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« on: November 08, 2019, 12:32:11 pm »

I'm sure I'll be merging this topic later on with previous "Crossrail delay" threads ... but noting that I'm the first to post here ... perhaps a delay is not news any more.  A major project on time WOULD be.

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The opening of London's Crossrail project will be delayed until 2021 as Europe's biggest infrastructure scheme is set to go another £650m over budget.

The route, to be known as the Elizabeth Line, was originally due to open in December 2018.

Crossrail Ltd chief executive Mark Wild said services would be delayed to allow time for more testing.

Wonder if they will make 2021  Shocked  Undecided  Embarrassed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50345344
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 05:51:44 pm »

I'm sure I'll be merging this topic later on with previous "Crossrail delay" threads ... but noting that I'm the first to post here ... perhaps a delay is not news any more.  A major project on time WOULD be.

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The opening of London's Crossrail project will be delayed until 2021 as Europe's biggest infrastructure scheme is set to go another £650m over budget.

The route, to be known as the Elizabeth Line, was originally due to open in December 2018.

Crossrail Ltd chief executive Mark Wild said services would be delayed to allow time for more testing.

Wonder if they will make 2021  Shocked  Undecided  Embarrassed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50345344

Pennies compared to HS2, but hey it's a rail scheme so we have come to expect massive delays and overspends.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2020, 07:45:54 am »

Someone has c*cked up a press release ... at 00:06 this morning, on the news feeds an old article from 31st August 2018.   Oops!

http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/articles/elizabeth-line-services-through-central-london-to-start-in-2019

Welcome to 2020, a whole decade prepared for new bloopers!
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2020, 08:54:37 am »

Credit where credit is due Grahame.

They did remember to update the year on the copyright date at the foot of the page
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 12:16:58 pm »

Crossrail have been quoted in the media today as saying it will finish on time and on budget. It isn't April 1st is it? (Sorry should be the season of goodwill)
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2020, 12:27:13 pm »

So much has changed since then!

'Inevitable' impact on Crossrail project from coronavirus, say London mayor

How many of the infrastructure projects announced in the Budget will go ahead - and how will they be funded?
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2020, 03:19:01 pm »

So much has changed since then!

'Inevitable' impact on Crossrail project from coronavirus, say London mayor

How many of the infrastructure projects announced in the Budget will go ahead - and how will they be funded?

and further ... from myLondon

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The construction of Crossrail has been temporarily suspended in response to the government announcing a lockdown.

The project, which began in 2009, is a 73-mile new railway line stretching from Shenfield in Essex to Reading, Berkshire.

The decision to suspend the building of the line is due to the risk workers face catching and/or passing on the deadly illness, Covid-19.

On Monday evening (March 23), Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement that citizens' movements will be severely restricted over the next three weeks due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Despite Johnson not specifically mentioning construction workers, a debate has been raging since the lockdown announcement on whether construction workers should be staying at home.

Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor has prioritised making the London Underground available for key workers at hospitals and in social services.

Mike Brown, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "The Government and the Mayor have given clear instructions to stay safe and to stop travelling in all cases other than critical workers making absolutely essential journeys.

"In line with this, TfL and Crossrail will be bringing all project sites to a temporary Safe Stop unless they need to continue for operational safety reasons.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2020, 09:29:45 am »

ETCS Testing successfully completed.  From Railway Gazette:  https://www.railwaygazette.com/uk/etcs-tested-successfully-on-heathrow-express-class-387s/56178.article

However, there are apparently still some issues to resolve with the TPWS Interface......

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ETCS tested successfully on Heathrow Express Class 387s

An initial series of test runs using Class 387 EMUs equipped with ETCS on the Great Western Main Line has been completed, leasing company Porterbrook announced on April 3.

Using sections of the GWML east of Reading and the branch from Hayes & Harlington to Heathrow Airport, the tests were undertaken by Porterbrook and partners Bombardier, the Department for Transport, DB Cargo UK and Heathrow Airport Ltd. More than 10 test runs over the weekend of March 21-22 were undertaken to prove the functionality of the onboard hardware and software as well as related infrastructure assets.

A dedicated fleet of 12 four-car Class 387 EMUs is to be redeployed by operator Great Western Railway from Thames Valley commuter services to the airport shuttle. The trains are currently being refurbished by manufacturer Bombardier at its Ilford depot, where they are receiving bespoke interiors tailored to the needs of airport passengers.

Once ETCS Level 2 has been commissioned on the branch between Hayes & Harlington and the airport, expected later this year, the Class 387s will replace the Class 332 trainsets which have been used since the inception of Heathrow Express in 1998.

The Heathrow Express service is owned and managed by Heathrow Airport Ltd and is not part of the national franchising system. However, the airport company has outsourced train operations to GWR under a management contract running from 2018 to 2028. The Class 387 fleet will be maintained by GWR at its Reading depot.

‘Notwithstanding these challenging times, we need to continue focusing on delivering key projects so that the railway is ready to support UK plc when the current situation stabilises’, said Mary Grant, Chief Executive of Porterbrook. ‘Introduction of an ETCS-fitted fleet on services to Heathrow is just such a project and will enable a service uplift to meet expected passenger numbers when the airport returns to its role as a key European aviation hub.’
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2020, 08:04:47 am »

ETCS Levels 0, 1 and 2 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

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Edited to amend to ETCS Levels 0, 1 and 2
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2020, 08:18:35 am »

ETCS Levels 1, 2 and 3 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

Health Warning: Even as an S&T Engineer I have struggled to understand some of it  Roll Eyes

I assume, dangerously for an E&P Engineer  Grin Level 3 is initially for the Crossrail tunnel sections?
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2020, 08:38:35 am »

ETCS Levels 1, 2 and 3 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

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Thank you.  As a retired hotelier and computer programmer, I struggle to understand any of it.   However, I note odd gems in an ore of incomprehensibility.
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2020, 10:52:33 am »

ETCS Levels 1, 2 and 3 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

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I assume, dangerously for an E&P Engineer  Grin Level 3 is initially for the Crossrail tunnel sections?

AIUI the TfL core infrastructure actually uses a different CBTC system, either because they didn’t expect ETCS to have reached the necessary functionality before Crossrail commissioning started, or IMHO they decided to have a permanent obstacle to attempts to run other trains through the tunnels. 

I believe they had to jump through quite a few hoops to avoid ETCS in their core section, being a new railway and in scope of TSIs.

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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2020, 11:12:27 am »

ETCS Levels 1, 2 and 3 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

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I see it actually refers to ETCS Levels 0,1 and 2 though?  Somewhere in the depths of the document it says Level 3 is not included.  (Is that full physical removal of lineside train detection and signals?)

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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2020, 12:18:55 pm »

ETCS Levels 1, 2 and 3 for use by Class 345 trains now approved by ORR: https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42879/interoperability-authorisation-class-345-ccs-tsi-2020-05-06.pdf

Health Warning: Even as an S&T Engineer I have struggled to understand some of it  Roll Eyes

I assume, dangerously for an E&P Engineer  Grin Level 3 is initially for the Crossrail tunnel sections?

AIUI the TfL core infrastructure actually uses a different CBTC system, either because they didn’t expect ETCS to have reached the necessary functionality before Crossrail commissioning started, or IMHO they decided to have a permanent obstacle to attempts to run other trains through the tunnels. 

I believe they had to jump through quite a few hoops to avoid ETCS in their core section, being a new railway and in scope of TSIs.

Paul

Yes, my schoolboy error.  I should have said Levels 0, 1 and 2 which will be utilised on the shared railway sections.  As I understand it either Level 2 or 3 will be used on the Core Section not used by other trains (well, not for a very long time at least).  The different Levels are explained here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Train_Control_System

Appologies for that error, but my excuse is that when I posted the update I was sitting at my desk at home trying to work out some changes to the mechanical interlocking on an hi-tech GWR 1908 pattern lever frame..... Roll Eyes Tongue
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Appologies for that error, but my excuse is that when I posted the update I was sitting at my desk at home trying to work out some changes to the mechanical interlocking on an hi-tech GWR 1908 pattern lever frame..... Roll Eyes Tongue

ETCS Level 0 Huh    If you added ATC would that make it level 1?

I ask as a baffled E&P Engineer
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