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Old October 27th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #1501
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Maida Vale tube station wins heritage plaudit

The modernisation of Maida Vale tube station in north-west London has been recognised with a National Railway Heritage Award plaque.

The grade II listed building, designed by Leslie Green, was built in 1915 and has a number of elements associated with London Underground including a large mosaic of the Tube roundel, a red terracotta facade and extensive tiled wall finishes.

Mike Ashworth, design and heritage manager for London Underground, said: “Heritage is a big part of London Underground’s identity, and retaining the historical features, alongside modernisations and improvements, is very important to us and to our customers.”

White City tube station and Earl’s Court tube station were also shortlisted for the award.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 04:14 PM   #1502
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Old October 29th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #1503
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Wi-fi trial will let commuters browse internet on Underground

Commuters will be able to go online at Tube stations for the first time in a groundbreaking trial starting on Monday.

It will mean thousands of commuters at one of London's busiest stations will be able to read their email, browse the internet and even watch live TV via wi-fi hotspots.

If successful, the trial at Charing Cross could be rolled out to the capital's busiest stations within months.

"This will change the way we commute," said Will Findlater, editor of Stuff magazine.

"It's a big step forward for the Tube network, bringing it into line with the rest of the transport system. It will be a real help by allowing people to communicate on their commute."

Boris Johnson has pledged to enable wireless access across the network by the 2012 Olympics.

"This trial will allow commuters to check their emails and browse the net while on the go," said Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's transport adviser.

London Underground has teamed up with BT Openzone to launch the six-month trial. It will see wi-fi hotspots installed in the ticket hall and Northern and Bakerloo line platforms. Although it will not give access to mobile phone networks, users will be able to use internet services such as Skype to make calls.

BT says other key stations on the Tube network are likely to be brought online before the trial ends.

"The idea is to let people access email, Facebook and even sites like the BBC's iPlayer while they are waiting for a train," said Marjorie Leonidas from BT Openzone

Plans to roll out the system have not been finalised. "These are baby steps to see if people are happy with the service," said Miss Leonidas.

The move will bring London up to speed with other cities such as Barcelona, Glasgow and New York, where trials are already under way to offer wi-fi and phone coverage underground.Mobile phone operators are developing plans to allow calls to be made on Tube platforms and even on trains.

Richard Parry, strategy and commercial director for London Underground, said: "We hope that our customers will find it useful."
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Old October 29th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #1504
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Richard Parry, strategy and commercial director for London Underground, said: "We hope that our customers will find it useful."
Don't worry, we will.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #1505
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I would imagine so
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:16 AM   #1506
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It would be pointless if it was paid.
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Old October 30th, 2010, 03:57 AM   #1507
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Great decision. At least in the stops we'll be able to load some web content to read until the next stop (given that it will work in all or at least most stations).
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Old October 30th, 2010, 12:28 PM   #1508
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This is a first... S Stock at a Central London station (Euston Square), courtesy of my friend Moshe... I guess he was on Night shift last night:




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Old October 30th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #1509
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Why they have numbers above the lines???
So the driver knows which train to pick up in the morning... and equally so they know they're stabling on the right road at night
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Old October 30th, 2010, 12:34 PM   #1510
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Maida Vale is one of my stations

Sadly I was on leave last week when they unveiled the plaque so I missed it... Typical!
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Yes, you came to mind when I read that.

P.S. Beautiful pictures of S Stock there.
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Sorry if I've already asked this but have you finally managed to catch the S Stock?
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Old October 31st, 2010, 10:45 PM   #1514
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Old November 1st, 2010, 07:39 PM   #1515
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Oh no, not yet
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You will, keep trying, more power to you!
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Oh no, not yet
This is crazy. I've never been in London, you work for the London Underground, and I've spent more time on the S Stock than you!
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The S Stock is so flush with the platform. Shame the 09TS isn't.
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It has already started. From 1st November :

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London Underground WiFi trials begin today

A six month trial has begun on the London Underground today, allowing users to access wireless broadband services.

Thanks to Boris Johnson, commuters can now access a WiFi connection on their smartphone when passing through Charing Cross station. Signals are available from both the ticket hall and on the Bakerloo and Northen Line platforms.

London Underground are working with BT Openzone on the trial, which is expected to roll out across the whole of the city if it proves to be a success.

Kulveer Ranger, Transport Adviser to the Mayor, said: “This trial at Charing Cross will allow them to do just that whilst on the Tube platform. It is an important step towards seeing how this could be achieved and is part of the Mayor’s ambition to examine ways in which we can use technology to adapt the city’s transport system.

According to the BBC, around 95 percent of the capital currently has WiFi coverage. The addition of underground stations would help with the goals of ‘Project WiFi’, which plans to bring wireless network access to the entire capital in time for the Olympics.
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