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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #2401
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No, I didn't mean that; I meant after all your schooling, how do you plan on, e.g., drawing upon your diplomas/accreditation?
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Old September 9th, 2011, 03:27 AM   #2402
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It depends on what you want to speak about. I'm just a fan but I do know a lot about LU.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #2403
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Sorry, I actually don't know what you are asking about. The fellowship that I am applying for is just a grant for fund a project that I am interested in and would want to study for an entire year. I can't really explain that well but it is called the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship if you want to look it up. It's really interesting. But for me, I am trying to design a project where I talk to people about how their local transit systems shapes their attitudes about transportation and the way they think about the urban space and fabric. But in order for my project to win this fellowship, I would need to demonstrate that in each country that I want to go to, I would have to show that I have a liaison that I can talk to about this and hopefully use that person to connect with more transportation enthusiasts.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #2404
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You might want to visit the Railway museum in Darlington, Co Durham. See the worlds first public railway platform
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Old September 9th, 2011, 07:48 PM   #2405
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I'm just curious to learn what prospects/options graduates like mulnella is gonna have once s/he enters the labour market.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #2406
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I'm just curious to learn what prospects/options graduates like mulnella is gonna have once s/he enters the labour market.
No prospects the west is doomed jobs wise. I'm screwed as well.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #2407
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TfL announces changes to Oyster Card system

Individuals who use an Oyster Card during journeys on the London Underground transit system could notice differences to the current system in the near future. According to reports, Transport for London (TfL) will alter the current system to prevent travelers from overpaying for their journeys by accident.

The changes, which will begin next year, mean that cardholders will no longer be penalised for failing to touch in and out, which resulted in them paying maximum fees.

Marking the launch of the programme, Transport for London suggested that approximately 1,500 people per day would benefit from the changes to the system.

Caroline Pidgeon, Chairwoman of the London Assembly transport committee, said: "We are looking at ways of correcting journeys that have been left open without a final touch at the destination."

Last month, TfL announced the introduction of brand new trains on the London's Victoria Line in a bid to improve journeys for its 180 million passengers each year.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #2408
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London Entrepreneur Sees Gold Mine in Unused Subway Stations

A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive aims to turn 26 unused London subway stations and bomb shelters into shops and tourist attractions after raising 200 million pounds ($319 million) from investors.

Ajit Chambers, chief executive officer of Old London Underground Co., met Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday to discuss the plan. Chambers agreed to provide more information on potential sites, costs and the work needed to convert the stations, according to an e-mail from Johnson’s office.

“We’ve set up the construction teams, the finance availability and the investment to renovate underground space,” Chambers said in an interview. He declined to identify the investors.

Old London Underground plans to open the first site, Brompton Road station, in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in east London, Chambers said. The station, owned by the Ministry of Defence, has been shuttered since the mid-1950s after serving as the headquarters of southern England’s anti-aircraft defenses during World War II.

Each station would cost 17 million pounds to 34 million pounds to renovate and they would all be opened within five years, according to Chambers. That’s if he can convince Johnson that developing empty parts of the London Underground network, also known as the Tube, won’t come at public expense.

‘Safety Challenges’

Transport for London, the Tube’s operator, “has already looked closely at these proposals and highlighted the huge safety challenges and massive potential costs they involve,” the mayor’s office said. Johnson’s priority is “the upgrade of the Tube and delivering the passenger improvements that Londoners require.”

Chambers, 38, said he could generate more than 300 million pounds in annual revenue from turning the derelict sites into restaurants, gyms, museums and art galleries.

At the Brompton Road station he aims to open a members club on the roof of the above-ground portion and house the London Fire Brigade museum in its tunnels and shafts, he said in the interview inside the disused property.

The London Underground is the world’s oldest subterranean rail network, according to Transport for London. Brompton Road station opened in 1906 to ferry passengers along the Piccadilly Line until its temporary closure during World War II, when it was used as a war room.

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Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, was interrogated there by the Defence Ministry after he crash-landed his plane in Scotland in 1941 seeking to broker a peace deal, said Glenn Purkis, a Ministry of Defence employee who manages offices above the defunct station.

The station, nestled between the affluent neighborhoods of Knightsbridge and South Kensington, reopened after the war before its use as a station ceased in 1955, Purkis said. Aldwych in central London’s theater district would be among the next stations to be developed, according to Chambers. The stop, which was used as a bomb shelter during both world wars, has been closed since 1994.

Chambers founded Old London Underground in 2009. He said his plan will unlock the value of historic underground real estate that had largely been forgotten. “The investors are helping the UK put health and safety into these spaces and in return they get to make money,” Chambers said.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2409
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Old September 10th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #2410
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I was browsing the tfl projects webpages the other day and I saw plans for contact-less payment by phone or debit/credit card to be implemented on buses early next year and the tubes and trains late next year. Thought it may be worth mentioning.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 02:55 AM   #2411
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Old September 11th, 2011, 03:54 PM   #2412
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Green Park Tube station improvements ‘near completion’

A ‘transformation’ of Green Park Tube station is now nearly complete, with three new lifts already providing step-free access to the platforms and a new ramped entrance with views of the park now in action, Transport for London has said.

The changes mean passengers are already benefiting from improvements being made to this key Olympic interchange well ahead of the Games. The £48m project to provide step-free facilities at Green Park Tube station has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget by Tube Lines and London Underground.

Passengers with restricted mobility, as well as people with heavy luggage or buggies, are now able to use the new lifts at Green Park Tube station to access the Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee line platforms. Other work includes new flooring, ceiling, lighting, tiling and signage in the ticket hall plus new entrances and lift lobbies.

During the 2012 Games Green Park will be a key station as it will enable passengers to change to the Jubilee line for access to the Olympic Park, Wembley and North Greenwich. Green Park is also an interchange for travellers heading to Heathrow airport and other key transport hubs such as St.Pancras International rail station.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is great news that passengers using Green Park every day can now take advantage of the huge improvements that have been made there. Next year it will be a very important part of the plan to help millions of Londoners and visitors to our great city get around during the Games.

“We want to make the links into the Olympic venues as strong as possible and the ease of passage between them as smooth as possible.”

The major upgrade of Green Park station also includes a new canopy and a new staircase on the south side of Piccadilly, public space improvements outside the station and beautiful artwork integral to the station buildings.

Jon Lamonte, Senior Transport for London Director, said: “This is a busy station, popular with visitors to central London and will be an important link to the Olympic and Paralympic venues. Tube Lines and London Underground have worked tirelessly, day and night, to deliver improvements at Green Park station ahead of schedule and well below budget.”
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Old September 11th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #2413
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Consultation begins on proposed changes to South Kensington station

London Underground (LU) has begun a public consultation on the possibility of a development above South Kensington station.

Work on the proposal has been undertaken with input from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in order to examine the best way to implement any development whilst ensuring that Tube customers and local people reap the maximum benefit.

The potential development could fund station improvements providing the opportunity to carry out changes to reduce congestion and provide step-free access to the District and Circle lines at South Kensington station.

The narrow flight of stairs from the District and Circle line platforms is causing congestion problems whilst some customers find the station difficult to use because it can only be accessed via stairs. An initial scoping study has been carried out in order to address the problems at the station.

The study has shown that the best option would be a lift from a new Thurloe Street entrance into an enlarged ticket hall, as well as new stairs and a lift to the District and Circle line platforms.

The plans for a modest development have been created keeping the key issue of conservation in mind, in order to respect and enhance the listed elements of the station and the surrounding neighbourhood. As such, the existing arcade, listed shop fronts and northern and southern entrances would all be retained, as would the Thurloe Street terrace.

The ‘Ox-blood’ station building would also be retained and integrated with the residential development over the station ticket office.

Richard Parry, LU’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “Creating a modest development above South Kensington station has been a long-time aspiration and we have worked hard to devise a proposal that will benefit the area whilst remaining sensitive to local residents’ concerns.

“This will allow us to carry out much needed station improvements including lifts to provide step-free access to the District and Circle line platforms, an enlarged ticket hall and new stairs to cope with the ever increasing number of visitors to the area. We do not have the money for these improvements without a developer paying for it.”

TfL is ‘keen to get local support and opinion and welcomes the involvement of residents and stakeholders in this project’.

The consultation period will close on 7 October 2011 and we are holding a public meeting at 19:00 on Wednesday 21 September at Kensington Town Hall.
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Cut crowd size or risk rail and Tube chaos, Olympic chiefs told

Olympic organisers have been told to cut capacity by 25,000 at an equestrian event or risk transport chaos.

Transport for London has warned of queues of more than two hours for spectators travelling by rail to Greenwich Park for the cross-country horse riding event, scheduled for Monday July 30 during next year's Games.

The organising committee, Locog, faces losing more than £1 million in ticket revenues if it has to comply with TfL's advice to cut the official capacity from 75,000 to 50,000. Equestrian events in Greenwich Park were among the quickest to sell out when the first tranche of tickets went on public sale.

The warning comes in a confidential TfL document, seen by the Standard, which contains latest computer modelling of rail and Tube "station congestion hotspots" during the Olympics.

TfL experts highlight Greenwich station and Canary Wharf as the greatest cause for concern in terms of waiting times. Greenwich station, which is served by Southeastern railway and the Docklands Light Railway, will fail to cope as the main gateway to Greenwich Park, the report warns.

It states: "Day 3 (cross country) has the potential for two-hour-plus waits for DLR and Southeastern if the 75,000 capacity is utilised. [We] recommend venue size at 50,000."

Talks between Locog and TfL are focusing on staggering passenger arrivals and departures to the event, which runs from 12.30pm-5pm, to alleviate station crowding. Public entertainment, such as music festivals, are being mooted to prevent a mass exodus. But the TfL recommendation looks certain to sink Locog plans to sell 75,000 tickets, most of which are priced at £55 for general admission for cross country.

The cross-country event is the most problematic in the Olympic equestrian calendar because for that day only, capacity booms beyond the 23,000 seats sold for dressage.

Olympic tickets sales remain a Locog secret but it is thought that more than 50,000 have not been sold, so no orders would have to be cancelled.

Locog said it has held back one million tickets, to go on public sale next year, while venue capacities are finalised. The report says of Canary Wharf station, which will serve Greenwich Park and the O2 arena hosting basketball and gymnastics: "If left unmanaged, queuing times could be in excess of 90 minutes."

TfL said: "At certain times and places the transport network will be much busier than usual. We're already working with businesses and Londoners to ensure they have plans in place to enable us to manage demand. "Locog has not made a decision on sales of extra ticketing for this event [cross country] but we are in active discussions with them. When that decision is made, we will make the appropriate travel arrangements."
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New escalators for Custom House Docklands Light Railway station

New escalators at Custom House Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station have opened, ‘boosting the capacity of the station by 72% ready for the London 2012 Games’, TfL has said. The two new escalators will be able to carry 200 people per minute during the Olympics and major ExCeL events.

Chief Operations Officer for Transport for London’s (TfL) London Rail, Howard Smith, said: “The new escalators have been delivered a whole month ahead of schedule and will be a massive help in tackling congestion at the station especially during the Games.

“The station also directly serves the busy ExCel centre, the venue for many trade shows throughout the year and when Crossrail is built the legacy of the new escalators will be to provide an efficient interchange with the new railway.”

Work to install the two sets of 77-step escalators began in February this year and was completed one month early. The project cost £2.7m with £600,000 contributed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

ODA Director of Transport, Hugh Sumner, said: “Investment in the transport network is opening up services to more people than ever before.The upgrades to the escalators at Custom House DLR will enable spectator and everyday user demand to be met during the Games and will serve the commuters and communities that use the station long after London 2012.”

A further package of improvements is planned for stations along the Eastern route, from Poplar to Beckton and Poplar to Woolwich, later on this year. They will deliver ‘better lighting, new seating and enhanced information displays for passengers’.
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Do Britons often have the term "transit" lobbed at them nowadays, or might it be a matter of "transit" being a more 'sexy' word? (Canadian press overuse the term "sexy" at describing mundane matters/aspects.)
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Half of commuters ‘worried Tube won’t cope’ during Olympics

With the London Underground criticised this week for low performance by the London Assembly, British confidence in the Tube’s ability to cope ahead of the Olympics is also taking a battering.

mxData, creator of Tube Map app, carried out researched with 2,628 people who use the Tube on a regular basis and found that 54% are worried that London’s underground system won’t be able to cope with the Olympic games.

With 17% offering no opinion, this leaves just 29% confident that the Underground will be able to manage with the increased number of visitors.

David James, CEO of mxData, commented: “When the Tube runs smoothly, it is an extremely fast, efficient way of getting across London and is the envy of many a city. However, far too often there are severe delays to the lines due to faulty equipment and overrunning engineering works.

“It could be pretty embarrassing if millions of Olympic seats are left empty because its would-be occupants are stuck in a tunnel somewhere under the city.

“Some good news is that the Underground’s train drivers are set to receive an additional £500 for working during the games, which increases the likelihood of services running smoothly for London’s regular commuters and visitors alike.”
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'Transit' isn't a word you will find many Britons saying in reference to public transport systems. It normally refers to a type of van made by Ford.

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Improvements continue to be noticed on the Underground service, with delays found to have fallen by 35 per cent since 2003/04.

It was during this period that a programme of work designed to upgrade the tube system commenced, Transport for London (TfL) explains - adding that the network is now carrying a record number of passengers.

Last year, 1.1 billion people used the service and although a slight dip in performance was noted during the autumn and winter of 2010/11, action taken by London Underground to carry out incident recovery faster and boost reliability has rectified this.

In the last few months, numerous upgrades have been made to the network, including increasing the frequency of services on the Jubilee Line, rolling out new trains on the Victoria Line to boost capacity and adding air conditioned carriages to the Metropolitan Line.

Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, called the project the "biggest upgrade" in the tube's 150-year history.

"This can't be achieved overnight and some disruption is inevitable as the work takes place. However, Londoners rightly expect reliable journeys and we are completely focused on making sure that we deliver that," he added.

In August, TfL announced that platforms have been lengthened, drainage installed and new track laid at High Street Kensington and Edgware Road Stations on the Circle and District Lines.

The work was carried out as part of an upgrade that finished several months ahead of schedule.
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