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Old July 24th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #2341
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Replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane approved

Newham’s Strategic Development Committee has approved plans for a replacement Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Pudding Mill Lane. The existing Pudding Mill Lane DLR station is located where the Crossrail route reaches the surface and therefore a new station needs to be constructed.

The replacement DLR station will be constructed immediately to the south, between the River Lea and City Mill River. The existing DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane will remain open to passengers until the new station is complete in 2013. Construction of the new DLR station will get underway later this year.

The new station will be purpose built to accommodate longer three-car DLR trains as well as providing improved step-free access. Outside the station, there will be a large open space which will link into wider pedestrian routes as well as providing connections with local bus routes.

Significant levels of development are taking place in the Pudding Mill Lane area and the station has been designed to accommodate future increases in passenger demand as well as to incorporate escalators at a later date.

Howard Smith, London Rail’s Chief Operating Officer said: “TfL welcomes the opportunity presented by Crossrail’s construction to provide DLR passengers with a brand new station at Pudding Mill Lane. The new station will be able to accommodate many more passengers than the existing station which will support future development as well as the future use of the Olympic stadium.”

The Crossrail Act 2008 granted outline planning permission for the replacement station, while allowing the London Borough of Newham to approve details in relation to external design and materials as well as boundary walls, fences and lighting.

Five new tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, North Woolwich, Victoria Dock and Plumstead. The Crossrail works at Pudding Mill Lane involve the construction of 300m long tunnel portal structure and a 120m long approach ramp. It is these works which require the rebuilding of the existing DLR station further south.

The Pudding Mill Lane portal site will receive the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) which will create the Crossrail tunnels from Stepney Green. The first TBM will arrive at Pudding Mill Lane in spring 2014 and the second in summer 2014.

Once operational, Crossrail trains will emerge from the central section tunnels at Pudding Mill Lane, using the portal structure and ramp to join the Great Eastern Main Line to make their way towards Shenfield. DLR passengers will be able to interchange with Crossrail at Stratford station.

Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal started over a year ago and are on schedule to be completed at the end of 2011. Main construction for Pudding Mill Lane Portal is now underway. Due to the close proximity of the Crossrail worksite to the Olympic Park, work on Pudding Mill Lane Portal will be suspended during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 02:14 AM   #2344
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Sixteen London Underground stations get listed status

A group of London Underground stations clad in eye-catching ox blood red blocks that gave the tube its first corporate identity have been granted listed status by John Penrose, the culture minister.

The Edwardian baroque buildings, granted grade II protection on the advice of English Heritage, include Oxford Circus, Covent Garden and Russell Square and have become familiar around the world to millions of visitors to the capital. In all 16 stations, including a group of later 1930s stations in an art deco style at St John's Wood, Perivale and Wood Green, were protected. Arnos Grove, Oakwood and Sudbury Town, designed by Charles Holden also in the 1930s for an extension to the Piccadilly line, were given the greater protection of Grade II* status. The moves mean 72 stations on the network are now listed.

"Millions of people pass through London's underground system every day, with little thought for the historic design and architectural features that are right under their nose as they hurry to catch their trains," said Penrose. "Tube stations are great examples of the capital's hidden heritage."

Opening in 1907, before the underground acquired its famous logo and its current burden of 1 billion passengers a year, the red-clad stations were among 40 designed by young architect Leslie Jones with a brief to create a recognisable identity for three new railways thrusting out into the suburbs that would become today's Northern, Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.

His solution was to clad a relatively cheap steel frame, then a new technology from America, in distinctive deep red glazed blocks. For the interiors he chose bottle green tiles up to a decorative dado of acanthus leaves or pomegranate, details which remain in many of his stations today. The burden of his commission at such a young age affected his health and he died a year after the stations opened from tuberculosis, aged 33.

In the recommendation for listing, English Heritage inspectors said: "The distinctive red faience facades are instantly recognisable and count among the most iconic of London building types."

The deep red of some of the facades is now joined by the brighter red Coca-Cola facias above convenience shops, while others, such as the Argyll Street station entrance to Oxford Circus often go unnoticed by passengers focused on escaping the crush of shoppers on Oxford Street.

Any redevelopment plans in Transport for London's £10bn refurbishment programme will have to take the sites' heritage value into account, which London Underground indicated should not be a problem.

"Heritage is a very important part of our identity," said Richard Parry, commercial and strategy director at LUL. "The tube is undergoing a huge upgrade to its ageing infrastructure to cope with increasing demand, however, whenever we modernise a station we make sure to take care of the historical features."

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English heritage, said : "The London Underground not only set the standard for progressive transport systems, but has displayed a remarkable commitment to quality and consistency of design. From the distinctive and instantly recognisable glazed red facades of the early 20th century stations such as Belsize Park and Russell Square, to the modernist designs embodied in Arnos Grove and Sudbury Town, we have been left an amazing architectural inheritance. It is absolutely right that these stations be afforded the recognition and protection provided by listing."

The stations given Grade II status are: Aldwych, Belsize Park, Brent Cross, Caledonian Road, Chalk Farm, Chesham, Covent Garden, Hendon Central, Oxford Circus - originally two separate stations, Perivale, Redbridge, Russell Square, St John's Wood, West Acton, and Wood Green. Three other stations - Arnos Grove, Oakwood, and Sudbury Town - have been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 07:32 AM   #2346
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LU ticket machine upgrades make Oyster cards more accessible

Transport for London is making it ‘much faster and easier for passengers to buy and use Oyster’, by upgrading ticket machines that will sell Oyster cards directly, with credit loaded.

By the end of July, ‘most stations’ across the London Underground network will have at least one ticket machine equipped to vend Oyster cards, Transport for London said. Passengers will be able to get their new cards at any time of the day from the clearly marked machines.

Since the ticket machine upgrade began in May, the new service has been an ‘instant hit’ with passengers. Already more than 25% of all new Oyster cards are bought from a ticket machine. Currently, more than half of all new Oyster card purchases at Aldgate East, Holland Park and Lambeth North have been from the machines.

At other stations, including Euston, King’s Cross, Belsize Park and Putney Bridge, more than a third of new Oyster card purchasers have chosen to do so by using the quick and easy ticket machines.

Richard Parry, London Underground’s Strategy & Commercial Director, said: “We have long known that the way customers use the Tube is changing, and we’re adapting to those changes. Customers have embraced Oyster in recent years, with just one in 20 Tube journeys now starting with a ticket office purchase.

“The ability to vend Oyster cards is a natural progression for the self-service machines across the Tube network which were also upgraded in 2010 to allow customers to buy tickets to a greater range of National Rail destinations, as well as with Railcard discounts.”
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Old July 28th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #2348
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Web giant adds London's public transport network to its online map application. Plus, SAP integrates BI and collaboration data with Google Maps
Londoners can now get public transport directions across their city using Google Maps, after Google plugged data published by Transport for London into its mapping software.


In an announcement on Google's official blog, transit directions manager Thijs van As said TfL was one of the first European transport agencies to open its timetable data to the public.

"We’re strong supporters of open data and bringing information out into the open, and believe that making information publicly accessible can be an enormous engine of economic growth and innovation," van As said.

The news follows an announcement by enterprise software giant SAP that it has partnered with Google to provide deeper integrate with the web giant's mapping services.

SAP will offer improved integration between its Streamwork collaboration software and the BusinessObjects Explorer and Crystal Reports business intelligence tools with Google's mapping application programming interfaces (APIs).

This will allow SAP customers to apply their own information with Google Maps and Google Earth in a more sophisticated fasion than is currently possible. University campuses and industrial complexes would be able to provide Street View functionality inside their facilities, for example, while broadband providers could map customer complaints.
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Those making their way around London in the future can now do so with the help of Google Maps, which will provide information on all possible public transport connections between destinations.

From today (July 28th), people will be able to use the Get Directions function on the service and click on a new train icon to work out their routes, helping them navigate their way between the more than 250 Underground stations and over 18,000 bus stops in the city. It is also possible to use this program on the go, thanks to Google Maps for mobile. When utilising the software with a handset, Maps will input the traveller's current location to work out the best way.

Android smartphones can also use the Transit Navigation (Beta) in Google Maps, which sends out alerts when it is time to get off the train or bus.

Ed Parsons, Google UK's geospatial technologist, told the London Evening Standard that a lot of processing has been done, with the company working hard over the last couple of years to perfect the service.
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Why preserve these London Underground hell holes?

The Tube needs modernising – not Grade II architectural listing.

London Underground is pleased to announce that, due to signal failure at Cockfosters, trains are running 20 minutes late. We are sure passengers will welcome this opportunity to admire their beautiful surroundings at leisure.’’

Absurd? Of course it’s absurd. But no more absurd than this week’s announcement that 16 Underground stations have been given listed building status, bringing the number of listed Tube stations to a stupefying 72. Talk about conservation overkill. It’s like giving the entire cast of Coronation Street OBEs – the only difference being that people enjoy watching Coronation Street, whereas nobody in their right mind enjoys travelling on the Underground.

The trains are hell on wheels, the ticket halls are a zoo, the escalators are like something from Dante’s Inferno, the staff stopped smiling in 1955 and here we are congratulating ourselves because, back in 1906 or whenever the stations were built, the architects did the job they were paid to do. It’s a joke.

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Old July 30th, 2011, 05:38 AM   #2350
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That article is a load of bollocks.

The Leslie Green stations are beautiful and part of LU and London's iconography. Plus the lack of space has nothing to do with the architecture of these stations and all to do with the lack of available space in Central London.

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Certainly, I don't agree with most of it as well. LU is not just any underground system, it's an icon as well. However, I do agree that can't prevent modernisation.
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Garden watering in London Underground stations

Garden watering is underway in London Underground stations as part of the Britain in Bloom initiative.

Floral displays and vegetable patches have appeared in locations such as Greenford and Northolt and will be judged by a panel of experts.

A fruit and vegetable category has seen twice as many entrants as it did at its launch last year as part of the Capital Growth programme, which mayor Boris Johnson hoped would encourage more residents in the city to cultivate their own produce.

Set-ups that require the least garden watering or have recycled materials - such as in North Acton where old train sleepers have been re-used as flower beds or the wormery bin in Hampstead that creates liquid fertiliser - will be awarded with more points in the competition.

Chief operating officer for London Underground Howard Collins said: "With so many impressive entries I think it's going to be a difficult decision for the judges to choose the winners this year."

The Britain in Bloom initiative has encouraged horticultural activity across the nation, such as in Grimsby where schoolchildren grew allotments in wheelbarrows.
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Full fleet of new Victoria line trains now in service

The 180 million passengers who use the Victoria line each year are now being served by a full fleet of brand new trains, following the successful phasing out of the old 1960′s stock.

The new higher capacity trains are more accessible with wider doors and more spaces for wheelchair users, and on-board audio and visual electronic information for hard of hearing and visually impaired passengers.

They also feature CCTV in every carriage and are a crucial part of the upgrade of the line. Once work to remove the old signalling is complete next year the upgrade will mean a 21% increase in capacity – the equivalent of space for an extra 10,000 passengers per hour.

The completion of the roll-out of the new stock comes forty years after the Victoria line was completed from Victoria to Brixton in July 1971. The line was the first automated train line in the world and, with its ticket barriers and special new ticket machines – it was ahead of its time.

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The Jubilee line is working on a new timetable that means the trains now take advantage of the new signalling, so people should notice faster journeys. However, I don't believe there is a frequency upgrade yet.
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Is the upgrade complete then? I thought the infamous 'Jubilee line misery' would last a lot longer.
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Cycle, walk or work at home to free up Tube, commuters told

Londoners have been urged to walk or cycle to the office, or work from home, to ease overcrowding on the Tube during the Olympics.

Up to three million extra journeys a day will be made as spectators travel to the Olympic Park in Stratford and outlying venues such as Lord's and Wembley - a 25 per cent increase on the 12 million trips by Tube, train and London bus on a typical weekday.

Transport minister Norman Baker urged Londoners to avoid peak times or change their routes to avoid pinch points during the 17 days of the Games, saying: "It's time to oil the creaking bike, dig out the walking boots, work out how to use the video conferencing equipment, and fire up the laptop," Stations such as Canary Wharf, Stratford, King's Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo are likely to be busiest, with transport chiefs keen to avoid adding to pressure on the Jubilee line.

They want to see the use of public transport fall 30 per cent to make up for extra journeys by 800,000 spectators a day, who will need to use the Tube or Javelin services from King's Cross to Stratford. The 55,000 athletes and officials will be driven in VIP "Games lanes".

A Freight Transport Association survey shows fewer than five per cent of delivery firms feel ready to deal with disruption during the Games. Risk of jams, stopping athletes reaching venues on time, is concerning transport chiefs.
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Is the upgrade complete then? I thought the infamous 'Jubilee line misery' would last a lot longer.
Well it's not technically complete as the frequency isn't at 33tph (?) yet. But I believe most of the physical work is done.
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Lets see how the feedback is. Hope all those delays were worth it.
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