East London Line
MOLA undertook a major programme of archaeological investigation and recording (of both built and buried heritage assets), ahead of the construction of the London Overground East London Line Project (ELLP).
Archaeological investigation began with a desk-based assessment of the entire route and preliminary work on site including test pitting and geoarchaeological modelling, to define key heritage areas and impacts of the route. Evaluation trenches then confirmed the presence or otherwise of significant archaeological deposits across the route and these helped MOLA to design route-wide strategies as well as detailed site-specific scopes of work for key sites.
The main mitigation works included targeted excavations and an extensive programme of built heritage recording including the Grade II Listed Braithwaite Viaduct, parts of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel at Wapping and the Victorian Crystal Palace station. MOLA also carried out a heritage audit, studying each station on the existing line, summarising its history and the development of the station buildings. This involved carrying out recording on various underground stations whilst still in operation, in accordance with London Underground’s safe working practices.
Thirteen years ago the original East London Line line shut. In 2010 it re-emerged a new route as part of London Overground. Its official opening took place on 27 April 2010 at Dalston Junction by the then Mayor, Boris Johnson and the first month of operation was classified a ‘preview’ – eight trains an hour to New Cross/New Cross Gate. The East London line was chosen as the first line to receive the TETRA radio in February 2006, as it was the second smallest line and is a mix of surface and sub surface. Transport for London-Wikipedia. For the East London Line project, our programme management experts were integrated seamlessly with the client organisation to focus on key milestones and the application of progressive assurance practices. Under intense public scrutiny, this was the first project to be completed by Transport for London (TfL) to Network Rail standards. The Line is London’s first dedicated public art walk. Its outdoor exhibition programme illuminates an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. The route runs between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the.
MOLA also worked with TfL to offer an engagement programme to the East London communities affected by construction of the railway. This included a social history project embracing several of the established businesses and occupants and we also worked with the client’s marketing company to promote the scheme; including talks, leaflets, posters and the creation of an interactive travelling exhibition. In addition to two academic monographs and series of specialist articles, MOLA also produced a popular publication ‘Tracks Through Time’.
On a stretch of disused railway south of Surrey Quays station, engineers are building the final section of the East London line extension: the link to Clapham Junction. Transport for London were kind enough to take us on a trip to the site and show us the work that's going on.
A brief explanation of the project. ELLX phase two (as it's known in engineer-speak) will see a new link, built on an old railway alignment that last saw locomotives in 1911, running from just south of Surrey Quays. The 1.3km stretch of new track will run past the SELCHP incineration plant and Millwall's New Den ground and across a new bridge at Surrey Canal Road, then curve past Bridgehouse Meadows before joining the South London line at Old Kent Road and running into Clapham Junction via several intermediate stops. As part of the project, Platform Two at Clapham Junction, which currently operates as a terminus for trains on the West London line from Stratford and Willesden Junction, will be remodelled to act as a final destination for the Overground trains. The connection will complete the much-ballyhooed outer London orbital railway that the Overground purports to be* — although doing the complete circuit will involve changing at Clapham and Highbury & Islington.
The cost of the project is £75 million, enough to construct the line, lay the track and build the necessary bridges and underpasses, but not enough, unfortunately, to fund the long-planned new station at Surrey Canal Road, which was held up last year after the Department for Transport declined to contribute £7 million of its £10 million cost, despite Lewisham council offering up the spare £3 million. Member of the family pdf free download. Instead, the project makes passive provision for Surrey Canal Road's future construction, which is likely to happen as part of a new development in the area. Local residents, and Millwall fans, will have to wait until then before getting their shiny new station.
When completed, the new extension will have four trains per hour between Clapham Junction and Dalston Junction or Highbury & Islington. It is scheduled to open in December 2012.
Many thanks to all at Transport for London for arranging this site visit.
East London Line Extension
All photographs by author unless otherwise stated.
East London Line Phase 2 - Network Rail Consulting
East London Line WSP
*It's already possible to complete the orbital trip by changing at New Cross Gate; 853 blog did it earlier this year.