Today’s transport news

Knightsbridge

– Piccadilly Line drivers vote to strike (Standard)
– TfL survey recommends fixed Gallions Reach crossing (Bexley Times)
– Further consultation to be held on river crossings (London24)
– Boris’ £350,000 buses “creating jobs” (Standard)
– Transport Secretary looks to Brighton Main Line 2 (Brighton and Hove News)
– Young people asked to create 150th anniversary art (London24)
– Crossrail creates real-estate revolution (Wall Street Journal)
– ‘London transport developments leave regions out (Politics.co.uk)
– Why has Boris put the brakes on outer London cycling scheme? (Guardian)

Photo: Eric.Parker

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Bank Holiday transport fun (or lack thereof)

A jolly out of London for the bank holiday – easy, right? Wrong.

Some of the many tweets horrified at the standard of rail transport over the bank holiday weekend, when Network Rail takes a holiday too.

  1. Worst Late Western seemed to get much of the brunt in the evening rush out of London:
  2.   First Great Western Trains are the worst form   of transport known to mankind
  3. But it’s not just William going LOCO:
  4.  40min delay on @FGW Padd-Taunton. Going to   lmiss connection. Not another for over an hour. Happy Bank Holiday!
  5.  Traditional bank holiday ‘national embarrassment’  ltrain journey home courtesy of @FGW
     

Sometimes it’s quicker to walk!

You know the dilemma – it’s rush hour, it’s busy, and don’t know if it’s worth a walk to your station.

Well we’ve done the leg-work and found all the stations in zones 1 & 2 that are quicker to walk than to tube! Of the 62 stations in zone 1, 42 have stations nearby that’re quicker to walk to, making them potentially useless to you! Yay!

Click “View Larger Map” below to see the full map and list of stations.

Are there ones we’ve missed? Comment below in the usual place.

And check out this map from 2003 which gives quick walking distances on Harry Beck’s diagram.

Today’s transport news

Boris tube

– Mayor hails “stonking year” – delays down 20% and passengers up on tube (Standard)
– New buses cost over £350,000 each (Londonist)
– Virgin and East Coast worst train companies for punctuality (London24)
– TfL takeover of Southeastern services would “harm services” (Standard)
– Hammersmith tunnel could replace flyover (BBC)
– Waterloo International terminal to take commuter services (Basingstoke Gazette)
– House prices to rise 40% near Crossrail sites (Telegraph)
– Cycle traffic lights trialled in Berkshire (Bike Radar)

(Photo: BackBoris 2012)

Today’s transport news and comment

Thatcher

– Thatcher parody pictures banned from tube (Mirror)
– Bank voted worst tube station (London Loves Business)
– Shepherd’s Bush central line station temporarily closed after fire (BBC)
– HS2 reveals revised plans for Euston (International Rail Journal)
– “Tube staff recycled my lost property” (Guardian)
– 15 artist mark tube’s 150th (Standard)
– TfL boss claims £180 to buy toy buses for Boris (MayorWatch)

(Photo: Ben Moore)

London transport’s passenger growth – in numbers

The Office of Rail Regulation has revealed passenger numbers for the year up until March 2012, and they read a healthy growth at almost every level of the network. Passenger numbers for the 17 Network Rail-owned stations, of which all but six are London termini, are up by almost 5%, and every single train operating company using London has had an increase in passenger numbers:

Train operating companies

What interests us the most is the massive growth in passengers of London Overground:

Passenger Number Increase

Heavy investment in London railways will deliver overwhelming untapped demand, it appears, and these statistics don’t even cover the last twelve months when the orbital extension opened. We’re promised longer Overground trains as passenger numbers balloon, and it’s led Boris to want to extend TfL reach into Southeastern’s Kent commuter belt.

Crossrail 2 fans should take heart from this affirmation that growing London’s transport infrastructure looks like it will find a willing – and paying – audience.

I’ll leave you with the Guardian’s pretty amazing map of every train station in the country’s passenger number change. We counted that only 17 of London’s 366 railway stations lost passengers, including Finsbury Park – which lost a whopping 12% of their passengers – Elephant & Castle and Cannon Street.

Today’s transport news

Euston

– Euston station HS2 rebuild plan scrapped (Standard)
– Waterloo disruption for London marathon (BBC)
– London road bridges ‘pose risk to safety’ (BBC)
– TfL Dartford takeover proposals “unacceptable” (BBC)
– Faster journeys from North required says Adonis (ITV)
– Waterloo remains UK’s busiest station (Rail.co.uk)
– Crossrail already creating property hotspots (Homes & Property)
– FirstGroup sells eight depots (TransportXtra)
– The xx changes gig venue due to tube closures (Digital Spy)
– First World War bus restored for centenary (Standard)
– Tube art sells for £158,000 (Rail.co)
– Champions League trophy shares tube trip with commuters (Metro)
– Justin Bieber screaming (Capital FM)

(Photo: R/DV/RS)