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Old June 10th, 2011, 04:09 AM   #2181
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That article only applies to tourists or out-of-towners. Most Londoners know the fastest route, the fact that 30% of people chose the fastest to get from Bond Street to Paddington shows this. I don't think the map should be cluttered even more than it already is because of 30%.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #2182
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People using more efficient routes would reduce overcrowding though, since their total time spent on the tube is less. For example, on my previous very overcrowded commute KGX - Canary Wharf, many people transfer at Bank to the DLR, but transferring at London Bridge to the Jubilee is actually a full minute and sometimes more shorter.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 03:43 AM   #2183
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People using more efficient routes would reduce overcrowding though, since their total time spent on the tube is less. For example, on my previous very overcrowded commute KGX - Canary Wharf, many people transfer at Bank to the DLR, but transferring at London Bridge to the Jubilee is actually a full minute and sometimes more shorter.
I agree. I lived in London for twenty years and still made mistakes as to the quickest route, when travelling on sections of the network I normally did not use. It would be useful information for passengers whomever they are.

I'm sure once upon a time this information was shown electronically on display screens in stations, indicating the quickest route on the map, or did I dream that?
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Old June 11th, 2011, 09:29 AM   #2184
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Waterloo to Kings Cross is another one - I recall that going via Oxford Circus is quickest, as the transfer is cross-platform, rather walking than up and down stairs and through tunnels to the 2nd platform.

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Old June 11th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #2185
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People using more efficient routes would reduce overcrowding though, since their total time spent on the tube is less. For example, on my previous very overcrowded commute KGX - Canary Wharf, many people transfer at Bank to the DLR, but transferring at London Bridge to the Jubilee is actually a full minute and sometimes more shorter.
Even so, would you want to be on the Jubilee during peak hour to Canary Wharf? I'd rather use the DLR.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #2187
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That article only applies to tourists or out-of-towners. Most Londoners know the fastest route, the fact that 30% of people chose the fastest to get from Bond Street to Paddington shows this. I don't think the map should be cluttered even more than it already is because of 30%.
Subscribe that. If they put all those details, everyone would then be complaining how 'cluttered and hard to understand' the map would be. It's always 'damn if you do, damn if you don't'.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 05:13 PM   #2188
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Even so, would you want to be on the Jubilee during peak hour to Canary Wharf? I'd rather use the DLR.
You're right that you don't want to be on either
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Old June 12th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #2190
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If they put all those details, everyone would then be complaining how 'cluttered and hard to understand' the map would be. It's always 'damn if you do, damn if you don't'.
In my opinion, all the general system maps which attempt to show the fastest route from any station to any other station are cluttered, confusing, and create more difficulties than they alleviate. However, I have seen some metro maps that show for one station only the fastest route to every other station.

This would require every station to have a different map and probably for every station to also have the uniform map which does not indicate the fastest routes.

Examples and discussion can be found here (pages 11-13):
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...200121&page=11
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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #2191
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In a new study called Mind the Map, New York University professor of urban planning Zhan Guo compared the journeys made by Tube passengers with routes the travel time data showed they "should" have made. He compared the journey between Bond Street and Paddington stations - a trip with two potential routes, the first via Baker Street and the second through Notting Hill Gate.

The second route is slower, but about 30 per cent of travellers chose it. He wrote: "Passengers often (mis)trust a transit map more than their actual experience; they often take a path that looks shorter on the system map but is longer in reality
Those 30% of people are clearly idiots... and no amount of embellishments on the map will change that.

The two stations are the same distance apart on the map if you follow the lines, so logically you then use the number of stops and / or changes as a tie-breaker... and the Baker Street route is clearly superior as it's 3 stops and 1 change versus 6 and 1.

The only reason why someone unfamiliar with the Tube might be excused for going via Notting Hill Gate is because it's a much simpler interchange (i.e. when you alight from the Circle / District Line, there's only one other line you could change onto).
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Old June 13th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #2193
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Tube passengers warned over upgrade work

London’s new deputy mayor for transport has warned passengers that they will face “teething problems” as the last stage of the troubled Jubilee line upgrade is completed and workers shift to the Northern line, the network’s busiest route.

But Isabel Dedring, who was appointed in April, said the work on the two lines was vital to ensure the metro system could handle fast-rising traffic levels. Its completion would prove London Underground could “get to grips with” the problems that have plagued its upgrade programme.
LU is due to start from early July using a more sophisticated Jubilee line signalling system between Dollis Hill and Stanmore, the last section using traditional signals. The section includes Neasden depot, where engineers have been struggling to ensure Metropolitan line trains will be able to run safely alongside trains using the new Jubilee line system.

The new system will let trains run faster and closer together. But undetected software flaws produced serious breakdowns when it was first introduced elsewhere on the line. “If we look forward to July on the Jubilee line, we should certainly expect that we will have teething problems as we drop the last bit of kit in,” Ms Dedring said. “The fact is that everywhere, where you’re putting in that kind of scale of investment, metros will experience disruption for a period.”

The new kit would nevertheless let the underground carry more passengers, Ms Dedring said.

After a month to allow for any problems to emerge, LU plans to start running 27, rather than the present 24, trains an hour on the Jubilee. The figure will rise to 30 trains an hour next February. The new timetable will help the line to cope with traffic during the 2012 Olympics. LU would apply lessons from the Jubilee line upgrade – started under Tube Lines, the public-private partnership contractor that LU bought out last year – to the Northern line.

The Northern line programme, which will use the same technology as the Jubilee, should benefit from work already undertaken to adapt the system to London Underground conditions. But Ms Dedring insisted significant effort had also gone into avoiding the regular weekend closures inflicted on Jubilee line passengers.

Work on the Northern line will start late this year. A new timetable, boosting the line’s capacity by 20 per cent, should be adopted by the end of 2014.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #2194
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Tube delays down by more than a third in 8 years

Delays on London Underground (LU) have dropped by more than a third since 2003/4 when the Tube became part of Transport for London, new figures from TfL show.

The figures were provided to the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, ahead of this week’s inquiry into Tube performance.

The figures demonstrate a long-term continuing trend of improvement:

- Record numbers of passengers per year use the Tube – last year there were 1.1 billion passenger journeys, up 17% since 2003/4.

- Rising levels of passenger satisfaction measured by independent surveys.

- The volume of train service has increased while reliability has improved, since 2003/4.

- A 12% improvement in the reliability of LU’s scheduled services (measured by the ‘excess journey time’ experienced on average by passengers).

- Delays have fallen by 35%.

- Despite the vital weekend closures to upgrade the Tube, the number of kilometres operated still remain near their highest ever level.

- While the data shows that there was a dip in performance during the autumn and winter – due to a number of factors such as the introduction of new systems on the Jubilee and Victoria lines and industrial action – performance has improved over recent months and has returned to the level that was being achieved before the dip.

LU’s Managing Director, Mike Brown, said: “The Tube has an underlying long-term trend of improving performance, which has been achieved despite the need to close parts of the network more frequently at weekends for upgrade work. However we are not complacent and we are putting in additional measures to continue to improve our performance and deliver an increasingly reliable service for Londoners.”
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New signalling on the Tube to increase capacity on 40% of network

London Underground has awarded Bombardier Transportation the contract to upgrade the signalling on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

The new signalling contract was finalised over the weekend following a statutory ‘standstill’ period. Alongside the fleet of 191 new air-conditioned walk-through trains, already being rolled out on the Metropolitan line, the new signalling system, when complete, will mean passengers can travel more quickly, and frequently on all of the sub-surface lines, which together make up 40% of the Tube network.

Overall the upgrade, which is due for completion in 2018, will mean:

- 24% more capacity on the District line by providing space for an extra 10,000 passengers an hour – increasing the line’s capacity from 40,000 to 50,000 passengers an hour.

- 27% more capacity on the Metropolitan line by providing space for an extra 9,500 more passengers an hour – increasing the line’s capacity from 35,000 to 44,500 passengers an hour.

- 65% more capacity on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, delivered through new signalling, longer trains and recent improvements to service frequency. In total the upgrade will provide space for an extra 17,500 more passengers each hour – increasing the capacity from 26,000 to 43,500 passengers an hour.

London Underground has been working with and learning from other metros around the world in order to identify innovative ways to upgrade the Tube while minimising disruption. As a result, Bombardier Transportation, who recently upgraded the signalling on the Madrid Metro, has committed to installing and testing the new signalling system without any need for weekend closures.

There will still be a need for weekend closures to upgrade track and platforms, however these will not be the full line closures that have been experienced during previous upgrade work on other lines under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “The signing of this contract means that we can now proceed with one of the most important elements of the Tube upgrade programme. The Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines are the oldest in the Capital, making up a large chunk of the Tube network and moving a million Londoners every day.

“This new contract will deliver the minimum amount of closures while delivering the improvements all Londoners are desperate to see.”

LU Managing Director, Mike Brown said: “This is a major step forward in our plan to upgrade the Tube and will mean faster, more frequent and reliable Tube services across 40% of the Tube network. We know that line closures are disruptive to our customers and as a result we have insisted on the delivery of the new signalling system without the need for the kind of closures we have seen on other lines.”
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Northern line upgrade set to begin this year

Transport for London today announced that the main programme of works to upgrade London’s busiest Tube line – the Northern line – will commence later this year. When complete, the upgrade will deliver faster, more frequent and more reliable train services for customers, increasing capacity by 20% and cutting journey times by around 18%. The upgrade works are due to be completed in 2014.

TfL said lessons ‘have been learned from the upgrade of the Jubilee line’ and a new approach is being taken on the Northern line that will mean ‘significantly fewer weekend closures than originally planned under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts, with no early evening closures’. Under the PPP, Tube Lines had proposed 65 weekend closures on the Northern line, many of which would have closed the whole line, or large parts of it.

Instead there will now be:

- Eight weekends of full line closures for the installation and testing of the new signalling system, spread out so as to cause minimum disruption, with five closures in 2013 and three in 2014.

- Eight additional weekends where shorter sections of the line will be closed, many of which will affect only the High Barnet branch, the most lightly-used section of the line.

- Six closures of parts of the line during the quieter Easter and Christmas holiday periods which will be closed for 4 or 5 days respectively.

- Tube Lines had also planned 18 months of weekday early evening closures affecting the whole line, with last trains due to have left the centre of London by 22:00.

From October, the northern branches of the line will in turn start up slightly late on Sundays to allow for extensive work during Saturday night’s engineering hours to be completed.

This will give greater flexibility to install and test the signalling and will impact on considerably fewer people than either early evening closures of a series of weekend closures. Services on the High Barnet branch will start from 8.30am on Sundays through to November 2012, followed by the Edgware branch through to November 2013.

Overall, this represents a reduction of over 60% in the number of passenger journeys that will be disrupted by the work compared with the number that would have been disrupted under the original PPP plan.

Isabel Dedring, the Mayor of London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Delivering more reliable journeys for Londoners wherever they are on the transport network is a top priority for the Mayor. The team at the Underground have completely overhauled the Northern Line upgrade programme to ensure that passengers do not have to go through a repeat of the disruption they suffered with the Jubilee Line upgrade.”

In order to achieve this reduced closure programme London Underground will be intensifying the amount of work done during night-time engineering hours, using the hours where the network is closed each night in full to carry out upgrade works, as well as the usual maintenance work.

In addition, much more system testing will be done ‘off site’ using improved simulators, and on an extended and enhanced test track at Highgate, to reduce the time needed for closures and to drive out any problems in the system before it goes live for passengers.

Improvements made for the Jubilee line system (which uses the same hardware and software) will automatically be carried across to the Northern line. Staff who will operate the system on a day to day basis, including train operators, will also have a greater involvement in putting the new system through its paces in simulators to iron out issues off site. These new approaches will together help to ensure that the new system is reliable once it is used in passenger service.

The upgrade will proceed in phases to minimise risk, starting with off-site software development and testing, followed by the new system being applied in the High Barnet area before being rolled out across the rest of the line. Following Transport for London’s acquisition of Tube Lines last summer the Jubilee line upgrade is now on-track for completion at the end of next month.

London Underground Managing Director, Mike Brown, said: “We know how disruptive weekend engineering works can be and we’re determined to learn lessons from the Jubilee line upgrade, the last of the PPP upgrades.
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