The total journey time reduction is indeed 40 minutes and this is calculated form the time that there was no high speed link at all. The current travel time is 2.35 hrs because the CTRL section 1 is completed. The most complicated and expensive part of the CTRL construction is actually form Ebbsfleet to St Pancras, including building a tunnel in centralk London! We are thus spending millions and millions into another 15 minutes journey time reduction which is totally unjustified in the light of what need to invest in other public transportation developments.
Or you could look at the CTRL as the long overdue completion of what got stuffed up in the 1980s and early 1990s. Of course, the French did it the right way around: first build your high speed rail link, then revamp your station. We now (almost) have the high speed rail link, but also have a redundant station. That's the really criminal waste of money, not completing the link.
But the existing route also takes away a lot of commuter rail capacity from Victoria down into Kent. The new route is not just about speed of getting to Brussels and Paris, but also about releasing capacity for more commuter trains into and out of London.
> But the existing route also takes away a lot of
> commuter rail capacity from Victoria down into
> Kent. The new route is not just about speed of
> getting to Brussels and Paris, but also about
> releasing capacity for more commuter trains into
> and out of London.
It could even have freed up capacity through Herne Hill station for ... Thameslink 2000 (the Elephant and Castle alternative)!
Dear John Prescot
I am concerned about the implications for Tooley street ,Borough market and Blackfriars bridge
If thameslink 2000 goes ahead.
The architectural oddity that is the building that houses the Britain at war museum,provides the defining image of Tooley street.
Its removal will diminish the architectural fervor of the area and reduce its appeal as a tourist destination.
The retention of such an important part of a street scape should be at the hart of any regeneration plan for the area.
BLACK FRIARS STATION
The new black friars station is totally inappropriate for its location appearing just beneath St. Paul's cathedral in the world famous view from the south bank and waterloo Bridge.
There is no reason why this building hasn't been designed to fit in with this view,as the building that stand there now does other than architectural recalcitrance.
Cabe think the new station should be a land mark building .
This is misguided as the close proximity to a world famous cathedral of this site is a totally inappropriate place for a bold or independent statement . .
The best service to the area and London as a whole a building on that site can do is remain as subliminal as possible .
That may not be what architects like designing but architecture isn't for architects its for the city they are serving.
There is a place for new landmark and bold statements in London but that isn't it.
Also network rails visualizations are against an unrealistically dark blue sky in an attempt to fabricate the impression that the blue station building look like it matches something.
Its not the sky this building should be matching it is the building around it.
BLACK FRIARS BRIDGE
The covered Bridge will be an unwelcome and very banal intrusion on the river .
Wedging a transport link in-between listed buildings in what is now a world class market and an important asset for London if not the whole country will leave little if any room for future expansion and clearly isn't a sensible option for the future of London transport or Borough Market.
The disruption to this world famous market during construction is totally unnecessary .
As routes through the Elephant and Castle are a less destructive option and better for London.
The visualizations for Green Dragon court don't show clearly what the Borough market side of the building will look like
As it is the Borough market side of green dragon court which is the popular and charicterful destination and important part of Borough market .this is what should have been given priority attention after the last inquiry ,