On Tuesday, news broke that the new Crossrail route through central London is going to be named after the Queen as the ‘Elizabeth line’.
On the Beck Map and distortion…
The design by Harry Beck, which has stood the test of time, was first introduced in 1933. It’s success has been attributed to the ease with which it can be read, despite the lack of a consistent scale. The sprawl of the London Underground out into the suburbs means that if you were to use one scale that took in every stop, the sections showing central London would be completely unreadable. The coherence of the design has seen it exported to metro systems around the world.
A survey reveals which London Underground line is rated best…
YouGov has asked London’s Tube riders what they think of the capital’s nerve system. Coming out on top is the east-west running Jubilee line. 1651 adults in London, were asked ‘Generally speaking do you like or dislike each of the following lines?’. They then chose from the options: generally like generally dislike neither like nor dislike don’t know not applicable From these scores, a net ranking was made for thirteen lines.
Here is an American view of London Underground, courtesy of http://www.independent.co.uk…
Dennis Green likes the London Underground. He really, really likes it. He likes it so much he wrote an article about how London is a “transportation paradise” compared to his current home of New York.
I travelled on the DLR when it first opened…
We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.
This post came about because I was given a horse brass that relates to this establishment. I will explain in the course of the post my justification for including it on a site devoted to London Underground.
THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY CENTRE
It was only natural that I should check further for details of the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. I discovered that it is based in Aylesbury and that it looks like an excellent museum. Click on the picture below to visit their website:
JUSTIFYING THIS INCLUSION
So what is this attraction doing on this site? There are two linked justifications for its inclusion. In my post about the Metropolitan line I have referred to the fact that that line once extended a lot further than it now does. Even after the sections beyond Aylesbury were closed, Metropolitan line trains continued to serve Aylesbury until the 1960s. In my post about the Central line I went in to detail about my vision of a London Orbital Railway.
In my vision the Metropolitan line would be pared back to the Uxbridge branch and the Chesham branch, the latter extended to Tring, with the Watford branch being wholly incorporated into the Orbital Railway, and the Amersham branch forming the start of a northwestern spur from the Orbital Railway which would extend to the old terminus at Brill, and thence to Oxford to link up with mainline railways there. There would possibly also be scope for reviving the old Verney Junction branch and extending to Milton Keynes, although with the Watford link this is very much an additional option rather than a central part of the vision.
As part of the Oxford spur there could be a station specifically for the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, with tickets to that station including admission to the railway centre – after all how better to arrive at a railway centre than by train arriving at a station that is structurally part of the centre?
Here is a second picture of that horse brass:
A new badge specially designed to make travelling easier for people who find it difficult to stand has been officially launched by Transport for London today. The blue ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge is available to disabled passengers and those with hidden conditions, illnesses and injuries, to help them find a seat on public transport. The badge, and accompanying card have been created following requests from customers who can struggle to get a seat as their need is not immediately obvious. A six week trial with 1,200 people was held in autumn last year to test the new badge and card. More than 72 per cent of journeys were found to be easier as a result of the badge, and 98 per cent of people taking part in the trial said they would recommend it to somebody who needed it. The free badge and card is now available through the TfL website – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/accessibility The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “These blue badges will make a real difference to passengers who need a seat but just haven’t felt
The beautifully adaptable map by Harry Beck of the London Underground has been used all over the world, and inspired several ‘alternatives’. One such is this excellent map from Route Plan Roll, which in 2016 created this map of London’s cycle routes. Cycling in the capital, despite the busy roads, has been on the increase.
This story from EvolvePolitics is distressing in multiple ways – the initial situation, the absolute refusal of London Underground bosses in the face of all evidence to the contrary to consider the possibility that they might have got things wrong, and the fact they have twice in this one case sided against their own staff and with a misbehaving passenger. So much for their much trumpeted “zero tolerance for violence towards our staff” line…
Bosses at London underground have upheld the sacking of a tube worker for defending a pregnant colleague who was pushed in the stomach by a fare-dodger.
Fascinating stuff, onto which I was put by a blog published by Time Out…
The family history site Ancestry has recently published more than 35,000 TfL staff records for the first time online. They reveal the lives of bus drivers and L