Thursday, 30 October 2008

Westfield Transport

Westfield Transport
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu

Wlle this is different tho Im not sure they realise the loco, 59TS and bus are all withdrawn?

Nice to see the 59/62TS in a brand new development!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

DLR Woolwich Arsenal

Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu

With only a few months to go the DLR/TfL held a press event at Woolwich Arsenal today. This consisted of a tour of the station and then a walk into the tunnels. Ive managed to upload the images Ive taken from my visit at the following address.

The new £180m from King George V to Woolwich Arsenal station is the DLR's second Thames crossing. It will be the first DLR station with a control room as well as a gateline. When it opens on the 2nd of February 2009 it will be the DLR 40th station and the end to the 5th extension.

Oh and currently hand over to operation is running early with full testing expected to start in December.

Monday, 27 October 2008

October 2008 Map

October 2008 Map
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
With a few changes. After recently using Tottenham Hale station thats suppose to be step free and seeing a 5-6 inch drop from the train to platform I realised these symbols were useless so Ive removed them.

Brings back the more classic map tho its still spoiled by the ELL replacement buses more than anything else. I may do a mao with the buses removed and put the ELLX as under construction. Will look alot better. But in the mean time enjoy this map.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

FCC network in 2015

FCC network in 2015
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
Here is a map of the propsed FCC network once the completed network is fully operational. Not the new links in the south deep into Southern's and Southeastern's terriories. The stations served aren't 100% fixed yet and aren't due to be confirmed offically until 2013. For now this is the most complete map.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Works at Stratford

Works at Stratford
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
More works on the soon to be DLR platforms. as from 2010 where this rail/road digger is will be the platform for Stratford International. Currently (temporary) Watford Junction (and as from November for a month or so Richmond).

Saturday, 18 October 2008

New Central Line platform at Stratford

Stratford (Central)
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
Work on the new platform is progressing well with this view on saturday. The new plaform will make it easier for the crowds from the Olympic park to get into Central london via the Tube that much quicker with dual sided platform.

Other images here

Hammersmith & City

Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
Well not Shepherd's Bush Market has been renamed and Wood Lane opened at last its time for the Hammersmith & City Line to change its line diagram.

This picture is the new diagram I spotted today. problem is there's two errors with it. (Should we be surprised?)

First Wood Lane is a step free station (, yes Im aware that the lifts currently don't work as evidenced by the amount of lift engineers around on friday. But the system map shoulds it as step free so the line diagram should do.) Second is the fact that the Central Line diagram shows White City as 250m interchange with Wood Lane so why doesn't Wood Lane do the same back then?

Or maybe we are going to get another verison of the map soon then once the lifts are fixed?

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Deptford Bridge

Deptford Bridge
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
An image from 12th October of the work at Deptford Bridge on making the eight year old station ready for three car trains come 2010.

Friday, 10 October 2008

ELLX Delays Update

Overground have got back to me over the map and said the following:

"Dear Mackenzie,

Thank you for your email regarding the opening times of the East London Line extension.

I can confirm the line from Shoreditch High Street to Dalston Junction is due to open in June 2010. The line from Dalston Junction to Highbury & Islington is scheduled to be open from February 2011.

I have attached an image of a map which confirms what I have just advised.

I hope this information proves useful. If you should have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards

External Communications Executive"

Well this is good news then and just means someone in the maps department screwed up royally or they are hiding it (doubt full).

ELLX Delays?

Overground Map
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
I got the new copy of Rail today and inside it is the TfL "London Rail delivering for the capital" free booklet. It talks about the new 378s, DLR trains and some of the future plans.

What I found most interesting is what it said in a new map of the planned network. As we all know the East london Line (ELL) is to re-open in 2010 all the way to Dalston Junction. When it does the line which serve West Croydon and Crystal Palace as well. Well that was the plan. With the link between Dalston and Highbury & Islington opening in 2011.

Heres a map Tfl have produced in 2007.

Now what turned up in this booklet is that the line from Shoreditch High Street south opens as the East London Railway (ELR) in 2010. the big change is that the link bewteen Shoreditch High Street and Dalston junction is now delayed and wont be open until the 2011 along with the link from Dalston to Highbury & Islington.

According to the TfL website page ( the following is still the case.

"By June 2010, the line will run from Dalston Junction in the north to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south. By February 2011 we will have extended it to Highbury & Islington."

I have emailed TfL Overground today asking what the offical position is as it could be an error on the map (Dalston Junction is missing its wheelchair circle and Imperial Wharf isn't located on the Overground line but in the Thames!). Hopefully I will be able to update this soon.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

New Central Line maps

New Central Line maps
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
So after the big shouting that you CANT interchange at Bank, TfL have finally admitted you can but now warn you with a red box that you should avoid it!

New Central Line maps

New Central Line maps
Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
They have now put up new car maps on the central Line and here's a quick image of the changes at the western end.

Basically White City is now a 250m Interchange with Hammersmith & City Line at Wood Lane (tho that station isn't open yet). Shepherd's Bush gets an 100m interchange with Overground and Southern services with both stations opened there.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

New Tube Map

Originally uploaded by MackenzieBlu
Well there is a new Tube map for October 2008 with the following changes

*WLL redirected around shepherd's Bush

*Interchange between White City (Central) & Wood Lane (H&C) of 250m

*Shepherd's Bush (Central) and Overground of 100m

*Blackfriars red text "Undgerground station closed March 2009 until late 2011"

*Local Bus service shown (381/N381) from Bermondsey, calling at Rotherhithe, Canada Water and terimating (on the map) at Surrey Quays

Not sure about this one

*ELW is one straight line from Shoreditch to Wapping with red text around Shoreditch "Limited service. Check pubilcity for information"

For more images from a Central London verison of the map follow this link