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Old May 19th, 2014, 07:24 PM   #3541
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Piccadilly line – Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road (Piccadilly line Eastbound) Station by me, on Flickr

From 24 May to Late-December 2014, these platforms will close because TfL is replacing the lifts.


Gloucester Road (Piccadilly line Westbound) Station - Front by me, on Flickr


Gloucester Road (Piccadilly line Westbound) Station - Rear by me, on Flickr
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Old May 21st, 2014, 06:58 PM   #3542
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A unique drawings by Hawkings/Brown of Totteham Court Road tube station entrance, dating back 1992 and was taken from their website:


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From Construction Enquirer:

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Two left in race for £600m Northern Line extension
Thu 22nd May

Transport for London has cut the shortlist of bidders in half for the £600m Northern Line extension

The four bidders in the race for the deal were Balfour Beatty/Bam, Bechtel/Strabag, Costain/Murphy and Laing O’Rourke/Ferrovial.

The Enquirer understands that it is now a straight race between Balfour Beatty/Bam and Laing O’Rourke/Ferrovial.

David Hughes, Director of Director Of Major Programme Sponsorship for London Underground, said: “Following the issue of an OJEU notice on 15 March last year and the subsequent pre-qualification process, we invited tenders from four bidders for the design and build contract for the Northern Line Extension.

“We received high quality tenders and, following the tender evaluation process, we have invited the two highest scoring bidders to participate in the next phase of the procurement process.

“This process will involve assessing their ability to deliver the best value for money and to meet delivery expectations.”

TfL said it couldn’t comment on the identity of bidders during an ongoing procurement process.

But sources close to the project have confirmed the revised shortlist to the Enquirer.

A contract is expected to be awarded later this year for the extension from Kennington to Battersea.

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May update on Victoria tube station rebuilding, taken from here. Southern ticket hall:



Excavation of northern ticket hall:



Plus updated images of northern ticket hall:



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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:39 PM   #3545
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From Global Rail News, another news about Northern line extension:

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Northern Line extension could open before Crossrail
21 MAY, 2014



London Underground’s Northern Line extension could be completed before Crossrail, according to the project’s head Graeme Shaw.

Speaking at Infrarail 2014, Shaw said that a rapid planning and consultation period could see the Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms completed before Crossrail.

The project, which is currently awaiting approval from the Secretary of State, will create a new station at Battersea Power Station, which is at the centre of a major redevelopment programme.

Shaw said Transport for London (TfL) is hoping to announce the winning contractor at the end of July. If the government approves the extension, work could start on site this autumn and be complete by 2020, possibly sooner.

“It’s on but it’s still a bit tentative,” said Shaw.

TfL will initially operate 10 to 16 trains an hour on the new line. Eventually, 28 trains an hour will serve the extension
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Old May 26th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #3546
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Old May 27th, 2014, 10:37 PM   #3547
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Official from TfL:

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Exhibition and consultation on Bank Stn upgrade plans
27 May 2014

Customers and City organisations will get another opportunity to have their say on Transport for London’s (TfL’s) construction proposals for a major upgrade of Bank station from next week when an online public consultation begins supported by an exhibition on 12 & 13 June.

TfL is proposing to substantially upgrade the capacity of Bank station from 2016.

This will provide more space to get on and off Northern line trains, quicker interchange, and improved accessibility.

The Bank/Monument station complex, located in the heart of the City of London’s financial district, is the fourth busiest interchange station on the Underground network with 98 million customers using the station in 2012/13.

This is set to increase in the coming years, so TfL is planning a major upgrade of the six-line interchange which will increase capacity and provide a step-free route between the Northern line platforms, Docklands Light Railway and street levels.

This summer TfL will be applying for a Transport & Works Act Order, which if granted will give permission to do the work. Before this, TfL is holding another public consultation.

Feedback from this will add to what has been learnt from previous consultations.

Since the last consultation in October 2013, TfL have further developed the plans, and would like to hear views on:
  • How the scheme will be built, including construction logistics
  • Construction effects, including management of any noise, vibration and ground settlement
  • Impacts of a temporary closure of the Northern line City branch in Spring 2020
The consultation will run from 2 June until 6 July 2014

Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/bank-consultation and tell us what you think.

TfL will also be holding a public exhibition on 12 and 13 June from 11am until 6pm at St Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Lane EC4N 7BA (off Cannon St and King William St).

TfL has sought to maximise the scheme’s benefits to customers while reducing costs by taking a new approach to procurement (“innovative contractor engagement”) that rewards innovation throughout the supply chain. Adopting this method on the Bank project has delivered 45 per cent additional value through cost savings and improved benefits.

This has reduced the estimated final cost of the project by £61m and cut planned engineering closures by more than 22 per cent.

David Waboso, London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director, said: “Bank is a key interchange for our customers and it’s vital that we keep pace with the increase in demand we’re seeing now and in the future. We’ve adopted a new innovative approach to developing the Bank proposals which has allowed us to incorporate innovations through market competition. Now we are giving our customers another opportunity to give their views on our construction plans to create a modern Tube interchange that will result in quicker and easier journeys.”

The upgrade of the station is planned to be delivered in 2021.

The improvements are part of the continuing modernisation of the Underground, with major stations, trains, track and signalling being upgraded to provide more capacity for a growing city. LU's plans to improve customer service will also see the public areas of stations – ticket halls, ticket gates and platforms – become personalised customer service centres, replicating the standards of service offered during the London 2012 Games.

The exhibition will include a three-dimensional model of the planned improvements, an architect’s animated film and displays showing greater detail of various aspects of the plans.

TfL staff will be on hand at the public exhibition to explain more about the plans and answer questions
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Old May 28th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #3548
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Website of pop up stores at Old Street station :

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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:20 PM   #3549
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From London SE1:

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Boris backs Bakerloo line extension via Old Kent Road
Thursday 29 May 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that he favours the Old Kent Road as the route of a potential Bakerloo line extension beyond Elephant & Castle

Southwark Council wants an extension of the Bakerloo line via Walworth Road to Camberwell and Peckham but in a pre-election interview with the SE1 website, council leader Peter John suggested that the line could divide into two branches at the Elephant with routes heading both south and east.

Now in an unguarded Twitter comment the Mayor of London has given the route via Bricklayers Arms his endorsement.

Mr Johnson was asked by Joseph McCarthy about future tube extensions south of the river. He replied: "Yes now Northern line heads for Battersea! Next Bakerloo down Old Kent Road."

The Mayor recently announced plans to designate the Old Kent Road as an 'opportunity area' for the construction of 2,500 new homes.

Earlier this year Mr Johnson said that a Bakerloo line extension would cost around £2 billion.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #3550
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Today the expansion plans for Westfield London shopping centre were approved. How does it connected with tube? Well, as you can see from this images, the development will include new space area over Central line tracks and opening additional entrace for Wood Lane station. Courtesy of Westfield:



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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:27 PM   #3551
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Another consultation on Bank Northern line station upgrade is launched, you can find proposals here:



These are taken from consultation leaflets:





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District line – Bring the bubbly out, these dirty cattle-truck sardine ovens known as the C Stock are finally history! Heatwave: let's see what you've got with the new air-con trains.


C69 Stock 5592 at High Street Kensington by κύριαsity, on Flickr


C69 Stock 5533 at Wimbledon by κύριαsity, on Flickr


C69 Stock 5592 at East Putney by κύριαsity, on Flickr


C69 Stock 5592 at Edgware Road by κύριαsity, on Flickr

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Old June 5th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #3553
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In a new book, Plundering London Underground by Janine Booth, the story of how New Labour tried to fix decades of under-investment through implementing a Public-Private Partnership is laid bare. She reveals how the Underground, with its iconic map, roundels and Art Deco stations, has been a continuous political battleground since the 1920s over maintenance, staffing, ownership and how to pay for it all.

Janine, a National Executive member of the Railway, Maritime and Transport Union, has worked on the Underground since 1997 and saw the invention and implementation of the PPP unfold.

The PPP story starts in 1997. After 18 years of Tory rule, the tube system was falling to pieces and was symptomatic of a post-Thatcher era where large-scale infrastructure had either been privatised or had been run into the ground through a year-on-year fall in public spending.

“Passengers made 800 million journeys along 244 miles of track. But it was failing,” writes Janine. London Underground had set five targets they sought to reach based on factors such as reliability, safety and budget. Three were missed that year.
Full synopsis of the book can be found at Camden Review, with the Book image taken from the Merlin Press website.
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So the District Line has finally started using the S Stock? When is it going to be fully modernised?
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So the District Line has finally started using the S Stock? When is it going to be fully modernised?
S7s only operate Wimbledon - Edgware Road services (full conversion from C stock) and the odd training path to Barking or a West Ham from Lille Bridge (entering service at Olympia / Earls Court).

Testing and training is underway for the Richmond branch which will be the first traditional district main line service to be converted. It'll be some time since platform monitors, stopping marks and some CCTV needs to be modified and / or moved for the S7s to operate the line. It's predicted the first D stock will be withdrawn in Autumn time around October Novemeber so that'll probably coincide with S7s working multiple Richmond diagrams.

Full S7 only operation will probably be in late 2015 / early 2016 which is when the passenger won't really notice anything until frequencies increase when ATO is rolled out, however following bombardiers withdrawel from the ATO contract TfL have had to put it out to tender again for awardal this summer. They're still aiming for 2018 as the upgrade date but since we live in the real world it's more likely to be 2020 when all SSL will be upgraded.
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Do we need the full synopsis? With the title, and the description of the author, the book's content has written itself in my mind, even without the mini synopsis that makes it clear what the book is about.
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Official from TfL:

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Rejuvenated lift shaft revolutionises track engineering
06 June 2014



St Paul’s Hub makes huge savings made in manpower and cost

Customers on London Underground’s (LU’s) Central line are getting smoother journeys sooner thanks to the innovative use of a century-old lift-shaft that has been brought out of retirement to speed up track renewal works .

After serving the busy but now defunct Post Office Station between 1900 and the 1930s, the 114 year-old 33-metre deep lift shaft opposite St Paul’s Underground station on the Central line has been out of commission apart from a brief period of military service when it housed the Central Electricity Board wartime offices.

But with St Paul’s the focal point for large-scale track renewal on 14 miles of nearby Tube tunnels which will give customers smoother and quicker journeys, LU has converted the shaft to serve as a one-stop logistics hub to deliver all the materials needed deep underground.

The shaft now boasts two industrial-size lifts and conveyor belts to turn it into a fast and efficient delivery and extraction system. Two or three days of materials can be stored at the base of the shaft which is part of what were the station platforms. Then as soon as the station is shut to the public, materials are loaded via the station platforms, straight on to track trolleys which run out to work sites and bring waste and rubble back.

Not only does the hub mean fewer lorry deliveries to other central London stations, it also removes the need to load each night’s materials into stations before getting down to work. That means LU’s Track Delivery Unit can double the amount of improvement works it carries out in the Engineering Hours available to them between 01:00hrs and 05:00hrs each night. The hub has reduced emissions through fewer lorry journeys by more than 10 tonnes, and saved more than £500,000 in its first year – all money which is reinvested in London’s transport network to improve services for customers.

LU Project Manager Ray Hallett, who led the rejuvenation of the lift shaft, said “Access for large scale renewal works on the Tube is a perennial problem – both underground and on the surface - and we’re always looking for ways to minimise its impact on Londoners. I’d been looking at the shaft for some time, thinking we could put it to good use as it was one of the few that had not been built over. With the start of a big round of upgrade works in 2010 and ten of the sites being located in the St Pauls area, I saw a chance to bring it to life again.”

Traditionally, the problem of engineering access to the Tube has been solved by restricting all deliveries, maintenance work and supplies to Engineering Hours – London Underground’s “downtime” between 01:00hrs and 05:00hrs when the Underground stops running, stations are shut and the power to the rails is turned off.

During this four-hour break, all over the Tube network, workers carry all their own tools and supplies from trucks parked on the surface, down through stations and along the tracks to the work site. Then, before 05:00hrs when the trains start running, they have to take every single thing that’s been carried down plus any waste or rubble, back out again.

It’s time-consuming, expensive and frustrating and making it happen in any busy central London location is doubly difficult as the Capital’s 21st century night time economy gathers pace.

Ray added: “We always try hard not to do anything that adds to traffic congestion above ground at any time of the day and restricting passenger access to stations – even late at night – is an option of last resort. “The Hub has proved very effective in many ways. One person can move two tons of supplies from the street to the track in 15 minutes whereas before that would take 27 men to do the same job. We can also reduce the average work gang numbers from 18 to 12 without compromising safety and we still expect to move around 10,000 tons in the first year of using this new system.”
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Today the plans for new buildings around Shell Centre in Waterloo were approved after public inquiry. For London Underground, this means that one of Waterloo tube station entrances on York Road will be redeveloped and incorporated into this building:

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From MayorWatch:

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Tube boss says ticket office closures to start this year
June 4, 2014



London Underground will start closing ticket offices by the end of the year, Tube boss Mike Brown today told London Assembly Members.

The TSSA and RMT unions have staged two strikes in response to the closures which will see ticket offices close on 256 stations and result in the loss of 950 jobs.

Appearing before the Assembly’s transport committee, Mr Brown said the closures would go ahead despite managers failing to secure the support of unions.

He ruled out piloting ticketless stations, saying a number of stations already operate without a ticket office and that managers already understood the effect of closure on passengers.

Mr Brown also dismissed suggestions that LU should hold a public consultation on the closures.

Speaking after the meeting, Darren Johnson AM said: “A common sense approach would be to test out the closure plans on different types of stations around London and take on board the lessons to be learnt.

“There are big doubts that these staff cuts can go ahead without a significant impact on customer service. The Mayor should test and consult, rather than jumping in feet first with a full programme of closures.”

Questioned by Labour Assembly member Val Shawcross over the accessibility of the network for visually impaired and disabled passengers, Mr Brown promised offices would not be closed at a station until he was personally satisfied the station was accessible to all users.
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From Flickr user stevekeiretsu, a view on Aldgate East tube station western exits with One Commercial Street and Aldgate Tower developments:

Aldgate East by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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