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Default Stratford International line - almost open!?

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On Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:36:18 -0700 (PDT), The Gardener
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I checked the TfL journey planner today and it showed that the
service was running, so I went to have a look and found no service
(well, no passenger service - only a "ghost" service was running).
The service seemed to be Stratford International - Woolwich Arsenal
every 10 minutes.


Yep I did the same. It was running to Beckton when I was there off
peak.

I asked a TfL employee at Stratford if he knew when it was
due to open and he said that it should have opened today and told me
that a loaded train had been ready to leave Woolwich Arsenal earlier
but for reasons unknown, it was cancelled and the pax turfed off.


Hmm I'd be very surprised about that.

Opening manana, perhaps?


Allegedly mid morning [1] but I'm not going to hold my breath ;-)

[1] according to comments on other blogs.


Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813



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On Aug 31, 11:22*am, "Recliner" wrote:
"Paul Corfield" wrote in message







On Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:36:18 -0700 (PDT), The Gardener
wrote:


I checked the TfL journey planner today and it showed that the
service was running, so I went to have a look and found no service
(well, no passenger service - only a "ghost" service was running).
The service seemed to be Stratford International - Woolwich Arsenal
every 10 minutes.


Yep I did the same. *It was running to Beckton when I was there off
peak.


I asked a TfL employee at Stratford if he knew when it was
due to open and he said that it should have opened today and told me
that a loaded train had been ready to leave Woolwich Arsenal earlier
but for reasons unknown, it was cancelled and the pax turfed off.


Hmm I'd be very surprised about that.


Opening manana, perhaps?


Allegedly mid morning [1] but I'm not going to hold my breath ;-)


[1] according to comments on other blogs.


Apparently, it really is, finally, open:www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


One wonders how long it will be before a confused tourist gets off at
Abbey Road hoping to see the recording studio and have their picture
taken on the same zebra crossing that is on the front of the Beatles
album.

Tourists have been know to get off the tube at Stratford expecting to
see Shakespeare's birthplace.
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Allegedly mid morning [1] but I'm not going to hold my breath ;-)

[1] according to comments on other blogs.


Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813


And I actually rode on it from Stratford to S'ford International.

Closure

Not been up to S'ford Int'l for ages, so it was good to get a look around
- while it's still a building site, there are plenty of signs that things
are all coming into place - the fences are starting to come down along
Leyton Road (?) and Stratford City is looking ready to rock.

Plenty of the Athletes' Village (apostrophe correct?) looks done and all
getting very exciting.

The biggest shame is how few people there were at Stratford International
at 7pm - I know it's tricky to get to (currently) but still, I would have
expected greater patronage on the Kent services after nearly 2 years.
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Plenty of the Athletes' Village (apostrophe correct?)


I should hope so. One athlete on his own would get rather lonely!

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On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:32:31 +0100
Paul Corfield wrote:
On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:22:27 +0100, "Recliner"
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Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813


Yep - I've even had a ride on it.


So finally after however many years it is and hundreds of millions spent -
TA DA! We now have a light railway running on exactly the same route as
a heavy railway ran on. Well that was money well spent.

B2003




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On Aug 31, 8:21*pm, Martin Petrov
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Allegedly mid morning [1] but I'm not going to hold my breath ;-)


[1] according to comments on other blogs.


Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813


And I actually rode on it from Stratford to S'ford International.

Closure

Not been up to S'ford Int'l for ages, so it was good to get a look around
- while it's still a building site, there are plenty of signs that things
are all coming into place - the fences are starting to come down along
Leyton Road (?) and Stratford City is looking ready to rock.

Plenty of the Athletes' Village (apostrophe correct?) looks done and all
getting very exciting.

The biggest shame is how few people there were at Stratford International
at 7pm - I know it's tricky to get to (currently) but still, I would have
expected greater patronage on the Kent services after nearly 2 years.


Yes, I had a post-work ride on it and was impressed, with one
exception - the unbelievably austere station at Stratford
International. It looks like it was built by a homesick East German.
Patronage was not great but I suspect it will soar when the shopping
centre opens.
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"Paul Corfield" wrote in message
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On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:32:31 +0100, Paul Corfield
wrote:

On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:22:27 +0100, "Recliner"
wrote:

Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813


Yep - I've even had a ride on it.


And as is usual here is the blatant plug for some photos I took.

Flickr photostream at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

DLR Stratford International Line set (with piccies from earlier
visits)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2475974...7624499177395/

Enjoy
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Thanks Paul

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In article , d ()
wrote:

On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:32:31 +0100
Paul Corfield wrote:
On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:22:27 +0100, "Recliner"
wrote:

Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813

Yep - I've even had a ride on it.


So finally after however many years it is and hundreds of millions spent -
TA DA! We now have a light railway running on exactly the same route as
a heavy railway ran on. Well that was money well spent.


Not exactly. You're forgetting the Stratford International bit.

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On Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:45:24 -0500
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In article ,
d ()
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On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:32:31 +0100
Paul Corfield wrote:
On Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:22:27 +0100, "Recliner"
wrote:

Apparently, it really is, finally, open:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14727813

Yep - I've even had a ride on it.


So finally after however many years it is and hundreds of millions spent -
TA DA! We now have a light railway running on exactly the same route as
a heavy railway ran on. Well that was money well spent.


Not exactly. You're forgetting the Stratford International bit.


I doubt it would have been beyond the wit of man to realign or branch off
the original straford line to serve there. Even when the NLL served these
stations they were allegedly poorly used. Who the hell is going to use them
now when the service stops at stratford int? People going into london will
just change at canning town or go all the way to Bank.

B2003


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"The Gardener" wrote in message
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Yes, I had a post-work ride on it and was impressed, with one
exception - the unbelievably austere station at Stratford
International. It looks like it was built by a homesick East German.
Patronage was not great but I suspect it will soar when the shopping
centre opens.


But people will quickly realise it is a much easier access to the shopping
centre from the Stratford Regional end, there is a northern entrance to the
station with escalators leading directly into the centre . Stratford
International DLR is on completely the wrong side of the (HS1) tracks, it
will only really come into its own when the 'Olympic Village' is turned over
to the public...

The Stratford International part of the extension seems mostly irrelevant to
Westfield Stratford, despite the timing of the opening...

Paul S



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