The Anonymous Widower

Vote Hydrogen For London

London has an air pollution problem, as do many cities around the UK and the world.

This web page from Imperial College is entitled Air Pollution Research in London.

It starts like this.

Why Do Research In London?

  • Air pollution is a very large public health issue in London. It shortens the lives of Londoner’s leading to up to 9,400 extra deaths per year.
  • We still do not fully understand the health effects of air pollution.
  • London is a good place to do air pollution research, and acts as a giant laboratory.
  • Air pollution is well recorded in London, starting in 1993 and now covering about 200 sites.
  • London has a large population and good data on health, movement and population.

Surely, 9,400 extra deaths per year are 9,400 extra deaths too many!

These pictures were taken close to where I live in Hackney, mainly on the Bals Pond Road and Moorgate.

All show heavy diesel trucks, spewing out large amounts of carbon dioxide and other emissions.

So how can we reduce the pollution from these heavy trucks?

Consider.

  • I doubt that despite what Elon Musk says, these six- and eight-wheeled trucks can’t be powered by batteries.
  • Nearly all of these trucks, never go far from London.
  • Many of these trucks could be converted to hydrogen and thus become zero-carbon.
  • When they are replaced, these trucks should be replaced by zero-carbon hydrogen trucks.

But there is one big problem. Unlike Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow and a few other areas, London has no hydrogen infrastructure and the Mayor has no plans to develop one.

I will not vote for any politician, who doesn’t support developing a hydrogen infrastructure and a hydrogen policy for London.

 

May 4, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

London’s Other New Underground Line

In the middle of next month, Phase One of London’s other new Underground line will open.

The Bank station upgrade may only be a short section of new Southbound tunnel and track for the Northern Line and a much expanded station, but it promises to do proportionally for the City of London, what Crossrail will do for the whole of London.

The lucky Ian of IanVisits has been allowed to descend into the depths of the new section of the station with his camera and has posted this report on his web site, which is entitled Behind The Scenes At Bank Tube Station’s Huge Upgrade Project. The report contains twenty-four revealing photographs.

If ever there was a must-read, then Ian’s article must be it.

 

March 30, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Upgrade East Coast Main Line Before HS2’ If Leeds And Yorkshire Want Faster Rail Links To London

The title of this post, is the same as that of this letter to the Yorkshire Post.

This is the opening paragraph.

The decision to scrap HS2 running to Leeds is controversial but those who travel to London should not despair.

The writer makes these points.

  • High Speed Two will probably charge a premium fare because of the speed.
  • The current journey time to the capital is two hours 13 minutes at a cost of £28-60, if purchased in advance.
  • Planned improvements on the East Coast Main Line will reduce the journey time to London King’s Cross to one hour 56 minutes.
  • High Speed Two will take one hour 22 minutes.
  • If the line between Doncaster and Leeds were to be improved, the journey time could be reduced to one hour 45 minutes.

The writer finishes by saying that if the government ‘four tracked’ the entire East Coast route, 140mph LNER’s Azuma trains would match the times of High Speed Two.

In What Will Be The Fastest Times Possible Between London King’s Cross And Leeds?, I came to this conclusion.

It looks like a non-stop service between London and Leeds running at 140 mph, with perhaps some sections at perhaps a bit faster, could be able to match the High Speed Two times.

Running non-stop saves a total of eighteen minutes.

In an hour, I would give Leeds one non-stop and one stopping service to London.

March 9, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Mayor Announces Proposals For London-Wide Pollution Charge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These paragraphs explain the changes.

The mayor of London has announced plans to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) across the whole of London.

Under the current scheme, drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter London’s north and south-circular orbital roads.

New proposals will see the scheme extend to the edges of London’s boroughs in 2023.

I believe in this, as in many things, that the carrot is more powerful than the stick.

So we need to encourage people to change to electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles.

  • There are not enough electric charging points.
  • There are not enough hydrogen filling stations.
  • Installing and building more might encourage people to go zero-carbon.

But surely, the biggest drop in pollution would come from encouraging large London-based fleets of trucks to go zero-carbon. These would include.

  • Refuse trucks.
  • Cement trucks.
  • Skip trucks.
  • Large trucks used to transport aggregates and spoil from building sites.

It is unlikely, that many of these will ever be electric. The batteries would be just too heavy.

But many will go hydrogen or dual fuel, where they can use diesel and hydrogen.

I think there are various measures that would encourage the companies running these trucks to switch to hydrogen.

  • Following Birmingham, which has bought a few hydrogen buses and installed an electrolyser to provide their hydrogen fuel, which will be available to all users.
  • Once there is a good network of hydrogen stations, this might encourage owners of fleets of trucks to convert to hydrogen.
  • Once owners of taxis and Chelsea tractors, see lots of trucks and buses running on hydrogen, would they switch?

If I was the Mayor, I would offer a Mayor’s Prize to the company or borough, that has done most to cut pollution and/or carbon emissions.

Some mayors would enjoy giving out that prize.

 

March 4, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tideway – Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore – 13th February 2022

I took these pictures of the Tideway’s Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site from the top of a 63 bus on Blackfriars Bridge.

Compare the pictures with those I took on the 4th September 2021.

February 13, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

London To Be A Magnet For Overseas Cash, Says Knight Frank

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

Investors from around the world are expected to spend £60 billion on London offices over the next five years in a post-Brexit, post-pandemic vote of confidence in the capital.

They also feel that the Americans will lead the investors.

I was pleased to read this, as although, they are talking mainly about offices, these will inevitably lead to a greater need for quality housing.

And the more people live in the city, the more public transport will be dug through London’s obliging clay, the more places of entertainment will open and the city will become an even better place to live.

It will also mean that if people like me want to more out, we won’t have trouble selling our properties.

February 4, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Should We Be Given More Discretion Over Mask Wearing?

I am a bad breather and have been so for most of my life.

I suspect, it’s because I grew up in London smogs and that ruined my breathing.

But my father and his father were also bad breathers and my grandfather died before he was forty of pneumonia.

So when I go on public transport, I find the following.

  • I have difficulty climbing stairs with my mask on.
  • I can’t wait to get out of the station or bus to take off my mask and put it in my pocket.
  • Often in London during the day, there is only a few people on the bus or train and we are all sitting there quietly at least three or four metres apart.
  • If I explain my breathing to staff, they will let me remove my mask. I have done this a coule of times, when I have to climb stairs to get out of a station.

Sometimes too, I’ll be on a crowded Underground train for part of my journey, but at other times, I’ll be one of perhaps three in an air-conditioned bus.

As of Thursday rules will say, that we don’t need masks in England, but the Mayor has said we must wear them on public transport in London.

I would like to see some personal discretion, so that some like me would feel more comfortable on public transport, when it is less busy.

January 24, 2022 Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , | 9 Comments

London’s Newest Property Hotspot Has Been Revealed — And It’s On The NLE Tube Line

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Metro.

This doesn’t surprise me one bit.

Any new train or tram line, whether it is under or over the ground always creates a property hot spot.

That’s why London needs to develop the West London Orbital Railway, Crossrail to Ebbsfleet and New Bermondsey station as soon as possible, as the areas they serve need a lift.

On a wider view, it is also why reopening rail lines is such a good policy. Some might object to property hot-spots, but most residents of the UK, like it when property prices rise!

November 10, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

London To Edinburgh On Lumo

Yesterday, I took the 10:45 Lumo service from King’s Cross to Edinburgh.

I took some pictures on the way.

I have split them into sepate topics.

Lumo’s Class 803 Train Arrives

Note.

  1. The train is in Platform 10 in the old suburban station.
  2. This has now been reduced to just two platforms.
  3. In the other platform is a Grand Central service to Bradford Interchange station.

At least it appears, that there could be space to reinstate a third platform, if it should prove necessary.

Seating On Lumo

Note.

  1. I didn’t get a seat with a proper window.
  2. The seat-back table is generously-sized.
  3. There is a light over the table.
  4. The luggage racks were well used.
  5. There is more than normal leg-room. My neighbour, who was taller than my 1.70 metres, also liked the leg-room.

Both of us, thought the seats were more comfortable than LNER.

I have a spine that curves outwards at the bottom and it often objects to train and car seats. But after four-and-a-half hours on Lumo, it wasn’t protesting.

York to Church Fenton Improvement Scheme

When the York To Church Fenton Improvement Scheme and the closely related Huddersfield To Westtown (Dewsbury) Upgrade are completed, the TransPennine route between Huddersfield and York will be fully-electrified.

These pictures show the electrification is underway.

York to Huddersfield will be over forty miles of electrified line, with a remaining gap of just eighteen miles to the electrification being installed between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

Work At Reston Station

Reston station is being built North of Berwick-on-Tweed. I took these pictures as we passed through.

I describe the station in a post called A New Reston Station.

Arrival In Edinburgh

I took these pictures when we arrived in Edinburgh.

Note Edinburgh is not short of platforms that can take five- and ten-car trains.

These are a few other thoughts about the journey.

Non-Stop Between King’s Cross And Newcastle

It seemed to me, that a lot of passengers left the train at Newcastle.

  • Times between King’s Cross And Newcastle are comparable betyween LNER and Lumo.
  • Lumo is non-stop until Newcastle.
  • Lumo is probably more affordable.

I can see Lumo picking up a lot of business on this leg.

Football At Newcastle

I have come across several Newcastle United season ticket holders in London.

Looking at Lumo’s full timetable, there are these two trains on a Saturday.

  • A train leaves King’s Cross at 10:25 and arrives in Newcastle at 13:25.
  • A train leaves Newcastle at 19:35 and arrives in King’s Cross at 22:29.

These could be ideal to see the match and get back to London.

Food

The full food service isn’t in operation yet, but we the trolley did come through twice.

Passenger Loading

Most seats were taken, as we left King’s Cross, but due to high number, who left at Newcastle, there were a few gaps as we ran between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

But then this is a shorter leg and perhaps travellers are more likely to drive.

I suspect that Lumo can’t wait to build up their service to the full five trains per day, as it does look like the demand is there.

Morpeth Station

There wasn’t many boarders and leavers at Morpeth station, but as services build up and travellers realise the system is there, will business increase?

Conclusion

I shall take another trip in the New Year, when the full service is implemented.

October 28, 2021 Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Calcutta Cup By Lumo

According to Scottish Rugby, the Culcutta Cup between Scotland and England next year is at Murrayfield on the 5th of February 2022.

I have just looked up services that day on Lumo’s web site.

  • It would be possible to travel North on the 05:45 train, which arrives in Edinburgh at 10:06.
  • After the match, there is a train South at 17:56, which arrives back in London at 22:29.
  • Tickets are available at £45.50 both ways.

As Lumo could probably run both services with ten-car trains, that hold eight hundred passengers, this could earn ticket revenue for Lumo of £72,800.

October 28, 2021 Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment