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  • Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway – IanVisits
    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 An underground Victorian subway built for the Crystal Palace and long since abandoned is attempting to open up to the public once more Opened 150 years ago this coming Christmas the subway created a luxurious route for 1st class railway passengers to visit the Crystal Palace Empty since the Crystal Palace burned down it was used as a shelter during WW2 and only rarely opened since then Due to the nature of the site access is currently difficult and the local society looking after the site has planning permission to install safe pedestrian access on the

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    a 1 4m contract to build two passenger tunnels for the London Underground the most important deal in the company s history Belfast Telegraph Guerrilla artists bombard the London Tube with Banksy posters The Drum Campaigners say they are very disappointed by a report on the Bakerloo line extension which seems to favour a route down the Old Kent Road Southwark News Rugby World Cup action goes Underground in deal with ITV Diamond Geezer Crossrail West Drayton residents living near the railway are being warned to expect night time noise from Crossrail works Get West London Work complete on Canary Wharf Crossrail station Wharf Mainline Overground South West Trains has warned commuters to take holiday during Rugby World Cup Standard Hopes that Norwood Junction could get new fast connections to central London Croydon Advertiser Plans to redevelop London Euston as part of the high speed railway line HS2 should be scrapped an MP has said BBC News Crossrail Thameslink Great Western and North west identified as priorities in Network Rail report CNPlus Five people were hurt when a train hit the buffers as it came into London s King s Cross BBC News The case for the HS2 high speed rail line has come under fire in the House of Lords BBC News Miscellaneous The European Investment Bank EIB has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for investment in the London transport network Press Release Do tube strikes cost the economy millions of pounds in lost productivity or do they shake up people and change behaviour in a way that offsets the loss IanVisits Cash stolen in early morning tube station store raid Local Guardian The man who s been leaving nice but weird hidden messages on the Tube Local London The people behind plans to convert a disused railway

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/18/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-115/ (2016-02-16)
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  • First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel – IanVisits
    London tomorrow Things to do in 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 Within Westminster Abbey sits a monument to a mighty King and to mark the 600th anniversary of his greatest victory it is to be opened to the public Henry V s funeral took place in November 1422 at which four horses drew the chariot carrying his coffin into the Nave as far as the choir screen Henry had directed that a chantry chapel should be raised over his body at the eastern end of the Confessor s chapel It is this chantry chapel that will be opened to the public Apart from occasional filming or photography it has never been seen by the general public View image gettyimages com Tour places will be allocated by ballot available here on Tues 22nd Sept Due to the size of the chapel each tour is limited to six people Entry will be via online ballot Entry is free Three names will be picked out of the ballot for each tour and they will be able to attend with a guest of their choice Tours

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  • Turning a disused railway into public park – IanVisits
    start up funds The Coal Line is a design for an elevated urban park built on disused railway sidings that run alongside the current Overground line and dormant land between Peckham Rye and Queens Road Peckham Starting at Rye Lane on an abandoned rail track it would run for 900m beside the existing railway line dropping down into a nature reserve before finishing at Queens Road Peckham station The idea began as a university project for Nick Woodford a mature architecture student at Central Saint Martins amd over 500 people attended a series of public walks of the proposed route in May There will be more tours of the route hourly during Open House London this weekend The Spacehive campaign will finance an official feasibility study which will prepare the way towards the build stage as well as the programme of public events Donors will be offered the opportunity to have their names built into the fabric of the Coal Line on the foundation stones And if the Peckham Coal Line can demonstrate enough support there is also the chance to be awarded up to 20 000 from the Mayor of London s High Street Fund Pledge a donation here The campaign ends on 31st October Facebook 58 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 17 17 77 coal line peckham 6 thoughts on Turning a disused railway into public park LadyBracknell says September 15 2015 at 8 40 am Is this really such a good idea Future service expansion would be forever lost if the land was turned into a park Reply Ian Visits says September 15 2015 at 11 08 am I doubt it would be forever lost While not a popular decision there would be no structural changes that would preclude it returning to being a railway

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  • Attend a Science Lecture in a Train Station Tunnel – IanVisits
    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 This is a little different but the newish passenger tunnel at King s Cross station is the setting for a lecture next month The Institute of Physics IOP has lured Dr Lewis Dartnell a UK Space Agency Research Fellow to give a talk about how physics is shaping our hunt for extra terrestrial life And why not do so in a tunnel that looks like it comes straight out of a sci fi movie From the moons that might harbour new beings to robotic missions crammed with cutting edge tech and deserts on Earth that can help us search for life beyond our planet delve into the latest research in alien exploration This lecture takes place on 8th October at 6 30pm is free and open to all Book a ticket here Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 20 20 21 kings cross 2 thoughts on Attend a Science Lecture in a Train Station Tunnel GT says September 15 2015 at 6 51 am I still don t know where the south end of this tunnel is I thought I knew the layout KXStP fairly

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  • Did the tube strike improve London’s economy? – IanVisits
    of this and attempts to see how shaking up our comfort zone have either been too artificial in nature or too small in reality to offer meaningful insights Then there is a tube strike affecting millions of people and with computer data of how those people are affected an almost perfect data set to experiment with The February tube strike in 2014 being ideal for research as less than half of tube stations closed so commuters could still commute but had to change their familiar behaviour for a couple of days And what did the researchers find Yes people changed how they commute to work during tube strikes Obviously But maybe nearly 5 percent of people then maintained their new route to work afterwards having possibly found that their new route is preferable The biggest effect was closer to central London and this appears to be a factor of our reliance on the tube map for guidance As we should know it is not geographically accurate and the distortion effect is greatest as you get closer to the centre So people who comfortably used one tube line may have found that an alternative station geographically close but seemingly distant on the tube map was actually a better route to work This also took into factors such as different speeds on different lines such as switching to a line with fewer stops or faster trains The report only looked at morning commutes as these tend to be more static in behaviour unlike commutes home which are often affected by post work beers shopping sports etc What was the net benefit then Based on a 4 year time frame chosen as half the average time spent using a single route to work the time saved by those who changed their commute averaged to 40 seconds per day or 380 over 4 years based on the average London wage If then added up across those who changed their commute pattern you generate the headline friendly statement that the net cost of the tube strike is outweighed by the net economic gain from how people change their commute More tube strikes The caveat is the presumption that humans are too imperfect to find an optimum route to work but so perfect that any time saved is used productively Small savings do indeed add up for example a series of 30 second efficiency gains in work processes can add up to minutes per day time for one more email phone call However I doubt that a small stand alone saving such as on the commute can be counted as a whole saving It is likely that only a fraction of the saving is realisable in productive gain so the economic impact lower than suggested and tube strikes do lead to a net loss for the economy Fewer tube strikes However we humans are imperfect and our productivity can be affected as much by mood as raw hours available to work and if the tube strike

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  • Sheep to be taken across London Bridge – IanVisits
    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 To all Freemen of the City of London The Worshipful Company of Woolmen will be organising a Sheep Drive across London Bridge this year For a donation of 50 a City of London freeman can exercise the ancient right to take sheep across London Bridge And we less free men can watch them do it Participants will each drive their sheep a quarter of the length of the bridge and the sheep drive takes place each hour on Sunday 27th September between 10am 4pm Proceeds will be divided between the Lord Mayor s Appeal and The Worshipful Company of Woolmen s charitable trust

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  • Unbuilt London: The 1,000 foot tall Golden Tower – IanVisits
    be elected by just a handful of rural voters while denying tens of thousands of urban residents the same right to choose their representative So significant was this reform that it was not just known to be Great but some felt needed more than a simple document to commemorate it The Great bill needed a Great monument And it was a Cornishman Richard Trevithick who came up with a scheme for a 1 000 foot tall column to be built in London A noted engineer and steam pioneer he certainly had the connections and skills to build such a monumental tower although in reality the material chosen would never have survived the construction process But he wasn t to know that so Trevithick pressed on with his design He actually started work before the bill was passed into law so confident was he that the swell of public anger against the corrupt Parliament would force MPs to vote for change Trevithick s Reform Column was intended to be a gold gilded conical cast iron tower 305 metres high and 30 5m in diameter at its base By comparison The Shard skyscraper is only ever so slightly taller at 309 metres It would have been constructed from 1 500 pieces of cast iron some 10 feet square and each piece would have had 6 foot wide circles in them to both reduce the weight and wind resistance as the tower rose The circles would have also added considerably to the aesthetic appeal of the tower It wasn t an inert column though as there would have been a hydraulic lift which would have carried 25 Georgian Londoners high up into the sky to admire the views There were also plans for an ornamental building at the base presumably as a waiting

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