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Old January 1st, 2014, 12:24 AM   #3421
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Yes: 58 A Stock, 35 C Stock, 75 D Stock = 168 trains
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Old January 1st, 2014, 12:30 AM   #3422
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Interesting, but have a question. If the resignalling was going to increase capacity so much, have the trains needed to run this extra capacity been purchased as part of the 191 S stock sets?
I make it 191 S Stock replacing roughly 168 full length A/C/D Stock trains, and no doubt there'll be some operational efficiencies too which free up more units.

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Old January 2nd, 2014, 05:33 PM   #3423
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Race narrows to three for £55m Crossrail tunnel link
Tue 31st December | 9:24

London Underground has shortlisted three bid teams for a £55m passenger tunnel link at Paddington Station.

The 100m long tunnel will link the new Crossrail station to the London Underground Bakerloo Line station at Paddington.

London Underground has estimated the Paddington Bakerloo Line Link Project will cost £30-£55m to build.

Design and build contract bid teams
  • Costain Skanska JV
  • Dragados
  • Morgan Sindall BeMo Tunnelling JV
Miles Ashley, LU’s Programme Director of Crossrail and Stations, said: “The building of the tunnel link is essential to support the increase in passengers when Crossrail starts serving the station at the end of 2018.

“The next stage of the process is to invite the three shortlisted contractors to engage in the Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement model, which we successfully used on the Bank Station Upgrade contract this summer, where the bids are assessed on the added value of their proposal, rather than on lowest cost.”

LU will be seeking innovative proposals against a RIBA E reference design for which a Transport Works Act Order is well progressed and due to complete during spring 2014.

The building of a link between the Crossrail and Bakerloo line platforms is a requirement of the Crossrail Act and is expected to be completed in autumn 2018.
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Old January 4th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #3424
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BBC News report on escalator replacement on Embankment tube station:

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Northern and Bakerloo lines will not stop at Embankment
4 January 2014



Tube passengers on two major lines will not be able to stop at a busy interchange station in central London for almost a year due to refurbishment.

From Wednesday, Bakerloo and Northern lines trains will not stop at Embankment station.

Transport for London (TfL) has advised people to walk to Waterloo or Charing Cross stations or plan their route to avoid the station.

The work involves refurbishing four escalators that are 80 years old.

They were last refurbished in the 1970s.

Embankment is one of the busiest London Underground stations, serving Charing Cross main line station as well as Trafalgar Square and the theatres and restaurants along The Strand.

TfL said people would not be charged extra for their journeys. The work will take about 10 months to complete.

Circle and District line trains will continue to stop at Embankment during the work.

London Underground (LU) said it had looked at ways of keeping the station open for all lines while the work was being done, but this would have meant the project taking as long as 75 weeks rather than the expected 43 weeks.

LU operations director Nigel Holness said: "We apologise for the disruption to journeys this will cause but the works are vital for the continued safe operation of the station."
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Old January 4th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #3425
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Again about Embankment station escalators:

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London Underground’s transparent escalator
JANUARY 4, 2014

Of the many oddities that can be found on the London Underground, one of the more curious has to be the see-through escalator.

Almost hidden away at the end of the platforms at Embankment station and overlooked by most, this is I think the only one of its kind on the entire network.

I say see-through — what they have actually done is cute three large windows into the side panel so you can watch the industrial mechanism working within. And barely at that, as the lights, if there were any have long since stopped working, and the plastic/glass covers are exceptionally dirty.



But, you can just about make out the movement working away within as belts and rollers descend down to the lower levels to emerge and elevate passengers once more.



There is a busy staircase down from the ticket hall right next to the viewing area, and just one person seemed to take any notice of my photographic efforts and pointed out the workings within to an instantly excited young child.

Not as visible as say the huge expanse of workings revealed within the Lloyds Building, and yet in a way that makes them all the more interesting. At the Lloyds Building, everything is visible, and in such vast quantities that it has become almost mundane. Here, a small patch of glass has been opened up to reveal otherwise hidden workings within.

The small window, and the rarity makes it all the more captivating to see. It is the lure of the mysterious and the chance to just peek a little bit through a small window that makes it more interesting that seeing the entire thing gutted and lain open as Lloyds have done.

You can find this little spot of delight at the far eastern end of the Westbound platform on the Circle/District lines.



Being at Embankment though — you have just a few days left to admire this curious little relic as the escalators are about to be sealed off and their innards replaced.

From this coming Wednesday, Northern and Bakerloo line trains wont stop at Embankment until later this year as the ancient escalators are torn out and modern replacements installed.



As I noted before, the escalators were installed in the early years of such products, and in very narrow tunnels before the engineers realised what a damn nuisance that would be for maintenance.

It does mean that the escalators here, and at a few other old stations have a curious charm about them as you proceed around in narrow corridors that are really not ideal for modern life, yet are all the more appealing for it.

Although I doubt the maintenance staff look upon them with such favour.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #3426
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District line/Hammersmith & City line – Aldgate East
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Old January 16th, 2014, 08:21 AM   #3427
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Does anybody knows, if TfL planned to add lifts for this station, even the development was built above ticket hall?
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Old January 16th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #3428
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Whitechapel is the priority due to Crossrail.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #3429
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TfL wants ‘landmark’ development at London Road Bakerloo line depot
Tuesday 21 January 2014







Transport for London is considering options for a high-rise development above the Bakerloo line tube sidings near St George's Circus.

Transport for London's intentions for the site are revealed in the authority's correspondence with Southwark Council in relation to the draft Blackfriars Road supplementary planning document (SPD).

The London Road depot – which opened in 1906 – accommodates ten Bakerloo line trains overnight.

"The site represents an excellent opportunity to bring forward significant development in a sustainable urban location," says TfL's submission to the council which was made public this week.

"In addition, the site is situated in the prominent location of St George's Circus between Blackfriars Road and One the Elephant, thus any future development scheme on the site has the potential to provide a landmark building acting as a strategic gateway between these locations and the ability to contribute positively to the local character of the surrounding area."

TfL also notes that: "There are currently no plans to relocate the current Bakerloo operations therefore any form of development on the site can only be achieved with the construction of a decked structure.

"As experienced with similar schemes, this is a very complex structure that will need to take into account the current operational engineering constraints, as such significant abnormal costs will be experienced which will need to be borne by the scheme.

"A modest or low density scheme is considered to be an unviable solution and thus unrealistic for the site..."

The submission continues: "To ensure the development aspirations for the site can be realised and a viable scheme delivered, planning policy support is required for a tall structure at this location."

Any large-scale development is likely to be controversial due to the proximity of the site to the listed St George's Cathedral and a number of conservation areas.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 07:26 PM   #3430
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The Definitive Ranking of London Tube Lines

14. Emirates Air Line. "Go home, Dangleway, you are a cable car, not a train"
13. Victoria Line. "Noisier than Black Sabbath and Metallica having a semtex fight"
12. Northern Line. "So hot and overcrowded it would be illegal if we were cows"
11. Waterloo & City Line. "It certainly does travel pretty quickly during the 37 minutes it’s open on alternating weekdays."
10. Hammersmith & City Line. "Edgware Road is where the promise of a better future goes to die."
9. Circle Line. "Not even a circle any more."
8. District Line. "A slowly trundling caravan of disappointment and crushed ambition."
7. Picadilly Line. "A solid but unspectacular workhorse of a line."
6. Bakerloo Line. "Once a dashing young man, now slightly reduced in his circumstances but maintaining his dignity as he shuffles toward his club
5. Metropolitan Line. "You really could go to Zone 9! (...) You will never go to Zone 9."
4. Central Line. "It’s really quick! And red’s a nice colour!"
3. Overground. "You now have no excuse not to go to Hackney."
2. Jubilee Line. "Using the Jubilee Line is like stepping into a sci-fi dystopia"
1. DLR. "IT’S A MAGICAL ROBOT SKYTRAIN FROM THE FUTURE"
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Old January 27th, 2014, 04:56 AM   #3431
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Is a new station being added to the Victoria line? Whereabouts?
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Old January 29th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #3432
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Today official from TfL:

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Major retailers to bring 'click and collect' revolution to the London Underground network
29 January 2014

Picking up shopping on the move is set to become simple for thousands of London Underground customers as Transport for London (TfL) today announced that it is entering into partnership working with several major companies.

Tesco, Waitrose and automated parcel Locker Company InPost are all set to establish 'click and collect' facilities at stations, transforming the services on offer to customers as they move around the transport network.

TfL has been developing click and collect services at London Underground station car parks since November of last year, with a six month trial with Asda Grocery Click and Collect services at six station car parks.

The trial has been successful and TfL is in discussions with Asda to expand the service.

Click and collect enables customers to place orders online, which they then pick up from stations or station car parks on their way home.

With the rise in smartphone devices and the introduction of Wi-Fi at over 120 LU stations, customers can also make their purchases as they move around the network.

Range of services and goods

Subject to final testing at the locations, the following services will be introduced this year:
  • Tesco and Waitrose will install click and collect facilities at up to 6 stations each;
  • InPost, who provide parcel delivery services for multiple retailers, will install lockers at 3 stations.
TfL is also working with small businesses and start up companies to offer a diverse range of services and goods. LOLA's Cupcakes launched their first cart at King's Cross St Pancras London Underground station and will be trading at a further five LU stations later this year. Last week TfL worked with Rockflower to open the world's first retail and vending flower kiosk at Blackfriars London Underground station.

As well as providing convenience to customers these agreements will secure commercial revenue for TfL, which will be reinvested into improving the transport network, benefiting all Londoners.

Mike Brown MVO, Managing Director of London Underground, said:

'Over 11 million journeys take place on our public transport network each day and there is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with commercial partners to deliver products and services that our customers want, and as a result also grow revenues that we then reinvest in improving the transport network.

The primary role of our stations must always be travel and we will never compromise that, but there is much more we can and will be doing to improve and modernise our stations to ensure they meet the wider needs of our busy customers.'

Agreement with major retailers

Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said:

'We are delighted to be working with so many retailers to bring the services they provide to our customers as they travel around London.

The trial with Asda has proven very successful and we look forward to establishing new partnerships and developing new concepts with other retailers.'

TfL has been reviewing opportunities to improve the services on offer to customers across the public transport network, which is responsible for an average of over 11 million journeys every day, and has been speaking to local, national and international retailers about working together to provide a range of services.

The agreements with the major retailers will secure income streams as part of a wider commercial strategy which is currently forecast to generate £3.5bn over the coming years.

Andrew Yaxley, Tesco Managing Director for London, said:

'Our customers really enjoy the convenience of Click & Collect because it makes shopping so much easier.

The additional TfL pick-up locations will give even greater flexibility to our customers because they will have more options to collect their shopping at a time and location that's most convenient to them.'

Robin Phillips, Waitrose Director, Ecommerce, said:

'Giving our customers as many ways as possible to buy and collect their groceries on the move is key to building on the phenomenal growth seen at Waitrose.com.

Collection lockers will unlock the potential to reach customers in locations where we don't have a shop and which are very convenient, such as on the way home from work or the school run.

More and more people are adding an online shopping mission to their way of buying from Waitrose and we will continue to invest in making sure that we give them what they want, when they want it.'

Kieran Shanahan, Asda E-Commerce Director, said:

'We're very proud of our partnership with TfL, which was a retail first when we launched last year.

It gives more customers convenient access to Asda alongside our Click and Collect sites at business parks, park and ride plus of course, at our stores.'

Andrew McAlpine, CEO, Rockflower LTD said:

'Being able to buy a beautifully designed, affordable, flower bouquet 24/7 has been a dream of mine for a long time.

We at Rockflower are delighted that Transport for London shares our vision to bring London's commuters fresh flowers at all hours through our unique in-station retail and vending concept.'

Michelle De Pasquale, Commercial Director for InPost UK, said:

'InPost automated parcel lockers are used worldwide and establishing networks of our lockers within train and transportation systems is high on our agenda, both in Europe and beyond.

London commuters will benefit hugely from the incorporation of a range of Click & Collect options in and around the stations with the inclusion of our lockers enabling convenient collections and returns for online shoppers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year.

Establishing a nationwide network of conveniently sited parcel lockers, accessible 24/7/365, is at the heart of our business and working with TFL is a welcome addition to this.'

Asher Budwig, Managing Director of LOLA's Cupcakes, said:

'LOLA's is proud to be working with TfL, offering Londoners the opportunity to try our delicious range of freshly baked cupcakes, cakes & brownies.'

A particular area of focus is on making the best use of TfL assets, including its extensive property portfolio in London and the 270 London Underground stations, bus stations and advertising sites across the network. As well as working with major brands, TfL also generates commercial revenue from advertising across its estate, sponsorship and property. TfL will continue to find ways to generate commercial income to reinvest into the transport network and welcomes discussions with interested parties.
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TfL Image - Waitrose collection locker by Transport for London Press Images, on Flickr

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TfL Image - Flower kiosk & vending machine [1] by Transport for London Press Images, on Flickr

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TfL Image - Asda click and collect by Transport for London Press Images, on Flickr

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TfL Image - Flower kiosk & vending machine [2] by Transport for London Press Images, on Flickr
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Old January 29th, 2014, 11:53 PM   #3433
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Although I don't know its name in French, Montreal's own (on-going) version of this shtuff is, rightly, termed cloud-based analytics
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Old January 30th, 2014, 05:35 AM   #3434
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The same news from Railway Gazette:
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This is great news! 24 Hour mass transit service is the biggest need to live a car free lifestyle, allowing you to go anywhere the system will take you without fear of being stranded all night or having to pay for a cab. I am surprised that they never did it before.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #3435
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Steam is back on the Met this summer, with trips between Hammersmith (H&C) and Moorgate on consecutive Saturday's in August, followed by a weekend takeover of the Chesham Branch.

"The Bluebell's Ashbury set will return in August 2014 for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith & City line's opening in 1864. Met no.1, the milk van, carriage 353 and the Bluebell rake will run on two Saturdays, 2nd and 9th August, from Hammersmith into Moorgate and back. The following weekend, 16 and17th August, steam will take over the Chesham branch for the first time since 1962. Steam services will run from Rickmansworth, with the replacement bus service for the branch being complimented by a heritage bus service"

http://blog.ltmuseum.co.uk/2014/good...ar-of-the-bus/

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Old January 31st, 2014, 12:51 PM   #3436
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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/s...nd-vision.html This is great news! 24 Hour mass transit service is the biggest need to live a car free lifestyle, allowing you to go anywhere the system will take you without fear of being stranded all night or having to pay for a cab. I am surprised that they never did it before.
London has a good network of night buses. The tube service Fri/Sat will be nice but the rest of the week people will continue to rely on the N services
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Old February 5th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #3437
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When are the H'smith and City, Circle and District lines going to get all new trains? I remember them being introduced in the first two lines, but it was far from over.
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From the 10/02 all H&C and Circle line trains will be S7 operated. 4 S7s should be operating on the district by the end if February.

Information from Dstock7080 of RailUK
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Old February 5th, 2014, 01:56 PM   #3439
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I think that if the Victoria line was extended in the east it would go to woodford to create an extra interchange with the central line & the proposed chelsea/hackney line (crossrail 2)
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