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Oyster Fun

1st February 2016
 

With thanks to the marvellous Oyster Rail website, Station Master Geoff has been out on the network, trying out a few oddities with the Oyster system.


Oxford Circus is very busy

27th January 2016
 

Especially at peak hours, as the sign warns you!

This photo was taken at 6pm though, right in the middle of busy period …

Busy?

Busy?


When TfL Take over all suburban London

23rd January 2016
 

Maybe the Tube map will look something like this? (From James O’Malley on twitter)

A very orange map

A very orange map

Actually, for a more comprehensive article on the proposed new changes, London Reconnections has the scoop.

 


New Whitechapel 3D

21st January 2016
 

Here ya go then, here’s the new 3D map for Whitechapel – where there’s a new entrance/exit at the western end of the station, and then from the back of the westbound platform there’s a new corridor and steps down to the southbound Overground platforms – which look like they’re going to be a permanent addition and not a temporary one!

The new 3D map will be released in the next update to Station Master.

Whitechapel 3D

Whitechapel 3D


New Whitechapel

19th January 2016
 

Farewell old Whitechapel, HELLO to the new! The new temporary entrance opened yesterday, with it being at the western end of the sub-surface platforms.  Getting to and from the the Overground platforms now take a little bit longer!  We’re in the process of drawing up a new 3D map, and will have it in the next update of the App.

New Whitechapel Ticket Hall

New Whitechapel Ticket Hall


Stand on the Left

17th January 2016
 

The Guardian yesterday posted a fabulously in-depth article on the experiment that took place at Holborn station about getting people to stand on the left as well as the right on one of the escalators there. When people walk up, 81 people can get up an escalator in a minute But when everyone stands on both sides then 112 people can make it! Read the full article.

Holborn Escalator Congestion

Holborn Escalator Congestion


Whitechapel Closure

16th January 2016
 

So from Monday 18th January ‘Until late 2018(says the blurb) the ticket hall at Whitechapel is moving whilst preparation work for Crossrail take in place – including building a new step-free access, larger, ticket hall.

But, it actually closed Friday night and has been closed all this weekend, and it means that that’s the last chance you’ve had to see the up-and-down stairs and corridors that Whitechapel has, and when it opens again in over two year time it’s going to look a lot different to this…

Whitechapel Corridors

Whitechapel Corridors

In the meantime, the new entrance is further west, turn up Court Street, and it’s on Durward Street. Interestingly, we think this makes the walking time connection between Whitechapel and Bethnal Green on the Central line shorter than between Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street.  We’ve quite often changed trains between the Overground and Central line using this latter method, but now it looks like changing at Whitechapel will be quicker…


New Station Master Version Out!

15th January 2016
 
iOS 7 icon

iOS Icon

Station Master version 1.10.9 has been released in the last couple of days, with the following updates:

  • Tottenham Court Road is open again on the Central Line (New 3D map and exit data)
  • Area Map View improvements
  • Updates and corrections to the database
  • Stability and performance improvements
  • Other refreshed 3D maps – to give 349 in total including all 270 tube stations

Exit the Tube (our ‘exits only’ companion App) also was updated to contain the same exit data as Station Master.


Wet Embankment

14th January 2016
 

It’s quite common to see the occasional leak at Tube stations, but when it’s at one where the land has been reclaimed back from the river, and it’s still right by the Thames, I always worry a litter harder.  The westbound platform at Embankment sub-surface has been like this for over a week now…

Ingress

Ingress


Still no lift at Vauxhall

13th January 2016
 

The new January 2016 Tube Map brought with it a few changes, but one of the more subtle ones was that Vauxhall now got a connector blob – sorry! I mean a ‘blue wheelchair blob’ (making it impossible to distinguish whether stations marked as such are interchange stations or not).

Vauxhall Blue Blob

Vauxhall Blue Blob

This should have meant that the accessibility count for step-free stations should have gone up to 70, except for the small matter … that the lift is not operational yet.  Down at platform level the corridor between the two platforms at the southern end is where they’re building it, and up in the ticket hall area, all there is is a big blue door (below) where it’s not finished.  We’re just wondering how long it will be in terms of time between the Tube Map saying it’s accessible, and it actually being a reality…

Lift not finished at Vauxhall

Lift not finished at Vauxhall