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Gasworks Tunnel
Look what was seen coming out of the disused Gasworks Tunnel: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ev0VIp7XMAcZiim?format=jpg&name=large
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New piccadilly line trains
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/design-new-piccadilly-line-trains-unve iled-tfl-b922086.html Lets hope sense prevails and once these have had a good shakedown on the picc they order them for the bakerloo, central and W&C instead of wasting time and money on yet another round of tenders to do the exact same job.
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New Piccadilly fleet
These are the new trains that will replace the current fleet, introduced in 1975: https://www.mobility.siemens.com/global/en/portfolio/references/metro-london.html Lots of first associated with this all-new design, including the first airconditioned Tube stock, and first articulated LU trains.
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Goblin timings
I'm sure I've commented on this before, but they are still using the same timings from the diesel days, even thought the full electric fleet entered service by August 2019. Barking Riverside is supposed to open in July 2022, so I suppose there will now be no timetable change until May 2022. It must be very disappointing for people who use the line daily. -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed...
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RATP strikes
A number of bus routes operated by subsidiaries of Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens will be on strike on Monday, with some continuing for another two days: https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/london-bus-drivers-strike-month-19803286 https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/bus-strike?cid=bus-strike#on-this-page-4
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Modern Railways
"The Battersea Branch will be the first extension to the Underground network since the Jubilee Line Extension from Green Park to Stratford" Since https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_London_Underground_stations is sortable by opening date, forgetting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathrow_Terminal_5_station is a major facepalm. -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to
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The London El
Geoff Marshall's latest video about the Bank enlargement shows a bilingual publicity poster in English and what looks like Spanish. Why is a poster about construction work bilingual, and of all the languages in the world, why the El would they pick Spanish? https://youtu.be/fujEnmIOuEM?t=5 -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to 1977 - Kill City - Iggy Pop & James Williamson
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HEx standing in for new Piccadilly...
Siemens has decorated its new under-construction train assembly plant in Goole with some recently retired ex-HEx 332s: https://twitter.com/the_rollingaxle/status/1360307731773685762?s=21 Apparently they'll be used for training ("how not to build carriages for a long service life"?). The new trains assembled in Goole are likely to be called the 2024TS.
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London Underground will pay passengers...
Alright, clickbaity title, but when the extension opens it will be in Zone 1, and Kennington which is currently in Zone 2 will become a Zone 1/2 boundary station, so that London-Kennington journeys will become cheaper than now. Since people in the vicinity of the new stations are presumably using Zone 1/2 station Vauxhall at the moment, TfL won't be getting much extra revenue from them, so...
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Johnston font beneath Thames Barrier
This sign looks like Johnston font to me, even though the Thames Barrier is owned by the Environment Agency, not TfL. Was it ever TfL owned? https://youtu.be/0ImibAisXN0?t=3389 Mr Wiki he say... "The barrier was originally commissioned by the Greater London Council under the guidance of Ray Horner. After the 1986 abolition of the GLC it was operated successively by Thames Water Authority...
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London's population drops 8%
From https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/02/05/london-no-longer-calling-population-shock-takes-hold/ Even when the last Covid restrictions are lifted from London, there may be a little less bustle on its streets and elbow-jostling at its drinking dens. One startling estimate that has caught the eye of economists warned the capital’s population may have plunged by 700,000 during the...
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Ryanair to axe UK domestic and non-EU...
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/02/04/ryanair-plans-axe-domestic-routes/ Ryanair's spat with the Civil Aviation Authority escalated on Wednesday night as plans emerged to axe all domestic routes and all services from Britain to non-EU countries. The budget carrier will only operate out of London Stansted airport and will cull 13 routes to Morocco, Ukraine, Montenegro, and Norway. A...
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Nine Elms Viaduct
On 01/02/2021 15:30, Basil Jet wrote: Does anyone know how near the bit which collapsed on Christmas Day was to Northern Line Battersea Extension tunnels? X-post added -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to 2013 - The Family Tree.. The Branches - Radical Face
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First two HS2 tunnels completed at...
From https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hs2-protesters-dig-secret-100ft-tunnel-under-london-park-spcxnw65j Protesters secretly constructed two tunnels supported by an elaborate “ant nest” of passages without detection near the site of HS2, embarrassing the security operation surrounding Britain’s biggest infrastructure project. Climate campaigners protesting against the construction of...
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Model Railway Club logo
The Model Railway Club, based close to Kings Cross Station, has a great logo. I'm wondering if it is an original creation or if it references some older railway logo of which I'm unaware. https://www.themodelrailwayclub.org/wp-content/themes/mrc-2/img/logo.svg -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to 1980 - Hard Objects - Art Objects
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TfL's belt-tightening options
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-55680869
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Norwegian shuts down its Gatwick base
The airline is closing all its long-haul bases and returning its 787 fleet. The 1100 pilots and cabin crew employed at Gatwick will be laid-off. It will retreat to its origins as a small Nordic short-haul low fare carrier: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/1-100-uk-jobs-go-as-norwegian-air-abandons-long-haul-services-fzw956s6w?shareToken=61da473a9f7d23c10a593ab178d9fe55 So that's another...
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New Tim
There's a tweet from Tim this morning reminding us that today is the 157th anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, complete with then-and-now pictures of Baker Street station: https://twitter.com/mrtimdunn/status/1348212174574014464?s=21 At opening, there were broad gauge tracks, but narrow platforms; now, there are visibly wider platforms that take advantage of the narrower...
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Thameslink returns to the Tube Map
Geoff celebrates the belated return of Thameslink to TfL's Tube Map, after a long absence. And it's not just the core section, but as much as fits in the extended zones. So the map now features over 500 stations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ5SQcdC48o
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Clock on a stick in Chessington
A bus stop in Moor Lane has its own clock. Does anyone know why? The time on it was correct when I was there, so someone is maintaining it. http://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=51.363588,-0.295714&spn=0.002026,0.004823&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=51.363663,-0.295997&panoid=msJdX41E32OAzhncg5EVhw&cbp=12,73.85,,1,2.9
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