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Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”
Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”

Another date announced for the Cable Car’s “cable stringing event”

After several delays, it looks like this coming weekend will finally see the ropes strung between the Cable Car pylons.

Mar
26
2012
Another upgrade for the Jubilee Line completed
Another upgrade for the Jubilee Line completed

Another upgrade for the Jubilee Line completed

Monday should see the final stage of the long running signalling upgrade on the Jubilee Line come to completion, as the line starts running close to its theoretical peak rate. Last August, the network upgraded from running 24 trains per

Mar
23
2012
Photos from inside the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf
Photos from inside the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf

Photos from inside the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf

It may not look it from the outside, but an important part of Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station has already been completed – and five months ahead of schedule. In fact it doesn’t really look completed when you have a look

Mar
23
2012
Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices
Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices

Tax changes for the Cable Car ticket prices

Update: a message from TfL tells me that the cable cars are rated for 10 people so the tax change doesn’t actually affect them. Must admit, having sat in one, I can only presume that’s 10 thin people, but that’s

Mar
22
2012
The dead bodies service from King’s Cross railway station
The dead bodies service from King’s Cross railway station

The dead bodies service from King’s Cross railway station

Although the necropolis railway at Waterloo Station running out to Surrey is quite well known, its northern counterpart is seemingly largely forgotten...

Mar
19
2012
A look at the original Kings Cross station – at Maiden Lane
A look at the original Kings Cross station – at Maiden Lane

A look at the original Kings Cross station – at Maiden Lane

Just under 150 160 years ago the Great Northern Railway proudly opened its London terminus railway station at Kings Cross. However, it wasn’t the first attempt by the railway company at building a terminus station in London, and was a

Mar
16
2012
Photos behind the hoardings of the new Kings Cross station
Photos behind the hoardings of the new Kings Cross station

Photos behind the hoardings of the new Kings Cross station

Over the past few years, Kings Cross has undergone a double process of rebuilding as its 150 year old main platforms had the tired old plastic windows replaced and the paintwork tarted up. However, over on the western side, a

Mar
14
2012
More Photos of the Cable Car Construction
More Photos of the Cable Car Construction

More Photos of the Cable Car Construction

Over the past weekend, the river by North Greenwich was due to be closed to allow the cables to be strung between the tall pylons. This did not happen - and I wandered over to see why.

Mar
13
2012
How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge
How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge

How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge

Later this summer, the transport will/won't be thrown into chaos as unlimited hordes of people visit the city during the Olympics, and it is interesting to ponder how we will all cope with the dramatic changes.

Mar
07
2012
Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last
Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last

Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last

With less than a week to go before the Cycle Hire Scheme finally gets the switch on in Tower Hamlets, I am still waiting for a definitive map of where the cycle hire docking stations will be located. The map

Mar
02
2012
Cable Car Rising
Cable Car Rising

Cable Car Rising

Just a few photos taken on Sunday as the Pylon for the Cable Cars continues to rise upwards.

Feb
27
2012
Emergency services to simulate a terrorist attack on the tube network
Emergency services to simulate a terrorist attack on the tube network

Emergency services to simulate a terrorist attack on the tube network

Whenever the debate about why various disused tube stations — specifically Aldwych — can’t be opened to the public more often, it is usually pointed out that the best of them — specifically Aldwych — are still in use for

Feb
21
2012
Photos – Blackfriars tube station reopens
Photos – Blackfriars tube station reopens

Photos – Blackfriars tube station reopens

Several months late, or a week early, depending on how you look at it, Blackfriars tube station unexpectedly opened to the public this morning. Closed in March 2009, it was supposed to open in late 2011, then a press release

Feb
20
2012
Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system
Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system

Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system

I thought work on this had been paused as part of the Great Olympic Engineering Shutdown, but a note from TfL earlier today says that a rather interesting air cooling system will be introduced at Green Park station this summer.

Feb
17
2012
New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf
New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf

New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf

Just a few photos of the huge new Cycle Hire stands right outside Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line station. Considering how many people use the area as a meeting place and sit on the high wall beside the bike stand, I

Feb
11
2012
Photos from inside Crossrail’s concrete factory
Photos from inside Crossrail’s concrete factory

Photos from inside Crossrail’s concrete factory

When the early sub-surface train tunnels were built, they were laboriously lined with bricks by the builders, but when the first deep tube tunnels were constructed, they had to switch to curved iron plates that were bolted into place. More

Feb
08
2012
Photos inside a future Crossrail Tunnel
Photos inside a future Crossrail Tunnel

Photos inside a future Crossrail Tunnel

Last April I had a chance to walk through the length of the Connaught Tunnel, a disused railway tunnel in Docklands that will be refurbished for Crossrail. Today I went back for another look, although due to the now ongoing

Feb
02
2012
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

The Boris Bikes are coming to the Isle of Dogs and in doing so, showing up the fallacy of using walking/cycling distance indicators that ignore the Thames.

Jan
29
2012
Luggage racks from the old Met Line trains for sale
Luggage racks from the old Met Line trains for sale

Luggage racks from the old Met Line trains for sale

Possibly a slightly expensive gift for the commuting transport geek in your family, but the Transport Museum has grabbed a load of the old luggage racks that used to appear in the soon-to-vanish A Stock trains that spent the past

Jan
26
2012
Too many improvements in an email – TfL’s changing language
Too many improvements in an email – TfL’s changing language

Too many improvements in an email – TfL’s changing language

I noticed something last week which stood out a bit, and it happened again today, so I dug into my archive to see when it happened. What am I talking about? The weekly emails from TfL warning of dire problems

Jan
19
2012
Photos from behind the hoardings at Blackfriars Station
Photos from behind the hoardings at Blackfriars Station

Photos from behind the hoardings at Blackfriars Station

Since construction started back in 2009, much of Blackfriars railway station has been shrouded in builders hoardings protecting the public from the dirt (usually) and noise (occasionally) generated by the rebuilding work to make the station ready for Thameslink.

Jan
17
2012
The tale of the “Dead Body Train” at Whitechapel
The tale of the “Dead Body Train” at Whitechapel

The tale of the “Dead Body Train” at Whitechapel

There is a tale that is often repeated late at night in spooky surroundings that there was once a Dead Body Train that ran through a special tunnel and collected the dead from the Royal London Hospital and took them no one knows where.

Jan
11
2012
Crossrail is looking for names for its giant tunnelling machines
Crossrail is looking for names for its giant tunnelling machines

Crossrail is looking for names for its giant tunnelling machines

Being the sort of person who prefers rather bland factual descriptions, the idea of giving a cute name to a mechanical device seems a rather odd concept. However, as the vast majority of people disagree with my eminently superior opinions

Jan
10
2012
Michael Portillo rides on the Post Office Railway
Michael Portillo rides on the Post Office Railway

Michael Portillo rides on the Post Office Railway

A heads up about a couple of TV shows that may be worth watching later this week. Travelling around Great Britain by train, former politician, Michael Portillo uses a copy of Victorian cartographer George Bradshaw’s Railway Companion to compare and

Jan
03
2012