Bank Holiday on UK’s railways and roads

As millions of travellers set out on journeys during the bank holiday, cancellations and delays are anticipated as engineering works will affect rail lines serving the capital. It is worth noting that the number of Britons making overnight UK travel arrangements this holiday weekend has risen sharply by more than a third compared to last year. Approximately 6.9 million people are planning to go on break during the final longest weekend before the Christmas celebrations, up from the previous 5.1 million travellers as indicated by VisitEngland, the official tourist information centre in London, England.

Motoring organizations are looking forward to approximately 15 million drivers setting out on leisure trips over the long weekend while the congestion is expected to start building up beginning Friday lunchtime. The work that shall be conducted in preparation of HS2 means Euston station will remain closed thereby affecting services along the West Coast mainline all the way to Glasgow. Consequently, travellers will be advised to switch and opt for other routes in order to reach the East Coast line. According to Virgin Trains, the railway network will remain busy because of the major engineering works. Since the Edinburgh Festival shall be coming to an end, the rail line will even be busier. According to a spokesman from the company, services offered on either routes will be busy throughout the weekend. So unless it is really necessary, customers are advised against travelling on the West Coast route on Saturday or Sunday. However, customers who choose to carry on with their travel are advised to book tickets beforehand, make their seat reservations and expect to take slightly longer to reach their destinations.

The reconstruction of the London Waterloo platforms, which is the busiest rail station in the country will carry on over the holiday, although just 25% of the trains will be in operation on Friday. A spokeswoman from Network Rail apologized to the passengers for the disruptions and thanked them for exercising patience while reiterating that the efforts were meant to help deliver a bigger 21st century Waterloo Station.

The disruptions caused to the London commuters could potentially become more intense with the Southeaster trains operating on a reduced schedule and running without stopping at the Waterloo East, London Bridge, or Charing Cross stations. Queuing systems will be installed at the Victoria and Cannon Street stations the entire week to help with the handling of the diverted passengers.

Electrification work that will be executed on the main line of the Great Western between Bristol Parkway and Swindon will have an effect on the services between London Paddington and Wales for 4 weeks beginning Saturday.

National Express’ coach operator confirmed that it will add extra services during the weekend as passengers seek alternatives. A great surge in bookings has been witnessed on routes going out of the Euston and London Waterloo stations, meaning 1,000 or more additional seats will be made available on trains serving the Great Western.

According to a poll conducted by Network Rails, 77% of the British population have no plans to travel away from their homes over the long bank holiday weekend. Even though Network Rail will stay open, its 133M engineering works programme means passengers planning to travel should make inquiries beforehand.

Within London, bus controllers will go on strike, meaning there will be challenges on safety and disruptions that will affect the capital’s bus network during the weekend. However, the contingency plans in place mean the strike expected to last 48 hours will have minimal disruption to travellers.


Conversion of The Old Pumping Station in Suffolk

Remodelling, renovating or rebuilding of the pumping stations in Ixworth, Suffolk and make it look as good as new is no easy job. It required a lot of expertise and team work to make it a possibility. Although there are were many contractors, who are capable of doing part of the job not many specialize in doing the entire work themselves completely. This is the only way Steve Fitch can relied on and assigned the responsibility to a reputable contractor who did the job efficiently. Some of the main things that the post-war building look as new were as follows:

-Painting and roofing.
-Working the windows and entry doors layout.
-Living room upstairs and the bedrooms downstairs modification.
-Siding and trim work as well.

Mr Fitch is said to be used in most parts where it is needed to ensure that the walls look as good as new without any damage being visible or apparent on the building. The staircase job is done by professionals who are said to have years of experience in doing what they do which ensures customer satisfaction as well. Even the roofing part and the remodeling of the gutters is done as per the customer’s requirement which ensures that everything is as the customer likes making it a dream home for them to live at.

The fortunate thing about the remodel of the post war building is the reality you get the opportunity to change more.This implies your home truly turns into a clear slate. You can add new apparatus to your bedroom like a bidet spigot or a whirlpool. In all actuality, more broad remodels will take longer and cost more cash however at times it is justified, despite all the trouble.

Extensive planning and consulting with Mr Fitch will possibly have his own inputs which adds to the way in which the designer had planned to work on the house. This gives a sense of customization even to the paint which is used on the walls and other parts of the house. The best part of all is that the price that they are said to offer as it comes well within the budget you had planned. However, it is important for you to ensure that you seek an estimate of how much it would cost before they start the work on the house. This would ensure that there are unnecessary or unplanned expenses that you may not be prepared for.As you enter the building you will see the potential of the building straightaway.


Finding Boiler Repairs Experts In Surrey

Boilers are pretty vital for those who reside in regions which get really cold during the winter season. One need the boilers to perform perfectly during these times so as to ensure a perfect interior temperature. There can be no fault or else the people living in the house face an absolute discomfort. There are a number of us who service their boilers before the onset of the winter season. However, there are many who believe repairing the boilers every years is a waste of money. They are wrong.

When you are not servicing your boilers, you risk not only having them break down in the middle of the night, but also make your family members vulnerable to the allergens. There are companies which service at an affordable cost. All you need to do is ensure to find the right one in the region. Here they are –

As boiler repair is a complex job, one needs to be absolutely careful while selecting the best one in the region. There are a number of companies in the region and the best ones have an impeccable record. Get a company that is located close to your home as this would ensure that the company that you are hiring has been in business for a long time. If the company is experienced, half of tension is handled.

The next thing that you need to confirm is the license and registrations. You can gather these information from the Internet as many companies have their own website where they mention all the information for the benefit of their customers and potential ones. You can verify the information by gathering more feedback from the members of online communities and forums. This ensures that you get the best of the industry at an affordable pricing.

When you are hiring a company, ensure to give it in writing. Paper work isn’t done by many as they feel it only slows the work down. But even minor issues can turn catastrophic. One may end up shelling out several times more than the what one was supposed to pay. You must check the insurance policies of the workers before letting them in your home. There are other little issues that you need to confirm before hiring a company. Points like hard work, diligence and others must be taken into consideration. When it comes to finding experts at boiler service Surrey residents will find the tips helpful.


Leisure centre plans in Egham

A swimming pool is to be constructed at the Egham Leisure Centre as well as a health spa. This could be happening soon if the Runnymede Borough Council signs an agreement needed for the project to come to life. This is a regeneration project that will be located at the site of the current building. This project is being planned by the Council and the experienced Places for People. The current Leisure Centre will remain open until the new one is fully constructed.

This project is expected to transform the town centre in Egham. The Council is currently carrying out keen consultations about town centre developments. It is only through consultations that the first phase of the project will be set out. The project has received a lot of support from different people. For instance the Group director of the Place-making and Regenerations at Places for People, Mary Parsons, said that this is a great example of how capital investments can be made by the Council with an aim to improve the facilities of the people in the town as well as create a profitable investment.

<p>Places for People is the right partner for the council to work with because they bring years of experience in the designing and making of mixed tenure and missed use developments. The Chief Executive of the Runnymede Borough Council Mr. Paul Turrell said that Places for People is experienced in both national and local projects having worked with other Surrey boroughs and he is glad that they will be working on this project. This company is one of the UK’s largest development and regenerations as well as property and leisure management companies. It is a not-for-dividend company and therefore is the perfect partner for a public project.

Also to be involved in the project is the company currently running the Leisure Centre, Achieve Lifestyle. A programme has been created which will ensure that the current centre they manage will remain operational till the new one is completed. In the new centre there will be many state of the art facilities including a swimming pool.


HLF awarded a grant to Royal Holloway

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recently awarded a grant to Royal Holloway, University of London. The grant amounts to £485,500 and will serve the ambitious Citizens project. Citizens is a £1 million project that aims to inform the populace of what is means to be a citizen. It has been developed from a partnership between Royal Holloway College, Egham Museum, and The Magna Carta School.

The project will take users on a history journey by employing community engagement activities, support materials, and digital resources. It will touch on some of the major historical events including but not limited to the sealing of the Magna Carta and the suffragettes. Through this, Royal Holloway College and the University of London hopes to better inform the citizens about the history of reforms, protests, and liberty. As such, they will be able to understand how these and other aspects shaped their lives as they are today.

The Principal of Royal Holloway College, Professor Paul Layzell reiterated the importance of the project to the institution’s history. He pointed out that the two founders of Royal Holloway College were themselves social reformers who sought to provide higher education opportunities to women. He added that higher learning is key to personal liberty, freedom of speech and recognising civil responsibilities.

The Citizens project’s goal is to further the education that commenced following Magna Carta celebrations in 2016. Other institutions that support the project include The Historical Association, The AQA Exam board, The History of Parliament Trust, People’s History Museum, The Parliamentary Archives and the National Justice Museum among others. The University will host an annual Festival of History beginning in June 2017.

The Citizens project will oversee the development of a number of forums and resources for discussing, debating and learning. These will include an educational website with video resources as well as a network of regional researchers and museum partners. Moreover, Constitutional Conventions will be held where the youth will be tasked with drafting clauses for a present-day Magna Carta after extensive debate. The drafts will be exhibited in the Supreme Court.


Airtrack Update – Withdrawing

BAA today announced that they are withdrawing the application to build Airtrack,  citing   “concerns raised by local residents about the impact of Airtrack… including level crossings”   and  a failure  “to develop solutions which fully address these concerns”. 


Airtrack Update February 2015

The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon. Philip Hammond,  who is also MP for Runnymede (and Weybridge) speaking to the Runnymede Business Partnership on 04 February  confirmed that Airtrack could not go forward in its current form if it led to an increase in down-times of Egham Level Crossings.  

Mr Hammond had met with Borough and County Councillors from the ruling party, highways representatives,  Network Rail,  BAA and the Rail regulator at the end of January.  Possible solutions were explored,  including abandoning the SouthWestern route. 

BAA have announced that it will be several months before they have made a decision about whether to proceed with the project.  However, it does not appear that any viable solutions were identified.   The option of improving the signalling regime to reduce down-time per train remains the Minister’s preferred solution, but he did not state whether Network Rail and the Regulator could see any way to achieving this.    

Mr Hammond was asked whether he would introduce legislation to redress the imbalance in rights between road and railway at level crossings, and although he wanted to change the balance, he did not plan to introduce primary legislation to effect this.

Mr Hammond also confirmed that he stood by every word of his article in the Staines and Egham News, in which he described BAA’s offer of  £ 11 million to Surrey County Council as a bribe.