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Report - Jubilee Line Tube Train, H&S Test Facility - April 16

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Funlester, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Funlester

    Funlester The Fun One
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    Went out this morning with @BrainL and this was the second stop on our trip.

    I didn't know this was on the list so nice little supprise

    The History -
    The HSL site at Harpur Hill is a massive 222 ha. This vast area is essential because of the sheer scale and nature of its testing work that has included, for example, full-size tunnels where disasters such as the King’s Cross fire can be recreated, Europe’s largest impact test track for crash testing trains, and replicating some of the more bizarre accidents such as heating up shipping containers packed with fireworks until they explode. In addition to the actual testing, HSL also has to store all the evidence it collects during an investigation.
    Funded under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI), construction work began at the site in July 2002 on the 22,000m2 development that was built by a consortium, Investors in the Community (Buxton) Ltd (ICB). The £56m project provides scientific and engineering laboratories, engineering workshops, offices, meeting rooms, library and other supporting facilities.

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  2. Jack Rabbit

    Jack Rabbit 28DL Full Member
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    Great set of photographs. We visited a few weeks ago and was watched. You did well.
     
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    Hi, Im new to this site, I'm local to Buxton and will go and have a look. Is the whole area secure? Thanks, Johnboy
     
  4. Jack Rabbit

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    2 footpaths cross on the site, so you can walk through and still see a fair bit even if you are being watched. Your choice to do otherwise.
     
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    Thanks mate. Much appreciated, ill have to go and have a look.
     
  6. Funlester

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    When we went on a Sunday early doors there was no security at all but you are very very open where it is and a load of buildings around but not sure if there used or not.

    Just keep an eye out thats all I will say.
     
  7. RailHunterUK

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    Hi guys, can someone send me a google maps link, i am going to attempt to find this tomorrow and theres a few possibilities looking at google maps.
     
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