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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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
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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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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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.

The New Tube for London Designs

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Transport for London have unveiled their ‘New Tube for London’ design which offers faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys with the first walk-through and air-cooled trains on the Tube lines that are deep underground.

The design is considered essential to cope with the increase in London’s population from 8.4 million today to around 10 million by 2030.

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The new modern signalling systems and new trains being introduced will play a major part in increasing capacity.

Bakerloo line
25% more capacity (the equivalent of up to 8,000 customers per hour)

Central line
25% more capacity (the equivalent of up to 12,000 customers per hour)

Piccadilly line
60% more capacity (the equivalent of up to 19,000 customers per hour)

Waterloo & City line
50% more capacity (the equivalent of up to 9,000 customers per hour)

The Piccadilly line currently serves 210 million customers a year and demand is expected to grow 20% by 2020. The Piccadilly line has therefore been prioritised as the first of the four lines to benefit from the new trains and signalling system.

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The design of the trains has taken into consideration that they must be future-proofed, when they start to be rolled out by the mid 2020s, they will be expected to last for at least 40 years.

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The New Tube for London train design will feature air-cooled carriages as part of a more energy-efficient system to manage tunnel temperatures.

The trains will be designed and built to be capable of fully automatic operation. However when the trains first enter service, they will have an operator on board.

If you would like to find out more about The New Tube for London design, visit the Tfl website here

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Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
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Book Review : The Capital Ring by Colin Saunders (Aurum Press)

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Guide Books  for walks in Central London are numerous, however The Capital Ring by Colin Saunders offers an interesting alternative by offering a series of walks that are close enough to London for easy access to transport but far enough out to offer something a little different from the usual guides.

The development of the Capital Ring and the larger London Loop was the product of a number of organisations including the London Walking forum, Walk London and Transport for London.

Part of a wider initiative to promote Walking  as a pastime , these orbital walks were first suggested in 1990 and through the cooperation of the local authorities , the walking organisations and Transport for London they came to fruition in 2005.

Some of the history of the route is told in the book’s introduction , here is also some information  on accessibility , safety, transport , signs and waymarks.

The next section The Capital Ring  forms the main part of the book in which the Ring is divided into 15 separate but consecutive walks . The walks range in distance  from 3.5 to 7.7 miles with the average being around 5 miles.

The  Ring itself has a walking route of 78 miles (125 km) and generally lies between 4 and 10 miles from Charing Cross, so offers easy access from Central London.

It is this distance from London that offers a wide range of  attractions which include the Thames Barrier, Eltham Palace and Wimbledon Common. One of the great attractions of the walk is that it transverses many green and waterside environments, it also passes through  nature reserves, parks , woods and even farmland.

Each walk in the book follows the same format , the reader is first given basic information about distance, public transport, terrain, refreshments and toilets.

History of the area is discussed and interesting sights to look out for are marked on the accompanying map and illustrated  by  photographs.

The walk is then described in detail with a few local diversions that you may want to take to see places of interests.

The range of destinations  include Woolwich, Falconwood, Grove Park, Crystal Palace , Streatham, Wimbledon Park, Richmond, Osterley Lock, Greenford, South Kenton, Hendon Park, Highgate, Stoke Newington, Hackney Wick and Beckton District Park.

 The final section in the book is Useful Information which offers useful tips on transport, starting points and useful addresses.

The Capital Ring is quite an unusual London guide book in as much that the destinations are not necessarily ones that would be the first port of call for walkers or visitors to London.

But that is the great strength of the guide, it does not replicate the hundreds of London Walking books but offers something different and perhaps more importantly offers a series of smaller walks within a wider walk that circles inner London.

This attractive and well designed  book also illustrates that there are a large number of attractions and locations that are often neglected. With a large number of attractive photographs and interesting historical snippets, the book seeks to promote the benefits of discovering or rediscovering these areas.

Visiting London Guide Rating  – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or would like to buy the book, visit the publisher website here

 London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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DIY Sightseeing Bus routes for the Visitor – Route 11

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Route 11 in purple , the best route to take in West,Central and East London

Once you arrive in London you will see a large number of Bus companies selling tours to travel on a bus around London.

These tours can be very expensive and you can do a tour yourself by taking the Local London buses for only a couple of pounds.

All you need  to know is which routes best suit where you want to go, all the routes we suggest use double decker buses so you can sit on the top deck  and see London appear in front of you.

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Route 11 is known as one of best routes for sightseeing , it takes in numerous attractions in West, Central and East London.

If you start in the West you begin in Fulham then you go down trendy King’s Rd past the Saatchi Gallery and near Sloane Square. Then the attractions come thick and fast  Buckingham Palace followed by Westminster Abbey, past Big Ben and the House of Parliament , Then Whitehall, Downing Street , Trafalgar Square and the Strand, you then carry on down  Fleet St until in the distance the unmistakable form of St Paul’s, but your not finished yet there is still the Bank of England and finally the trendy bars of Shoreditch.

Main Stops

Liverpool Street Station London Underground National Rail Bus Station
Bank Station London Underground Docklands Light Railway
Mansion House Station London Underground
St Paul’s Churchyard
City Thameslink Station National Rail
Aldwych
Charing Cross Station London Underground National Rail
Trafalgar Square
Westminster Station London Underground
Victoria Station London Underground National Rail
Victoria Coach Station
Sloane Square Station London Underground
Chelsea
Fulham Broadway Station London Underground