Monday, 16 January 2012

Answers to my Queries - Old Oak Common

1.     What time-scale would transport improvements happen there (at OOC), if the Government approves of HS2 in the new year?
It is too early at this stage to be definitive. TfL are pushing High Speed Two Limited (HS2 Ltd) to include plans for connecting the London Overground into the interchange at Old Oak Common in time for the initial phase, due to open in 2026.
2.     What does TfL think of the light-rail proposals of LBH&F?
TfL are supportive of the principle of providing local connections from Old Oak Common to surrounding areas, such as Kensal, Park Royal and Willesden Junction. A light rail system may be the best way to provide these links, but more work is required to determine whether other options may be more suitable.
3.     Is there any news of how HS2 would connect to HS1?
TfL do not support the current proposal to link HS2 to HS1 due to the likely adverse impacts on both London Overground and freight services on the North London Line. Network Rail are undertaking further work for HS2 Ltd exploring alternative options for linking the two high speed lines.
4.     Is there any news about a Crossrail station in K&C as well as at Old Oak Common?
TfL do not support having Crossrail stations at both Kensal Gasworks (K&C) and Old Oak Common (H&F). The journey time disbenefits to through passengers would outweigh the benefits. Due to the connectivity benefits brought about by providing an HS2 / Crossrail interchange, TfL are fully supportive of a Crossrail station at Old Oak Common. As such, TfL do not support stopping Crossrail trains at Kensal Gasworks. In addition to this – given the close proximity of the two station locations, it is felt that links between Old Oak Common and Kensal Gasworks could be provided by other means.
5.     Would WCML slow trains be diverted onto Crossrail? If so how would that be done; would the trains call at Old Oak Common? With extra platforms?
TfL have undertaken extensive analysis into diverting some of the WCML slow trains onto Crossrail. In particular, if those London Midland slow line services that currently run into Euston are instead run as Crossrail services, there may well be a large reduction in passenger arrivals at Euston, potentially freeing up space for HS2 passengers. This would require a new rail link between the WCML and GWML in the Old Oak Common vicinity, potentially utilising the Dudding Hill Line. Crossrail trains running up the WCML could call at Old Oak Common, either at new platforms, or they could utilise the platforms provided on the GWML as part of the HS2 proposals.
6.     H&F have suggested completely new Overground platforms parallel to the Old Oak HS2 and Crossrail platforms on the south side of those lines.
a.     Is this being considered?
H&F have safeguarded a section above the North Pole sidings, as part of the conditions for the IEP depot. This would potentially allow for London Overground platforms, although such a station would be 200-300m away from the HS2 / Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common. TfL are exploring options that would allow for easier interchange between all three services (LO, HS2 and Crossrail) – see Figure 1, below.
b.     If so, would NLL or WLL Overground trains use it?
Potentially both WLL and NLL services could serve this station.
c.     If not are platforms on the NLL or WLL at Old Oak being considered?
See (a) above.
7.     Would the Central line station at North Acton be moved nearer to Old Oak or NLL?
Under TfL’s preferred plans, North Acton station would remain where it is.
8.     Would Southern services stop at OOC and if so how?
Southern services could make use of the connection from the WLL (see Figure 1 below) potentially allowing Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes services to run via Old Oak Common.
9.     Regarding a possible “Hounslow to Hendon” Overground service, would this call at Old Oak (and how)? What stations are feasible in Brent?
As part of a new interchange at Old Oak Common, running London Overground services along the Dudding Hill Line, via Old Oak Common could be considered, although these services might have to reverse at Old Oak Common for this to be possible. See slide 9 of the attached pdf for information on potential stops.
10.     Is Overground being considered because light-rail on the Dudding Hill Line is too difficult to mix with freight?
Overground services on the Dudding Hill line are being considered because, given the other London Overground services in the area, extending the London Overground network is likely to be more cost-effective than providing a new light rail network. It is essential that the ability for freight trains to use the Dudding Hill line is retained. It may be possible to develop a scheme where light rail services can operate alongside freight trains, but operating London Overground services over the Dudding Hill line is likely to be a simpler way of providing improved connectivity between Brent Cross and Old Oak Common.

TFL  I am grateful.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Chalkhill Park

Here is the correct position:-

"In October 2011 tenders were sent out to quote for the provision of a new park in Chalkhill.
It had been anticipated that the Council would be able to award a contract for this work to be undertaken and that contractors would start on site in December / January with approximately six months to completion.
Unfortunately, the Council was unable to accept any of the tenders submitted.  All the tenders submitted were unaffordable without reducing the specification, but it also became apparent that there was not full compliance with the Councils internal Standing Orders.
Therefore, Council will be starting the tendering process again within the next few weeks and hopes that this time,  the Council will receive affordable and suitable tender submissions.

The Council anticipates advertising the tender by the end of January, evaluating the tenders in mid February and awarding the contract in March with a six month contract to completion"

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Thank you

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Celtic Manor can be in London/Bulldozed- Dollis Hill House

Congratulations Labour you have done something which should had been done 15 years ago.

The19th century Prime Minister William Gladstone has finally been bulldozed making way for a new and modern building at site.

Campaigners have no doubt  have done their best to save the house but sadly the house which was abandoned 18 years ago and clearly was in very poor condition and  rightly has been   disposed off .

I am looking forward to see council plans to create a lasting legacy for Dollis Hill House on the site. If a Conference Centre is built similar like Celtic Manor in Wales, would be a magical building in London in tranquillity and heavenly atmosphere of Gladstone Park. Every resident in Brent will be proud of Brent Council and labour party.

Location wise it is an ideal position for such a conference centre becuase of new Cricklewood main line station nearby as well as it is  expected a new station  " Gladstone Park" on Light Rail/Overground net work.  No need to mention that M 1 only starts 1/2 mile away.

Crime Prevention Stall

Police Consultation Session 

Start: Wed 11 January 2012, 15:00 PM
End: Wed 11 January 2012, 16:30 PM


Brent town hall-one stop shop


A one-to-one consultation session in conjunction with crime prevention advice with local Barn hill/Chalk hill friendly police.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Brent youth win £5k in New Year parade

YOUNG people from Brent have won £5,000 thanks to their efforts in London's New Year's Day Parade.
A group of youngsters took part in the 26th New Year's Day Parade and picked up the prize in a competition held between the 19 boroughs involved called the Let's Help London Challenge.

The Brent group came third, and secured the sum for two organisations, Brent Mind and the Central Mosque of Brent.

More than half a million spectators lined the 2.2 mile route from Piccadilly to Parliament on January 1 to watch more than 8,500 performers, musicians, clowns and floats including marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers representing 20 countries worldwide.

A spokesman for Brent Council said: "This year, entries reflected the event's twin themes of The Olympic Games and Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.Brent's entry also focused on themes such as cultural diversity, unity and youth.

"Decorated in Union Flag colours the arch (used as part of the Brent display) symbolised unity. The creation was inspired by Wembley Stadium and constructed by Brent youth volunteers."

Young dancers from Brent Youth Volunteers and Willesden Green Mosque wore costumes created by Harlesden-based carnival costume maker Mahogany, symbolising the five Olympic rings. They were accompanied by an 18-strong army of Dhol drummers from Alperton Community School

The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Aslam Choudry, said: "I am really proud of our young people who have worked really hard to win this money for charity.
"They are an inspiration and prove how a mixture of creativity, culture and commitment can produce real results."

Campaigners pledge to step up battle if HS2 goes ahead

Campaigners striving for a light railway line in the borough have vowed to step up their campaign, if the £17 billion HS2 scheme goes ahead. The North West London Light Railway (NWLLR) group thinks that, if the high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham gets the green light, the likely interchange station at Old Oak Common would provide an excellent opportunity to create further links into Brent via a light railway.

Campaigner John Cox said: “If it goes ahead, we will step up the campaign, which would provide maximum benefit for Brent. This would make Brent’s public transport among the best in Britain, while the alternative is gridlock on our roads from the new developments like Brent Cross,which are planned for the next 20 years."
A decision on the HS2scheme is expected later this month

Public spending on universities ‘will fall to 1900 levels’

 It is now highly likely that public spending on higher education in England will go down to its lowest level in more than a century once reforms announced by the Government take effect. This is said by University and College Union today.
Funding for teaching and research at universities in 2014/15 will be £3.7bn – just 15% of the forecast total income for higher education institutions that year, according to UCU analysis. 

This would represent a 44% fall from the £6.6bn forecast for the current financial year, which is equivalent to 29.3% of universities’ total income of £22.5bn.

It would also be the lowest proportion of university funding to come from the public purse since 1900/01, when the state provided just 13.4% of higher education support. The highest was in 1960/61, when public funding covered 71.1% of universities’ total income.

The UCU said that as public spending on teaching and research falls, the burden on students to fund higher education will increase.

Under the funding reforms, universities will be able to charge up to £9,000 per student in annual tuition fees for the next academic year. The union forecasts that the proportion of universities’ income coming from students will rise to 47.2% by 2013/14, compared with 35.5% forecast for the current academic 

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Council home sub-lets may be made criminal offence

Plans to make it a criminal offence for council tenants to sub-let their homes are to be unveiled by the government.
A consultation will also detail plans to force thousands of tenants earning £100,000 or more to pay market rates.
An estimated 160,000 tenants sub-let their homes, which is not currently an offence.