The Anonymous Widower

A Planned Trip To Belfast

I’m thinking about going over to Belfast for a couple of days to have a look at the transport systems in the city and the wider Northern Ireland.

I have several things, I would like to do.

  • Ride in the latest Wrightbus hydrogen and battery-electric buses.
  • Ride in a Glider. I also intend to go to Pau to ride in a hydrogen-powered version of these Van Hool Equicity articulated buses, but Belfast is nearer.
  • Perhaps, if I have enough time, I’ll visit a few touristy bits.
  • Do a bit of research into offshore wind farms in Northern Ireland.

Has anybody got any advice?

 

April 25, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Knightsbridge Station – 25th April 2022

I wrote Development Of Knightsbridge Station on November 27th 2017.

It is now a few days short of four years and five months later and the station looks a bit different.

Note.

  1. The original station entrance on the corner of Sloane Street and Knightsbridge is now a new retail unit for Burberry.
  2. The original entrance in front of Harvey Nicholls is still open.
  3. The entrance opened in 2017 on the North side of Knightsbridge is still open.
  4. The new step-free entrance with lifts, is behind the black hoarding to the right of the new Burberry.
  5. The pavements are wider around the frontage of Burberry, than they were, when it was the station entrance.

The station is intended to fully open with lifts to the Piccadilly Line by Summer 2022.

Conclusion

This Google Map shows the site of the original Sloane Street entrance.

Note.

  1. Knightsbridge running East-West across the top of the map.
  2. Brompton Road running towards the South-West and past Harrods.
  3. Sloane Street running North-South towards the right of the map.
  4. The London Underground roundel indication the old entrance.
  5. Thee large size of the development site.

Is this going to be the world’s most expensive step-free rebuild of a Metro station?

The development is being carried out by the owners of the site; the Knightsbridge Estate, who are ultimately owned by one of Saudi Arabia’s richest families.

On the Development page of the web site, this is said about improving the public realm.

Significant improvements are being made to the public realm. The pavements on Brompton Road and Sloane Street have been widened to ease the pedestrian flow, Hooper’s Court, which links Brompton Road and Basil Street, is being completely remodelled and the Knightsbridge underground station is being substantially upgraded. A brand new tube entrance is being created further west along Brompton Road, a step-free access via two 17-person lifts located on Hooper’s Court will be introduced as well as on-platform cooling systems.

How many other tube stations are there in London with air-cooled platforms?

But then those, who buy the multi-million pound flats in this development, will expect a constant atmosphere between flat and platform. Remember too, that the New Tubes for London being built by Siemens for the Piccadilly Line will be air-conditioned.

 

April 25, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment