing facts about Crossrail, one of the biggest engineering projects the country has ever seen, revealed here.The new railway will become known as the Elizabeth line when it opens through central London in 2018. Not only will it significantly slash journey times across the capital, it is expected to boost house prices, and welcome 200million passengers each year. Scroll down for some amazing Crossrail facts.
It's Thursday 5th April, and it's time to go to the newest request stop on the network! Bures - on the Marks Tey to Sudbury branch line, has recently become a request stop, but NOT in the morning peak ... most bizarre, so I went to have a look around. You should all also all go to the lovely East Anglian Railway Museum: http://www.earm.co.uk/
The Victoria Line is now running with 36 trains per hour (tph) due to signalling upgrades work carried out on it we went to hear about it at the depot at Northumberland Park, followed by a trip to go and see the final stages of the Victoria Station Upgrage works.
The new Abbey Wood Station - in preparation for Crossrail services starting next year - opened on 23rd October 2017. I popped along for a quick look around ... There's a poll too! Just to check we're still calling it 'Crossrail' - right? It's also on Diamond Geezer's blog: http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/abbey-wood-crossrail.html
As part of our return to Cornwall to visit all the stations on the Looe Valley line, it was time to do Coombe properly in-depth, as it's the least used station in Cornwall. You can find Alan's Plymouth Walks on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/walkswithhistory/?hc_ref=ARQ0ASFmsD7hDkLIpmxjQjJzK19xQinyDoc8QzuO2ZdVPbRxk12xfK6ZJLcaKvNsruU Coombe Junction Halt is also on twitter: https://twitter.com/coombejunction ORR Statistics for passengers numbers are here: http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/station-usage-estimates (Second link down) Geofftech 'Least Used' website, here: http://geofftech.co.uk/leastused/
It's 32 miles between Heathrow (out in the west) to Upminster (in the east), and yet there'a way of travelling between these two Zone 6 tube stations for just .. £1.50 - here's how DOWNLOAD! My PDF table which lists both the single oyster/contactless fares AND show the caps from my website, here: http://www.geofftech.co.uk/download/OysterFares2018.pdf Also! If you have a Gold Card, 16-25, Senior or Disabled railcard, you can get the TfL discount applied which gives you 1/3 off all off-peak Tube fares, so you could have made this journey for just £1.00 !! (This link will stay the same and can be updated if changes are required) TfL Single Fare Finder: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares/single-fare-finder TfL Caps and Travelcard Prices: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares/caps-and-travelcard-prices Music by Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud