The Anonymous Widower

Paddington Square – 7th February 2020

Paddington Square is a new development springing up to the East of Paddington station.

This Google Map shows the location between the station and St. Mary’s Hospital.

The development will include the following.

  • A Twenty-storey tower.
  • Offices
  • Four floors of upmarket shops
  • A rooftop restaurant.
  • A new public square
  • A new entry into the Bakerloo Line, which will have a step-free connection to Crossrail.

It will certainly improve, what is rather a grotty area of Central London.

There is nothing much to see at the moment.

It’s just a big hole, which is surrounded by hoardings.

February 8, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

I’ve Gone Cashless

I have now setup my bank account, so that I can make small payments using from my phone, using the contactless facility.

These are a few short observations.

  • The thirty pound limit may be a little too low.
  • You can’t be cashless on the Blackpool tramway. I was allowed to go free!
  • Some small shops still won’t accept them or apply a minimum spend. Obviously, they don’t want my business and didn’t get it.
  • I never have any change for beggars. I follow TfL’s advice and give to the Whitechapel Mission, who look after the genuine homeless.
  • Some estabishments have gone cashless only!

The only time I use cash, is for tips in restaurants and paying black cabs.

February 8, 2020 Posted by | Finance, World | , , | 5 Comments

Could New Routemaster Buses Be Converted To Hydrogen Power?

London has a thousand New Routemaster buses.

They are generally liked by passengers and drivers, although some Labour politicians think they should be replaced, because of their association with Boris.

They were introduced in 2011, so with a refurbishment, I suspect that they could be in service for perhaps another ten years.

The big feature in the design is that they are genuine hybrid buses with a small Cummins engine halfway up the back stairs, a battery under the front stairs and electric drive with regenerative braking.

I do wonder though, that because of the electric transmission, that these buses could be converted to hydrogen-powered buses.

It could be a more affordable route to create a thousand new zero-carbon buses for the streets of London or any other city for that matter.

Given that Wrightbus, who built the New Routemasters, is now owned by a member of the Bamford family of JCB fame and the company is reported to be going down the hydrogen bus route, I would suspect that conversion to hydrogen is on somebody’s mind.

 

February 8, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment