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  • See a 3D video projection at The Guildhall – IanVisits
    London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan 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 Something for your diaries as next March there will be another chance to see an impressive video display projected onto the medieval Guildhall building in the City of London Building on the of the Magna Carta Son et Lumiere a couple of months ago Guildhall is hosting another Son et Lumiere this time celebrating the City s links to Shakespeare Accompanied by music compositions from the Guildhall School of Music Drama the Dance Porch of Guildhall will be illuminated with 3D projection mapping This video technology transforms irregularly shaped objects and surfaces into a living display with extraordinary effect In association with Guildhall Galleries the Guildhall Art Gallery and Heritage Gallery will be open until 9pm to enable visitors to view the Shakespeare Deed and First Folio Also on display will be Visscher s 1616 engraving one of the few visual records of the pre Great Fire city and created in the year of Shakespeare s death Alongside the original print will be artist Robin Reynolds version of modern London newly unveiled in 2016 and arranged to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/28/see-a-3d-video-projection-at-the-guildhall/ (2016-02-16)
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  • New photos from inside the Crossrail tunnels – IanVisits
    London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Crossrail has released photos of some of its tunnels as they turn from digging tunnels to putting a railway inside the tunnels This includes the installation of track tunnel ventilation high voltage power traction power signalling communications and overhead line equipment A fleet of bespoke machines will be used in the fit out of the tunnels Four giant multi purpose gantries which have been specifically designed for Crossrail will carry and locate the track in the tunnels before it is concreted into place Crossrail will use 5 different types of track in its tunnels Standard track slab this forms 80 of track on Crossrail s central section Direct fixed track used in the Victorian Connaught Tunnel High attenuation sleepers similar to standard slab used only in a few small areas to reduce noise vibration Floating track slab light used to reduce noise and vibration underneath Soho Floating track slab heavy used to reduce noise and vibration underneath the Barbican Due to the extra depth added by the spring base of the floating track a shallower sleeper is needed To ensure that the shallower sleeper remains durable and effectively minimises noise and vibration an incredibly dense concrete called Magnadense is used which is over twice as dense as normal concrete due to its natural iron ore content Two temporary logistics centres for Crossrail s railway systems are located at Plumstead in southeast London and Westbourne Park in west London These will be used by the many different engineering trains during the fit out of the tunnels and stations Plumstead is the larger of the two railheads with a total of eight tracks an overhead gantry crane to supply engineering trains and an operations

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/27/new-photos-from-inside-the-crossrail-tunnels/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Holborn Tests Standing on Both Sides of the Escalator – IanVisits
    part of a three week trial to reduce queues and keep people moving through the station we are encouraging customers to stand on both sides of the up escalators during busy periods We believe this will increase the capacity of the escalators as more people will be able to board preventing queuing at the bottom of the escalator Now as it happens there s science behind this and that science is based on a study of encouraging people to stand on both sides carried out in 2002 also at Holborn station Paul Davis of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and Goutam Dutta of the Indian Institute of Management wrote a report on the capacity of escalators on the London Underground What they found was that for a double escalator with a rise greater than about 18 5 metres theory said that capacity would be greater if people could be encouraged to stand on both sides The question was whether theory and reality converged So in 2002 the authors asked Holborn station to test the theory Unsurprisingly the results are mixed basically because the great majority of people paid no attention to the customer announcement It does after all sound a bit odd and counter intuitive On the two occasions when passengers were standing on both sides they found that the standing side had nearly 50 passengers per minutes whole the walking side averaged nearly 76 passengers per minute The increased capacity was more due to the walking side constantly shuffling forwards as people felt the need to walk and preferred to tut at people who stood Sadly the report concluded that the 2002 experiment at Holborn was not successful in indicating what the capacity of an escalator would be if passengers were persuaded to stand on both sides for anything more than short periods of time Which brings us back to 2015 and time for another experiment Will be interesting to see the results in a few weeks time The report Estimation of Capacity of Escalators in London Underground is available here Facebook 87 Google 0 Linkedin 3 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 90 holborn london underground 6 thoughts on Holborn Tests Standing on Both Sides of the Escalator John B says November 26 2015 at 8 48 am Surely the gap that opens up if someone does stand on the walking side suggests that walking is better All the arguments about occupancy per tread and higher turbulence are irrelevant in light of this observation Reply Al N says November 26 2015 at 10 27 am When I visited St Petersburg where the metro is particularly deep all the up escalators had people standing on both sides while the down escalators matched the London practice Anecdotally the escalators just seemed too long for anyone to want to walk up Reply Greg says November 26 2015 at 3 10 pm I can t believe stand stand is faster than walk stand However I would test it in vitro

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/26/holborn-tests-standing-on-both-sides-of-the-escalator/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Amazing Mr Blunden on telly – IanVisits
    London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan 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 Set your personal digital video recording devices as the amazing Mr Blunden makes a seasonal return to television if at a rather unseasonable hour Once a perennial favourite over Xmas it has been mysteriously missing for many years and until recently very difficult to buy on video other than extortionately expensive German copies Set almost 100 years ago its the magical story of a destitute family mysteriously asked to look after a dilapidated mansion house and the appearance of two ghosts seeking help to avert a disaster in the past Laurence Naismith Graham Crowden Paul Eddington and of course Diana Dors as the villainous sister in law bent on gaining a personal fortune As a ghost story it has everything a ruined mansion the poor but goodly housewife the adventurous children the wicked in laws and of course the mysterious figure of Mr Blunden who is a Victorian gentlemen done to perfection It s one of those rare movies of our youth that actually stands the test of time and the ending is pure fairy tale It will be on BBC2 at 7am on 5th

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/25/the-amazing-mr-blunden-on-telly/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Metropolitan line extension secures funding deal – IanVisits
    terminus at Watford and run via two new stations to the more useful Watford Junction station which is closer to the town centre and better connected to other rail services The two new stations will be built at Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road and will served by trains every ten minutes during peak hours It s expected that trains will run every 15 minutes off peak although that hasn t been formalised yet A full funding package for the extension has now been agreed between the Department for Transport DfT Hertfordshire County Council and TfL and the work will be delivered by LU The funding for the railway has held up works as it was originally projected to cost 120 million but costs soared to 284 million The funding package for the project now includes local funding of 125 35 million DfT providing 109 82 million and TfL providing the remaining 49 23 million Compared to numbers released back in March the council s contribution has declined by roughly 2 7 million while TfL s contribution has risen by the same Coincidentally that s the same amount of money which has been in dispute with the council s offering to fund it with the transfer of some local property while TfL expected cash The valuation of the land a car park and some former railway land was being disputed and the latest funding figures suggest that TfL is picking up the costs anyway In addition when the plan was originally approved back in 2011 it was expected that trains would start running next year That was later pushed back to 2019 and now the latest deadline is 2020 The delays to the project which was being run by Hertfordshire County Council HCC saw it being taken over by London Underground

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/23/metropolitan-line-extension-secures-funding-deal/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: Trafalgar Square as a Multi-Storey Car Park – IanVisits
    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 Trafalgar Square s a big empty space isn t it Surrounded by roads full of cars looking for somewhere to park What a waste of space it is Lets turn it into a car park A multi storey car park at that In 1935 Sir Charles Bressey was appointed by Hore Belisha Minister of Transport to make a survey of the roads of Greater London and make recommendations of how to deal with the growing number of motor cars on the streets The report was finally published three years later and offered a 30 year vision of how to rebuild London putting the motorist first His plans were generally approved but the inconvenience of a war got in the way and the damage to London s physically and fiscally meant that the plans were not resurrected after the war ended Although not directly implemented right up the 1980s there was a general car first approach in London with ringways planned and some partially built until eventually planners realised what a horrible mistake they were making But back to Trafalgar Square s car park The image above crops up occasionally as evidence of how crazy town planners can be but in fact it s not what it is often claimed to be The drawing was published by the Illustrated London News in response to the Bressey Report in order

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/22/unbuilt-london-trafalgar-square-as-a-multi-storey-car-park/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest images of future Crossrail trains – IanVisits
    through carriages The trains will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy as well as delivering faster journey times than the old trains they will replace between Liverpool Street and Shenfield Large clear areas around the doors will allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting A mixture of metro style and bay seating will be available through the train The trains will be driver operated with on train customer information systems delivering real time travel information allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst onboard There will also be a free Wi Fi service inside the trains The interior design and colour palette includes darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in and not wear out ensuring they retain their feel for years to come The light coloured ceilings are also designed to maximise the feeling of height and openness inside the new trains The material and colour choices also align with Crossrail stations for a consistent customer experience There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train In addition there will be a number of multi use spaces available where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage TfL and train manufacturer Bombardier have worked on the designs of the new trains with Barber Osgerby acting as design advisors on the project Ahead of delivery the trains will be subjected to a testing regime and will also be tested on a dedicated test track in Melton Mowbray The first trains to be delivered will operate on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield part of the Crossrail route from May 2017 Initially they will use shorter seven carriage versions of the new trains All subsequent trains will be the full length nine carriage version to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/20/latest-images-of-future-crossrail-trains/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    staff London24 Crossrail Blog proposes changes to Crossrail 2 route UKrail Crossrail 2 will shake Boris s foundations Evening Standard Crossrail Improvement Works Pass Halfway Mark Construction A Crossrail lorry driver accused of causing the death of a Boris Bike rider in front of hundreds of commuters appeared in court Court News Crossrail 2 campaigners fear over impact of construction work in King s Road Evening Standard Mainline Overground The most important test that HS2 doesn t pass The Spectator Animals find home at Elmstead Woods Station after gardeners create flourishing wildlife habitat News Shopper J Murphy Sons has won a 6 5 million contract to upgrade ten London Overground stations with new shelters and seating upgraded lighting better paving and new handrails Rail Magazine Double decker trains could be introduced on British railways within years as designers work on new model Telegraph New station at East Croydon could be named Croydon International says council leader Tony Newman Croydon Guardian Plans to turn disused railway arches below the former Waterloo Eurostar terminal into shops and restaurants have been approved by Lambeth Council SE1 Miscellaneous A monorail connecting Old Street to Kings Cross and a network of tunnels underneath Tech City are top of a London s digital bosses wish list Evening Standard History The 1953 Underground crash on the Central Line between Stratford and Leyton Local Guardian Peckham Coal Line project oversubscribed by 10 000 CityAM The Ruislip Lido Railway appearing on TfL s travel website Diamond Geezer October breaks London Underground traffic records IanVisits And finally Exeter welcomes new tube style pub map Express Echo The image above is from December 2015 A history of Pubs on the London Underground Facebook 10 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 10 transport news roundup 5 thoughts on Weekly

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/19/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-124/ (2016-02-16)
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