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Old April 22nd, 2011, 09:34 PM   #2001
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Pressure mounts on London Underground as wedding approaches

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The Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee has written to the Mayor of London asking for a detailed explanation for the severe disruption on the Jubilee Line this week.

The Committee is also seeking assurances that Transport for London (TfL) has taken steps to prevent further disruption and ensure the delivery of the Jubilee line upgrade as promised by June 2011.

Given the number of high profile events in London over the coming months, Royal Wedding, Champions League Final and London Olympics, there is mounting pressure on the quality of the underground transport system.

“Yet again Jubilee Line passengers have experienced severe delays and discomfort as they are forced to struggle to and from work," Val Shawcross AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, said.

“The nature and increasing frequency of these incidents raises serious questions about the ability of TfL and its contractors to ensure this key Olympic transport link is ready to cope with demand during the 2012 Games.”
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Royal wedding: special edition Oyster card available

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A special edition Oyster Card has gone on sale to mark next week's royal wedding.

The electronic smartcard used on London's public transport system features a portrait of the couple and the wedding date of 29 April 2011.

About 750,000 royal wedding Oyster cards will be available from all London Underground and London Overground stations.

The cards were launched in 2003 and now have more than seven million users.

The £5 deposit and £5 minimum top-up will apply as normal for the limited edition card.

National Rail customers will only be able to get the limited edition card at stations where they can currently get an Oyster card.

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The marriage of William's parents, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, in 1981 was also marked by the transport authority of the day with a special ticket.

Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "London's transport network will play a key role in helping people travel to the wedding celebrations, so it is appropriate that we commemorate the day with a limited edition Oyster card.

"This is the first time we have produced a limited edition Oyster card and I'm sure they will be a hugely popular souvenir of the day while ensuring Londoners and visitors get the cheapest fares for their journeys."

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said the commemorative Oyster card was a "fabulous memento" of the wedding for both Londoners and visitors.

"I would also recommend the card to the happy couple as the cheapest, easiest way of getting around this city, especially as it bears their resemblance," he said.
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The wedding will be nothing compared to the Olympics, they should worry about that more.
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 07:29 PM   #2012
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The Wedding, however is this Friday, just after this weekend's widespread engineering works and just before next weekend's widespread engineering works (we love a good Bank Holiday weekend to close down a ton of the system). Likewise, being on a 4-day weekend means that lots of people will be travelling on it during the day. It's much more pressing matter, and with less planning and a lot more opportunity for things to go wrong beforehand and not be fixed (you normally have at least one hiccup after a mass of engineering works, delaying the opening of a line, and this would be three-days before the wedding).

I'd also argue that more people will be using the tube on Friday than will use it on any day next-August - there's more people around, the traffic will be less focussed on one destination, though large numbers will want to travel to the Westminister area (but heh, that's fairly common, protest marches and such like). This Friday is a different sort of problem than the Olympics, which they've had 7 years notice (and it being planned out in the bid documents before then) for, rather than 10 weeks.

Reading that Press Release, it seems that they are too worried about the Olympics and aren't thinking short term about keeping a robust service - the upgrades 'must' be done a whole 14 months before the Olympics to make sure that it's all fine next summer as little things like Royal Weddings and Cup finals. The Jubilee line has been having problems recently, and will be under more pressure this Friday with the Wedding at Westminister, and in a couple of weeks with the Champions League final at Wembley (not to mention the FA Cup and play off finals).
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Can I make a suggestion, could all the video posts be edited instead of created to save having to scroll through many many new posts. Am I being a little selfish?

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@sotonsi: it's still only one day, whereas the Olympics will last for 2 weeks and the number of passengers will probably increase as days go on because the finals are usually the most sought after events.
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I was just wondering:
When using your Oyster card, once you have spent more than 8 pounds per card and day, they won't charge you anything if you go on traveling, right?

I mean, once you've spent that amount of money, your Oyster becomes a one-day Travelcard, am I right?

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