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TfL seeking a fresh redesign for its new DLR trains
TfL seeking a fresh redesign for its new DLR trains

There could be a fleet of new fully walk through trains on the DLR with air-conditioning in the near future, according to a document published by TfL.

TfL expanding “bums on bus seats” sensor trial
TfL expanding “bums on bus seats” sensor trial

Last year, TfL started a trial of a technology that can tell people how many seats are available on the upper deck of a bus. It ran on just the one bus on route 141 during the trial.

Abseilers installing art inside Westminster tube station
Abseilers installing art inside Westminster tube station

Last week as London slept, abseilers were seen working their way around the cavernous box that is the Westminster tube station.

60 mini Boris Buses to be deployed across London
60 mini Boris Buses to be deployed across London

A display of some of the 60 new mini Boris Buses took place in central London this morning causing more than a few heads to turn and people to point and giggle at the sight.

Tube trains every 100 seconds with Jubilee line upgrade
Tube trains every 100 seconds with Jubilee line upgrade

The Jubilee Line is set to get an upgrade that will see the number of trains running through the line during the peak times rise to 36 per hour by 2019. At the moment, the peak rate in 30 trains per hour (tph).

Life-size mock-up of a Tube station
Life-size mock-up of a Tube station

There’s an exhibition next month devoted to making London’s transport more accessible to people with disabilites, or of a certain age.

New Routemaster gets Guitar Branding
New Routemaster gets Guitar Branding

Another of London’s new Routemaster buses has been given an advertising makeover — this time by the guitar brand, Fender Stratocaster, which is marking its own 60th anniversary this year.

London Bus themed bar to open next month
London Bus themed bar to open next month

Next month the Design Junction returns to London, and as in previous years, will include a London Transport themed bar.

TfL testing new display screens in buses
TfL testing new display screens in buses

Double decker buses are starting to get intelligent. They know how many people are upstairs, and which seats they are sitting on. And soon they will start telling you.

Vintage buses to run around Wembley
Vintage buses to run around Wembley

Another of London’s bus garages is set to let the general public inside for a look around next Saturday, and offer trips around the area in vintage buses.

TfL removes advert from website homepage
TfL removes advert from website homepage

TfL revamped its website recently, and little commented on but quite noticeable is that slap bang in the heart of the main page is space for an advert.

Unusual train movement this weekend
Unusual train movement this weekend

There is a chance to sate your railway geek this weekend as London Overground trains run along a slightly unusual route, and past a long since closed station.

The secret ticket that only works in one tube station
The secret ticket that only works in one tube station

On the London Underground there are a number of different sorts of tickets that you can buy, but there is one ticket that works at just one station, and you can’t buy it.

TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology
TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology

You know how it is as a pedestrian, waiting at traffic lights as the little green man lights up, and you look over to the other side, only to see a wall of people heading towards you that you need to navigate your way through.

Rant time! Stupid website security questions
Rant time! Stupid website security questions

Poor TfL, about to get a bout of my ire, and while they are not the only miscreants in this area, what I just saw is pretty high up the rankings of poor practice.

A look at London’s tube and rail upgrade plans
A look at London’s tube and rail upgrade plans

The periodic board meeting minutes at TfL have been published, and amongst all the words and pictures some useful nuggets sometimes emerge.

A look around the London Overground upgrade project
A look around the London Overground upgrade project

Over the next year, people using the London Overground will start to see changes, as the line prepares for a 25% capacity upgrade.

Confusing email about Olympic changes to Canary Wharf
Confusing email about Olympic changes to Canary Wharf

I just received a rather badly worded email from TfL laying out what they will do at Canary Wharf tube station during the Olympics, that leaves more questions than it answers. First, here is the text of the email. I

A look around the building works on the Hammersmith Flyover
A look around the building works on the Hammersmith Flyover

The dramatic closure then partial reopening of the Hammersmith Flyover is about to move into a new phase as a series of night-time closures takes place to finish off the main works that have taken place so far.

How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge
How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge

Later this summer, the transport will/wont 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.

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.

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. In central London, where bridges are plentiful, then the river is hardly a

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

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. To explain this mammoth task, TfL announced earlier this week