The periodic board meeting minutes at TfL have been published, and amongst all the words and pictures some useful nuggets sometimes emerge.
Looking at the railways…
While upgrades are visible and ongoing at places such as Victoria and Tottenham Court Road, it is the future developments that are of interest.
Bank Station upgrade is being planned, with the consultation recently completed. However, the interim second exit from the Waterloo and City line may be running behind schedule. There’s a 7-month delay to the handover of the site, but it was caused by one of the best archeological discoveries in recent years, so I personally don’t object.
A short comment about improvements at Kennington should be obviously the Northern Line Extension, but brief mention is also made about Elephant & Castle — and there is indeed a consultation planned for late 2015 to discuss what can be done to that rabbits warren of tunnels. They are looking at new over-site developments to help fund the works.
Holborn is also due to see improvements, but with completion not expected until 2022, when a new ticket hall (presumably without a ticket office) and link between the two tube lines will open.
Camden is mentioned — and seems to be at the “we need to do something, but how to proceed” stage at the moment.
Fifty out of 430 escalators are due to be replaced over the next 10 years. TfL has adopted a standard escalator design, allowing a longer-term commitment to higher volumes to create economies of scale. This means that the cost of each escalator is now 57 per cent cheaper than the Underground’s previous bespoke designs.
Still planning Crossrail 2 construction to start in the 2020s — subject to all the usual caveats. Later this year safeguarding rights will be adjusted to reflect the likely route so that future skyscrapers are aware of a possible railway running under them.
The Northern Line signalling works took a step forward at the end of October when the Camden area was upgraded.
The tunnel lining replacement works near Bond Street due to acid is on target, with 8 rings replaced so far, although that is slightly behind schedule. Completion is still expected in Jan 2016.
DLR track upgrades at Pudding Mill Lane should be finished next Spring, increasing capacity by 1,100 passengers per hour. A new train depot at Beckton is expected by 2022 to store more trains that are expected to be ordered by then.
Interestingly, the long running calls for improved services south of Lewisham to Bromley are mentioned, with a possible dual DLR-Bakerloo Line project being talked about. All subject to funding of course.
23 stations on the West Anglia line will be upgraded to Overground standards in 2015 as part of TfL taking over the franchise. Ordering replacement trains is likely to be tied with the Gospel Oak-Barking line electrification, but the trains will be 4-car lengths, leaving possible space for a 5-car upgrade later.
Sixteen of the Met line trains have completed a reliability enhancement programme. A further 10 trains will be completed over the next three months and conclusion of the programme is forecast for March 2014.
The District line rollout of the new trains is phased is due to the need to immunise LU and Network Rail track circuits and other signalling equipment from electro-magnetic interference from the new trains. S-Stock operation on the Wimbledon to Edgware Road branch of the District line should start in February 2014.
The programme remains on track to complete the roll out of new trains on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines ahead of the target of the end of 2014.
An order for design suggestions for new trains to be used on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Waterloo & City and Central lines should be released at the end of 2015.
Oh, and because everyone loves a new map – here’s the map as it might look in 2021.