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DSC 5586fi 460x270 - The Jubilee Line's priority seats

Created in time for TfL’s #Travelkind Priority Seating Week beginning 24th April 2019, these innovative new seating moquettes are set to impress. The colours are more eye catching than the old seats and the message on each one of these seats cannot be ignored easily. TfL say the entire JubileeRead More →

IMG 3951fi 460x270 - Kentish Town's crazy escalators!

This week a tweet particularly intrigued me. It showed the escalator steps at Kentish Town tube station with a quirky message ‘Stand on the handrail.’ An impossible task apparently – unless one was some sort of acrobat or tightrope artist. Clearly the message was removed very soon after the errorRead More →

010112A7fi 460x270 - Charing Cross is still on the Jubilee!

This week being the Jubilee Line’s 40th anniversary, I can reveal Charing Cross is still served by the Jubilee Line! ‘Aha yes that it does,’ one may retort, adding ‘but trains run there out of service from Green Park, no public services at all!’ No that’s not what I mean.Read More →

IMG 2593fi 460x270 - Hammersmith CBTC begins

The long awaited automation of the sub-surface lines began today with the implementation of the Hammersmith to Latimer Road CBTC section. After a full days work testing yesterday it was decided the scheme should be implemented with effect from Sunday. Hammersmith signal box was used for the last time earlyRead More →

geoffstationsfi 460x270 - Geoff's least used tube stations?

I assume you have been watching Geoff Marshall’s videos recently, learning which tube stations are the least used – as well as reading that he wont cover the Waterloo & City (W&C) or Emirates Air Line because these are single point to point trips – and cannot have a stationRead More →

DSC 0493fi 460x270 - TfL's Womens Day at Victoria

On a visit to Victoria station 7th March to check the very controversial one way system in use, the new exhibition set up by TfL for the 8th March – International Womens Day – could not fail to be noticed. Some photographs were quickly taken on the 7th however IRead More →

DSC 4865fi 460x270 - The Underground's £2 coin

This coin (and its twin) were released late 2012 in advance of the 150th anniversary of London Underground. Seven years later I am writing about one of these – and one may well ask why is that? The reason is very simply that I’ve never seen one until now –Read More →

tubexmas 460x270 - Tube Xmas posters and pictures

Now that Xmas is most definitely over, can we move on and look forward to the New Year? Not just yet! I have a selection of Xmas tube goodies for those of you who still need their yuletide fix! Roll on Santa once again as we take a look atRead More →

googlewskxfi 460x270 - Warren St/King's Cross photo surveys

A series of pictures to show the alignment between Warren Street and King’s Cross tube stations can indeed be seen, as well as both stations from the main entrance to Euston station by the gatehouses at Euston Grove. Upon doing these extra surveys I found it was much easier toRead More →

DSC 2572fi 460x270 - London's furthest sighted tube stations?

Everyone talks about how near or how far a tube station is, whether its for walking, a short cut or simply an out of station interchange. Or for example its a means of avoiding the tube altogether – like Leicester Square – Covent Garden, White City – Wood Lane, QueenswayRead More →

archfi 460x270 - Euston's arch was demolished for a tube station!

Did you know the famous Euston Arch was in the way of the Underground? That new escalators and a ticket hall (to replace the old building and lifts on Melton Street and elsewhere belonging to the Northern Line) were needed? It turns out the demolition of the arch was necessaryRead More →

DSC 0305fi 460x270 - Mind those indicators!

Bank tube station is well known for its ‘Mind the Gap!’ announcement but these days it seems people should mind the indicators too – as well as the gap!! Anybody trying to work out what these indicators are denoting might not be looking where they are going…. Mind the doors,Read More →

1sept1968fi 460x270 - The Victoria Line 50th Anniversary Special

The Victoria Line has now attained its 50th anniversary. Certainly 2019 will be seen by some die hard enthusiasts as the true 50th anniversary as that is when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new tube route. The first section opened in 1968 (Walthamstow to Highbury/Warren Street) thus most ofRead More →

DSC 0490fi 460x270 - Victoria tube station - another step completed!

The new part of Victoria tube station, including the new bank of escalators, was opened today. The unofficial opening to the south ticket hall extension took place this morning. This gives alternative access to the Circle/District and Victoria Lines by way of a series of new passageways that link upRead More →

CCI12052018 0010bfi 460x270 - The old Waterloo & City Line shut 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago today the Waterloo & City Line – as London knew it closed for good. The old line or the ‘Drain’ as it was affectionately known to Londoners had reached the end of its days. Friday May 28th 1993, was a whole day of celebrations and countless numbersRead More →

DSC 0581fi 460x270 - Reshaping London's tube for the future

Two new tube lines for London – without anyone really noticing! I actually wrote this in November last year on top of the series covering the Piccadilly Line’s extension to Cockfosters, but put it aside as I decided I wasn’t authoritative or knowledgeable enough to discuss such matters. I evenRead More →

DSC 0135fi 460x270 - Great big stickers on the Jubilee Line!

At the weekend I noticed a handful of Jubilee Line trains in service with these huge stickers that are clearly devised as part of TfL’s #travelkind campaign. Its clear this new campaign began at the weekend. Are they really necessary when there’s already stickers on all tube lines of aRead More →

DSC 0479fi 460x270 - 150 years of the Swiss Cottage line

Today is the 13th April 2018 (and its a Friday!) 150 years ago on this day the Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was opened – the opening day in 1868 was on a Monday! The Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was first incorporated on 29 July 1864 andRead More →