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Old September 29th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #2441
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should make the tube challenge more awkward!
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Old September 30th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #2442
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Old September 30th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #2443
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Just how extensive is TfL's programme at raising platforms (3'03" )?
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Old October 1st, 2011, 04:04 AM   #2444
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Tube rule change allows guide dogs on escalators

A change in byelaws means guide dogs will be allowed to use London Underground escalators for the first time from October 5th. At present it is prohibited for guide dogs to travel on escalators, a rule which dates back to the days of wooden escalators and fears the dogs could get their paws caught.

The prohibition makes it harder for visually impaired passengers to access platforms.

Although Tube staff will often provide assistance to visually impaired passengers, including by stopping escalators where possible, the official line is that this may not be possible “at busy times” in case it causes overcrowding.

In March Boris Johnson told Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon he would ensure a review of the byelaw was completed “as quickly as possible”.

Last week Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy advised the Transport for London board that new TfL Railway Byelaws confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport would “remove the requirement to carry trained assistance or police dogs on escalators.”

The new byelaws also formalise the Mayor’s alcohol ban. In a written answer to Pidgeon, Johnson said “I very much welcome this change, which Transport for London has championed.”
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Old October 1st, 2011, 03:36 PM   #2445
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https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bank/consult_view







Unfortunately no detailed plans just an outline.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 05:44 PM   #2446
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Bank station is madness and the Bank of England entrance is very small.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 07:22 PM   #2447
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Old October 4th, 2011, 01:31 AM   #2448
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Tube drivers are unsung heroes

They risk the trauma of 'jumpers' to drive millions across the capital every day underground – tube drivers deserve £50,000.

I was standing on the northbound platform of Camden Town underground station on my way to a friend's birthday party in Golders Green when a young man a few yards from me suddenly clutched his head in his hands and shouted out "No! No! Why did you do that?" What was he on about? I turned to see that the train had come to a sudden halt. An elderly man had thrown himself under it.

No sound came from beneath the train as we looked for signs of life. "He really went for it," said the young man who had witnessed the leap. "He meant to do it." The driver emerged from behind the controls and stood silently on the platform. He looked completely stunned. He had brought the train to a halt as swiftly as possible and yet had been unable to stop before the jumper hit the tracks. Within minutes the emergency services – police, fire brigade, ambulance – were at the station, all of them only too familiar with what a "one under" means.

Out on the street, as the station was cleared and closed, would-be passengers were complaining about the delays, most of them unaware of what had just happened below. "Typical bloody London Transport," was one remark.

This happened one Sunday night last month and I was reminded of the driver's dazed and lost expression as the news came through today that "Tube drivers' salaries to rise to more than £50,000". The very first reaction to this headline on the Guardian website was from a generous-spirited reader: "What is so special about these guys? Holding the capital to ransom as usual."

The recent deaths of five miners in two separate incidents have provoked, quite rightly, a communal sadness. Yet it seems that people often forget the trauma that any driver must experience when a stranger hurls themselves to their death in front of their train. This is something that one tube driver must experience, on average, every week. A Transport for London spokesperson said that there were 41 such incidents last year "and each one is traumatic for everyone involved".

Everyone who travels by London underground is aware of the collective sigh that greets the genteel announcement that there will be delays because of "a person under a train". A few of the jumpers miraculously survive, if they happen to fall into the pit below the rails. But for many of them it is what emergency service workers describe as a "bucket and spade job". The drivers get time off and are offered counselling by Transport for London's occupational health department. Colleagues can offer sympathy but for some the trauma inevitably has a permanent effect.

Most people do not begrudge the excellent salaries of the buffed and shiny airline pilots who deliver us safely to our holiday destinations. We may smile at them and say thank you as we leave the plane. How many spare a thought for the tube drivers who work underground rather than in the open skies, driving 3.5 million people across the capital each day, who don't have a fancy cap saying "to fly, to serve" on it and who know that round any corner someone who has had enough of life may be waiting to leap into the hereafter.

Little boys – and possibly a few little girls – used to grow up wanting to be train drivers. The magic slipped from the job years ago, a casualty of declining respect for public services as much as anything else. But the drivers who take the millions of Londoners and visitors and tourists to their destinations every day are unsung heroes and heroines. They should be recognised as such in their pay packets, which the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union is still in the process of finalising, not least for having to deal with the lurking possibility of a "one under". That's what's so special about those guys.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #2449
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I don't understand why do Tube drivers deserve 50k, because few people every year commit suicide? What about doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters...? All of them experience trauma in their line of work.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 09:47 PM   #2451
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Tube drivers are better organised at blackmailing people into giving them what they want by not doing their job until they get it striking.

If firefighters, policemen, doctors or nurses go on strike, no one (least of all them) would allow fires to burn uncontrolled, the rule of law to be non-existent on the streets, patients to be untreated - there's moral implications for not doing your job and not letting anyone else do it either. So, for instance, the firefighters go on strike and out come army and their green goddesses. This makes the strikes less disruptive and so less effective at holding the area to ransom.

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Boris Johnson: Extra spending on London's transport system will boost the economy of Manchester

Boris Johnson has called on the government to invest in London transport - to boost the economy of Manchester and other cities. The London mayor urged the Treasury to have a 'wheel deal' to supply cash for major transport improvements in the capital. He was speaking as he visited the Lucchini UK factory in Trafford Park that supplies wheels for the London Underground.

Mr Johnson said: "The wheel deal I want to offer the Treasury and the government is, 'you supply us with the cash to invest in London transport and all the things we will do to speed up London and we will drive jobs and growth around the country.

"London is the motor of the UK economy. The Treasury knows that short-changing London really doesn't make any sense."

His comments came two years after Mr Johnson risked inflaming a north-south row in a conference speech when he claimed the best way to stimulate growth in Manchester was to invest in London.

Mr Johnson said today: "We're here in a fantastic factory at Lucchini where we're looking at some of the wheels that Lucchini make for the London Underground. It's very fascinating to see the stuff that we use being made. One of the things I want to ensure we do, within the limits of the law, is that we source our stuff from the UK and its important we keep supporting British manufacturing.

"So you do two things, you not only improve London transport, but you drive jobs and growth here in Manchester as well. Those people who think London is benefiting from growth, that is true, but London helps drive jobs elsewhere in the country as well."

Lucchini employs 187 workers and took on 14 more just last week. It provides and maintains steel wheels for trains in Britain and abroad. It has supplied more than 32,000 wheels for the London Underground over a decade.

Mr Johnson toured the forge and spoke to workers. He told them: "Whenever we've needed a wheel, you've supplied a wheel. You've never let us down."

Chris Fawdry, managing director of Lucchini UK, said: "This contract is very important to us. We been supplying for many years so we do no't want to lose this contract. We've supplied over 32,000 wheels over the last 10 years and we have never let London Underground down. They've never had a train stand by because they don't have wheels."
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Old October 6th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #2453
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I don't understand why do Tube drivers deserve 50k, because few people every year commit suicide? What about doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters...? All of them experience trauma in their line of work.
They all get paid loads though, maybe except for nurses
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Emirates buys place on Tube map in £36m cable car deal

One of the world's biggest airlines is set to start 'flying' passengers across the Thames in a deal that will see its brand name appear on every London Tube map.

Emirates, which sponsors Arsenal football club, can today be revealed as the backer of Boris Johnson's cable car project, which will link the O2 arena in Greenwich with the Excel exhibition centre at the Royal Docks.

As part of the £36million, 10-year deal for the new Emirates Air Line, the company will see its branding on all future versions of Harry Beck's Tube map design. Two new stations will be added to future versions of the map - Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks.

The cable car's "flight path" across the Thames will also be depicted on the maps in bright "Emirates red". It is the first time corporate branding has appeared on the map.

The project, which Transport for London says could be completed by summer next year, will have 34 cable cars carrying 2,500 passengers an hour. The gondolas, about 160 feet above the river, will run every 30 seconds and the journey will take five minutes. The scheme's cost was estimated to be about £25million when it was announced a year ago and the Mayor initially said that it would not be taxpayer funded.

The cost has now increased to £60million but a TfL spokesman today insisted they are "confident" they will recoup the rest of the money from European funding, further corporate sponsorship deals and fare revenue.

The Mayor today hailed the announcement. He said: "This multi-million pound deal is tremendous news for London, helping us to deliver a new addition to the city's skyline. The Emirates Air Line will be an exciting and innovative mode of transport easing travel for thousands and offering spectacular bird's eye vistas of our majestic Thames.

"The UK's first urban cable car will also act as a vibrant catalyst for the further regeneration of east London helping to attract jobs and investment for the benefit of Londoners."

It is not known if the cable car project, which critics have describes as a mayoral "vanity project", will be ready in time for the Olympics.

London Underground managing director Mike Brown said: "Main construction works began in July and we are on track to open next summer. Much of the manufacture, including the steel towers, is being done in the UK, boosting companies across the country."

Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said: "The Emirates Air Line will take off as an iconic landmark for London."
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A £422,000 grant has been given to restore an underground carriage, thought to be the world's oldest, to mark 150 years of London Underground. Metropolitan Railway Carriage Number 353 was built in 1892 and ran on what is now known as the Circle Line.

The Heritage Lottery Fund money has been given to the London Transport Museum to restore the carriage to full working order. It will then become a key feature of the anniversary celebrations in 2013. The restoration work will take about a year to complete and will incorporate early Metropolitan Railway design and construction.

Following the anniversary, the carriage will tour around heritage railways in London and the South East for 10 years.

The carriage was withdrawn from service in 1905 when the Metropolitan Railway was electrified. It was then acquired by London Transport in 1974.

'International significance'

The work will be carried out by the Ffestiniog Railway, which is a specialist in heritage railway carriage restorations.

Sue Bowers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: "It is the London Underground system that helped transform the capital from a small city in the early Victorian period to the massive conurbation that it is today. As such, this carriage is not only of national importance, but international significance, as our underground system was the first in the world."

The Heritage Lottery Fund will also help to fund an apprentice to gain an NVQ Level 2 in carpentry as part of the project.

A further 159 people will be offered the opportunity to work towards a heritage and transport qualification through the restoration.
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The Emirates Air Line has a nice ring to it. But not too sure about having the logo on the underground maps tho.
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They wouldn't be doing it out of charity.
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Yeah £36million. just not a fan of having their logo on maps
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