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Old October 18th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #2481
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can anyone tell me please whether underground and overground trains in London have sanding equipment (putting sand on the rail in order to avoid slippery) or not?
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Old October 21st, 2011, 12:15 AM   #2482
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how much would that new Docklands lane cost ?
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 01:17 AM   #2483
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Hello,

can anyone tell me please whether underground and overground trains in London have sanding equipment (putting sand on the rail in order to avoid slippery) or not?
There are dedicated Sandite trains used by both LU and Network Rail, but regular trains do not spread sand to my knowledge.

LU trains do have de-icing units (roughly 1/3 of units on most lines), which have de-icing fluid and sleet brushes.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 10:14 AM   #2484
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Old October 24th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #2485
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I'm not very familiar with the London Tube, but when I look at the maps, I always wonder why the DLR has not been extended with the short tube line "Waterloo-Bank". I think this would create a great transport link.

Are the tunnels too small?
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Old October 24th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #2486
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yes, and too bendy, and everything is in the wrong place at Bank.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 12:22 AM   #2487
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How much would it cost to rebuild bank from scratch with cross platform interchanges and clear walkways with travellators? Beyond the cost benefit ratio I'm guessing.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 09:31 AM   #2488
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How much would it cost to rebuild bank from scratch with cross platform interchanges and clear walkways with travellators? Beyond the cost benefit ratio I'm guessing.
Probably cheaper to move the whole city of London financial district to a new site! It's a very confined space and a very busy station.

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Old October 26th, 2011, 02:47 AM   #2489
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However they're planning to bore a new platform tunnel for the Northern line and convert one of the existing ones to a central passenger tunnel, which should improve passenger flow a lot.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 12:49 AM   #2490
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Victoria Tube station escalator work ‘completed three months early’

Tube customers at Victoria station have full use of the busy interchange again after London Underground (LU) completed refurbishing the 42-year-old escalators in the main ticket hall three months ahead of schedule. The station is undergoing a £700m redevelopment, which will dramatically increase its size as well as improving accessibility for all.

A new ticket hall, interchange passage, escalators and lifts will be completed by 2018 to enable the station to cope with increasing numbers of customers. The escalator work that has just been completed will mean more reliable operation of the station in the meantime as well as returning capacity for customers getting on and off the Victoria line.

The three escalators which run down to the Victoria line platforms and which include the second most-used escalator in the world with 21 million customers hopping on each year, were out of service one at a time, in sequence, while they were being worked on. LU engineers worked ‘around the clock to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimise disruption for customers, who were asked to use other stations as much as possible during the works’.

While the works were carried out ‘LU staff worked hard to help all customers including disabled passengers get to their destinations as quickly and easily as possible, arranging alternative routes or transport where necessary’.

Howard Collins, LU’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have worked flat out to get all the escalators refurbished and back in customer service early – and over three months ahead of schedule – well ahead of the London 2012 Games when there will be increased demand.

“This work was crucial as part of modernising and enlarging Victoria Tube station, which is one of the busiest stations on London Underground, with 80 million passengers a year, expected to reach nearly 100 million a year by 2016. While the works were carried out we brought in extra station staff to assist and all our staff did an excellent job helping all customers, including disabled customers get to their destinations as quickly and easily as possible, arranging alternative routes or transport where necessary.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience during these works which we carried out in this way to avoid completely shutting the station or non-stopping trains.”
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Old October 30th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #2491
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Old October 31st, 2011, 01:14 AM   #2492
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London subway boss says no bag checks for Olympics

There are no plans to check people's bags on the London subway as part of extra security planned for the Olympics next year, the head of the city's transport system said Wednesday.

The London Underground, known locally as the Tube, will be stretched to its limits during the Games. Critics of the aging and often overstretched system have expressed fears that additional security measures would further delay journeys.

But Peter Hendy, the commissioner for Transport for London, told The Associated Press that while authorities will take advice from the police, such additional checks are not envisioned. "It's almost giving in to terrorism," he said of the idea.

Hendy made the comments during an interview outlining plans to manage the huge increase in traffic expected on subways, trains and buses during the Games, which begin July 27 and end Aug. 12.

Surveillance camera use will be expanded for the Games, he said, although he offered no details on other security measures. Bag checks are expected to take place at venues hosting the competitions.

London suffered transit attacks in 2005, killing 52 commuters and four suicide bombers. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to join the city's already busy subway, bus and rail system during the Olympics.

Around 6.5 billion pounds ($10.2 billion) has been invested in upgrading and extending transport links. Transport for London has held seminars and reached out to businesses in the city, meeting with managers and individual companies in hopes of altering work patterns and encouraging people to work from home.
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Driverless Tube trains: Is this the end for drivers?

Driverless trains and ticketless technology will again be on the agenda as London Underground's (LU) 'Operational Vision' is due to be put in front of the Transport for London (TfL) board on Wednesday.

Here's the paper itself (.pdf).

Its sub heading is 'Technology Enables Change' and it very broadly outlines what last week's leaked report described on the direction LU is heading. It's called 'emerging thinking'. It does admit cabless trains will probably be on the network by 2020.

The report says: "Given the technology available now, it is very unlikely that, after the procurement of the trains for the Sub Surface Lines, LU will ever again buy a fleet of passenger trains with conventional drivers' cabs.

"This means that the new generation of Tube train being developed for the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Central lines, to be introduced in the 2020s, could dramatically change the train staff operating model."

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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:31 PM   #2496
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The report says: "Given the technology available now, it is very unlikely that, after the procurement of the trains for the Sub Surface Lines, LU will ever again buy a fleet of passenger trains with conventional drivers' cabs.

"This means that the new generation of Tube train being developed for the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Central lines, to be introduced in the 2020s, could dramatically change the train staff operating model."
Driverless trains can't come fast enough. Capricious drivers holding London hostage for rapacious wages deserve only retirement. Londoners deserve reliable transport.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 06:28 PM   #2497
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I think I'd still prefer people driving the trains.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 08:19 PM   #2498
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How long are train cars and trains on different lines?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 08:27 PM   #2499
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As much I would rather have drivers, they must be replaced. They are out dated and how the city to ranson over wages and jobs when we are in need of improvement. Wish their could be an option to sack the lot and start over but replaced will suit too.
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