Category: Transport & Infrastructure (26)

The new section of the East London line is due to open in February. This will connect Dalston Junction to the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington.

The journey from Dalston to Highbury will take 6 minutes and there will be a train every 7 – 8 minutes.

The redevelopment of the East london Line is the biggest transport infrastructure project for London since the opening of the Jubilee line extension in 1999.

New station on the East London Line

New station on the East London Line

– Trains every 5 minutes between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays
– 20 new trains
– Four new stations

The East London will be finished on time and within budget and will open on 14th May 2010. The trains that will begin service are brand new, airy and comfortable. Each of the carriages is properly air-conditioned. The stations look absolutely fantastic.

The new line’s most sensational feature, the brand new station at Shoreditch High Street, sits entombed in a developer’s cocoon, so that when the economy picks up, flats, businesses and shops can be built around and upon it.

The East London Line will plug South Hackney into the tube system with connections at Highbury and Islington and Whitechapel. Whitechapel will become the key transport hub in central east London as the Crossrail will pass through it.

Findlay Property’s roving photographer captured the new trains going through some trial runs:

Haggerston Station

Haggerston Station with Haggerston park behind

East London Line looking south towards the canal from Haggerston

East London Line looking south

Preliminary works have commenced on Crossrail and are continuing during 2009. Main construction will start in 2010.

Crossrail is the new high frequency, convenient and accessible railway for London and the South East. From 2017 Crossrail will travel from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new twin tunnels under central London. It will link Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf.

Crossrail will make traveling in the region easier and quicker. It will reduce crowding on London’s transport network. It will operate with main line size trains, carrying more than 1500 passengers in each train during peak periods.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits in London, the South-East and across the UK. The estimated benefit of Crossrail to the UK economy is at least £36 billion (TfL figures, May 2006).

Crossrail Train

Crossrail Train

The new East London Line is scheduled for completion in May 2010 and will form part of the London Overground network.  Passengers will be able to use their Oyster Cards to access the network. Trains are expected to run every 3-5 minutes during peak hours.

The main structures of the bridges over Brick Lane, Shoreditch High Street and the Regent’s Canal are now in place, and well as the intervening viaduct and the approach viaduct which links up with the elevated Victorian brick viaduct.  The building of the stations all along the route is clearly in progress and is nearing completion.

The line runs through the heart of Hackney linking Whitechapel (Circle, District, Hammersmith, City and Crossrail), Brick Lane and Dalston Junction. The line will terminate at Highbury & Islington (completion 2011) where passengers will be able to interchange with the Victoria Line.

The new ELL bridge spanning Shoreditch High Street

The impressive new ELL bridge spanning Shoreditch High Street

The new ELL bridge spanning the Regents Canal

The new ELL bridge spanning the Regent's Canal

Dalston – The New Property Hotspot

Prince Harry and his entourage have been spotted straying from their usual Chelsea haunts recently for a night out in – gasp – east London. Devotees of east London, known for a hipster rather than regal vibe, no doubt wish these toffs would stick to their side of the tracks.

Other recent arrivals are more welcome though: new train stations in Dalston, Hoxton and Shoreditch are set, from next year, to greatly improve the transport links for the area.

Click here to read more: The Independent

RYANAIR CHIEF executive Michael O’Leary yesterday said the airline would continue to pare back its services from Dublin airport in a move to up the ante against the Irish Government’s proposed introduction a €10 air travel tax.

Passengers traveling through Dublin Airport over the weekend have reported it being incredibly quiet – “it’s usually pandemonium in there”. Officially there was a 12% decline in the Passenger throughput at Dublin Airport for the month of February, over the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

Meanwhile the DAA is investing €2bn in new facilities over the next decade and planning permision has been granted for a new runway. Hmmmmm…?

White Elephant?

White Elephant?