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  • Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad – IanVisits
    Meteo West Hampstead Life Imagine if you will a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames this was the proposed central London Helidrome In May 1951 the Labour MP for Dartford Norman Dodds best known for defeating Margaret Thatcher at an election had another idea that could have seen his name far more widely known outside political circles This giant helidrome was proposed by Norman Dodds as part of a seemingly obsessive interest in helicopters for intercity transport across the UK He felt that the future of travel between cities lay in the skies and by helicopter which would necessitate landing sites based right in the heart of the cities across the land One such site was considered for the south bank and indeed for a short while was used as such However a much grander scheme was planned which would have dominated the area sitting above the Charing Cross railway station and reaching out over the river itself A report into the scheme prepared by the London architects Aslan and Freeman in December 1951 proposed two runways each 300ft by 150ft to allow helicopters to take off and land without interfering with each other A huge two deck concrete slab would be erected some 100 feet above the street level with the lower deck for maintenance services According to the MP the great advantage of the elevated landing platform would have been the significant reduction in the noise heard at ground level the landing platform was intended to be acoustically insulated and form a sound barrier Considering its location above the railway bridge and soon to be rebuilt Charing Cross station the railway was felt to be a significant objector to the plans However it was still felt that a suitable international helicopter station could

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/20/how-charing-cross-nearly-became-a-giant-helipad/ (2016-02-16)
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  • BT Tower restaurant to reopen to the public – IanVisits
    Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life The revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower is to reopen to the public once more but only for two weeks The meals are also a far cry from the Butlin s original with lunch for 50 or dinner for 68 although that is for 2 5 hours of munching time The price does not include drinks And tickets which despite the price of the meal will be snapped up are therefore to be released as a ballot and then allocated randomly You will be able to apply for up to four tickets The ballot opens on Mon 22nd June and will close the following week when a second ballot opens The ballot tickets will be released here They ll also be holding a ballot in September to win free 30 min flights to see London from the BT Tower s 34th floor Not sure how the flight bit works Maybe a dangleway is being installed Facebook 0 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 14 bt tower 4 thoughts on BT Tower restaurant to reopen to the public George says June 22 2015 at 11 29 am Make it rotate or I send in the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/19/bt-tower-restaurant-to-reopen-to-the-public/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Tube station begins nine month closure but it s news to free mag Islington Tribune Woman killed by Jubilee Line train at Kingsbury station London24 A cage which was built to stop fare dodgers at Walthamstow Central Station is being replaced Local Guardian Tesco and Sainsbury s pull out of TfL s click collect tube scheme The Drum Rail union calls 24 hour London underground strike over night shifts Reuters See some 3D maps of Central line tube stations IanVisits 40 years ago this month the residents of Croxley Green first heard of plans to connect the Metropolitan line to the British Rail branch line to Watford Junction Diamond Geezer Crossrail Crossrail driver who ran over cyclist did not check mirror before fatal crash in east London Evening Standard Shenfield residents facing months of noisy nights from Crossrail Brentwood Gazette Facelift agreed for Southall station as Crossrail moves ever closer Ealing Times Mainline Overground Kent CC has drawn two red lines for talks on whether Transport for London should take over a series of rail services within the county LGC Google Cache Enfield Chase station door boarded up by thieves who try to break into ATM Telegraph Miscellaneous A Doric Tragedy Demolishing the Euston Arch CabinetRoom A drivers eye view of the Piccadilly Line BBC BlackRock has won a mandate to manage more than half the assets of TfL s 7 3bn pension fund FT Commuter karma This rude train passenger got the perfect comeuppance at London Overground station by dropping his phone on to tracks Local London London commuters owed 56m in rail refunds CityAM Hornby returns to profit Express Star UK Rail Minister floats idea of parcel service on

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/18/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-102/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London Underground HQ to be turned into flats – IanVisits
    details the delivery of 23 5 percent affordable and social housing which TfL notes includes family sized homes and while that is one of the highest ratios in the area it falls short of the council s own target of 25 percent social housing The proposed scheme involves 89 units within 55 Broadway as well as 35 affordable units in the adjoining Wing Over Station which is not part of the main building but off to one side It will also be further separated following the conversion by the demolition of the office block that currently sits between the two sites An indication of the sorts of people expected to live in the main block can be infered from the provision of valet parking The plans will however enable TfL to maintain the heritage of the building and reinstate Charles Holden s original design for the ground floor The redevelopment will also increase the amount of the retail space at St James s Park Tube station The removal of 100 Petty France also opens up the area around the side of the building which should help the original 55 Broadway stand out a bit more Charles Holden designed the building between 1927 and 1929 and it was constructed as a new headquarters for the Underground Electric Railways Company of London UERL the main forerunner of London Underground The redevelopment is part of TfL s wider commercial plans In January 2015 TfL launched a tender process to identify a number of property development partners to work with on 50 sites across London In March of this year TfL received over 50 responses from a broad range of property companies TfL has now shortlisted 16 companies and they will undergo further evaluation and a select number will be invited to submit final

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/17/london-underground-hq-to-be-turned-into-flat/ (2016-02-16)
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  • At the 100th anniversary of RAF Northolt – IanVisits
    they are that old the space is cramped considering that government ministers would often be working frenetically ahead of a meeting and the facilities fairly spartan MPs often complain that their offices in Parliament are cramped and frankly a bit of a joke 10 Downing Street is famously small and here is the diplomatic flight doing the same Someone travelling business class on a commercial flight has more space and better facilities It would cause a media storm of outrage if Ministers routinely blocked off the business class section on commercial flights but it would probably be cheaper than maintaining a fleet of aircraft and offer more space to work So they are stuck with some aging planes Tony Blair once pondered having a proper government aircraft which was instantly dubbed Blair Force One by the media but having now been inside what he had to use I can see the arguments for a bigger plane But I doubt the public who haven t seen inside the cramped space of what they use at the moment would agree As is often the case just as I was about to go inside the planes that could fly in the weather started to do so Fortunately I got back outside just in time to see the Hurricane roaring overhead a few times The rest of the space was given over to displays Lots of tents promoting various organisations a display of old cars for no apparent reason some motorbikes and the fun fair There were some military vehicles lined up and a few reenactors but for an event set up to celebrate the centenary of a military base very little history about the base and very little military hardware on display Overall more of a village fair that just happened to be in a military base For me a highlight though was to see the Bloodhound racecar which will be attempting the challenge the land speed record with a trial 200mps run later this year and the 1 000mph run in a year or two And I liked how they used the toilets as a barrier to stop people wandering into hangers But of course no public event these days is complete without a Stormtrooper turning up Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 8 raf northolt 8 thoughts on At the 100th anniversary of RAF Northolt StormtrooperTK says June 14 2015 at 7 27 pm Thats was me in the TK cosutume last min favour for the RAFBF as based at northolt Grea dow put and hopefully made the day of people seeing an imperial trooper trooping around Reply Chris Hansen says June 14 2015 at 8 39 pm The ashtrays are not necessarily a vestige of the age of the aircraft Even very modern planes have ashtrays in the loos and on many of the armrests In the United States airplanes that fly there are required to have them by the FAA I am told that

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/14/at-the-100th-anniversary-of-raf-northolt/ (2016-02-16)
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  • See some 3D maps of Central line tube stations – IanVisits
    2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life TfL has released a batch of 3D maps of Central line tube stations following a Freedom of Information request Here they are somewhat cleaned up to remove the black blobs from redacted information Enjoy Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 104 Twitter 74 74 180 central line london underground 7 thoughts on See some 3D maps of Central line tube stations David says June 14 2015 at 8 30 am Hey Ian This is awesome but any chance of a link to the original FOI response My sinister tendencies are more interested in the redacted bits Reply ianvisits says June 14 2015 at 8 38 am The redacted bits are just code numbers for the various parts of the stations and contact details nothing of any serious interest or conspiracy Reply Abe says June 15 2015 at 6 41 am https www whatdotheyknow com request 3d station representations incoming 663447 Reply Becky says June 14 2015 at 10 13 am Is that a disused lift shaft at Holborn then Also I ve once seen Victoria station done like this but cut into a plastic or glass block It really was amazing in 3D Would be fascinating to bring them to life with 3D animation in a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/13/see-some-3d-maps-of-central-line-tube-stations/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Person dies under Victoria Line train at King s Cross London24 TfL has announced the title of the winning poem for its etiquette poetry competition CityAM London Underground has extended Skanska s four year civil engineering maintenance contract for a further two years Construction Index Crossrail Photos Walking through a Crossrail tunnel IanVisits Crossrail contractors are adopting a new digital drawings software system which is claiming cost cuts of up to 60 on traditional paper based methods Construction Enquirer Mainline Overground The UK rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail accusing the company of causing poor punctuality and reliability BBC News Southern Rail is to introduce a ban on e cigarettes across all of its services and at stations BBC News Passengers using London Bridge are still facing disruptions and delays despite the introduction of a new timetable in mid May The Wharf Cramped trains and delays have blighted London Overground s first 11 days running the Enfield Town train line Enfield Independent Southeastern is introducing Kent inspired cistern chapel style art displays on the walls of its toilets News Shopper Snub for proposals to open second rail line from Brighton to London The Argus Consultation begins on move of Heathrow Express depot to Langley Colnbrook Miscellaneous A runaway dog ducked under ticket barriers and tried to get on a train causing services to halt across south west London Local Guardian What will the Mayor say Poem about government cuts to be displayed on tube trains Camden New Journal An office block with an entrance next to Aldgate East tube station has installed its own private tube train as a waiting room IanVisits Another mainline railway eyes ex London Underground trains for a new service Western Gazette Pay reaches 100

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/12/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-101/ (2016-02-16)
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  • East London office gets its own private tube train – IanVisits
    Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life An office block with an entrance next to Aldgate East tube station has installed its own private tube train as a waiting room The Relay Building is a newish block nearing completion at the moment and sits on top of one of Aldgate East tube station entrances They are currently fitting a huge sliding glass door which is due to be installed in the next couple of weeks But behind that glass wall will sit an old sub surface tube train in the main entrance foyer It s their new waiting room The train is moderately significant as well as it is a replica of unit number 5721 which saw service on the special farewell tour run by London Underground as the old C Stock trains were phased out Most of the old trains were scrapped but this one ended up in retirement sitting next to the very station it would have passed through every day The hoardings around the office entrance block getting a decent photo at the moment but the train carriage is in there and can just about be seen through the barrier Edited turns out someone has renumbered the train so the one in the foyer isn t all that it seems Which is a bit naughty Facebook 408 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 424 aldgate aldgate east london underground 6 thoughts on East London office gets its own private tube train Matt says June 11 2015 at 9 10 pm Is the third photo an actual photo of 5721 now Reply ianvisits says June 12 2015 at 8 00 am Yes Reply Sykobee says June 12 2015 at 8 56 am

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/11/east-london-office-gets-its-own-private-tube-train/ (2016-02-16)
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