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Night Tube begins on the Jubilee Line – 7th October 2016

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As part of the roll out of Night Tube services, Transport for London will be launching the  Night Tube on the Jubilee line this week, starting on Friday 7 October, and will be running all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

There will be a train about every 10 minutes. Standard off-peak fares will be charged and Day Travelcards cover journeys made until 04.29 the next day. There will be extended some bus services to help meet increased demand for customers travelling to and from Night Tube stations.

The Night Tube already runs on the Victoria and parts of the Central line with the Northern and Piccadilly line expected to join the system in the autumn.

Full Night Service details

Victoria line – trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire line

Central line – trains running approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone and approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/ Hainault

No service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault

Jubilee line (starts 7 October) – trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire line

Northern line (coming this autumn) – trains running on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town and approximately every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet / Edgware

No service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches

Piccadilly line (coming this autumn) – trains running on average every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5

No service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge

Fares

TfL will charge standard off-peak fares for travelling on the Night Tube.

Day Travelcards are valid on the day of issue (using the date printed on the card), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day. For example, if you buy a Day Travelcard at 11:00 on Friday, you can use it until 04:29 on the following Saturday. Daily capping on Oyster cards and contactless payment cards also applies.

For more information, visit the Transport for London website here

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The Night Tube in London

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan launched London’s first ever weekend Night Tube service at the end of August 2016 which was used for over 50,000 journeys. At the moment, the Night Tube is only on the Central and Victoria Lines but will be rolled to other lines before the end of the year.

The Night Tube facts

A 24-hour service now runs on the Central and Victoria lines on Fridays and Saturdays

Trains run every 10 or 20 minutes, depending on stations

This new service runs alongside existing Night Bus and taxi services

Night Tube services will begin on the Jubilee line on 7 October

Night Tube services on the Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow by the end of the year

 The service is expected to benefit thousands of workers who have to travel to or from work at night and help Londoners get home quickly and safely after a night out. It will also benefit visitors who arrive in London in the early morning.

For more information, visit the Transport for London website here

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The Launch of the new one hour ‘Hopper’ fare – Monday 12th September 2016

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the new one hour bus fare – the ‘Hopper’ – on Monday 12 September. Bus and tram passengers will now be able to take two journeys for the price of one, within an hour.

How does it work ?

Any second bus or tram journey made within one hour of the start of your first journey will be free, if you’re using contactless or Oyster pay-as-you-go.

From 2018, passengers will also be able to make unlimited bus and tram journeys within one hour – once TfL has upgraded its ticketing technology.

The Hopper in 2016

The Hopper fare applies automatically to passengers who are using contactless or Oyster pay-as-you-go

Passengers can switch between buses and trams in any combination, within an hour

The Hopper from 2018:

Transport for London (TfL) are improving their technology so that passengers should be able to make unlimited bus and tram journeys within one hour

Currently, the Hopper saving does not apply if a passenger changes from a bus or tram, to a rail or tube service, and then back to a bus or tram. TfL are improving their technology so that from 2018 these journeys will also qualify for the Hopper fare

The Hopper fare has been introduced to benefit Londoners on low incomes who may rely more heavily on the bus network. Using the Hopper fare, bus passengers can make longer journeys across London for just £1.50 for a standard adult fare.

For more information, visit the Transport for London website here

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Standing Room Only on the Escalators at Holborn Station

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One of the first rules of London tube etiquette is when on the escalators, you stand on the right and walk up the left side. This London Underground convention is a accepted rule and much valued by Londoners but often a source of confusion for visitors.

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In a radical break from convention, passengers at Holborn station will be asked not to walk up two escalators after research has found that standing on both sides improved passenger flow and reduced congestion.

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Holborn is one of the stations that has quite long and high escalators, therefore fewer people take up the option of walking up the escalator causing queues to form at the bottom. During a test when standing on both, the results found 16,220 people could travel on Holborn’s 23.4m (76ft 8in) -high escalators during rush hour, compared to 12,745 in normal circumstances.

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So how do you get people to change their escalator habits ? TFL is using a number of approaches during the trial to find out which is most successful. One of the more novel approaches is the ‘hologram’ of a member of the TFL staff explaining the changes, other approaches include electronic “standing only” signs, blue footsteps and handprints on the handrails.

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Early indications are that hundreds of the normally imperturbable commuters are ignoring the advice and walking anyway. But with 56 million people using Holborn annually and congestion a problem at peak times, it may be that one of the common conventions on the Tube is under threat especially in stations with long and high escalators.

New Crossrail trains revealed by Transport for London

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Transport for London (TfL) have revealed the design of the new, fully accessible Crossrail trains that are due to enter service from May 2017.When fully operational in 2019, Crossrail will add 10 per cent to London’s rail capacity and will carrying 200 million customers a year. The new trains are being built by Bombardier Transportation’s UK factory in Derby and are helping to support at least 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships.

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Each train will provide space for 1,500 customers in nine fully-interconnected, walk-through carriages. At over 200 metres in length, they are over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube train.

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A mixture of metro-style and bay seating will be available through the train which will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information, allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst onboard. Free Wi-Fi will be available on the trains as well as on the platforms and people will have access to 4G.

When fully operational in 2019, Crossrail trains will serve Reading and Heathrow in the west through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, passing through new tunnels under central London.

 

24 Hours London Transport System will Begin by the End of 2015

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Last year’s annoucement that Transport for London were about to start running weekend trains 24-hours on the Piccadilly, Victoria, Central, Jubilee and Northern lines by the end of 2015 has been followed up by the news that All-night services are to run at weekends on most Tube lines, the London Overground and Docklands Light Railway.

Night-time services will be extended to the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines by 2021. Services then will be extended on the London Overground in 2017 and the Docklands Light Railway by 2021.

Tube services at the moment in central London currently finish at around 00:30 GMT on Friday and Saturday nights.

The plans are part of a long term economic plan that could add £6.4bn to the London economy by 2030 and create half a million new jobs.

The aim is to recreate London as a 24-hour city at the centre of the world’s creative and commercial life and help to deal with the capital’s growing population.

Brunel and a Bear from Peru – A Short History of Paddington Station

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Paddington station is a central London railway terminus and London Underground station, it is one of the historic stations of London being  the London terminus of the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838. Much of the architecture of mainline station dates from 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Matthew Digby Wyatt. The station officially opened on 29 May 1854, the impressive roof is 699 feet (210 m) long was originally supported by wrought iron arches in three spans, respectively spanning 68 feet (21 m), 102 feet (31 m) and 70 feet (21 m), however  in 1906-1915 the station was developed and a fourth span of 109 feet (33 m) was added.

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Common to many of the main London stations, a grand hotel was built in the 19th century, The Great Western Hotel was built towards the  front of the station in 1851-1854 by architect Philip Charles Hardwick. In the area behind the Great Western Hotel is the concourse which is called The Lawn, it served as the stations first concourse but has recently received a multi- million pound makeover with a good variety of  shops and cafés.

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The station which deals with over 30 million customers a year  is the London terminus for First Great Western, which provides the majority of commuter and regional services to West London, the Thames Valley region and long-distance intercity services to South West England and South Wales. Destinations served include Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford, Newbury, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance, Cheltenham, Worcester and Hereford. Paddington is also the London terminus for the Heathrow Express, which provides fast train services to London Heathrow Airport.

Paddington Underground station has its own piece of history being first served by Underground trains in 1863, as the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first underground railway.

Paddington Underground Station is on the Hammersmith and City Line, the Bakerloo line and the District and Circle lines.

Paddington will also be connected to the new Crossrail services when services commence in 2018.

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In the station is  statues of the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Paddington Bear who was named after the station. In the Paddington books, the little bear travels from deepest Peru to the station where he is found with a note reading ‘Please look after this bear, Thank you.’

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