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The Operation Of Edgware Road Station

Edgware Road station has been changed dramatically over the last few years, by becoming the balance station in the Circle line. The platforms are organised this way according to Wikipedia.

The usual service pattern is: platform 1 for outer rail services to Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and beyond, platform 2 for circle line to High Street Kensington and Victoria, platform 3 for district line trains to Earls Court and Wimbledon, and platform 4 (inner rail) for Shepherds Bush Market and Hammersmith. This may vary in times of disruption – trains can go east from any of platforms 1 2 and 3 and to any of the westbound destinations from platforms 2 3 or 4.

As I came back from Paddington station, I got out of the station to get a newspaper and I also watched Circle line trains reverse on Platform 2. There actually waiting for a few minutes and cleaners were cleaning the trains before they returned back through Victoria. It was all very efficient.

It would appear that most of the transfers at the station, just involve a simple cross platform transfer, although not always.

But by adding lifts and sorting out the access between Platforms 1 and 2,  and 3 and 4, would improve those travelling through the station, especially for those who need step free access or are travelling with heavy cases.

As an example, if you are coming north through Notting Hill Gate station on the District or Circle line and want to go west at Edgware Road station, you are best to get a District line train, but if you’re going east, a Circle line train is better.

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The Rebuilt Metropolitan Station At Paddington

The Metropolitan station at Paddington is emerging from the extensive building works at Paddington station.

Note that there is still quite a lot to do, like installing the lifts.

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The New Taxi Rank At Paddington Station

Paddington station now has a new taxi rank.

It must be one of the best ones in the UK.

It certainly means that if you’re coming into Central London from the west and need a taxi, it’s a good station to pick one up.

Note how the taxi rank is properly numbered, so you can arrange to meet on a particular number!

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General Sikorski

General Sikorski was a wartime Polish leader.

The pictures show his statue in Portland Place.

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Farringdon Station

After visiting the works at Crossrail, I went to have look at Farringdon station on the Metropolitan Line.

Note how the new station is coming on.

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Creation Of Crossrail At Custom House

The Crossrail line through Custom House is unusual in that because it is close by the DLR, you can see all of the work as the new railway is being installed.

It is very much unusual to see a modern railway being  created, but as the pictures show, you can get a good view of London’s new railway as it is created.

The pictures were taken from the three stations; Royal Victoria, Custom House and  Prince Regent. It will be interesting to see how the view changes as Crossrail is built.

There’s more about Custom House station on this web page on the Crossrail web site.

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The London Aquatic Centre Is Changing!

The London Aquatic Centre is changing.

It will be opened fully in the summer of 2014.

Note how a lot of the seats have been reserved.

The picture was taken from a train on the East Anglian main line.

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A Set Of Amazing Photos

I just had to link to these pictures.

I need say no more.

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It’s Not Just The Dutch That Get Rail Ticketing Wrong

We always think of the Swiss as being clever and efficient, but according to this report on the BBC web site, they seem to have trumped the Dutch by bringing in a ticketing system, that is even worse, than the one I described here.

One thing that never seems to work with these systems, but does usually work well in the UK, is how the system deals with the occasional problem or a traveller, like the man I met, who was using a London bus for the first time in his sixties, despite living there for years. In his case, the probably very friendly bus driver was able to help him out.

I’ve had a case on the train from London to Ipswich, where I had got on the train with the wrong ticket.  I can’t remember exactly why, but it may have been that I’d punched the wrong button on the machine, when I bought the ticket.  In Switzerland, now, that would now mean a fine of £133, but the inspector sold me the appropriate upgrade and even took into account my Freedom Pass and Railcard.  Ticket inspectors are the first line in both protecting the revenue and making the customers happy.

Let’s hope British train companies don’t do any of these.

1. Bring in swingeing fines for genuine mistakes.

2. Abandon the simple orange tickets that everyone understands.

3. Insist that everybody has a smart phone.

Point two has so many simple advantages other than the obvious one of familiarity. Imagine your ninety-year-old mother lives in Edinburgh and you want her to come to you by train. You just post her the ticket and seat reservation and tell her to get to Waverley at the appropriate time. It usually works well, as the tickets are of a size and type, that don’t get lost and are easily understood.  They can also be easily shown to staff, which can’t always be said for a display on a smart phone.

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