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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #2381
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Old August 26th, 2011, 02:33 AM   #2382
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TfL denies CBS can end £1bn Underground contract before Olympics

Transport for London (TfL) has issued a remarkable retort to CBS Outdoor's plans to terminate its London Underground just weeks before the start of next year's Olympics as "entirely spurious".


In a statement to Media Week, Richard Parry, TfL's London Underground director of strategy, refused to accept that CBS had any grounds to terminate the tube contract, believed to the biggest outdoor advertising contract in the world, which was due to run until the end of 2015.

He said: "CBSO's claims that they want to terminate their contract due to delays to the LU upgrade programme are entirely spurious. TfL is engaged in discussions with CBSO regarding the terms of the LU advertising concession.

"We do not accept that CBSO is entitled to issue a Termination notice and will be making it clear to CBSO that it must honour its obligations under the contract. LU will vigorously defend CBSO’s claims and will seek to recover any losses as a result of CBSO’s action."

Earlier this year, CBS Outdoor announced it was preparing to take TfL to court, in a bid to claw back millions of pounds of advertising revenue the media owner believes it has lost due to delays in construction, among other things.

Tensions have been mounting between CBS Outdoor and TfL following the partnership forged after a competitive pitch process in 2006.

Richard Sauer, executive vice president, general counsel of CBS Outdoor, told Media Week that changes in the operation of the London Underground since the contract was agreed constitute an "adverse event".

"They have made it more costly for us to implement the conversion of our digital advertising network across the estate," he said. "Our expectation was that we would be allowed to complete the implementation of the network within an approximate two year period... this has not been the case and there is a clause in the contract designed to cover such an event."

The London Underground train network will play an essential role in ferrying more than five million visitors and Olympic ticket holders to the Games next summer. It will be vital for TfL, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government, that this dispute is settled satisfactory, avoiding the prospect of no posters or digital display ads across the network.

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Old August 26th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #2383
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I've just spent five days in London this August and newly felt in love with its transit as I enjoied to travel around the city center and the suburbs with bus, underground and railways (as I was in Clapham I tried several services of Southern suburbs leading to Victoria and Waterloo)
And I finally brought the DLR that I personally find fantastic. Many Londoners complain it is too slow, but that was not my impression... maybe it is slower than Jubilee Line, expecially to reach Canary Wharf, but that's because of the stops which are less.

I wanted to bring the Overground as well, but when I tried it was closed (on Sunday) at least in Clapham Junction

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I went to London Transport Museum, erm, just to the shop, but I didn't look for Tubeman as i didn't inform I was there and it didn't seem fair to me to disturb him
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Old August 27th, 2011, 09:14 AM   #2384
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I've just spent five days in London this August and newly felt in love with its transit as I enjoied to travel around the city center and the suburbs with bus, underground and railways (as I was in Clapham I tried several services of Southern suburbs leading to Victoria and Waterloo)
And I finally brought the DLR that I personally find fantastic. Many Londoners complain it is too slow, but that was not my impression... maybe it is slower than Jubilee Line, expecially to reach Canary Wharf, but that's because of the stops which are less.

I wanted to bring the Overground as well, but when I tried it was closed (on Sunday) at least in Clapham Junction

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I went to London Transport Museum, erm, just to the shop, but I didn't look for Tubeman as i didn't inform I was there and it didn't seem fair to me to disturb him
I'll be back there in October so will have the chance to do similar.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #2385
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the Overground as well, but when I tried it was closed (on Sunday) at least in Clapham Junction
Anybody feel like betting how much longer this closure'll stick around
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Siemens Unveils London Underground Concept Train

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A design concept for a next-generation train for London Underground’s small-profile ‘tube’ lines was unveiled by Siemens during the Railtex exhibition.

Building on its successful role in supplying replacement bogies for Central Line and Waterloo & City Line stock, Siemens was asked by LU to develop a ‘concept train’ for the next round of replacement stock which will in due course be needed for the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.

When LU last tendered for replacement trains for the Piccadilly Line, Siemens did not submit a bid – and indeed on that occasion the plans did not proceed. Now, however, according to Friedrich Timmer, Project Manager for Rolling Stock in the Mobility Division at Siemens, ‘we believe London Underground is ready for the next generation of trains’.

Comparing the concept train with the Bombardier stock now entering service on the Victoria Line, Siemens said that the future design would offer a 30 tonne weight saving with 11% more capacity. Featuring wide gangways between cars, the trains would be 30% more energy-efficient; even if air-conditioning were fitted, the trains would be 17% more energy-efficient, said Timmer.

Siemens has developed the concept as the basis of a product family adaptable for use on different LU lines. The design includes what Siemens terms an ‘iconic’ front end that it hopes may one day become a London landmark.

Timmer expects prequalification for the next-generation train procurement process to start in 2012.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 10:34 PM   #2387
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Old September 1st, 2011, 09:59 PM   #2388
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How well do the accordions on the new Metropolitan-line trains dampen the clatter, sound
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 05:50 AM   #2389
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^Hideous thing.

In other news the DLR Stratford International extension opened this Wednesday. I'll do a write up with photos ASAP.

I also believe a (small) new ticket hall has opened at Green Park which enables step free access to all lines.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 05:59 AM   #2390
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 07:37 PM   #2391
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Had there been any bickering about extending the Jubilee Line to SI instead of the DLR
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Old September 4th, 2011, 02:25 AM   #2392
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Not really. The Jubilee line would've been far more expensive as they'd have to either switch over lines, or a new tunnel under Stratford Regional station would've had to be built. Also, the curves between Stratford and Stratford International would've been too tight for tube trains.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #2393
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i don't like it, the sides are good, but the front is so ugly
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Old September 5th, 2011, 02:05 AM   #2394
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I don't even like the sides. I think they should keep the current LU livery with the blue skirting. It looks fresh and original and it fits in with LU aesthetics.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #2395
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I must be the only one! I like it! Tube shapped at the front!
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Old September 6th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #2396
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I've noticed over the last few days that the tube map has had a minor overhaul. Disabled stations are now split into two categories and the new DLR line is also shown. Much like the overground, I wish they were shown as separate routes, but oh well! Oyster rail services are now dotted lines instead of double line which I think is a large improvement too.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloa...rvices-map.pdf
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I must be the only one! I like it! Tube shapped at the front!
"Tube"? Didn't you mean Turbo-shaped

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You know, at this rate, Canada might as well as go for this one
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Old September 8th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #2398
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Hello everybody. I am from New York City and I am going to be studying public transit in a variety of countries next year on a academic fellowship. One of them is London and cities in the UK. I was wondering if I could talk to any one of you and also count on meeting you when I am there next year. Thank you.

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What might you plan doing with your schooling thereafter, please?
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You mean after I do this academic study? I probably will try to go to grad school in urban planning/transportation studies.
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