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Artist on mission to paint 450 Tube stations

An artist from Rickmansworth will showcase a unique collection of Tube-inspired paintings at a prestigious London exhibition this weekend. Ross Ashmore, 54, of Valley Road, is currently working on an ambitious three-year project to paint all 450 stations within the Underground network.

The married father-of-three, who works in a studio at his home, has so far completed Zone 1 – 63 works in total as Blackfriars station is currently closed – including Elephant and Castle, Embankment and Paddington.

Mr Ashmore told the Gazette: "Some people hate the Tube but I have always loved catching the train and I am fascinated by the history and archaeology of the Underground, which I think is often taken for granted. The paintings are created very spontaneously using special industrial oils and they have a textured, expressionist feel to them.

"Each station has a particular meaning to passengers who use them regularly and some of the paintings have already been purchased by people in the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong." Mr Ashmore, who also enjoys sculpting and life drawing, will exhibit his creations at the United Artists Fair, in the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London.

The three-day event, the largest of its kind in Britain, attracts thousands of visitors to view and buy the work of as many as 170 artists. The fair opens on Friday evening (invitation only) with free public admission on Saturday and Sunday.

See next week's Gazette for a feature about Mr Ashmore's work.
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450 tube stations? Even including the London Overground and DLR I don't think the figure even begins to approach that.
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Maybe they are counting by pairs of platforms. For example, King's Cross Sst. Pancreas: don't cot as only one station, but 4 (Victoria, Picaddilly, Northern and Circle/Hammersmith&City/Metropolitan platforms)
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That only gives you 381 (not discounting shared platforms*), so the 450 is 69 too high. LO's 78 takes you 9 over, so perhaps we're looking at the DLR's 41 (Poplar x2), but then what makes up the remaining 29?

The article also says 68 stations in zone 1 'as Blackfriars is closed', which is correct for TfL (provided you count both Paddington LU stations and Tower Gateway DLR). There's a bodge going on.

I have no idea how 450 was achieved.

*if you discount shared platforms you get 326 LU, 41 DLR, 67 LO (counting LO/LU as LU), which gives you 434.
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The transport ‘Big Build’ that will help spectators and the rest of London keep moving during the Games is complete with works at the main ‘Gateway’ station for the Games now finished the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) confirmed today.

The ODA announced that work was complete at the main ‘Gateway’ station for the Games, Stratford Station, as guests and media also took a test ride on the newly completed Docklands Light Railway (DLR) extension from Stratford International Station for the first time. The DLR extension will open to the public this summer and Transport for London (TfL) is on track to complete the Jubilee line signalling upgrade in July, a year ahead of the Games.

Together, the upgrades and improvement works mean that 10 different rail routes will serve Stratford station during and after the London 2012 Games, making it one of the most connected parts of the capital.

The vast majority of upgrades required for the Games are already operational and form part of a £6.5 billion transport improvement package across the UK to increase capacity and bolster services, enabling 100 per cent of spectators to travel to the Games by public transport, walking or cycling.

The milestone was marked today as the Mayor of London, Transport Secretary and Culture and Olympics Secretary, LOCOG Chair Seb Coe and ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone showcased the routes that many spectators would use to arrive at the Olympic Park next summer. These routes included the Javelin® service to Stratford International, the new DLR extension linking Stratford International to Canning Town and also the new Northern Ticket Hall that will serve the Westfield shopping centre when it opens in September.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: “Thanks to the Games and the massive settlement we've secured from central government, London is seeing a neo-Victorian age of investment in its transport infrastructure. East London now has arguably some of the best transport connections in the world and they are here for all Londoners to take advantage of, a year ahead of the Games.”

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “London 2012 has been the catalyst for permanent transport improvements which will benefit millions of people, not just for the Olympics, but for generations to come. This investment will ensure that the thousands of athletes and spectators attending the world's biggest sporting event travel safely and efficiently around the UK.

“But crucially it will also allow us to minimise the disruption for those who are not attending the Games and are going about their everyday business during July and August next year. Obviously, with hundreds and thousands of additional passengers in town, I can’t promise that there will be no disruption to normal travel patterns. And some people will need to think differently about how they travel, possibly working from home, shifting journey times or avoiding the capital at particularly busy times. But I can guarantee that the Government, the Mayor and London 2012 are doing everything possible to get people to the Games, whilst ensuring the rest of the country keeps moving.”

ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone said: “Working together with TfL, Network Rail and others, we have delivered a positive transport legacy for London a year before the Games. New trains, improved services and upgrades to infrastructure such as at Stratford Station, the main ‘Gateway’ station to the Games, will mean spectators can get to and from venues in 2012 and will leave East London better connected for decades afterwards.”

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said: “We have seen over the last five or six years a collective spirit from all of our stakeholders who are focused on not just making London 2012 a huge success, but also creating a fantastic legacy for generations to come. The work on the transport infrastructure which has been completed is a great example of how organisations have come together to ensure that the venues are well connected for Games-time, giving spectators a fantastic experience next summer. And when the Games have left town, London will be left with an enhanced transport system which will benefit communities for generations to come.”

Peter Hendy, London Transport’s Commissioner said: “We’re on track to deliver all transport improvements well ahead of the Games and Londoners are already benefitting from this early legacy.

“Transport networks will be busier than usual, which is why we’re urging businesses to plan ahead now for how and when they travel, and have their goods delivered, during the summer of 2012. But working together, I’m confident we’ll keep London moving and deliver a fantastic Games of which the city and nation can be proud.”

Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “As with every great city, the transport infrastructure will play a fundamental role in defining the success of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Stratford has become one of the best connected destinations in London and is a central reason why we are already seeing a great deal of commercial interest in investing in the Park after the Games.”

Upgrades and enhancements have been delivered through partnership working and a united effort between the ODA, Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and the Department for Transport, resulting in substantial improvements to London’s rail networks, particularly across the ten lines serving the 500-acre Olympic Park and its three stations - Stratford, Stratford International and West Ham. Together, these stations will accommodate just under 80 per cent of visitors to Stratford.

The latest edition of the London 2012 Transport Plan, which gives a comprehensive overview of the Games-time transport arrangements across the UK, was also launched on the day.

Transport improvements across London and the UK will leave behind a lasting legacy after London 2012. During the Games, enhancements will help handle expected capacity, with the three stations expected to handle around 80 per cent of spectators between them.

To increase capacity and improve routes leading to the Olympic Park, the ODA was required to manage a programme with stakeholders to upgrade lines, infrastructure and rolling stock. The bulk of this has now been introduced, with concentrated investment at Stratford Station, which will handle close to half of all Olympic Park spectators to the Olympic Park.

The station has benefitted from more than £125 million of upgrades and enhancements, with capacity trebled to accommodate 120,000 people during the morning peaks in 2012, when more than 200 trains will pass through the station each hour. This has been achieved through upgrades including dual-side opening doors on the Central Line at Stratford station, the introduction of three-car trains on the DLR, and mainline rail service improvements, including the North London Line, Lea Valley lines, Great Eastern Main Line and East London Line (see full list of improvements in factfile below).

Meanwhile, the establishment of the Javelin service at Stratford International will also help meet demand, as will investment in improving capacity at West Ham, where the ODA has built a new temporary bridge that will take spectators directly from the District and Hammersmith & City Line platform to the Greenway walking route and into the Olympic Park. This will also allow regular commuters to follow their usual route through the station with less disruption.

As the ODA concludes its management of Games-time investment, the baton has now been passed to Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and the nations’ train operating companies to run services next summer.

Transport factfile:

- 78 per cent of spectators are expected to travel to and from the Olympic Park by rail. The breakdown by station is:
- Stratford International: 18 per cent
- Stratford Regional: 61 per cent
- West Ham: 21 per cent
- The London 2012 transport strategy is for 100 per cent of spectators to travel to the Games by public transport, walking or cycling. However, this allows for Blue Badge holders, a limited number of who will be able to drive close to venues.
- The completion of the Jubilee line signalling upgrade by Transport for London is due to be completed in July 2011, delivering a 33 per cent increase in capacity through faster and more frequent train services.
- Transport investment includes:

ODA funded and managed works at Stratford (working alongside delivery partners London Underground and Network Rail):

- Nine new lifts and nine new stairs to increase passenger capacity.
- A new Central Line platform, allowing dual-side opening to speed boarding and alighting.
- A new station mezzanine entrance and ticket hall with ticketing and gate-line facilities.
- Station power and systems completely upgraded.
- Integration of previously disparate security, life-safety and customer information systems.
- Platform de-cluttering and the reopening of the Eastern Subway.

ODA co-funded works (with contribution from TfL and National Rail):
- Upgrades to the North London Line and Lea Valley lines, including associated signalling, track and overhead line works.
- An additional freight loop at Stratford and associated lengthening of Platform 10a to handle 12 car trains.
- The demolition and reconstruction of the existing Angel Lane road-over-rail bridge.

ODA co-funded works (delivered by DLR):
- Introduction of three-car trains on the DLR.
- Extension of the Docklands Light Railway from Canning Town to Stratford International, having completed the extension to Woolwich Arsenal
- Other upgrades include accessibility improvements at Soutfields and Green Park stations; new high-speed domestic trains; new Victoria line trains and signalling improvements at West Ham
- Improving accessibility is central to the upgrades and enhancements at Stratford Station - nine new lifts and eight new staircases have been installed to improve passenger flow and accessibility and in addition, platforms have been lengthened, widened and made clearer to reduce congestion.
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Employers and the public will need to think about changing routine journeys during next year’s London Olympics to avoid overwhelming “stress points” on the transport network, the transport secretary has warned. Philip Hammond was speaking at an event to mark completion of the Docklands Light Railway extension from Stratford to Stratford International – the last piece of new transport infrastructure planned ahead of the Olympics.

The only remaining projects to be completed to prepare London’s transport network for the expected crowds are signalling upgrades on the London Underground’s Jubilee and Victoria lines.

Mr Hammond said many stations, such as London Bridge, would encounter significant amounts of Olympic traffic. Employers would need to consider whether staff should be allowed to change their working hours to avoid the worst congestion or work outside the office. “We need to get people to think about how they plan their journeys,” Mr Hammond said. “Certainly, the government will be allowing significant numbers of people to work from home during the Games to ease the burden on the transport system.”

Among the main new transport links that will handle Olympic spectators are the High Speed One link from St Pancras International to Stratford International and the East London Line from New Cross to Dalston Junction, as well as the DLR extension, which will open this summer.

The extension is vital because it will link Stratford International – which will be served by high-speed trains every six minutes from St Pancras – to the stadiums around Stratford.
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French artist Daniel Buren's colourful, geometric art will adorn one of London's busiest underground stations as part of the £1 billion expansion of Tottenham Court Road. Commissioned by Transport for London for its Art on the Underground programme, the project is set to be completed by 2016.

A colourful series of diamond and circle shapes will cover the internal glass walls of the station. “I decided to work with very simple shapes so that I can respond to the requirements of the subway station in different ways”, said Buren. The work will become a major feature of the station's new entrance hall, designed to accommodate some 200,000 commuters and tourists a day. Transparent versions of the work will serve to section off the ticket areas. Buren is also designing a sculpture of the shapes for the station's ticket hall, which will be displayed behind glass, “like an antique”, said Buren. Tamsin Dillon, the head of Art on the Underground said: “We wanted to build on the underground's tradition of working with world-class artists. By collaborating with Buren, we are continuing this connection.”

Buren said that he did not create the design with a function in mind but recognised that travelling on the underground can be stressful. “It’s a very difficult situation for everyone,” he said. So he wanted to avoid creating something visually “irritating”.

“Working in the public sphere one must find a balance between being supple and being strong, so that one's work is not compromised,” he said, referring to the red tape involved in such a commission. For Tottenham Court Road, Buren originally intended to include the ceilings above the escalators, because they are “always very claustrophobic” he said. But Transport for London ruled that out saying it would be too difficult to maintain.

“Being in the public space, a work can have a very large audience. We know that the majority of people have their reservations when it comes to contemporary art. This is compounded when a work stops working or deteriorates, and in the end, the artist is always blamed,” said Buren. He is confident that London Underground's maintenance staff will be up to the job, however. “It's only a matter of cleaning, and tube stations are cleaned anyway,” he said.

Buren has become something of a public transportation designer du jour. He has also been commissioned by the French city of Tours to help design its new tram system. His ideas, which were presented at the beginning of May, include designs for the vehicles and stations, complete with sound and lighting effects.

Tottenham Court Road station already features a large-scale work of art: mosaic murals by the late Eduardo Paolozzi, designed in the early 1980s. When the refurbishment plans for the station were first announced, there were fears for the work. The majority of the Paolozzi mosaics are being preserved, while some smaller sections will removed to an alternative site, which is still to be identified.
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That only gives you 381 (not discounting shared platforms*), so the 450 is 69 too high. LO's 78 takes you 9 over, so perhaps we're looking at the DLR's 41 (Poplar x2), but then what makes up the remaining 29?

The article also says 68 stations in zone 1 'as Blackfriars is closed', which is correct for TfL (provided you count both Paddington LU stations and Tower Gateway DLR). There's a bodge going on.

I have no idea how 450 was achieved.

*if you discount shared platforms you get 326 LU, 41 DLR, 67 LO (counting LO/LU as LU), which gives you 434.
Count with the ones that are at construction on DLR, and, possibilly, the Crossrail stations?
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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed the news that once again the number of crimes on the transport network has fallen. New figures released by the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police Service show that crime on the Underground and Docklands Light Railway went down by seven% and offences on London’s bus network down by four% in the last twelve months.

The figures show that in 2010/11:

- Violent crime against a person offences on the bus network has been cut by 5%
- Public disorder offences on the Tube and DLR are down by 11%
- Vandalism has reduced by 20% for the Tube and DLR, and 12% for buses
- Theft on the bus network is down by 6%

Over the last three years the Mayor and TfL have increased investment in transport safety and security. Safer Transport Teams have were introduced in all London Boroughs, providing over 400 MPS officers, and a cycle task force of 40 officers has been created. In addition, the consumption of alcohol on the TfL services has been banned, which has won the support of Londoners wanting to improve their experience of travelling on the Tube and on the bus.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said:

“When I became Mayor I pledged to make London’s vast network of public transport safer, and these figures confirm that our laser like focus on reducing crime on the network is having a positive effect. The additional investment in safer transport team officers we created and extra British Transport Police officers we provided are doing a great job of helping keep Londoners safe, but we also plan to provide them with some extra support by putting another 413 Police Officers on the transport network next year.”

The reduction in overall bus crime has been largely down to the work done by the TfL-funded Safer Transport Teams in each of the Capital’s boroughs working closely with TfL, through working with community groups and schools, conducting intelligence-led operations and being a visible presence on the network. On the Tube and DLR, continued improvements in safety and security on trains and stations, as well as TfL’s ongoing, collaborative work with the BTP, have also helped achieve a seven per cent reduction in overall crime.

Despite the overall reductions in crime, small increases in robbery offences have been experienced over the last year. The numbers are low particularly in context of the ‘billions of journeys made’ on the system each year – an additional 101 offences on the bus network and an additional 24 offences on the Tube and DLR over the year.

TfL say they are not complacent and have measures in place to deal with this such as targeted police operations, CCTV to bring offenders to justice and crime prevention advice to encourage passengers to take extra care of their belongings, particularly expensive electronic items. Where robbery is an issue certain Safer Transport Teams will address any trends or increases by conducting high-visibility and intelligence led operations to deter offenders.

Another offence that has seen a rise in the past year is theft of railway property, most notably cable theft. To combat this, officers from the BTP are using various tactics including covert operations and community based intelligence to crack down on those whose actions can disrupt the Tube.

TfL continually works with the BTP on dedicated operations to minimise crime on the Tube and DLR networks and the hundreds of BTP officers who patrol the Tube and DLR network are supported by around 12,000 CCTV cameras in order to minimise any risks to passenger safety and security.

Steve Burton, Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing at TfL, said: “The transport network is a low crime environment and it is encouraging that the number of crimes has again fallen on the bus and Tube/DLR networks. But we are not complacent and will continue to work together with our policing partners to further reduce transport crime in the Capital and keep passengers safe.”

There are now just 10.5 crimes per million passenger journeys on London’s buses, with 11.4 crimes per million passenger journeys on the Tube and DLR as the transport network remains a safe, low crime environment.
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