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Old December 4th, 2011, 02:35 AM   #2601
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Old December 4th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #2602
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Old December 6th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #2603
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Digiguide also brings up an episode of 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' on the London Underground on the National Geographic Channel in December.
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DOCUMENTARY: Big, Bigger, Biggest
Channel: National Geographic
Date: Sunday 4th December 2011
Time: 22:00 to 23:00
Duration: 1 hour.
London Underground Revealed. Special Episode 1.
Documentary series examining the technology behind some of the largest feats of engineering in the world.
(Dolby Stereo, Widescreen)
Got around to watching this on Monday, was good to watch, and also includes sections on the New York Subway (why it chose Electric trains over steam), the Paris Metro (how Saint-Michel station was 'sunk') and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station.

There's a rather basic website Here, or it's 'obtainable' via a well known documentary based torrent site.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #2604
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District line ‘timetable improvements from this weekend’

Additional peak trains for the 200,000 Wimbledon branch passengers each day will bring fewer delays and extra capacity. A new timetable comes into effect on the District Line this Sunday which will increase frequency, reliability and capacity.

The changes will include five additional trains on the busy Wimbledon branch providing space for 4,000 extra passengers during the morning peak, more trains during the evening service with six trains per hour until 23:30hrs and an additional train on the Ealing Broadway branch to get an extra 800 customers home during the evening peak.

The changes were the subject of a major consultation exercise earlier this year, in which nearly 18,000 customers, local business and stakeholders took part, almost 80 per cent of whom were in favour. The timetable has been designed to improve service for the 200,000 passengers who travel on the Wimbledon branch of the District line each day.

In particular, the removal of the poorly used weekday Olympia service will deal with bottlenecks in the Earl’s Court area which currently hold up more than 20 percent of District line trains entering Earl’s Court behind an Olympia train.

This wait in the tunnel, at one of the one of the most complex junctions on the Tube network, will be reduced, directly speeding up journeys for the 150,000 customers who are affected by delays at the station.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Hundreds of thousands of passengers will benefit from this practical and pragmatic change to markedly improve the most congested part of the tube network.”

Howard Collins, LU’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The introduction of the new timetable in December will reduce delays across the whole line and, in particular, benefit the 150,000 passengers who are affected by delays at Earl’s Court each day by reducing congestion in the area.

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I'm not sure if anyone remembers it, but its worth a shot. If I recall correctly, about 2003/2004 and that time period there was this london underground game That I played (in school when we were bored :p ) which was available on the TFL site. It then suddenly vanished and I have never managed to find it. iirc it was to do with controlling underground trains and to control a train to line up with the platform and such. Thats all I remember from it tbh
Just to bump this slightly as I am quite eager to know
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Does the centre chap suffer tennis elbow ... and play with a pair of raquets? :PFFT: The state of their pub made me stop it ⅓ of the way through it
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Old December 13th, 2011, 07:09 PM   #2615
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Olympic VIPs should use the tube as well as cars, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has said sporting dignitaries such as Sepp Blatter should get on the tube during the 2012 Olympic Games as he sought to play down a vision of London gridlocked, rising in expense and "dominated by the whizzing limousines of Olympic bureaucrats" next summer.

Johnson signalled plans to restrict the use of lanes reserved exclusively for Olympic transport amid fears that traffic congestion and delays caused by the Games will trigger a "stampede" of irate Londoners and businesses leaving the city for the duration.

He insisted that warnings that the Olympics will bring chaos to Britain's transport networks are like a millennium bug rumour that will never materialise. The London transport commissioner, Peter Hendy, said last month that some hotspots would need a 60% reduction in normal traffic to avoid severe congestion during the Games.

But with London preparing to enter into an Olympic year in just under three weeks' time, the mayor turned on "gloomadon-poppers", who warn "that the capital will be gridlocked, expensive and dominated by the whizzing limousines of Olympic bureaucrats throwing up roadspray in the faces of the tramping and ticketless multitudes" of Londoners.

He said that the Olympic route network around the capital will take up 1% of London's roads, and the Games lanes reserved exclusively for Olympic transport "only a fraction of that 1%". These will only be in operation for 16 days "with a couple of days either side to set them up", he said, stressing that most people in most parts of London would not even be aware of the Olympic routes.

"I genuinely believe that when the games are under way, we will look back at the anxieties as a kind of millennium bug that never materialised because most people travelling in most parts of London will not even notice that the route network exists," Johnson said, in an address to a London policy conference on the city's South Bank.

He urged businesses – from taxi drivers to theatres – to stay in the capital and profit from the £1.2bn extra spending Johnson said was anticipated for the capital during this period.

"I don't think it would be a good idea to shut up your coffee shop or put a tarpaulin over your taxi and head for Greece – whatever the value of the Greek currency." He added: "I believe there is still plenty of time for London business to prepare, plan and profit from the Games."

Johnson later said Transport for London was in discussion with the London Olympics organising body, Locog, about trying to restrict vehicle access permits – VAPS – to as "few people as we realistically can".

Asked whether he intended to bar VIPs from using the special lanes, Johnson told journalists: "Obviously, there is a limit to the restrictions you can place, but I do think we have put fantastic amounts of cash into our transport network. We have got an amazing upgrade of the tube going on ... why shouldn't they go by public transport?"

He added that among those entitled to use the Games lanes were journalists, who could easily make use of the improved public transport available.

"I would respectfully say to journalists ... there is public transport, and I would say to Sepp Blatter, all these people, all the IOC [International Olympic Committee]: why not use public transport? You will enjoy it and find it quick and convenient."

He also gave hope to those still without a seat at any of the Olympic events. "You would be wrong to give up hope of getting into the park itself," he said. "Because there are still Olympic tickets, there are still huge numbers of Paralympic tickets, and there are 125,000 free tickets for London kids that are being used by London schools to motivate them to excel in sport or academic work."
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #2616
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Metropolitan Line Extension gets funding

Good news re extending the Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction from Croxley Rail Link web site
http://www.croxleyraillink.com/lates...mber-2011.aspx

"Funding Announcement December 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
We are delighted to announce that Croxley Rail Link has been awarded the necessary central government funding required for its construction.
Led by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) the project submitted a best and final funding bid to the Department for Transport on 9 September 2011. This bid outlined the benefits of the scheme and the funding model required for its implementation.
Cllr Stuart Pile, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport said "Obviously we're delighted that the Croxley Rail Link has been awarded this funding. We've all been talking about this project for many years and we're thrilled that we will finally be able to go ahead with the scheme, which will bring real economic and transport benefits to the south-west of the county."

"We know that lack of transport infrastructure is one of the things holding back economic development in the area, so investment like this will make a real difference to the local economy."
The Mayor of London and Transport for London have been working with HCC on the plans throughout to provide information and support to help shape the proposals.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I have long supported the Croxley Rail Link scheme seeking to unlock a raft of economic, housing and environmental benefits coming from better transport links between Watford, Hertfordshire and London as a whole . It is extremely welcome news to hear that funding for this rail link is now secured, which is now set to underpin the importance of Watford as a key transport hub for the capital."
HCC and London Underground (LU) will now proceed through the Transport and Works Act Order process which is the statutory means for gaining the powers to construct, operate and maintain the link.
The Croxley Rail Link is a proposed diversion and extension of the Watford Branch of the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction via Watford High Street. New stations will be provided on the new rail link at Ascot Road, which forms a park and ride site for the area, and Vicarage Road serving the Watford General Hospital and the proposed Watford Health Campus development. As part of the proposals the existing Watford Metropolitan terminus station will close to passenger services. HCC, LU, Network Rail, Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council are working in partnership to deliver the project.
Following the funding announcement, it is now intended to submit the Transport and Works Act Order in early January 2012, after which a formal six week objections period will commence."
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I never thought this project would ever get off the ground.

Are there any plans to use its construction as an opportunity to provide a service between Watford and Rickmansworth and points beyond, or is it just a simple Met extension?
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the interior design of the trains seems really comfortable to ride a long journey.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #2619
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I never thought this project would ever get off the ground.

Are there any plans to use its construction as an opportunity to provide a service between Watford and Rickmansworth and points beyond, or is it just a simple Met extension?
Yes it's 20 years in the making and still a number of years before it becomes reality.

The approval for funding is based only on the Met line proposition but by doing this it opens up the possibility of mainline diesel services using the route from Rickmansworth.
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the interior design of the trains seems really comfortable to ride a long journey.
I think the business case for the extension was more about local transport needs as opposed to commuting to London.

As a Uxbridge branch Met Line user I find that the new trains are worse in the following respects.

1 An enormous reduction in seats
2 Seats are harder than before
3 Majority of seats mean you sit travelling sideways which I find less comfortable to travelling forwards/ backwards
4 Doors often don't open because drivers need to stop more accurately and miss their marks at the platform so you have to walk through to a carriage which has open doors.

However they are better in terms of

1 Suspension gives a smoother ride
2 Less claustrophobic since there are fewer seats
3 More comfortable and consistent on board temperature
4 Less noisy
5 Lower floors so the step up from the platform is easier

When the old trains are replaces the new ones will be unrestricted and accelerate faster so journey times will improve. Also when new signalling comes in the line capacity will increase so there will be more trains.

Overall I like the new trains.
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