…">

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Transport News - Archive Articles

London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf
London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf

London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf

The main shopping centre at Canary Wharf is doing something exceptionally rare this weekend – they are admitting that men like to buy clothes. Throughout the year, the place puts on lots of shopping events for the ladies, but the

Nov
18
2011
The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel
The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel

The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel

I was interested to read this morning of a campaign to reopen a long disused tunnel at Crystal Palace that I have long wanted to poke rather more than just a nose inside for a look at.

Nov
15
2011
A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans
A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans

A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans

If planning permission is granted, then six years of building and tunnelling works will start at Bank tube station from 2015 to fix the notorious bottleneck at the Northern Line.

Nov
09
2011
The underground railway in North Korea
The underground railway in North Korea

The underground railway in North Korea

About 7 years ago I was finishing a long stint of very hard work, and feeling weary, decided to book a holiday… to North Korea. Because that is the sort of holiday I like to take. Tourists are not routinely

Nov
06
2011
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to restore an old carriage in time for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, which takes place in 2013. A few more details have been released by London

Nov
01
2011
Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service
Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service

Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service

Regular readers may recall my rather fun little trip earlier this year on the

Oct
31
2011
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut

The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut

Just before midnight on the 9th September 1940, sailors up on deck of the cargo sailing ship, Seven Seas were watching an air raid by German bombers over the Charing Cross railway bridge when an explosion hit the river and a large wave struck the ship.

Oct
26
2011
Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?
Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?

Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?

If you use the tube station at Victoria, then you already are!

Oct
05
2011
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

Tomorrow (Tue 4th Oct) marks 100 years since the first moving staircase was demonstrated on the London Underground, at Earl's Court station to be specific.

Oct
03
2011
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

When booking a tour of Kings Cross station with limited information about what the tour will include, there is a risk that it will be just a wander around the public areas, or maybe a good look around some of the building site that is closed off to the public.

Sep
29
2011
A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak
A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak

A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak

In around 2018, when the first Crossrail passengers come into London from the West, they leave the existing overland railway near Royal Oak tube station and dip down into the tunnels that will run under the city.

Sep
23
2011
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station

A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station

Regular users of London Bridge station will doubtless be aware that the mainline platforms are raised a couple of stories above the surrounding road, supported on massive brick arches. These arches are visible in the form of roads that run

Sep
22
2011
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage

Open House – West Ham Bus Garage

Opened at the tail end of 2008, the bus garage at West Ham claims to be the largest single bus depot in the UK – and as is increasingly common, one of the most environmentally friendly. The distinctive green roof

Sep
20
2011
Win a Moquette covered chair
Win a Moquette covered chair

Win a Moquette covered chair

Thanks to a birthday gift voucher from my flatmate, I was in the Transport Museum’s shop the other day picking up some goodies, including a moquette design tea towel – which it turns out isn’t that effective in its tea

Sep
07
2011
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

A day later than I had originally expected, the DLR extension to Stratford International has finally opened to the general public.

Aug
31
2011
Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend
Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend

Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend

Last December, the need to change trains to catch a short shuttle service to Chesham on the Metropolitan Line was abolished as direct trains were introduced as part of the line and train upgrade programme. This weekend though, the Shuttle

Aug
26
2011
The DLR extension is finally opening
The DLR extension is finally opening

The DLR extension is finally opening

Update 30th Aug 5:55am: Despite the TfL website showing trains running every few minutes as expected, the platforms at Canning Town are still sealed off and a DLR train attendant told me they are still testing the line. No idea

Aug
25
2011
Crime numbers on the London Underground
Crime numbers on the London Underground

Crime numbers on the London Underground

The Evening Standard has managed to get a list of crime numbers on the London Underground, broken down by station and delivered the not entirely surprising headline that Kings Cross is the crime ridden capital of the tube network. However,

Aug
22
2011
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage

Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage

As mentioned yesterday, I found myself on a rather special double-decker bus on a trip to a mystery location, described as an overlooked piece of post-war architecture. The location, suitably enough for a trip on a bus, was a bus

Aug
14
2011
A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus
A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus

A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus

Sometimes when you plan a visit to an exhibition, you get rather more than you expected. Today was such a moment, as a visit to a small – and frankly, not worth the effort – exhibition about past and future

Aug
13
2011
One of London’s airports gains a new railway station
One of London’s airports gains a new railway station

One of London’s airports gains a new railway station

A couple of weeks ago - and a mere eight months later than planned - a new train station was opened to much local fanfare marking the regeneration of one of London's airports, and as a sad train geek (and occasional aircraft geek), I felt compelled to go and have a look.

Aug
02
2011
There are Owls on the London Underground
There are Owls on the London Underground

There are Owls on the London Underground

Did you know there are owls on the London Underground – and they are used to scare pigeons away? No, neither did I until recently, so I went to have a look. Yes, there’s some – sitting on top of

Jul
29
2011
Jubilee Line Upgrade finally going live next week
Jubilee Line Upgrade finally going live next week

Jubilee Line Upgrade finally going live next week

For those of us who live along the Jubilee Line area while have had a couple of years of delays and weekend closures as the line was upgraded to Automatic running – the core benefit being able to run trains

Jul
29
2011
BBC Documentary about London Transport’s HQ Building
BBC Documentary about London Transport’s HQ Building

BBC Documentary about London Transport’s HQ Building

Been sent a note on Twitter that a documentary originally shown in 2009 about the design of London Transport’s famous Art Deco style headquarters building is back on the BBC’s iPlayer service. I have been inside for a tour during

Jul
13
2011