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Old February 6th, 2006, 09:26 PM   #301
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Old February 6th, 2006, 10:11 PM   #302
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Well you seemed petty normal compared to some of the others on the program. There was this women with her tits hanging on the floor and this other guy who looked like someone had tugged on his balls for a week.

Also I recommend you stick an ad on my site, to sell more copys of your book. Am getting like 7-8,000 hits a week and its only been online two weeks.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 05:30 AM   #303
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Children to get free rides on London subways

LONDON, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - Children under the age of 11 will be able to ride London's Undergound subway system and the Docklands Light Railway for free from April 2, Mayor Ken Livingstone announced Thursday.

The free rides will be available to youngsters accompanied by an adult from 9:30 am on weekdays and all day on weekend and public holidays, said Livingstone, who oversees public transport policy.

Under-16s have been able to travel for free on Londons buses and trams since September last year, under a scheme that will be extended to under-18s in full-time education this September.

"Free Tube travel for under-11s will help make visiting Londons many attractions more affordable, widen the horizons of young Londoners and encourage the next generation to use public transport as much as possible," the mayor said.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 02:21 AM   #304
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Yea, they have free rides for NYC student that attends high school and below.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 01:15 PM   #305
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LONDON, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - Children under the age of 11 will be able to ride London's Undergound subway system and the Docklands Light Railway for free from April 2, Mayor Ken Livingstone announced Thursday.

The free rides will be available to youngsters accompanied by an adult from 9:30 am on weekdays and all day on weekend and public holidays, said Livingstone, who oversees public transport policy.

Under-16s have been able to travel for free on Londons buses and trams since September last year, under a scheme that will be extended to under-18s in full-time education this September.

"Free Tube travel for under-11s will help make visiting Londons many attractions more affordable, widen the horizons of young Londoners and encourage the next generation to use public transport as much as possible," the mayor said.
Not quite as good for the little darlings as the headline implies, as it would be of no use to schoolchildren, but I think its good as it should encourage off-peak and weekend usership. In fact, this would probably make money as an initiative by coaxing more families onto the tubes at weekends and during school holidays.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 01:14 AM   #306
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For me london Undergound is one of the world's metro systems with more character...It has an incredible history and for me, it's really a pleasure going to London just to see LU.
Here's a picture that I've taken on the 22/03/2005 at Green Park station(at nighT)
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 11:56 AM   #307
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ok I've never been to London

but from these pictures, the seating inside the trains seem unneedingly comfortable.

Is that the case systemwide? how does that do for maintiance?
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 12:08 PM   #308
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ok I've never been to London

but from these pictures, the seating inside the trains seem unneedingly comfortable.

Is that the case systemwide? how does that do for maintiance?
Well I don't think anyone's complaining! "Excuse me, my seat is too comfortable!"

All trains have soft seats; some older stocks have sprung seats like a sofa, newer stocks have foam padding under the fabric.

I'd actually like to suppose its cheaper to maintain, because hard plastic seats are crying out to be tagged or scratched with graffiti, therefore they need to be cleaned much more often.

The fabric ('moquette') is quite clever in that the more heavily used it is the brighter and 'cleaner' it looks, as the fibres get compacted down it becomes shinier.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 06:54 PM   #309
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Some subway lines close
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1 April 2006

The Waterloo & City line on the London Underground will close down for five months starting Saturday for construction work, forcing 40,000 daily travelers to find alternative routes.

The 107-year-old line will get new track, signal and security equipment, said Transport for London. The line is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1.

Partial shutdowns will also begin on weekends this month on the Northern and Central lines. Partial closures will affect the Victoria line from April 8 to 17 and the Piccadilly line starting in May.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 07:40 PM   #310
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I saw it on BBC London News yesterday, it's quite impressive to see them lift up train carriages.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 08:05 PM   #311
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I got a shock yesterday afternoon... I was in the car with my Sister waiting at lights to cross the A4 in Chsiwick and a Waterloo & City Line carriage went past on a low-loader!
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 09:26 PM   #312
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Bloomberg
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The Waterloo & City line on the London Underground will close down for five months starting Saturday for construction work, forcing 40,000 daily travelers to find alternative routes.

The 107-year-old line will get new track, signal and security equipment, said Transport for London. The line is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1.

Partial shutdowns will also begin on weekends this month on the Northern and Central lines. Partial closures will affect the Victoria line from April 8 to 17 and the Piccadilly line starting in May.
Its unfortunate - but it has to be done now rather than after an accident or when service levels get seriously bad.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 02:17 PM   #313
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Ugly, very uncomfortable inside.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #314
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Old April 5th, 2006, 03:37 PM   #315
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Who or what are you referring to?
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Old April 5th, 2006, 07:59 PM   #316
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Very uncomfortable, and not to be recommended on the Yerkes lines
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Old April 12th, 2006, 11:15 PM   #317
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Mayor's Envy as Shanghai Metro Outstrips Tube
12 April 2006
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LONDON'S Tube leaders today visited the world's fastest-growing underground system - and admitted they were jealous at its rate of progress, writes Ross Lydall.

Mayor Ken Livingstone and London Underground managing director Tim O'Toole travelled on the Shanghai metro, which will be the world's biggest in 2012.

Opened in 1994, it is used by three million passengers a day, a million fewer than London. It is a quarter the size of the Tube, but with six lines under construction it will match London by 2010 and overtake it in 2012.

Improvements to London's Tube will take 30 years under the £20 billion public-private partnership. The Mayor blamed an overcomplicated planning process and his difficulty in raising cash for the slower progress.

He said: 'I come here with the tinge of regret. Only a few years ago Shanghai embarked on this construction. In five years it will have surpassed the London Underground, constructed over a century ago. That is a great achievement.' Mr O'Toole, in Shanghai with the Mayor on a cultural exchange, said that in the next six years London would only be able to upgrade signalling on two of 12 lines.

Meanwhile, Poems on the Underground is moving to the Shanghai metro, with commuters able to enjoy work by poets including Blake and Wordsworth.
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Shanghai Metro will become one of the worlds biggest (like top 3 or something?) underground systems in the world in only 16 years from opening! Holy cow!
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Old April 16th, 2006, 11:54 PM   #319
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It was from sheer necessity though. Shanghai has twice the population of London, living in less land area. Getting around by bus is absolutely awful; I often make better time on foot during rush hour.

About London: in what way is the approval process for Tube upgrades difficult? Is is just a NIMBY attitude to construction, or does it go much further than that?
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well Shanghai is ahead of many British cities...
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