The Stairway to Heaven: the greatest disaster ever on London’s Tubes
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Jonn Elledge
16h ago
There’s an oddly shaped war memorial in Bethnal Green Gardens, the park next to my local tube station. It looks like an upside down staircase, made of what I’m assuming is wood but looks to be brick; inscribed on it are surnames. Aarons, Asser, Bailey, Baker. I’ve passed this structure a dozen times a week for nearly five years now, and never given it a second thought. War memorials, after all, are ten a penny in this country: every community has one, sometimes several. On one, in King’s Cross Station, I once spotted something unnervingly close to my own name – J. R. Ellege, my initials on a s ..read more
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Monday’s Friday Reads – 5 June 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
4d ago
• TfL to buy more Elizabeth line trains to serve Old Oak Common HS2 temp terminus (OnLondon) • Former High Speed Rail College to close at the end of July (BBC) • Public inquiry on inaccessible footbridge will be line in the sand say activists (DisabilityNews) • What are the small, new yellow diamond stickers on London buses? (DiamondGeezer) • Lyon to bring in parking charges linked to car’s weight (ConnexionFrance) • Small cities with rail rapid transport (Straphanger) • Why trolleybuses are vastly superior to battery electric buses: Video (ArmchairUrbanist) Check out our other sections: Indu ..read more
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Friday Reads – 2 June 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
1w ago
• A train ride makes everything better, there are always people you can talk to: Video (GeoffMarshall) • Why the revolutionary Rotodyne failed in city centre transport: Video (Mustard) • The painful consequences of liking fake subway maps (LAReviewOfBooks) • Iron people: Ukraine’s railway network in time of war photo essay (Guardian) • You can’t have free transit without trade-offs (Slate) • More investment in solar energy than oil for the first time (OilPrice) Check out our other sections: Industry News – updated every business day Webinars and Online Conferences The post Friday Reads – 2 J ..read more
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Monday’s Friday Reads – 29 May 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
1w ago
• Is renationalising more UK train services a viable strategy? (FutureRail) • Politicians’ cries of ‘The War on Cars’ fails to move voters (NewStatesman) • Brussels’ Good Move mobility plan cuts tram & bus delays by one to five minutes (CitiesToday) • See the never used Mersey Tunnel tram level: Video (What’sUnderneath?) • The world’s steepest railway: Video (RMTransit) • Chicago spent $400m on the Block 37 airport express subway superstation to nowhere (NBCChicago) • They just need a warm place: How public transit became America’s last safety net (ViceMotherboard) Check out our other sect ..read more
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Friday Reads – 26 May 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
2w ago
• England rail passengers could lose WiFi access in DfT cost cuts (Guardian) • How train WiFi works & why it’s under threat in England (Guardian) • Effect of UK sustainable mobility policies on urban transport emissions & energy demand (Nature) • Some of London’s derelict railways and trains (DerelictLondon) • Abandoned train graveyard at collapsing maintenance depot: Video (Urbandoned) • The mysterious history Britain’s road death toll (CityMonitor) • Ascent diagrams that chart time & space travels of the first long distance flights (Chartography) Check out our other sections: In ..read more
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Poem on the Opening of the Elizabeth line: First Anniversary
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by Long Branch Mike
2w ago
With thanks to Jonathan Baggs MCIPR for this poem and allowing us to republish it on the anniversary of the final stage opening of the Elizabeth line 24 May 2022. Twas the Night before Crossrail, and all through the town The Platforms stood ready, some 100ft down. Roundels, display screens, maps, set out with care For thousands of passengers soon to be there. The new trains were nestled all snug in their sidings, Ready to move out at five-minute timings; Commuters and tourists were ready to master Nine brand-new stations… and Bond Street soon after. It’s been a long wait: thirty years in the ..read more
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Monday’s Friday Reads – 22 May 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
2w ago
• Tuesday is last day to save Day Travelcards (Bus&TrainUser) • Plans for Great British Railways have been watered down by No 10 (TheTimes) • Crossrail tunnel detailed engineering cross-section explained: pg 5 (MottMacDonald) • Of electric bikes and bionic duckweed (JonnEllege) • Montreal borough implements parking rate by vehicle & engine size (Streetsblog) • NYC MTA settlement to make 95% of 364 subway stations accessible by 2055 (SmartCitiesDive) • What LA’s La Sombrita shade & light bus stop does & doesn’t do (Streetsblog) Check out our other sections: Industry News – upda ..read more
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Friday Reads – 19 May 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
3w ago
• Progress at HS2 Old Oak Common station site as 1st base slab poured (RailUK) • Plans submitted for snaking Silvertown ped & cycle bridge (ConstructionEnq) • France developing next generation, double decker TGVs (CNNTravel) • Lisbon car ban limits downtown through traffic (CityLab) • The future of mobility is smaller (McKinsey) • More US cities losing air service as regional airlines struggle to survive (Forbes) • Project Habbakuk: Britain’s secret iceberg aircraft carrier (99%Invisible) Check out our other sections: Industry News – updated every business day Webinars and Online Conferen ..read more
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Crossrail – the May 2023 ‘final’ timetable
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by Pedantic of Purley
3w ago
Much has already been written about the Elizabeth line 2023 timetable – the so called ‘final’ timetable signifying the completion of the Crossrail scheme with all the proposed services implemented and 24tph (trains per hour) running in the central operating section. Here we look to see whether the timetabling aims have been achieved and, now that we have seen through running implemented, what we can hope for and expect in the future. The Big Surprise is No Surprise The first surprise, and it is quite impressive, is that just about everything that was promised would be achieved has been achieve ..read more
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Friday Reads – 12 May 2023
London Reconnections | Covering transport topics in and around London
by Long Branch Mike
1M ago
• TransPennine Express to be brought under government control (RailUK) • Meet the Tube moquette designer: Video (GeoffMarshall) • Improving accessibility of public transport for people with sight loss (RNIB) • Brunel’s Thames Tunnel south drum access shaft (RIBAJournal) • The high costs of curbing fare evasion (CityLab) • How Tokyo became an anti-car, pedestrian paradise (Heatmap) • Thirty Seven of the most beautiful rail stations (ArchDigest) Check out our other sections: Industry News – updated every business day Webinars and Online Conferences The post Friday Reads – 12 May 2023 appeared ..read more
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