crossfailfi 460x270 - Crossrail 'progress' March 2019

Its been a while since I wrote fully about Crossrail so here’s a new post! Its a look at what is currently happening at the two central stations on the line, namely Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. There might not seem much in terms of Bond Street and thereRead More →

01011217fi 460x270 - Crossrail's shit show continues....

Just a brief post as occupied with other matters… however the revelation comes that TfL KNEW of Crossrail’s inability to open in December 2018. It is apparently marked by these press releases that were issued from Crossrail Ltd to TfL for approval – and which were never published. The headingRead More →

xrlizlinefi 460x270 - Crossrail's two T's + an enigma...

The two T’s are testing and Twitter. Both have restarted and were announced with some fanfare today (4th February 2019.) Although Crossrail announced earlier (14/15 Jan) it had started testing of its line/trains as if that was for the first time ever. It seems it was a re-start not someRead More →

IMG 1813fi 460x270 - Completely clueless Crossrail!

Well we have it! Crossrail turns out to be an utterly clueless, incompetent, rail construction company. In 2011, sometime after construction work had begun they announced a date of December 2018, up from the earlier 2017 date as a result of a small financial tweak. The new date was toRead More →

DSC 0760fi 460x270 - 345 driver confused at Stratford?

One of TfL Rail’s Class 345’s (one-day-to-be an Elizabeth Line train) an eastbound ex Liverpool Street heading for Shenfield had its doors opened on the wrong side at Stratford. The train was the 21.27. The reasons for this incident are so far not known however one person said the driverRead More →

tcrexitfi 460x270 - Crossrail: Tottenham Court Road

On this very last day of 2018 we should have now had three weeks of Elizabeth Line services. We didn’t get that. Tomorrow is the year 2019 and no-one knows if the new line will be open in this next year or so. This is just a special post toRead More →

IMG 1376fi 460x270 - Crossrail - the failed prophecies

This weekend should have seen a big transport day for London to celebrate. A new rail line in operation from Paddington to Abbey Wood. And any prospect of this new railway opening will not happen for perhaps a year maybe more.  The great foretold was finally revealed to London onRead More →

IMG 1355fi 460x270 - Crossrail - Out of time & seriously off budget!

As most of us will know by now, Crossrail wont open for yet another year, possibly more. Its now being said November 2019 is what we should be looking at. Anyhow the Crossrail delays came as a shock to most who had not been keeping track of what was goingRead More →

DSC 0901headlinefi 460x270 - Crossrail delayed by a year!

Crossrail is f**cked according to the news today. Well it isnt actually as such, but its been delayed quite severely and probably wont open until the autumn of next year. I picked up the first copies of the Evening Standard today straight after a meeting in Central London and soRead More →

DSC 0760fi 460x270 - The Elizabeth Line's accessibility shambles!

Many people have been giving Crossrail, aka the Elizabeth Line, huge plaudits for its accessibility. But according to a recent report which has been drawn up by RAIL, it isn’t exactly a standard that complies with the national requirements. The Elizabeth Line has wonderful new trains and platforms but consistencyRead More →

CC89203 3323609 460x270 - The Elizabeth Line touts its first closures!

In true British railway fashion, the new Elizabeth Line is destined to suffer the same ignominy as all of Britain’s other railway lines. Come December 2018 the new railway opens with fanfare… and then almost immediately it closes! Is this the Elizabeth Line’s first practice run at bustitution? Crossrail’s notRead More →

cl lgo 460x270 - Crossrail misses off the Central Line!

Crossrail’s very badly missed off the Central Line on their station line diagrams and there’s just no excuse for it! Here’s the background – yesterday I had just finished my Farringdon Crossrail extra and published it, when in a mater of a short time I started seeing tweets on theRead More →

IMG 0046fi 460x270 - Crossrail extra - Farringdon East

The news that the Barbican side of the Farringdon Crossrail development was finally receiving its new windows came as I had published my previous post, Crossrail – Six months to go! Unfortunately very few pictures of this latest development have been published and none I could embed into that post.Read More →

SAM 6040fi 460x270 - Crossrail - six months to go!

A post looking at Crossrail six months ahead of its opening on 9th December 2018. Though the 18th has also been given as an opening date recent tweets appear to confirm its the 9th. That date has always seemed more likely one as it falls on a Sunday, which meansRead More →

DSC 0003fi 460x270 - London's new Berlin Wall?

A homage to the old wall that divided Berlin? The sense of being shut off from the other side. Pink trying to escape… Indeed there’s a whole music album on these types of walls, a guy named Waters telling everyone how walls divide communities and are best torn down… TheRead More →

IMG 7612fi 460x270 - Crossrail: Woolwich #2

A short follow up to the original post written in January 2018! I visited the site this week to take some further pictures. View by the new station entrance looking south towards Beresford Square The site is progressing very slowly like other Crossrail stations and there doesnt seem an awfulRead More →

DSC00015fi 460x270 - Big trouble in Canary Wharf?

An older Jack Burton (he had some big trouble in Little China) finds himself rescuing a railway station from the clutches of modern day Royalists. The railway station, deep below docks, is the underworld in question. Yes you guessed, its the battle between the ‘C’s (common-sense) and evil (the ‘E’s.)Read More →

DSC 3918fi 460x270 - Crossrail: Woolwich station

It seems barely anyone’s blogged (or vlogged) about the new Woolwich station, due to open in December 2018. The other central core stations from Paddington-Abbey Wood get plenty enough coverage. It’s amazing especially when Woolwich’s happens to be the second ever, and biggest underground station so far to be builtRead More →