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East London Line Blogging

by ChrisCook Sun May 16th, 2010 at 10:34:58 AM EST

I'm looking forward next week to taking one of the 'preview' trains operating on the newly extended East London Line.


BBC News - East London Line officially opened by Boris Johnson

The new East London Line has been opened to the public, forming part of the London Overground network.

A "preview" service of eight trains an hour will run between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction, between 0700 BST and 2000 BST, from Monday to Friday.

Full evening and weekend services will begin on 23 May, when 12 trains will run each hour.

Trains will travel through Whitechapel station and Shoreditch High Street, a flagship Zone 1 station.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who officially opened the route, said: "This new railway will bring jobs and opportunities to communities up and down the line, massively improving access for hundreds of thousands of people.

"This type of investment is essential if London, throwing off the shackles of recession, is to emerge with the ability to grow, prosper, and secure its position at the summit of world cities, to the benefit of all Londoners."

I have no idea about the Class 378 Electrostar trains

which look pretty boring, but no doubt DoDo will fill us in.....

As for the £1bn cost of the line - well, the resulting windfall increase in property prices in Hackney started years ago once it became clear the line was a goer, and it will probably now accelerate (at least in relative terms).

Of course, if at least part of the multi-billion pound increase in Hackney and other land values had been taxed, the line could have paid for itself many times over.

Oh well - that's Capitalism.

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nice one, I'm sure I'll travel on it sooner or later, but I doubt I'd make a special trip to London to do it. Unless you fancy a beer after !

It's worth noting that Dalston/Haggerston is home to london's small vietnamese community  and I can recommend several restaurants in that area for fabulous food.

Also, Shoreditch High Street is built on the old Bishopsgate railway station, which was the terminus of the Eastern Counties railway before it moved to Liverpool street Station. It was then used as a goods yard up till the late 50s. It was destroyed by fire just days before it was supposed to be officially closed. There is also a truly great Pakistani chop house just round the corner from whitechapel station.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 11:43:36 AM EST
I am indeed familar with the Dalston Vietnamese places. Some very good value food to be had, but I don't think there's much beer on the agenda for me this visit... :-(

It's interesting to see that the new Shoreditch High Street station is in fact a concrete box/tunnel created about 30 feet above ground level so that the developers can put yet more two bed yuppie flats on top of it - or more likely, more buildings like these......

..which are nice human-scale villagey feel buildings like this....

Quite a good view of the derelict goods yard site and the old Broad Street line clearly visible to the North on which the new track runs.

They replaced almost all of the old Hoxton and Haggerston bridges and viaducts on that line as I recall, although not the big one at Shoreditch/Kingsland Road.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 12:04:28 PM EST
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This one - which makes the Forth Bridge look under-engineered - over Kingsland Road has been freshened up with a coat of paint and some new ballast. You can see the poster on it re the East London Line.

And here's the new one I sold them being lifted in about half a mile further South nearer the Dark Side......

One careful owner - never raced or rallied.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 12:21:12 PM EST
One of the best vietnamese is just the other side of that bridge on the right hand side.

Green leaf soup; to die for

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 12:24:26 PM EST
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What's the status of the "it's too hot in the tube in the summer, what should we do?" contest?
by asdf on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 01:40:20 PM EST
I think it went a bit 'off the boil' last summer because it was not as hot....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 01:46:40 PM EST
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Some of the new train stock will be air conditioned - which will of course just pump more heat into the tunnels.

There was a plan to use London's aquifer for heat exchange, but after one and a half PFI failures I'm not sure if that's still happening.

(Is pumping hot water into an aquifer a good idea, geologically?)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun May 16th, 2010 at 11:26:35 PM EST
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