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Old April 17th, 2006, 12:37 AM   #321
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well Shanghai is ahead of many British cities...
Not in air pollution, water quality, public services, and above all, civility.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #322
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London - DLR video

Found this browsing through Google Videos and thought some of the people in this section may find it interesting. It shows the journey from Lewisham to Bank on the DLR. It also shows the real London, passing through residential and financial districts.

http://video.google.com/*********?do...28389617&q=dlr
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Old May 16th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #323
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Cool, thanks.

You'd have thought I'd have had my fill of looking out of the cab, but I still opened the link!
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Old June 27th, 2006, 06:03 AM   #324
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Fire Delays Train Commuters in London
26 June 2006

LONDON (AP) - Fire broke out Monday at a construction site near one of London's main railway stations, disrupting travel for thousands of commuters, officials said.

King's Cross station was evacuated at about 11 a.m. and closed for the rest of the day. according to Network Rail. Scores of commuter train services were disrupted, and long-distance trains to London were stopping at Peterborough, 75 miles north of the capital.

King's Cross is used by some 60,000 passengers a day.

London's Fire Brigade said it had set up a 200-yard cordon around the fire because of fears a gas canister at the site might explode. More than 630 people were evacuated from their homes as 20 firefighters battled the blaze.

Fire officials said one person had been taken to a hospital with burns.
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Old June 27th, 2006, 11:25 AM   #325
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Nothing to do with London Underground... It was only the high-level platforms of the Mainline station that were affected. Tube services continued stopping as normal.

There was a fire on top of the core of an under construction building off York Way which heated some propane cannisters white hot, because of this a 200m exclusion zone had to be imposed as they were 8 stories up, this included the signalling centre for Kings Cross to Stevenage on the GNER Mainline plus the approach tracks, hence no service.
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Old June 27th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #326
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Workers on track to complete refurbishment of network's shortest route.
By ROBERT WRIGHT
27 June 2006
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In a tunnel underneath the south bank of the River Thames, a 30-strong gang of men in hard hats and high-visibility vests works in semi-darkness, cramped up against each other over a newly laid piece of railway track, writes Robert Wright.

The men are pouring concrete to hold the track in place once it is again in use carrying the nearly 10m passengers a year who use the Waterloo & City line, the London Underground's shortest route, between Waterloo station and the City of London.

Their work is part of the highest-profile project so far carried out by Metronet - the replacement of the track in the 2 1/2-mile tunnels between Waterloo and Bank stations in a project costing Pounds 40m. The project marks the first time that London Underground has allowed a lengthy closure of a line to let refurbishment work proceed more quickly. The line closed on April 1 and is due to reopen on September 1.

The approach was a sensible one for the Waterloo & City line, says Andrew Lezala, chief executive of Metronet. The closure made it possible to send away the line's five trains for refurbishment. It is also easier to carry out work in one long blockade of a line than in hundreds of stages during the short times trains are stopped at night. The work is still far from straightforward, however.

Darren Self, the manager in charge of trackwork for the line refurbishment, says the work is very labour-intensive. "We've tried to mechanise it as much as we can," he says. "But you can't get away from the fact it's a very confined space and it's impossible to mechanise the work much more."

From 2007, the work, combined with new computer systems, should allow London Underground to run up to 25 per cent more trains at busy times than at present, while the journey will immediately be faster and smoother. Yet, given Metronet's recent problems, the focus will be on whether work is completed on time.

Mr Lezala says a big risk remains the line's signalling system, which will not be reinstalled and tested until just before reopening. However, early problems with breaking up the concrete under the old track have been overcome.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 12:30 AM   #327
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The project marks the first time that London Underground has allowed a lengthy closure of a line to let refurbishment work proceed more quickly.
So the East London Line being closed from 1995-1998 was our imagination?
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Old June 28th, 2006, 07:49 PM   #328
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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!
Cheap Chinese labour, and paying contractors in CNY instead of GBP does make a difference! If London could get away with paying its workers those amounts every week, we'd triple the number of our tube lines in sixteen years too!
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Old August 15th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #329
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UK PRESS:London Underground Union To Ask Workers To Strike
15 August 2006
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The union representing London Underground employees is planning to poll 6,500 workers about going on strike unless management presents an acceptable pay offer by Aug. 23, the Financial Times reported on its Web site Tuesday.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said LU's current offer of a four-year deal with a 4% pay raise this year was worth less than increases offered to workers at private-sector infrastructure companies working for LU. The RMT would also prefer a one-year deal, FT reported.

The union will also poll members involved in two other disputes with LU: one over firing a driver for passing a signal; and the other over allegations of harassment of workers and union representatives at Canary Wharf station.

LU said Tuesday that it hadn't yet received a response on its improved pay offer, FT reported. As for the fired driver, it said it can't tolerate breaches of safety rules, and on the harassment issue, LU said it had looked into RMT's claims and had concluded they "were not founded," FT reported.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #330
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those pictures make me wanna go back 2 london... hehe
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Old November 26th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #331
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Shanghai will never be better than London. As a londoner, nowhere does underground trains better than my fair city -Shanghai just wont have the history nor substance that London's does.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:38 AM   #332
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Piccadilly Line: 100 today!



Let's all pause for a moment to enjoy London's Piccadilly Line's Centenary!











Opened 100 years ago today between Hammersmith and Finsbury Park, the Piccadilly Line is the 8th London Underground line to join the 100 club
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Old December 16th, 2006, 02:13 AM   #333
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Happy birthday

Wow
8 lines in london has more than 100 years
Could you name the 7 other lines and theirs age


In Paris only 5 lines has more than 100 years.

Line 1 1900
Line 2 1900
Line 6 1900
Line 3 1903
Line 5 1905
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Old December 16th, 2006, 02:31 AM   #334
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Metropolitan Railway (= Line) 1864
Metropolitan District Railway (= District Line) 1868
East London railway (= Line) 1879
City & South London Railway (= Northern Line) 1890
Waterloo & City Railway (= Line) 1898
Central London Railway (= Central Line) 1900
Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (= Bakerloo Line) 1905
Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway (= Piccadilly Line) 1906

The Hammersmith & City Line was built by the Metropolitan and Great Western Railways, and the Circle Line is actually just a description of a jointly-run Metropolitan & District-run service.

There'll be no more centenaries until 2068 (Victoria Line)... so make the most of it!

I was actually most disappointed: No special trains or even commemorative stickers today... In fact you wouldn't even know it was the centenary today

The District Line ran steam train specials on its 125th anniversary
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Old December 16th, 2006, 02:35 AM   #335
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by any chance, those also aren't the same trains right?
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Old December 16th, 2006, 12:43 PM   #337
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:47 PM   #338
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I have a "Driver's Eye View" (DEV) video of the Piccadilly Line from Rayners Lane to Cockfosters and then from Acton Town to Heathrow Airport, made by Video125. I have quite a few of their DEV videos, and I like them all. I'm hoping to get a few more that I don't have. Has anyone else watched any of these videos/DVDs? If so, what do you think of them? Check out: http://www.video125.co.uk.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #339
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Awww. I'm pleased I took the Piccadily yesteday despite not usually doing so. There's something 'swinging' about the Piccadily line - perhaps it's to do with the areas it serves

Didn't line staff get presented with a big cake and card?
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:56 PM   #340
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