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Old March 22nd, 2011, 02:28 PM   #1881
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Ticket hall opened at one of central Olympic Tube stops

A new ticket hall and entrance has been opened at one of the Underground stops that is set to become a hub for attendees of next year's Olympic Games. Transport for London reports that the refurbishments of Stratford Regional Station have now been unveiled.

The updates were made using funding from the group and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), as part of the multi-billion pound investment being made in the capital's transport infrastructure to create a legacy after the 2012 Games. It is believed that the new facilities will reduce congestion at the station while also allowing passengers to enter and leave more easily.

A new platform has also been created to enable travellers to exit on both sides, while the ticket hall will provide direct access to the Central Line. It has been estimated that 12,000 individuals will pass through Stratford Regional during peak times of the sporting event.

Commenting on the opening, Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport for the ODA, said: "Delivering improved transport is one of the strongest physical legacies of the Games, with around £6.5 billion of associated investment in transport infrastructure across the UK." Last month, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said that the capital had a responsibility to ensure that the city continued to function smoothly and efficiently during the Olympics.
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Net access for London Underground is ready

Plans have been announced to fit 120 stations on London’s Tube network with internet coverage ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Femtocell technology has been ready for roll out for some time. It's just a case of waiting for the transport authorities and network operators to put the system into place, with a contract not to be awarded until the end of the year.

A trial has been in place at Charing Cross station, with BT reportedly testing the technology at the deep-level station, also looking for passenger reactions.

It was shown that most Londoners were in favour of the system that will allow for access to internet in the station, though a separate scheme is also being discussed for mobile signals to be received onboard the network’s carriages, although the two projects are not connected. Of course not all Londoners are particularly enamoured with the thought of technology being used in the bowels of the city.

The next stage in the development of a network-wide internet provision will, according to Cellular-News, see the current trial at Charing Cross expanded to another 16 stations with the service used by transport staff opened to the public. The invitation for companies to bid for the contract, to be implemented by June 2012, will also extend to firms offering a more comprehensive service that will include bus stops.

While the project is looking at a considerable delay before permission is given to a provider, according to Andy Gothard at Picochip, a firm which provides femtocell technology to carriers, the technology is ready right now. “We are able to provide the operators with what is required straight away,” he told TechEye. “That is the easy bit to a degree, but the job of the operators is a much bigger one to actually put it all in place over the network.”

However it will be the end of 2011 before it's decided which firm can begin to put the available technology in place. One of the problems that operators face in succeeding with a scheme is, other than how to put the technology in the stations, but how to fund it - as it's clear that TfL will not be willing to put its hand in its own pocket or that of its customers with ticket increases.

But there are certainly ways in which the big operators such as BT and Vodafone, which has been vocal in its wish to use femtocells in public access internet, can draw cash from a tube network. 3G would benefit operators the most. “Whether the system will be using 3G or WiFi is something that will have to be decided, with 3G network much easier to monetise and use through a cell phone for example.

“WiFi on the other hand involves customers messing around with credit cards which makes it more difficult for the operator, alongside security issues. While the WiFi Alliance is trying to make advancements they are not there quite yet.”
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London Underground is working hard to secure a system which will allow Wi-Fi to be available at 120 tube stations.

There have been some concerns with regards to the security of this, with some suggestions that it could assist terrorists in making attacks. The scheme has been trialled at Charing Cross and the London Underground are requesting that companies tender for a contract, which they would like to be in operation by 2012.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London has said that he would like to see it in operation before June 2012 so that people can keep a track on what is going on in the Olympics, while they travel. But a spokesman for an anti-terror group has said that it will enable people to us their laptops on tubes as if they were phones. There have been bomb attacks detonated by phones abroad and that it would enable terrorists to communicate underground. He said also eavesdropping software could easily be used where laptop users could have their bank details intercepted.

However, it has been felt that the pluses outweigh these negatives as many people expect to be able to use their computers in public and may places such as train stations and coffee shops already offer the service. They feel that they are responding to a demand by users and that the security risk is minimal as they already have procedures in place for dealing with things like unattended luggage. They also confirmed that the delays in installing the service were never to do with the security but to do with the cost of it all.
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TfL publishes Business Plan: Biggest investment in London’s transport in 80 years

Transport upgrades and frontline services protected, helping to secure London’s global competitiveness and economic growth. London’s transport network will see massive growth in both the number of passengers it carries and the number of services it operates, according to Transport for London’s revised Business Plan, which will be considered by its Board later this week (Wednesday 30 March).

During the next four years a huge programme of investment will see three Tube lines fully upgraded with new trains on five lines, major progress on Crossrail, the completion of the London Overground network, traffic flow smoothed, the completion of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways and extension of Barclays Cycle Hire, and the maintenance of London’s frequent, reliable and accessible bus network.

During that time the number of Tube services operated will increase by 10 million kilometres and an extra 112 million passengers will be carried – 1.25bn in total, while the London Overground network will see a 20% increase in passengers. The plan also sets out an increased savings and efficiencies programme totalling £7.6bn, up from around £5bn, demonstrating that the Mayor and TfL are leading the way in the public sector on delivering value for money.

Despite an overall eight per cent reduction in TfL’s overall spending power following last year’s Government Spending Review, there will be an unprecedented upgrade of London’s transport network while front line services are protected now and in the future.

Tfl have said they “will deliver” over the course of this Business Plan, which runs until 2014/15:

- The Jubilee line upgrade delivering a 33 per cent increase in capacity across the line with more trains and faster journeys

- The Victoria line upgrade which will deliver a 21 per cent increase in capacity with new trains and a 19 per cent improvement in journey times

- The Northern line upgrade which will see a 20 per cent increase in capacity across the line and an 18 per cent reduction in journey times

- New trains on the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, District and Circle lines

- Major progress on Crossrail, with tunnelling completed and station construction both above and below ground

- Delivery of transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

- A total of 4,000 traffic signals reviewed to reduce delays on London’s roads

- The introduction of a lane rental scheme to cut unnecessary delays caused by roadworks, subject to support from the Government

- The cable car crossing between North Greenwich and The Royal Docks

- The eastward extension of Barclays Cycle Hire

- The completion of all 12 Barclays Cycle Superhighways

- The New Bus for London

- The completion of the London Overground rail network, London’s first orbital railway

- The Source London electric vehicle charging network

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘Through negotiations, savings and efficiencies we have done what many believed to be impossible. We have secured the greatest investment in London’s transport network in 80 years which will deliver Crossrail, the Tube upgrades, the completion of the London Overground network and the continuation of the cycling revolution, while protecting front line passenger and customer services.'

‘The staggering £7.6bn in savings and efficiencies TfL is making means that every penny will be spent on delivering and upgrading services for the Capital, providing even better value for money to fare and taxpayers.’ London’s transport network will play a key role in delivering the 2012 Games and will deliver a lasting transport legacy for the Capital.

All 2012 transport improvements are on track to be delivered well ahead of the Games including the Jubilee line upgrade, a 50 per cent increase in capacity on the Docklands Light Railway and an extension from Canning Town to Stratford, enhanced walking and cycling routes, major improvements at Stratford Regional station and step-free access at Green Park and Southfields stations.

London’s Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: ‘The next four years will be among the busiest and most exciting in the history of London’s transport network. We will be carrying more passengers and running more services than ever before, the Tube carried 1.1 billion passengers this year and the buses 2.2 billion, and our operational performance is on an ever improving trend. This is at the same time as we carry out an unprecedented upgrade of our network and get ready to host the 2012 Games.'

‘We will meet all of those challenges while also ensuring we are as efficient and effective as we can be through our £7.6bn savings programme.’

The £7.6bn savings and efficiencies programme, to be delivered over the course of the Business Plan period and through to 2017/18, includes:

- A full review of TfL’s structure, led by Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy, to ensure the organisation is as efficient as possible with corporate and back office costs further reduced to protect frontline services

- £400m in savings from ticket office changes driven by a reduction in 800 management and operations roles

- £375m from efficiencies in IT systems

- £460m in savings in bus subsidy costs while maintaining the current extensive and effective bus service levels

- £290m from renegotiating major contracts (including Congestion Charging and highway maintenance)

- £175m from relocating staff into cheaper locations
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London Underground is planning to equip up to 120 tube stations with wireless internet access in time for the London 2012 Games

The proposal was announced today as Transport for London (TfL) invited telecoms companies to tender for the 6-month contract.

The move follows the successful trial of the technology at Charing Cross station, which began in November last year.

Wi-fi on the London Underground

BT Openzone, who conducted the trial, said it was met with enthusiasm by passengers.

The project would start by expanding the wi-fi technology currently used by London Underground employees at 16 stations to tube passengers, TfL said.

It would then be rolled out to 120 tube stations across the Tube network by June 2012.

Commenting on the plans, Boris Johnson, the London mayor, said: ‘The roll-out of wi-fi technology across the platforms and public areas of our tube stations will finally allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their emails, access social media sites and stay in touch with the world above while they traverse our subterranean transport network.’

TfL and the London Mayor are also in discussion with a number of mobile operators to install mobile networks throughout the deep Tube network.
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Anybody knows which stations will be left out?
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Anybody knows which stations will be left out?
The stations that are overground anyway perhaps? I don't know how many of TfL's stations are.
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120 out of the 270 tube stations sounds about the right number for those that are underground.

Of course, there's Island Gardens, Cutty Sark, Wapping, Rotherhithe etc that are TfL's but not tube and also underground, but the article is a bit imprecise as to whether it's 120 TfL stations, or 120 tube stations.
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Such a nonsense question, obviously the ones that are overground will be left out.

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Tube to run later during Olympics

Tube trains will run around an hour later during next year's London Olympics, Transport for London (TfL) has said. The extension will mean the last trains will leave central London as late as 2am during the Games.

There will also be extra trains running from Olympic events in east London between 10pm and 11.30pm to get spectators home. A TfL spokesman said: "All transport improvements to support the London 2012 Games are on track, and we're working hard with all partners to support a fantastic Games and to keep London moving.

"To ensure everyone can get to and from their events, and enjoy all that London has to offer in 2012, we plan to run the Tube around an hour later than normal during the Games on all lines.

"This means customers will be able to leave the Olympic Park to connect with other services to get them home after the events, with last trains leaving central London between around 1.30am and 2am. We'll also be running extra Tube services on lines serving the Olympic Park to coincide with the end of events in the evenings, meaning additional services from around 10pm."
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That's a far less OTT solution than 24h trains during the games.
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The Mayor of London has pulled the plug on the London Underground mobile phone network, which was proposed to cover the Jubilee and Central tube lines in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

Instead, the Mayor of London has decided to step up the roll out of WiFi networks in tube stations, allowing Londoners to connect within stations, but not while on trains.

No reason was given for the halt on the project, although the Mayor of London’s office said there were “genuine problems encountered” that “could not be overcome”.

Chinese telecoms infrastructure provider, Huawei, had offered to pay £50 million- worth of the forecast £150 million project total, with the provision of much of the infrastructure needed underground to sustain the new network.

The mobile operators backing the project would have to pay the rest of the costs, as the Mayor of London refused to use tax and fare-payers money on the scheme.

However, the four mobile operators involved in the discussions to fund and equip the scheme, Everything Everywhere, O2, 3 and Vodafone, stated they will continue to look into the project and hope to provide an underground mobile service at some point in the future.

In a joint statement from the four UK mobile phone networks, they said: “We have been working closely with infrastructure partners and London Underground for some time with the hope of delivering mobile services to the London Underground, and are disappointed that it will not be possible to deliver such services in time for next year’s Olympic games.

“As a group, we will continue to positively explore all other avenues available to us in order to provide a service at a later date.”

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “We are grateful to the companies who explored the possibility of getting full mobile coverage on the tube, although disappointed the genuine problems encountered could not be overcome on this occasion.

“It remains a long term goal, but our efforts meanwhile will be focused on guaranteeing a major expansion of WiFi coverage in Tube stations in time for the Olympics,” the spokesperson continued. “We are proceeding with great energy and haste to deliver that improvement, which will mean Londoners can then use their mobile devices to pick up their emails or access the internet while passing through our stations.”

Huawei has been advised that the London Underground project will not go ahead at this time. It stated: “We have received the warmest thanks for the hard work and professionalism we have shown over the many months of pre-project solution planning.

“The security and reliability of our products was fully recognised by the customer. We have consistently proved that our wireless technology is market leading, and it is a shame that London Underground passengers will not have a chance to benefit from our solutions,” Huawei added.
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