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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #2121
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Tube will be open until 2am for London Olympics

London Underground trains will be running until the early hours of the morning during the Olympics next year. The timetable for transporting the millions of fans to and from the events has finally been released, including more over ground and Tube services.

During the games, the last Underground trains will leave the Olympic Park at 1:30am, while trains will be leaving central London until 2am and more services will be available in the evenings.

Late services to Exeter, Liverpool Lime Street, Cardiff Central, Birmingham New Street, Oxford and Manchester Piccadilly will also be laid on. In total, almost 4,000 extra services will run throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a number of trains operating during busy periods also boasting more carriages.

Any disruptive engineering works have been cancelled by Network Rail on routes serving the Olympic venues and Transport for London is suspending planned maintenance closures throughout the summer. Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said: 'As well as being able to book their London 2012 Games train fares up to 12 months in advance – a UK first – spectators will also be able to take advantage of thousands of extra services, earlier starting and later trains.'

A working party was previously set up to examine if Tube services could run 24-hours a day during the Games, however, these plans appear not to have come to fruition.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 03:14 AM   #2122
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if the underground is staying open extra hours til 2 am what time does it normally close?
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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:30 AM   #2123
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Usually around 11:30-12:00 in my experience
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Old May 26th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #2124
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Depends which line and where in London you are. The last train from most Zone 1 stations usually leave between 00.00-00.40.

For example tonight the last Victoria line train from Oxford Circus is at 00.38 (north) 00.30 (south), the last Piccadilly line trains from Leicester Square are 00.30 (north) and 00.09 (south).

If you are travelling into Central London the last trains are earlier, usually 23.45-00.00 depending on how far outside London you are. Here are the last weekday trains from all the termini.

Chesham = 23.28
Heathrow = 23.45
Upminster = 23.41
Epping = 23.45
Amersham = 23.48
Watford = 23.51
West Ruislip = 23.53
Harrow & Wealdstone = 23.54
Cockfosters = 23.55
Wimbledon = 23.57
High Barnet = 23.57
Uxbridge = 23.59
Edgware = 23.59
Morden = 00.01
Richmond = 00.04
Walthamstow Central = 00.07
Stanmore = 00.10
Brixton = 00.12
Elephant & Castle = 00.23

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Police given green light to carry guns on tubes and trains

The British Transport Police have been given the go-ahead to carry out armed patrols of our railways and the London Underground in response to the terrorist threat - currently at its highest level.

Until now, the BTP has not carried weapons, but Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today announced their force will now be armed. He said armed BTP officers would be 'deployed as appropriate in response to the terrorism threat level at any given time'.

In a Commons statement, Mr Hammond said that training BTP officers to carry out armed patrolling of the rail network would 'equip them with a capability already available to other forces'. He added that it would not be a daily event to see armed officers at stations and they would be deployed 'according to operational need'.

Mr Hammond said: 'The Government has been considering the resilience of the overall police armed capability and has concluded that it would be beneficial to enhance this by providing the BTP with an armed capability of its own. The timing of this is not as a result of any specific threat: it is a sensible and pragmatic approach to ensuring that our police forces have the right resources to be able to respond as and when needed to protect the public.'

The forces' Chief Constable Andy Trotter told the Daily Mail: 'I welcome the decision for BTP to have armed officers at mainline stations during times of heightened threat of terrorist attack. 'BTP officers have an excellent working knowledge of the railway which will enable them to respond quickly to any incidents.'

The 7/7 attacks on the Underground in 2005 highlighted the vulnerability of an 'open' system such as the Tube, which, because of its nature, cannot become a 'closed' system like an airport, where passengers can be thoroughly security-checked before passing through. This measure is the first step in further protecting our railways against similar attacks.
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DLR boss, Fantastic Mr Fox, is on track for the Olympics

If Jonathan Fox is stressed about what is by far the biggest test of his career, he is a magician at hiding it. Fox is director of the DLR and his driverless light rail system is about to be thrust into the international spotlight as it carries almost double its daily volume of passengers around to crucial Olympics venues next year.

Questions have been asked, not least by ExCeL chief executive Kevin Murphy, about the network’s ability to cope with the deluge of humanity the Games is expected to attract. There are certainly no veins bulging from Fox’s head when he presents his case, though.

“The Olympics isn’t tomorrow. We will be ready,” he stresses. But rogue factors still slightly trouble him. “When you haven’t sold a ticket yet it’s quite difficult to understand how many people will be coming to the Games. But we are working on forecasts that the ODA and LOCOG supply and they are assuming they will sell all the tickets – the busiest case scenario.

“But the difficult one to predict is how many people come to London just to be part of the Games ‘feel’. How many live sights are there going to be? Actually estimating how many people are going to turn up to a free site is very difficult. So there’s some wooliness around the edges.”

In an average week, the DLR transports 275,000 passengers a day, but during the Games he expects around 500,000. “The amount of people we’ll have to carry is almost double. The difference is that we carry most passengers in the peak, whereas the Games are a whole-day affair and also into the evening.”

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The 46-year-old answers every question with a calm professionalism, but his answers come served with a heavy dose of industry jargon, showing a man happily encased by his responsibilities.

His career reads like trainspotter pornography. He stepped out of university into British Rail as a trainee operations manager and he’s been bouncing around top jobs in the industry ever since, such as playing a part in launching commercial services through the Channel Tunnel. He’s been DLR director since 2004.

Fox, who in the flesh could easily pass for mid-30s, feigns offence when I suggest that, with this pedigree, one could label him a trainspotter. “I’m a buff, but not into that sort of stuff. You’ve got to be interested in trains to do trains for as long as I have. It does fascinate me, but I’m not a trainspotter,” he assures me – for the third time.

While Fox’s father was a pit manager in the china clay industry in Cornwall, trains run through his veins from both sides of the family a generation before. His grandfathers toiled on the Cornish railways; his paternal one as chief clerk in the booking office at St Austall and his maternal grandfather as a track repair ‘ganger’.

“That wasn’t uppermost in my mind while I was going through university doing my economics degree, but trains were in my family and they were talked about,” his Londonised (since 1982) accent wandering back into the West Country momentarily. “If you live in a fairly remote part of Cornwall, the railway represents mobility and seeing part of the world.”

Fox, who now calls north-west London his home, commutes on the DLR, the last leg of his daily journey to Serco’s offices by Poplar station. The cricket-lover says he’s a team player, not an autocratic leader, while stressing that the buck stops with him. He draws parallels between how he plays his favourite sport and his management style.

“The way I play my cricket is that team is the big thing. I tend to bat in the middle of the order and I normally field close to the bat or keep wicket. I’m involved in everything. I’m more Paul Collingwood than a Kevin Pietersen.”

Fox is proud of his record of project delivery at DLR, which has seen the opening of new routes and the increase of train sizes (from two to three cars) which has meant extensive platform modifications.

Frustrated

He reels these off with gusto: “Three-car train Bank to Lewisham, February last year, tick; 22 new vehicles as part of a 55-new-vehicle offer, all in service 2010, tick; Woolwich-Arsenal, tick, tick.”

But, inevitably, there’s always a skeleton in the project-delivery closet and, again, the Olympic spectre materialises. Despite the successful roll-out of three-car services into the ExCeL last week, there is one sore point for Fox: the key Stratford International link. “We hoped it would be opened in late 2010. I’m highly frustrated that we’re late. The systems integration has not worked as well as it could have done. But we’re over the worst and can see the finish line – ballpark is July.”

Fox is using the London Marathon and World Travel Market at ExCeL as his own Olympic test events. But there is a plan B, one which could involve queuing times unknown in the heaviest rush hour. It’s particularly aimed at day three of the Games when they’ll be events at the Olympic Park and Greenwich.

“We can’t build more railways overnight or order more vehicles overnight so it’s managing people through the stations that’s the plan B. The safety valve is the queue time. At the moment we are targeting a maximum of an hour or so at busiest times.”

Is an hour reasonable? 
Certainly, given the circumstances, responds Fox. He is relentlessly confident that his network of driverless trains and (some) unmanned stations will be able to handle the Olympic crush.

“If you look at Athens, they would have given their right arm to be ready a year before the Games.”

EXPAND AND DELIVER?

Earlier this month a map surfaced on the TfL website illustrating “potential” new DLR routes. It proposes extending the network west, east and south including to St Pancras and Victoria. “The story goes back over 10 years when we did a horizon study about where the DLR could extend to,” says Fox. “The railway went to Beckton so the obvious extensions were to City Airport, Woolwich-Arsenal, Stratford International and Dagenham Dock.

“Dagenham is a well-established route anyway and that’s more long term because the rate of residential growth in that area hasn’t been as strong as it otherwise was so that hasn’t stacked up as a case. But going west, we said how can we fit in with the existing plans - we don’t want to replicate Crossrail or whatever.

“But the reason why St Pancras and Euston have become a possibility is because of the high-speed rail project.” There’s a lot of demand on the Victoria line going northbound – so we thought about how to alleviate that by moving people from Victoria and Westminster area. Will this happen tomorrow? No. Will it happen? I don’t know, but we are constantly thinking about it.”

AWAY FROM THE TRAINS

When Fox steps away from trains it’s usually to play music and sport and spend time with his family. “I’m a bit musical. I play keyboard, guitar and have a Fender jazz bass that I occasionally get out of the case. I also play music at my local church – it’s part of how I relax.”

Fox is also an “occasional football player” and Plymouth Argyle supporter, following his West Country roots. Although it’s been a sad year as his beloved Argyle were relegated from League One. Cricket is his “main sport”, which he played at university. “I played club cricket until my daughter [Ester] was born three years ago – then it went out the window.”
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thx seems so early for such a big city - people here complain that the trains shut down around 1 am
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Maintenance can only be done at night in London.
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thx seems so early for such a big city - people here complain that the trains shut down around 1 am
Well I believe London has one of the most extensive night bus systems to make up for it.
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Well I believe London has one of the most extensive night bus systems to make up for it.
Some bus routes even make the same exact stops of the underground.
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