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Old December 18th, 2010, 01:08 AM   #1681
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Old December 19th, 2010, 04:08 PM   #1683
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Old December 20th, 2010, 03:39 PM   #1684
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 12:40 AM   #1685
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 01:18 AM   #1686
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London Underground Plans To Re-Tunnel Bank Station

London Underground is consulting with the City of London on a long-term plan to re-tunnel parts of Bank station, in a major effort to reduce congestion on what is one of the capital’s busiest Tube interchanges, and almost certainly the most difficult to navigate.

A station so big they named it twice (it is often known as the ‘Bank-Monument Complex’, in recognition of its sister station), the history of Bank is, much like the history of the Underground itself, a muddled tale. Constructed in 1900 as part of the City & South London line (now the Northern line), to replace a nearby terminus at King William Street, it was joined in the same year by platforms that served what was then called the Central London Railway.

In 1902, it welcomed the Waterloo & City line, and was soon yoked by an underground tunnel to the existing Monument station. Within a short space of time, three stations had become one, and the addition of the DLR platforms in 1991 further complicated matters. This map gives an idea of the labyrinthine layout beneath the City’s streets.

The plans would include re-tunnelling the Northern line, giving the platforms step-free access in the process, and constructing a new entrance on King William Street. This would complement a scheme to build a new step-free entrance to the Waterloo & City line, which is already underway. If approved, work would begin in 2015, for completion in 2021. Ominously, the press release doesn’t give any indication into what kind of disruption to the already overstretched station the work would require. However, there is a warning from Richard Parry, LU’s Strategy & Commercial director: if the work isn’t done, then measures such as closing the station during busy periods — something that already happens on occasion — will become more routine.

Welcome as these changes (once complete) would be, they arguably don’t go far enough. As one of the key stations on the network, Bank is often included in speculative extension programmes, most notably through its DLR platforms. A 2005 document called DLR Horizon 2020 investigated various options for extending network westwards from Bank, including links to Charing Cross via Aldwych and a loop via Barbican and Cannon Street. The plans were notional even when drawn up in the relatively flush days of the mid-Noughties, and are even less likely in today’s austere climate, but they such stuff that the commuters of tomorrow can dream on.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 02:11 AM   #1687
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That would be a good idea... I normally don't use Bank station during peak times but I did once a few weeks ago... oh my freakin' GOD! After about 10 or 15 minutes of being squashed I just turned around and made my way on foot towards my destination (Camden). It has a serious capacity issue down there.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 07:05 PM   #1688
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St. Johns Wood Station
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 02:27 PM   #1689
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I wonder if this is the world's most complex assemblage of metro stations:

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Old December 23rd, 2010, 02:46 PM   #1690
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No, there's far larger agglomerations in Paris where 2 or 3 Metro stations are linked to an RER station, I guess Tokyo has some pretty rambling subterranean stations too.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 06:14 AM   #1691
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That would be a good idea... I normally don't use Bank station during peak times but I did once a few weeks ago... oh my freakin' GOD! After about 10 or 15 minutes of being squashed I just turned around and made my way on foot towards my destination (Camden). It has a serious capacity issue down there.
Bank Station can truly be a nightmare, you feel like smashed potatoes at rush hours.
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It seems like it's speeding up faster than it usually does at the end of the video.

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Phones to Function in the Channel Tunnel and Tube

Recent developments to enable the use of phones and other wireless devices in environments which were previously considered impossible have taken a big leap forward.

Vodafone, O2, Everything Everywhere, and 3, together with their French counterparts Orange, SFR, and Bouygues have come together to enable mobile communication inside the Channel Tunnel. The venture will cost £20 million and has been split between the companies involved. French company Alcatel – Lucent, has been contracted to install the technology along the 34.1 mile tunnel.

Similar developments have also happened with the London Underground, where mobile operators have agreed to split the £150 million cost of mobile enabling the train network. Another French company, Thales, is the preferred bidder to install the technology throughout the network.

Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, has allegedly made a significant contribution to bringing the project forward in time for the Olympic Games, where he “bashed heads together in the mobile phone industry” to bring 2, and 3G coverage to the London Underground.

Providing all the technology is delivered on time, passengers on both the Channel Tunnel and the London Underground will be able to make calls and use the internet inside the respective tunnels.
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I believe the Jubilee line is now running under ATO (automatic train operation) at all times now. This means faster journey times, more aggressive acceleration/decceleration and higher frequency. Read updates here.
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