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Old September 17th, 2011, 11:20 PM   #2421
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Old September 20th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #2422
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TfL claim the Tube’s ‘long-term trend of improvement is continuing’

Figures published today by Transport for London claim that the Tube’s ‘long-term trend of improvement is continuing’.

The transport operator published the figures on the same day that the London Assembly released their report claiming Tube delays have risen by 20% between 2009/10 and 2010/11.

TfL said delays are ‘now down by 35% since the programme of work to upgrade the network began’ in 2003/04.Transport for London admit ‘there was a dip’ in performance in the autumn and winter of 2010/11, ‘attributable to a number of factors including strikes’.

Some difficulties also ‘arose with the new systems being introduced to improve capacity and customer journeys on the Jubilee and Victoria lines’, TfL said.

TfL said that LU has since ‘introduced a programme of actions to improve reliability and speed up incident recovery, and performance has now returned to the levels seen before last year’s dip – with delays and Excess Journey Time during the first four periods of this year down to below the levels of last year’.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #2423
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'Urgent’ escalator maintenance completed at Earl’s Court

Piccadilly line passengers are now able to access Earl’s Court the morning after urgent escalator works finished ahead of schedule on Sunday.

London Underground’s (LU’s) ‘rigorous maintenance checks’ two weeks ago found that bearings in one of the escalators between the Piccadilly and District line platforms were ‘likely to fail within the next few weeks’.

If the escalator had failed it ‘could then not be used as a fixed staircase’.

Owing to the limited space available to carry out works on the faulty escalator and only a narrow spiral staircase as a backup, LU needed to close the area around the escalator to carry out the works.

LU’s maintenance teams ‘worked flat out to complete the work from Tuesday night and finished ahead of schedule on Sunday morning, limiting disruption to regular passengers and those attending events in the local area’.

LU’s Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins, said:

“This is great news for our passengers and reflects the hard work that our staff put in to minimise the disruption caused by emergency repair works on the Underground network.

“Where possible, we always try to plan maintenance and upgrade work well in advance but sometimes we have to act quickly to carry out works as problems arise.

“I apologise to any customers who have been affected by this closure over the past few days.”
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Old September 20th, 2011, 10:25 PM   #2424
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Took some pictures of the Farringdon Station works on Saturday. Massive crain on site, getting ready to lift the station roof into place.



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Old September 21st, 2011, 02:20 AM   #2426
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This pic should be in the Thameslink/Crossrail thread.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 10:36 PM   #2427
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 03:48 PM   #2428
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This pic should be in the Thameslink/Crossrail thread.
Won't there be any changes to the Tube station?
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 08:23 PM   #2429
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New walk-through Tube trains 'will cut number of deaths and injuries'

New trains should dramatically reduce the number of people killed or seriously hurt on the Underground every year, transport bosses pledged today.

Transport for London said extra safety measures such as the phasing out of dangerous access doors between carriages would stop passengers falling on to the tracks.

TfL's new walk-through carriages are being phased in on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, Circle and District lines. Other measures to reduce injuries include fewer gaps and steps between trains and platforms, better education for drunk passengers and "grip-strips" to stop people slipping.

TfL defended the Tube as one of the safest rail networks in Europe but figures show that nearly 4,000 people were injured last year. Since 2005 there were 188 deaths and 835 serious injuries to passengers, staff and contractors, according to data collated by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism .

Most of the fatalities were as a result of passengers falling under trains or being struck near exposed train lines or tunnels. Many of the deaths that occurred on Tube tracks are described as being caused by "multiple" injuries.

Three people needed limbs amputated following accidents at Tooting Broadway, Knightsbridge and Bank station. There was a total of 3,939 accidents this year, compared with 4,000 last year. Tube escalators were accident blackspots for slips and falls.

The most dangerous line for travellers was the Jubilee, which runs from Stratford to Stanmore, with 650 incidents last year, despite many of its stations having safety doors on the platforms. The figures, released to the Clerkenwell-based bureau under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that Waterloo, London Bridge and Westminster stations all have high accident rates, despite their platforms being protected.

The Metropolitan line had the least incidents with 203 people injured. Richmond station was the safest on the Underground with only two accidents in five years. TfL said the figures included medical incidents, such as heart attacks, as well as suicides.

A spokesman added: "Transport for London is investing billions to improve the Tube network by upgrading trains and stations, which will build on the Underground's excellent and improving safety record as well as improve passenger journeys.

"A recent Office of Rail Regulation report indicated that the Tube is the safest significant-sized railway in Europe, with a safety record 15 times better than the European average. The latest figures show that safety incidents fell by eight per cent in 2010/11 compared with the previous year."

RMT union chief Bob Crow warned that cuts in station-based staff were behind the high accident rates.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 12:10 AM   #2431
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Boris: 'Willesden Green will not be added to Met line'

Boris Johnson has scotched a poorly-supported suggestion that Willesden Green station could be added to the Metropolitan line.

It is ordinarily only served by Jubilee line trains but on occasions when that line has been shut for engineering works, Willesden Green has been used as an additional stop by Met line services.

Councillor Navin Shah (Labour), the London Assembly member for Brent and Harrow, asked the Conservative Mayor of London at Mayor's Question Time whether there were moves to designate Willesden Junction as a new Met line destination between Finchley Road and Wembley Park.

Mr Johnson said: "Stopping Metropolitan line trains at Willesden Green station during planned Jubilee line closures has clearly provided significant benefits for people affected by the closures, whether travelling to Willesden Green or connecting with buses to continue their journey to another station.

"However, stopping Metropolitan line trains at the station permanently would have the opposite effect.

"It would give only a very marginal benefit to those using the station, who have a fast and frequent Jubilee line service, with easy connections to the Metropolitan line at Wembley Park or Finchley Road.

"Conversely it would make journey times longer for the much larger group of passengers already on Metropolitan line trains. Transport for London therefore has no plans to make this change."

Pinner resident Anthony Wood, vice-chairman of The Federation of Metropolitan Line Users' Committees and chairman of Harrow Public Transport Users' Committee, said: "We're happy for Met line trains to stop there in an emergency or when the Jubilee line is closed but we are not in favour of a permanent stop at Willesden Green.

"It would mean a worse service for longer distances passengers and Jubilee line passengers normally get a get a very good service anyway."

Figures provided by Transport for London show during the last two years, Willesden Green has been a temporary Met stop on 37 days.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 05:02 PM   #2432
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Weekly poll: should London Tube lines and trains have quiet carriages?

If you travel by Tube, rail or Overground into London, particularly during rush hour, your priority is probably finding a carriage with standing room. What can undoubtedly be a stressful travelling experience can occasionally be made worse by a chorus of screaming babies, ceaseless announcements, your neighbour’s blaring MP3 player and bellowed telephone calls.

Cities such as Boston have addressed the problem by forbidding loud conversations and the use of mobile phones during peak times on all its commuter train services. It’s a self-regulating service but could it work in London, and do people even want it?

A number of politicians have voiced their frustration at an apparent lack of consideration some commuters show towards fellow travellers, and are mooting the introduction of a quiet carriage on London Underground and rail services. First Capital Connect has no plans to introduce quiet zones but may do so if enough customers request it; Southeastern takes a similar stance. TfL is less receptive to the idea, citing frequent services and relatively short journey times as negating the need for dedicated quiet carriages.

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Olympic 'travel hotspots' identified

Businesses based in London have been given predictions of the areas of the public transport and road network that are likely to be the most congested during the 2012 Olympic Games.

According to Transport for London (TfL), the key 'travel hotspots' were previewed yesterday (September 22nd) in an aim to help organisations make preparations ahead of the athletics event.

Small and medium-sized businesses were also invited to the BT Centre to attend the Make 2012 Work for You event, where they were shown the London Underground stations and areas of road that may be busiest, in order to plan their staff movements and freight deliveries accordingly.

The organisers also pointed out the financial benefits that will be brought to the capital by the Games and urged firms to take the necessary steps to ensure they are able to keep on running next summer and take full advantage of this global sporting event.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy and Olympic Transport Minister Theresa Villiers all appeared at the seminar, with Mr Johnson saying it is "vital" that businesses are prepared.

"Making sure they have the most up-to-date and relevant transport information is a crucial part of this preparation, allowing them to plan around any disruptions, make sure their staff are where they need to be and [that] their businesses can keep moving as we welcome the world to our great city," he said.

TfL has launched a new website that provides information on transport in the capital during the Games and it has also hosted workshops on how to plan deliveries, freight and services during the Olympics.
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London Tube timetables enter Minority Report era

A new gizmo gives you the latest London Underground travel updates by mixing up reality with technology.

Londoners with smart phones can point the camera at their Oyster card to get the latest service updates, as the video above shows. Dubbed ‘augmented reality’ by tech-buffs, you capture real objects on your phone to trigger access to digital content on the screen.

The data on the screen is from Transport for London’s website. How well connected to reality the public transport timetables are may be questioned by stressed commuters. But there is no doubt the gadget is intuitive and simple to use. An early example of its use was in the hit film Minority Report.

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South West Trains Intercity and Regional services have them and they are fantastic! 99% of people actually follow the rule too.
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Those idiots who move between running tube carriages.
But otherwise people don't spread evenly among the carriages.
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More trains for District Line's Wimbledon branch

Commuters should see tube services into town boosted by the end of the year. London Underground (LU) has revealed that from December an extra five District Line trains will run from Wimbledon to central London during morning peak hours.

The decision came after a consultation about changes to the heavily congested service, which also calls at Wimbledon Park and Southfields stations..

Commuter Thais Portillo-Shrimpton, who lives in Wimbledon Village, welcomed the news. She said: "I'm really happy - sometimes I have to stand [on the platform] for 15 minutes."

To pave the way for the change, LU will be scrapping the weekday shuttle service between Kensington Olympia and High Street Kensington.

LU claims the move will reduce delays and provide capacity for an additional 4,000 passengers every weekday morning, with further capacity for more than 800 people on evening services to Ealing Broadway and an enhanced late evening service on the Wimbledon branch - with six trains per hour until 11.30pm.

The Olympia shuttle service will continue to operate at weekends and special services will operate to serve major weekday events at the Olympia exhibition centre.
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Closure of Kensington Olympia Tube to go ahead

Transport for London is to proceed with plans to scrap the weekday London Underground service to Kensington Olympia despite objections from local councillors and London’s passenger watchdog.

In place of the Kensington Olympia service, London Underground plans to run additional services on the Wimbledon branch.

It say the changes would reduce delays and provide capacity for “4,000 more passengers on the Wimbledon branch” and has promised to maintain a weekend service to and from the station.

Local councillors have expressed concern that the changes would make it harder for visitors to travel to Olympia when the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre closes.

Nicholas Paget-Brown, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways at Kensington and Chelsea Council, previously described the plans as “short termist and unwise.”

In August London TravelWatch warned that closure of the wheelchair accessible Olympia station would force passengers to take “long and inconvenient diversions.”

Earlier this year London Underground extended its consultation period over the proposals.

On Wednesday LU Managing Director Mike Brown said: “There was an overwhelming response to the consultation and we would like to thank everyone who took part.

“After taking into account all the responses we received, and in light of the benefits that the changes will deliver, we have decided to go ahead with the changes; these will come into effect in December.”
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