28th July 2014
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Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday to us!
Station Master has been on the App Store for 2 years today and we’ve come a long way since we woke up on a Saturday morning to find our original version 1.0 had been approved by Apple (after 10 long nerve-racking days of waiting) and was finally on sale just as the London 2012 Olympic Games kicked off.
Since then we’ve added iPad support, 3D station maps, enhanced accessibility information, carriage graphics and kept our data up-to-date as the network has changed over time.
We also won an award for best App for accessibility / step free information from TfL too!
Just recently too we added two new Apps to the Station Master family; Exit the Tube with just the exits from Station Master in it, for those of you who want even faster access and Oyster Errors that tells you what those funny numbers mean that sometimes come up when you fail to touch in or out correctly.
Thanks too, to everyone who got in touch to tell us where things had changed or where they needed tweaking here and there! We’ve always taken your comments on board and updated our information based on those comments.
So, to celebrate, until midnight tonight, we are giving you a chance to get your hands on Station Master for a 2nd birthday price of just 99 pence! And if you’ve bought the App already, why not gift it to someone or spread the word!
Download Station Master on the App Store!
Cheers! The Station Master Team. (Matthew and Geoff)
25th July 2014
Today TfL have announced that contactless payments will launch on TfL services on the 16th September 2014.
However, don’t go throwing away your Oyster card just yet as it is what it says: TfL services only and not the current contactless travel on the buses, nor (officially) National Rail services in London (the contactless pilot has worked on National Rail). However it appears that TfL hope to have National Rail services on board by the launch date and are working with Network Rail to enable this.
24th July 2014
It’s been online for ages, but I don’t think we’ve ever embedded the video to it here on the Station Master blog, so in case you haven’t seen it – is this the future of tube travel?
23rd July 2014
Bakerloo Line to Camberwell? It’s been talked about for years – going back to the 1930′s. But an intriguing article by the London SE1 community website quoted Boris Johnson as saying “Standby for amazing news” with descriptions of two routes – one down to Camberwell, but another down to Peckham.
We knocked together a quick altered tube map to envisage what it might look like.
Possible Bakerloo Extension
22nd July 2014
After the possibility of the new Northern Line stations being in Zone 1, it was revealed by TfL yesterday that the three Stratford stations (Stratford, Stratford High Street and Stratford Non-International) would be moved from Zone 3 to become boundary Zone 2/3 instead meaning small savings for anyone travelling between Zone 1 and these stations.
Diamond Geezer has the full comprehensive breakdown here, but for us it’s a chance to have a look at the topological zone map again, to see yet another ‘bump’ created on the map of where the zones really lie topologically speaking. And it’s quite ugly…
How it looks now …
How it will look in 2016 …
21st July 2014
Station Master Geoff, you may recall, drew this map for Londonist a while back which shows the real geographical boundaries where the zones are in London.
In a discussion we were having over the weekend though, it transpires that the two new planned Northern Line stations at Nine Elms and Battersea may be placed into the Zone 1 area – a bit like how Shoreditch High Street was shoehorned into Zone 1, even though it should have been in Zone 2.
Northern Line extension
So here’s how the ‘zone map’ would look distorted if that were the case, with a large ‘bump’ of Zone 1 white stretching south to accommodate the two new stations … if it were to happen.
Nine Elms and Battersea in Zone 1
20th July 2014
Here’s a fun anomaly that we spotted at the weekend. Every single time we have been to Stratford International on the DLR, it has only ever used Platform 1. We didn’t even think Platform 2 was in use, so it was to our small joy that we caught a train there yesterday coming in and out of Platform 2, which we were told “Does happen just once or twice a day” …
Stratford International Platform 2
18th July 2014
Network provider Three have announced that they are joining the ‘Wi-Fi on the underground’ party!, and that in the coming weeks those on the their network can also get free Wi-Fi at Underground stations.
Full announcement here.
16th July 2014
Max Roberts – best known for his many alternative tube maps that he often produces – has come up with a map that he asked us for some help with, as we had the data as to whether a station and its trains’ directions were signed as ‘Northbound’, ‘Southbound’, ‘Westbound’ or ‘Eastbound’.
So he made a map (of which only a small part is shown here, go to Max’s newsletter page for the full version and other previous maps) which indicates how it would look if the map properly adhered to the direction that the platform sign indicates. e.g. it might say ‘Eastbound’ but on the map it’s running in a north/south direction!
Confusing? A little at first yes, but then take some time to study it and then realise for ever more so just how distorted the real tube map is!
15th July 2014
A tweet doing the rounds last night pointed us in the direction of the Construction Enquirer website, which was running the story that a preferred bidder for the Northern Line extension had been announced.
The project is still awaiting approval from the government’s Transport Secretary, but assuming it gets the nod (as is expected) construction is due to start early next year.
Full story on their website here.
Northern Line Extension