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Old November 26th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #2581
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Something has been bugging me
To my ears the S-Stock door opening alert bleeps (for example at 1minute in) are very similar to the refrain in the piece of music Carnival De Paris (for example at 30 seconds in), often associated with football.

What do you think?
I now can't ride the trains without thinking about it!

Perhaps they should do a special version for taking fans to Wembley to see England play!
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Old November 26th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #2582
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Old November 27th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #2583
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For a remodelling job, ain't that mighty pricey, even if the interchange covers six or so lines?
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bank/consult_view







It's quite a big scheme.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #2584
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That's what I thought. When they say regeneration/boost capacity it's usually much more than lifts.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #2585
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Northern Line extension to Nine Elms regeneration zone 'could deliver billions' to UK economy

Extending the London Underground's Northern Line to the Nine Elms regeneration area could deliver a multi-billion pound growth injection to the UK economy, an independent study is expected to show.

Preliminary findings from the Volterra Partners report indicate that a two station tube extension could maximise development in Vauxhall Nine Elms, adding an extra 17,000 jobs and 7,500 homes to the area-wide regeneration programme.

The new jobs and homes could generate approximately £4.5 billion in tax receipts for the Treasury at today’s prices, the study claims. And if, as expected, more overseas investors take a stake in the regeneration zone the returns could be significantly higher.

The Northern Line Extension (NLE) would improve transport capacity throughout the Vauxhall Nine Elms area with stops at Wandsworth Road and Battersea Power Station. It will also relieve pressure at Vauxhall station.

Battersea Power Station would become the focus for a new town centre with 66,000 square metres of retail, restaurant and cafe space – more than Clapham Junction and Wandsworth town centres. According to Wandsworth Council, the construction of the new underground extension would be funded largely through a levy on private development sites in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Opportunity Area.

Two years of detailed planning and design work are already complete and the scheme received widespread backing during its first and second round public consultation. A formal planning application – called a Transport and Works Act Order – could be submitted in 2012 and the Tube link open for business by 2018.

Leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, said: “Volterra’s work has sought to quantify the enormous benefits this scheme has to offer the UK economy and the vital role it can play in delivering growth. It's not just about regenerating the power station site, the NLE will drive growth throughout the whole Vauxhall Nine Elms area which is set to deliver a total of 16,000 homes and 25,000 jobs.

“No other scheme in the capital could match this potential and no other project is so far advanced.”

The Volterra study has been commissioned by Transport for London and Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils. The finalised report will be published on the council’s website at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/nineelms

The Vauxhall Nine Elms Opportunity Area includes 450 acres of land between Battersea Park and Lambeth Bridge on the South Bank of the Thames.

The Mayor’s London Plan anticipates a total of 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs will be created here if the transport capacity can be increased. Work is now underway on major developments in the area including St George's Vauxhall Tower scheme and St James Group's Riverlight development (formerly known as Tideway Wharf).

Outline planning permission has been granted for the new American Embassy and Treasury Holding's Battersea Power Station scheme.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #2586
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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #2587
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They're saying on the BBC that it looks like they're gonna make a new branch of the Northern Line a couple of stops to Battersea
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Old November 29th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #2588
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Indeed. It would be excellent.

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Green signal for Northern line extension and 25,000 new jobs

New moves to create thousands of jobs in London by securing the long-awaited Northern line extension to Battersea will be unveiled in tomorrow's growth review, the Standard has learned.

A range of incentives will be announced to sign up developers, including an offer to create an Enterprise Zone around the historic site of Battersea Power Station. Construction of the Tube spur from Kennington via the Nine Elms redevelopment to Battersea's prime site will change the face of south London.

Costing between £750 million and £950 million it will generate between 16,000 and 25,000 jobs and thousands of new homes, cafés and business premises in the heart of the capital.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, wants a deal struck by 2013 ready for construction to begin in 2015. A Treasury source said: "The entire weight of the Government is being thrown behind the extension of the Northern line." Talks will be held with pension funds and even the Chinese sovereign wealth fund about investing in the scheme.

The offer of an Enterprise Zone, which would lure small businesses to the site with the promise of tax breaks, is one of the major new incentives. The Mayor and other local authorities may be allowed to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds from the private sector against the future income stream from business rates or a special levy.

The plans will be contained in the growth review which will be at the heart of Mr Osborne's Autumn Statement tomorrow. Downgraded growth forecasts and unemployment are expected to dominate the headlines but other key announcements are expected to include:

Tube and bus fare increases in London will be held down to 6.2 per cent rather than 7.2 per cent on average in January, through £130 million of extra funding to Transport for London.

Rail fares nationally will also rise by 6.2 per cent, rather than the planned average of 8.2 per cent.

An extra £5 billion of cuts will fall on public spending, in order to finance an extra £5 billion of investment in big infrastructure projects, like power stations and road-building. Overall, the Chancellor will promise £30 billion for spending on big projects, two-thirds coming from pension funds. Money will be clawed back from projects that have not got off the ground yet, such as a delayed carbon capture scheme under Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.

New economic figures will show growth slowing down to about one per cent this year and next, with the structural deficit now taking until 2016/17 to eradicate, an extra two years compared with last year's plan. One think tank, the Paris-based OECD thinks Britain is already falling back into a mild recession.

Around £20 billion will be used to create cheaper loans for small firms employing fewer than 50 people under the promised "credit easing" policy. Loans will be made by banks but underwritten by the Treasury. Treasury minister Danny Alexander promised tough crackdowns on tax dodgers to help fund spending on jobs.

Nine Elms to the West End in 11 minutes

The Northern line extension would run from Kennington to new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea and would form a continuation of the Charing Cross branch.

Completion would bring Nine Elms within about 11 minutes' journey time of the West End and City. Nine Elms is by far the biggest regeneration project in central London - a 200-acre expanse with the long-abandoned hulk of Battersea Power Station at its heart and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch so close to the West End.

It has already attracted major new tenants, notably the US embassy, and the area's planning framework anticipates up to 16,000 new homes.

Chelsea football club have also appointed architects to draw up plans for a new stadium close to the power station for up to 60,000 spectators. But developers and landowners have always insisted that the vision cannot be fully realised without a direct Tube link into the centre.
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...00-new-jobs.do

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Northern Line: Government backs Tube extension plan

Chancellor George Osborne has backed plans to extend the Northern Line to Battersea in south London, which he says could create 25,000 jobs. In his Autumn Statement he said the government would support the scheme, in partnership with the private sector.

He also said they would work with London's mayor on options for new Thames river crossings.

Ways to maintain the UK's aviation hub status, excluding a third runway at Heathrow, would be explored, he said. The multi-billion-pound programme of funding for infrastructure projects is designed to get Britain's economy moving.

'Green' energy

Last year the Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave his approval to build two Tube stations on the Northern Line as part of a £5.5bn revamp of Battersea Power Station. It is hoped the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which will include shops, office space and leisure facilities, will create 25,000 jobs and the construction of 16,000 homes.

The landmark will be restored to generate green energy in the future, but its chimneys will be demolished and rebuilt, as they are "beyond repair". The Grade II listed building opened in 1933 and generated power until 1983.

Restoration of the main power station, including rebuilding the chimneys, will be completed by 2016.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 08:41 PM   #2589
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Tube's 'green' line will help to clear the air

The Tube is going green in a bid to trap pollution from passing vehicles and improve air quality on one of London's busiest roads.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's environment adviser, unveiled a 200squaremetre wall featuring 15 plant varieties at Edgware Road station. Transport for London said previous studies have shown vegetation has the ability to remove enough harmful pollution particles from the atmosphere to significantly improve air quality. The wall's impact will be monitored by scientists from Imperial College London.

The initiative is part of Boris Johnson's plans to put plants, trees and greenery on some of London's busiest roads and comes after 50 plant towers were installed on Lower Thames Street. Some 200 lime trees have already been planted along the A40.

The Mayor said: "Delivering cleaner air for London is a top priority for me."
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S8 Stock - Finchley Road

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Old November 30th, 2011, 03:05 AM   #2592
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Would've been a great photo had the cab been more toward the (our) left ...
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Old November 30th, 2011, 08:19 PM   #2593
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Are trains without drivers a good thing for London’s commuters?

Transport for London is considering plans to roll out driverless tube trains across the Underground network by 2020. This week we ask: are trains without drivers a good thing for London’s commuters?

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Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT


‘If you want to know why RMT and the other tube unions are so opposed to the idea of driverless operation on London Underground, take a look at press cuttings from the incident on the Washington DC Metro in June 2009, where nine people died after a crash involving automated trains. The inquest into the deaths was damning and found that it was a combination of cuts to inspections and maintenance, alongside a dash for automation, that led to the tragedy. Train operators were soon returned to the DC Metro and have remained there ever since.

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Mike Brown, Managing Director, London Underground


‘The tube is carrying record numbers – more than a billion passengers each year – and demand continues to rise. However, parts of the network are very old – some date back to the 1860s, and we have the oldest trains running anywhere in the UK. Without upgrading, the tube would eventually grind to a halt. That’s why we are rebuilding the network. ‘We must consider how new technologies can help us meet that demand and provide safe, more frequent and reliable services. London Underground has always been an innovator. Now is the time – as we plan the purchase of our next fleets – to consider the next generation of automatic signalling systems, in which trains are ‘driven’ from a control centre rather than a traditional driver. This allows trains to be run closer together – increasing frequency and capacity.

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What was the point of that ?

Do you have any video's of inside or information about what was going on ?
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Design study commissioned for air-conditioning on the Tube

Transport for London has ‘indicated its determination’ to find a solution to the long standing problem of introducing air conditioned trains on deep level lines by commissioning a two-stage concept design study which will look at the suitability of air conditioning systems on the Underground.

Commencing next June and running until January 2013 the first stage will examine if it is feasible for new rolling stock to be fitted with conventional air-conditioning units. If this proves to be too problematic, Stage 2 will commence in January 2013 which will study the possibility of using an ice storage concept to cool the Tube down.

This study will continue until November the same year. The main problem facing engineers is how to cope with the huge amount of hot air that conventional air-conditioning systems would dump back into the tunnels.

The results will be used to determine the specific requirements of the new Piccadilly and Bakerloo line trains. A prototype train for use on the deep level lines will be introduced by 2015.

Currently the only air-conditioned trains on the London Underground network are the Bombardier built Metropolitan line trains.

These have provided a welcome relief for many passengers during periods of humid weather and are a vast improvement on the old stock, the last of which is due to be scrapped by next summer.
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