I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.
When I created my post about the Piccadilly Line one of my envisaged extensions was north from Cockfosters to Welwyn Garden City. Apart from the value of establishing an extra connection in that part of the world, there was also an extra reason for this, which I cover in more detail in my post on the Central line.
USING ANOTHER OF MY INTERESTS
I recently acquired a Butterfly themed first day cover, which on closer inspection showed a connection with Welwyn Garden City as well. Here are the pictures:
DECOR IDEAS BASED ON THESE
Several ideas occurred to me about using these on the Piccailly line platforms that I envisage at Welwyn Garden City:
Tiling patterns on the platforms (a regular feature at London Underground stations these days). These would all look fine in a tiling display.
Stained glass windows such as those on display at Uxbridge at the other end of the line.
3. A small butterfly exhibition (you can see examples of this sort of thing dotted about the Tunnelbana, Stockholm’s equivalent of London Underground)
4. Possibly a special ‘Red Admiral’ roundel somewhere.
Disability campaigners have welcomed the launch of a new feature on Google Maps designed to help wheelchair-users find step-free routes around London. The tech giant has launched an extra filter on their Maps service enabling users to select a ‘wheelchair accessible’ option when looking up public transport directions around the city. Transport for All, which campaigns for disabled access across London’s transport network, said the option represented a “big step forward”.
There has been a station at Uxbridge since the late 1880s, but the current station (four platforms, two for each of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines) was built in the 1930s when the Piccadilly line took over what had been the Uxbridge branch of the District. This station is one of the most iconic designs of Charles Holden, the greatest name in London Underground architecture.
I made this journey a week ago en route to the Anna Kennedy Autism Expo at Brunel University. The journey divides naturally into several segments…
KING’S CROSS TO GREAT PORTLAND STREET
For this section of the route the Metropolitan line shares tracks with the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, although on the day I travelled it those latter two lines were closed west of Baker Street, one reason why I did not have to wait long for a train to Uxbridge.
BAKER STREET TO FINCHLEY ROAD
For this section of the route the Metropolitan is directly above the Jubilee line (the Jubilee rises to the surface just beforc Finchley Road, and it and the Metropolitan run together for a time thereafter).
FINCHLEY ROAD TO WEMBLEY PARK
This is the section where the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines run side by side, tjhe Jubilee stopping at intermediate stations while the Metropolitan runs non-stop between Finchley Road and Wembley Park (with some ‘fast’ services running non-stop all the way to Harrow-on-the-Hill).
WEMBLEY PARK TO RAYNERS LANE
This is the section that is Metropolitan line only (with a connection to Chiltern Railways at Harrow-on-the-Hill).
RAYNERS LANE TO UXBRIDGE
This branch is shared by the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines (the Piccadillyhaving taken over the running of Uxbridge services from the District line in the 1930s).
The official London Underground map is an essential part of living in the capital, but several alternatives have been released in a bid to make commuters’ lives easier. Published by Transport for London over the years, they are aimed at the entire cross-section of people who use the Tube. One encourages commuters to walk between stations while another tells people who wish to travel with a bicycle where on the network they are permitted.
A new Tube map showing how much workers earn near London’s stations has revealed employers in the Barbican district offer the capital’s highest wages. Average salaries for advertised jobs in the area, famed for its arts centre and expensive flats, were over £52,700, according to a study by jobs site Adzuna. The next highest paying locations are City Tube stops Monument, Bank, and Cannon Street, all over £51,000.