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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:05 PM   #2761
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Either the UK or London itself must be going down the tubes How on earth did that stupid radio station get licensed insofar as to be occupying the FM band?
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Old March 30th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #2762
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Jubilee line ‘biggest risk’ to Olympic transport plans

The London Assembly Transport Committee has said the Jubilee line on the London Underground is the ‘biggest risk’ to the 2012 Games transport plans.

The Assembly has written to the Mayor Boris Johnson to ‘welcome good progress’ but express its ‘concerns’ regarding the ‘heavily delayed upgrade works and regular disruptions’ on the Jubilee line.

The line is the only Underground line to see an increase in delays caused by infrastructure failures during the latest published performance period.

The Jubilee line is ‘also yet to run the increased fleet of trains Transport for London (TfL) has promised’, the Assembly said.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, said:

“Given the scale of the challenges, some disruption to the transport network is inevitable. Keeping the capital moving smoothly during the Games will be nothing short of a Herculean task.

“The amount of work that’s going in to getting our already overburdened transport network ready to carry millions of extra athletes, officials and spectators is very impressive.

“We are, however, keen to get some reassurance about the few areas – like the Jubilee line, local parking arrangements and the Olympic Route Network – that are still letting down what are otherwise very robust preparations.”
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Old March 30th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #2763
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London Underground Maps get Olympic Facelift

Hop on the Underground at "Jesse Owens" station. After one stop change at "Carl Lewis." And then ride the Tube all the way to "Michael Phelps." That, sports fans, will get you from central London right to the Olympic Stadium.

The subway system in the British capital has taken on a new look with Transport for London's Olympic Legends Map. Instead of Picadilly Circus, Baker Street and Knightsbridge, the map has changed the names of 361 stations to celebrate Olympic athletes.

"There were heated debates and a few late changes of heart, but we are happy with the result: dozens of nations represented, all 2012 Olympic sports accounted for, and Ali and Phelps, two of the greatest Olympians of all time, guarding the Stratford gateways to the games," map designers Alex Trickett and David Brooks said in a joint statement.

Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in swimming at the 2008 Beijing Games and has 14 overall, gets the honour of being the main Olympic stop, which is usually known as Stratford.

The nearby Stratford International station on the Docklands Light Railway is named Cassius Clay, the original moniker of boxing great Muhammad Ali, winner of the heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

The new map brings in famous Olympians from a variety of sports, including 2008 men's tennis singles gold medallist Rafael Nadal, gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci, five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain and 1992 Dream Team players Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

"The map not only celebrates multiple gold medal winning athletes but also features other extraordinary athletes who may not have won an Olympic gold medal but are recognized for their abilities or in some cases, famous defeats," the TFL said.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 01:29 AM   #2764
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Driverless trains won’t blow away Tube strikes

This week has seen the Mayor once again pushing one of his big ideas for re-election: driverless Tubes, bringing with them not just a more high-tech Underground but an almighty confrontation with the Tube unions.

In the midst of endless wrangles with the unions over Olympic bonuses, Boris Johnson might imagine that’s a popular gesture with voters. Yet he is both dead right and completely wrong about “driverless” trains.

Driverless is a misnomer. Such trains would be operated by a central computer, overseen by human controllers. There are already dozens of metro systems around the world that use such trains. In Copenhagen, for example, the computer controls everything centrally from the running of the trains to the opening of the doors, with just a handful of operators in the control centre — but nevertheless with stewards on every train.

In London we already have two versions of “driverless” trains. On the Victoria, Jubilee and Central lines, under the Automatic Train Operation system (ATO), the driver operates only the doors at stations — and can also drive the train or stop it in an emergency. Meanwhile, on the Docklands Light Railway there is no “driver” but a “train captain” able to take over the operation if there is a problem. The DLR can work like that because it operates at lower speed than the Underground and its one major tunnel section has a walkway alongside for easy evacuation.

Such centrally controlled trains have several advantages. Computers are normally better in terms of fuel efficiency. And the gap between trains can be shorter, using a more sophisticated system of signalling.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 02:21 AM   #2765
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Christian Wolmar obviously hasn't seen/heard Boris on LBC (reposted a few posts up), where he himself attacks the views that Wolmar attacks in an identical fashion. Of course, such lazy journalism is to be expected from Wolmar. At least he like the idea and wants a modern tube - normally when I read him he's pining for the glory days of BR.
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Everyone wants a modern Tube (or should at least) but I don't see drivers going away anytime soon.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 07:38 PM   #2767
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Old April 1st, 2012, 10:24 PM   #2768
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Imitating a British accent and pulling off tantrums are the only things that Wolmar seems to excel at ... Boris Johnson's full name itself constitute's the foolish pretender of a transport consultant's second tag in his Website's tag cloud ... I suspect his 'expertise' must've revealed his being a right corporate stool once denationalisation of BR started.


No matter the newness to its fleets, London's more recent tubes themselves no longer strike me as appearing modern.
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Delays on London Underground at ‘lowest since 2003′

Delays on the London Underground are ‘at their lowest’ since 2003/4, Transport for London has said. The latest figures on London Underground’s performance were published last week.

The figures, covering the period 8 January to 4 February, show that the percentage of scheduled services was 97.1%.

Average delays for the financial year to date – as measured by the number of customer hours lost to disruption – are at their lowest since 2003/04, Transport for London said.

This period is the sixth consecutive period where delays are down compared to the equivalent periods during the last financial year.

The latest figures also show accessibility improvements around the network, with more than 98% of lifts available at LU stations during the period.

Work included returning Earl’s Court to full step-free status, with lifts there returned to service ‘four months ahead of schedule’ following a nine-month programme of works to increase lift reliability.
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Google Maps adds live Tube data

Google has added live Tube information from Transport for London in preparation for a surge in public transport use during the Olympics.

Writing on the Google Maps blog, Thijs van As, said that "Ahead of a busy summer in London, we are bringing real time service alerts for the London Underground to Google Maps. We’ll let you know of any disruptions on the Underground that are happening at the time you need them most. To see these alerts, click on a station in a timetable or in the public transport directions results".

Transport for London has also recently made live information about buses available via its own website, sparking a number of new apps, but Google has yet to include these in its new service.

The new Tube data will be incorporated into Google Maps online and on mobile phones. Updated every 30 seconds, it will also include details of planned engineering works in its journey planner.

Last month Google updated its maps service to show real-time traffic conditions, allowing it to calculate the shortest route to a user's destination. Where Google has enough information, roads are colour-coded based on the level of congestion. Green routes are moving well, while red routes are slow.

The new feature is available on Google Maps on the web and for Android mobile users in Britain, the US, Canada, France and Australia. It covers major routes across Britain and several cities, including London, Glasgow and Manchester.

Google Maps now offers a choice of routes and drivers can choose which one to follow based on current traffic conditions. The feature could eliminate the need for a dedicated satnav for Android mobile users.

Szabolcs Payrits, a software engineer on Google Maps, wrote on the Google Maps blog: "If the roads you're traveling do not yet show the current traffic information, don't despair. You can help your fellow drivers and improve traffic data about road conditions and speeds by turning on the My Location feature on Google Maps for Android."

Google will use the information received from Android mobile phones to get better traffic data.

The search company previously estimated journey times using the longest journey time taken from historic data. The new feature updates constantly and so provides more accurate estimates.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 11:30 PM   #2773
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I've mentioned previously on this Thread, that there was to be a One Hour documentary about the London Underground on the National Geogrpahic channel, well:-

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Working night to five with London's tube workers

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A light breeze moves through the cavernous tunnels of London's underground train network, a rarity for the workers whose heads are bent down while methodically sifting rocks and dust armed with just a brush and metal pick.

Among them is Michael Emordi, one of 10,000 night workers employed by London Underground to help ensure its subterranean railways are in top condition for the capital's four million commuters and prepare an already creaking system for the influx of half a million visitors for this summer's Olympic Games.

Emordi works as a "fluffer" manually removing hair, fibres and dust shed by passengers every day in the underground railway system, which if left to build has the potential to bring down the whole system.
It's a tough job but one of the many important roles that night workers perform in the dirt-caked tunnels beneath London's bustling surface to ensure the smooth running of the world's oldest underground transport system, which most Londoners simply refer to as "the tube".

Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for the majority of London's transport system, including the London Underground, expects to see an additional 500,000 passengers on the tube during the Olympics, a number that has seen many voice their concerns over whether the system can cope with the influx.

London Underground Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins told Reuters that is a challenge his organisation is prepared to take on.
But providing a perfect service during the Olympics may be difficult to achieve, said Collins, who hopes that the company's experience of dealing with delays will help ease congestion on a service which carries 1.1 billion passengers annually.

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the tube is so expensive and i hate it
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I hope you mean you hate the fares on the tube...not the whole of the tube itself, because that would be a shame.
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LU is terribly expensive to maintain. People don't like it surely but the fact is that passengers numbers keep growing.
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