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Old April 1st, 2011, 11:48 PM   #1901
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That's a far less OTT solution than 24h trains during the games.
I suppose if they ran a 24-hour service during the Olympics many people would question why they don't do it during the rest of the year and say London has enough demand for that even without the Olympics.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 12:52 AM   #1902
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Given most of the Olympic bid literature said that it wouldn't bother the tube network, as it's August and demand even with the Olympics would be lower than January and February but that they'd prioritize upgrades that serve the Olympic Park anyway then 'even without the Olympics' is quite frankly a load of rubbish. I'm fairly certain that demand for 24h trains would be higher at other times of year, even with the Olympics.

It would be a near impossibility to give 2 weeks of 24h running and if they tried it, they wouldn't have had to explain why they don't do it normally - they'd be trying to explain which muppet had the idea that made the network more dangerous and less reliable, not to mention inducing the inevitable industrial action that just wound Londoners up.

24h trains during the Olympics would be a vanity project like Leslie Ash's lip enhancement (they wouldn't look very good, backfiring immensly). Glad that all they are doing is extending services later.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 06:49 AM   #1903
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I think if they had the possibility of running a 24 hour service for 2 weeks they could do that for the rest of the year and would have done it already. Anyway, I think the improvements are much more important than the 24 hour service.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 06:51 AM   #1904
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Boris doing Tai-chi

So they're planning for a wifi network with no phone reception? Does that mean we'll have to Skype while on the tube?
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 02:33 PM   #1905
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Boris doing Tai-chi

So they're planning for a wifi network with no phone reception? Does that mean we'll have to Skype while on the tube?
Exactly... or Viber

Those app writers must be rubbing their hands with glee
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 06:16 PM   #1907
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Tube proposals 'could boost service for commuters'

Proposals have been announced to create a new timetable for one of the busiest sections on the Tube network. Transport for London (TfL) reveals that passengers on the District line could enjoy a more reliable service if the journey is rerouted and five additional trains are added during morning peak travel times.

It claims that London Underground (LU) hopes to simplify the service in the Earl's Court area by removing weekday journeys to Kensington Olympia as this is used by less than one per cent of all people on the District Line. The service could then be redirected to Wimbledon - which receives 30 per cent of the line's traffic - and increase the number of trains running during early peak times by 12 per cent.

During the weekends, journeys to Olympia would be resumed and LU hopes that this new timetable can be in place by December of this year. Additional London Overground services will be in place from May at Kensington Olympia.

Meanwhile, TfL has published its business plan, detailing the biggest investment in the capital's transport infrastructure for 80 years.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 02:00 AM   #1908
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Old April 4th, 2011, 05:20 AM   #1909
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Unfourtunately, all the photos of it on flickr are disabled.

Stratford Station Mezzanine Ticket Hall

Opened: 19th of March, 2011.

Built to ease congestion from the existing ticket hall, and to allow increased patronage for the 2012 Olympics, as Stratford is the nearest station to the venue. This ticket hall interestingly also reused the ticket barriers from the old Jubilee line ticket hall which was taken out recently.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #1910
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I think there was something a while back about this new ticket all at Stratford, let's hope there's pics soon.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #1912
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London Underground game Chromaroma to make commute more bearable

An Oyster card public transport travel game, called Chromaroma, has been launched, which hopes to transform the daily commute on the Tube from a somewhat hellish experience into a fun-packed joyride.

Over the years there have been many potential solutions put forward in order to help long-suffering travellers on London's public transport - the majority of which usually consisted of more track, more trains and a general increase in in efficiency; little did we know that the true answer laid elsewhere.

The new multiplayer game from developers Mudlark works by showing your movements and location through your Oyster card's RFID chip, picking up more data the more you swipe it in order to gain access to buses, trains, and the new Boris bikes.

Every journey will give you points, and the more ways you travel and the more of the city you cover, the more chance you'll have of "owning London". It'll also offer the chance of connecting with other commuters you cross paths with regularly.

The developers describe Chromaroma as "location-based top-trumps", where you can "collect places, identities, modes of transport and passengers as you travel around the city; discover and investigate mysteries attached to different locations and build alliances with fellow passengers that share your journeys.

There are apparently a variety of benefits to be had by registering your Oyster card, such as prizes and Foursquare-esque accolades linked to various advertisers; however, this will no doubt mean you'll also be sharing your info with them.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #1913
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LU looks so crowded, is there any plan for air-condition? Do you know anything about it?
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The new stock has air conditioning as far as I know. As for being crowded, well it's like that, which doesn't mean they couldn't improve frequencies.
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Just a quick note on Buckhurst Hill station on the Central Line. Perhaps LU noticed my moaning on the state of this station last month as they have now started renovating the classic victorian station. So far they have started re-painting and plastering the walkways down to the station, however im not sure if they are going to go on and do the rest of the metalwork on the platforms, along with the victorian waiting rooms and toilets.

Some of the brickwork is in a dire state, I hope they do something about it.
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They have been giving a scrub to several stations.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 01:49 AM   #1919
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Thanks Porto i didn't know that London gets those new trains, they look pretty clean and quiet too
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