Transport Issues


Talk: Stations of the London Metropolis

Tuesday evening found the subterranean lecture hall at the Transport Museum almost filled up as Oliver Green gave an introductory talk about his latest pocket book – and it is actually designed to fit in a pocket – about the

Clean up the Canary Wharf station names confusion

Anyone who makes extensive use of the Jubilee Line and DLR in the Canary Wharf area will be well aware that only tourists/visitors would ever try to switch between the Canary Wharf stations on each line, as Herron Quays on

For 2 weeks only – alternative tube maps on display

Imagine for a moment if the familiar tube map didn’t have to look the way it does today. How could it look if we sat down and gave it a fundamental rethink? That question is the long running obsession of

50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator

You might not have noticed it, but today marks a very special anniversary on the London Underground – it is the 50th anniversary of the travelator at Bank tube station. This, not just the first moving walkway on the London

The Aldwych Tube Station Blitz Experience

First things first, as they say. Tickets to this event sold out yonks ago. However, if you don’t mind the risk of getting nothing after a day of hanging around, and consuming vast quantities of coffee while you wait, then

Take a trip in a 1938 tube train

Unexpected – as the poor thing has been rather ill recently – but the lovingly restored 1938 era tube train will be taking trips along the tube network in a couple of weeks time, and you can be on it.

Changes to the DLR service

Living in the docklands area, I am on the mailing list for issues with the Docklands Light Railway, and have received the following missive. A new service will be in place from 10 July with modifications to some routes and

West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station

There lurks on the London Underground network a tube station that wont appear on any tube map, past, present or indeed future. In use on most days, yet no trains ever call there and no passengers ever use it.

The East London Line – in the style of a Victorian Newspaper

The first day of the East London Line extension to West Croydon – in the style of a Victorian Newspaper. Hopefully. — Readers may recall the recent news of the reopening of the East London Line railway that passes under

London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday

This coming Sunday, the second phase of the East London Line conversion to being part of the London Overground will be completed as trains will cease to stop at New Cross Gate and will instead run down to West Croydon.

First Day of the East London Line

“I apologise for the cramped conditions” was how the first train on the newly extended East London Line was introduced to its excited passengers. For yes, the majority, if not indeed the totality of the passengers were highly excited. A

Steam Train in the Snow

Regular readers may be aware that steam trains are semi-regular visitors to London, and if at a weekend, I quite enjoy going to watch them. Today was a special occasion as while the train itself is a regular visitor to

Train fares to rise – Train fares to fall

Two separate organisations put out two different press releases this morning. They appeared one after the other in my RSS reader – and it was the coincidental juxtaposition of the two headlines that raised a wry smile. I am not

Steam Train Charges Through North London

This lunchtime, a visually distinctive steam train charged through North London on a trip down to Kings Cross. The Sir Nigel Gresley is not only visually noticeable, but it also holds the speed record for a post-war steam train. Unlike

Catch the last fully circular Circle Line train

As I am betting you are probably aware, the Circle Line is shortly to be uncoiled and turned into something that is still called a circle, but is most certainly not. As with most changes on the train networks, there

London in the 1950s – archive film footage

A heads up that the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is showing archive films of London in the 1950s as part of a free event later this month. The official fluff reads: Take a trip back in time to

The New South Quay DLR Station – Photos

This morning, a couple of weeks later than expected, the new South Quay station on the DLR opened to the general public. There was already a South Quay station, but it couldn’t be extended for the new 3-car length trains,

Take the 1938 Tube Train to the Disused Charing Cross Platforms

How about this – a chance to take the tube to the closed Charing Cross tube station – and not just any tube train, but the heritage 1938 stock. Just had an email from TfL letting me know that there