Decor For The Envisaged Piccadilly Line Terminus At Welwyn Garden City

INTRODUCTION

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:

  1. Tiling patterns on the platforms (a regular feature at London Underground stations these days). These would all look fine in a tiling display.
  2. 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.

Google Maps launches wheelchair friendly journey-planner

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”.

Source: Google Maps launches wheelchair friendly journey-planner

Uxbridge

UXBRIDGE

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. 

There is a cricket ground in Uxbridge which Middlesex sometimes play first class games at, and Uxbridge is also home to Brunel University, named in honour of one of the greats of railway history. 

Here are some pictures of Uxbridge station:

Between King’s Cross and Uxbridge on the Metropolitan Line

INTRODUCTION

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 Piccadilly having taken over the running of Uxbridge services from the District line in the 1930s). 

The five most useful alternative Tube maps

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.

Source: The five most useful alternative Tube maps

New Tube map reveals how much workers earn near London’s stations

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.

Source: New Tube map reveals how much workers earn near London’s stations

Shared Space Roads

INTRODUCTION

All of this post bar this introduction has appeared on aspi.blog a few moments ago. Because the road at the heart of it all is Exhbition Road, London, close to both South Kensington and Gloucester Road (each served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) I am also posting it here. Here is a satellite view of the area:

WHAT IS A SHARED SPACE ROAD?

A shared space road is a road without pavements, with no clear distinctions between where cars, cyclists and pedestrians should be. According to some this arrangement reduces accidents. However, a recent incident on London’s Exhibition Road has called this into question. Here is a tweet from campaign group Transport for All:

This (to me) raises two questions to be taken in turn:

CAN SHARED SPACE ROADS WORK?

I am uncertain on this one and will welcome evidence from people with experience of shared space roads in their localities. My own view is that they could work but the following is necessary:

  • Clear signage explaining what a shared space road is and what that means.
  • A very low speed limit for motor vehicles (even lower than the 20mph which is now commonplace in the vicinity of schools) fiercely enforced – speeding on a shared space street should be punished more severely than speeding elsewhere because of the greater risk of hitting someone.
  • Referring back to my first bullet point it needs to made clear that motorists are always expected to give way to cyclists and pedestrians.

Given what I know of London drivers I do not think that London is the right city to be trialling these (although Rome and Paris would both clearly by even worse options!)

SHOULD EXHIBITION ROAD
BE A SHARED SPACE ROAD?

Absolutely not – it should be completely pedestrianised. There are excellent public transport connections in this part of the world.