Crossrail and The Modern Underground

Ref: C3744634

This course celebrates the design, architecture and art of the latest Lines of the London Underground network, majoring on the new Crossrail Line and also on its predecessor, the 1999 Jubilee Line. Leading architects, engineers and artists have been engaged in creating both Lines as show-cases for London, exploiting the latest developments in British design and technology. An overview of the history of these Lines will be followed by a virtual journey studying the design of the different stations, each developed to fit into the context of its local history, environment and community. The course will also study other major developments of the London Underground network, such as the new Northern Line branch to Battersea and the Metropolitan Line extension into the heart of Watford. Crossrail has much in common with the RER express underground rail network in Paris, and the course will compare and contrast the scale, timing and design of these two modern high-capacity systems.

Course aim

To provide an insight into modern underground railways, majoring on London's Crossrail, the new high-speed, high-capacity Line that will cross the city from east to west and back, linking into the existing Tube and surface rail networks.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the architect of the two show-case stations of both the Jubilee Line and Crossrail.
  • Name the famous French artist and the Scottish mosaicist who have both contributed to the colourful and rich decor of the recently re-built Tottenham Court Road station.
  • Explain why it will be important to know your best exit route from Crossrail stations in central London.
  • Describe the significance of the war medal commemorated on the facade of Woolwich Crossrail station.
  • Cite three key differences between London's Crossrail and the RER in Paris, in terms of scale, timing and decor.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Review of two outstanding books would help students prepare for and reinforce the course learning: - "The Story of Crossrail" by Christian Wolmar (Published by Head of Zeus) - "Platform for Design" by Hugh Pearman (Published by Crossrail Ltd)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The tutor also provides corresponding courses addressing the "architecture of Paris and the Metro", "Berlin and the U-Bahn" and "Moscow and the Metro". These courses may be available in the future from one of your local WEA branches.

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Crossrail and The Modern Underground

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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