At Kew Gardens last night, we spied the one evening service that was going to bed for the night (triangle sidings, or Ealing Common depot?). But we were amused to see that whilst the onboard DMI and audio announcement had the train going to HSK (High Street Kensington), the display on the platform had it going to a station we’d never heard of before … Kensington High Street.
With five car trains arriving on the London Overground, many of the platforms have been extended. An oddity arising from this can be found at West Brompton, where due to the southbound Overground trains now stopping further forward than they used to, it has been possible to open up another space in the fence that is adjacent to the eastbound District Line platform.
This exit data has been added to Station Master and will be in the next release!
There are still a few DLR stations that we haven’t done yet for the App in terms of 3D maps, so we’re now getting round to doing these for a release later this year.
In doing so, we’re now experimenting with drawing in the trains and carriages themselves so that you can visualise the station even better.
Here’s the 3D diagram that’s a work-in-progress for Westferry DLR for example.
The new version of Station Master is coming (we’re still waiting for Apple to finish reviewing it), but until then, the new Exit the Tube is out and updated, featuring …
The new exit data for Tottenham Court Road station! (Currently the only iOS App to have this correct).
Compatibility with the full iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes (Again, currently the only iOS exits app to be doing that, and we’ll be doing more work on utilising the extra screen space on those devices in the future).
Correct exit positions for the ‘S-Stock’ style trains on the Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines. (And yes, we’re still the only iOS exit App to have that correct data and have been for a while).
Has anyone seen the driving cab to this train? Tucked away in the sidings of Northfields depot by Boston Manor station was this Piccadilly Line train with a noticeable carriage missing!
The new Tottenham Court Road station opened this week, but it’s Northern Line only – no Central Line trains are stopping for a year now – whilst they work on that part of the station.
So we were amused to see a sign up in the ticket hall advising Central Line passengers that the nearest station for them is … Bond Street!
Now we know that they’re doing this because they don’t want to add to the overcrowding at Oxford Circus, but if you genuinely read that sign and then walked down the road towards Bond Street to get the Central Line, you’d actually get to Oxford Circus first! Making this sign, most most bizarre …
Do they think people are so stupid anyway, that they’re not going to rely on their own logic and simply go to one of the stations on either side … Oxford Circus or Holborn?
With Tottenham Court Road now effectively being a completely new station, we were down there first thing yesterday morning, counting the steps, making a note of the facilities, and of course sketching out a new 3D map.
We’ve incorporated diagrammatic Tube carriages too for the first time to give you a better feel for where the trains stop in relation to the exits!
The App update will be submitted to Apple this week and will go live once it’s been through Apple’s review process.
It’s new! Its shiny! It’s the spanking new Tottenham Court Road station! It actually had a sneaky early opening yesterday late afternoon on Sunday, but officially it didn’t actually open until 5am this morning. Now just the Northern Line only, but it looks like this …
More photos in the album at Station Master Geoff’s Flickr gallery.
It seems that the TfL sign writing department have been getting a little slap-dash recently…
In recent months, we’ve seen Willesden Green relocated to the Bakerloo line and a mysterious Shepherd’s Bush Green station on the Central line for example. And of course we couldn’t mention signs without mentioning the number 15 now could we!
Perhaps, it seems, we should send a dictionary over to the sign-writers, after we happened, purely by chance, to spot this spelling mistake on one of our local bus stops at Henlys Corner…
We’ll leave you to dig out your dictionary (as we did to be sure we weren’t just seeing things) and have a delve for the correct spelling!
So if you missed Station Master Geoff on The Fanatics last night, we’ve got a cheeky upload of it here on YouTube, the whole show with the adverts taken out – test your own Tube knowledge!