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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:47 AM   #1401
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Anyone know what this station is called or where it is? Looks very interesting.


Just been informed: Southwalk Tube Station. Looks very photogenic, need to pay it a visit next time I’m down.
That photo doesn't really do it justice. Its pretty sensational like most of the stations on the Jubilee Line extension. No expense spared it would seem. Up there with Westminster and Canary Wharf.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 04:03 PM   #1402
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 06:46 PM   #1403
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 08:54 PM   #1404
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That photo doesn't really do it justice. Its pretty sensational like most of the stations on the Jubilee Line extension. No expense spared it would seem. Up there with Westminster and Canary Wharf.
The Jubille Line extension stations are the ideal stations: spacious, sophisticated, clean curves but still having that London edge.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 11:14 PM   #1405
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Finally caught an '09 Stock today on my way to my sisters in Finsbury Park... Smoother, quieter, but a huge amount of heat being kicked off the stationary train from the brakes... Which will do the summer tunnel temperatures no good
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Old September 24th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #1406
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Can't believe you had to wait all this time to catch it.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:24 AM   #1407
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I've been on them a few times but only once by chance. I waited for them the other times. Didn't have to wait long, only had to let 3 trains or so pass.

One thing that shocks me is how much more spacious they are than all other tube stock. Especially in the aisles, where there is enough space for two people to stand side by side rather than the one on all other tube stock. Funny how the slightly larger loading gauge makes such a difference.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #1408
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Finally caught an '09 Stock today on my way to my sisters in Finsbury Park... Smoother, quieter, but a huge amount of heat being kicked off the stationary train from the brakes... Which will do the summer tunnel temperatures no good
Though I believe at present the regenerative braking system is not being used, or if it is it is being used in a less then ideal manner. Once the line is all '09 stock then that may well change which will result in reduced heat emissions from brakes.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:44 AM   #1409
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Can't believe you had to wait all this time to catch it.
To be fair I very rarely use the Vic, maybe once a month
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Old September 24th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #1410
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One thing that shocks me is how much more spacious they are than all other tube stock. Especially in the aisles, where there is enough space for two people to stand side by side rather than the one on all other tube stock. Funny how the slightly larger loading gauge makes such a difference.
Imagine how great the 'space train' would be if they went with that!
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #1411
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To be fair I very rarely use the Vic, maybe once a month
Is it still only running in the Vic Line?
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Old September 25th, 2010, 05:20 AM   #1412
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The 09 Stock won't operate on any other line.
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Old September 25th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #1413
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I wasn't sure of that, thanks.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #1414
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Mayor hopes to bring mobile signal to the London Underground by 2012



Visitors and commuters travelling through London’s underground network in 2012 could be in with a chance of making use of a dedicated mobile signal if the Mayor of London gets his way.

Boris Johnson revealed to business site, City A.M this week he is currently in talks with the UK’s five largest mobile networks: O2, T-Mobile, Orange, 3 Mobile and Vodafone, in a bid to implement a mobile signal service on the entire Tube network in time for the Games.

Johnson has suggested this project should be funded entirely by the shared interests of all the mobile operators involved rather than creating funds by raising tube fares or sourcing money through taxpayers.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this scheme. Well over a year ago Broadband Genie reported on the initial suggestion for providing London with an underground communications network. Back in June 2009 however, the emphasis was on giving travellers the opportunity to stay connected whilst on the move on the tube with a high-speed mobile broadband service.

Additionally, plans to trial a mobile signal on the Waterloo & City lines for six months in 2009 were scrapped due to high costs.

Unsurprisingly, progress on this project is reliant on finding suitable funds in time for this to be installed for the looming Olympic Games. Speaking to City AM the Greater London Authority said finding a solution “remains dependent on the market providing a credible proposal that satisfies both technical and commercial considerations.”

Do you think it would be worth the money to install a mobile service on the London Underground, or does the prospect of being herded on a crowded tube train surrounded by ringing phones fill you with horror? Let us know your thoughts below.
http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk/news...ground-by-2012
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Old September 27th, 2010, 12:19 AM   #1416
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It does worth it I can say, basing on personal experience.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #1417
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For some reason that article sounds funny. It's like talking of introducing electricity or water supply to households by 2012 for the Olympic games.

Why wasn't the GSM network introduced into the tube in the early 90's in the first place when the mobile networks started to develop? And how come there isn't such a problem in other underground systems worldwide?

Oh and I'm a daily commuter of National Rail where mobile signal obviously works just fine. I have never seen a "crowded train surrounded by ringing phones". Merely people texting or browsing Internet (just as myself). And the noise in some lines (e.g. Victoria) is so high anyway that trying to answer a call would be utterly useless.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 03:45 AM   #1418
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Public services suffered from under investment in the 80s and early 90s thanks to the Conservative government. Therefore smaller things are a luxury here, despite them being taken for granted elsewhere.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #1419
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Most of the time it's nearly impossible to talk to the person next to you on the tube let alone have a conversation on the phone without bellowing.

The worst is probably the JLE between North Greenwich and Canada Water, it's so loud as to actually be deafening.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #1420
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^Agreed, and can you imagine how much more loud it would be with people trying to have phone conversations?! Have the tech' by all means, but texting and silent mode only please!
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