Showing posts with label public transport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label public transport. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Making Ticket Payment easier on London Transport

Contactless Payments is one of the latest innovations to be introduced to public transport in London.  In the past you needed to buy paper tickets.  Then, when Oyster card was introduced, you only needed to tough your Oyster card to the sensor on the bus or at the station entrance.

Now making contactless payments makes your travel even easier.  Before long you will be able to pay using your Credit or Debit card which is automatically detected, rather than use the Oyster card.

A great advantage will be, as when you use Oyster cards, after you have used up a certain amount of money for a travel on a particular day, you won't be charged any more.

For instance, the maximum you will pay for bus travel will be £4.40, so that any travel after your fourth bus ride of the day you won't need to pay any more.  For Monday to Sunday travel, the maximum you will need to pay is £20.20, the same as a weekly Bus and Tram pass.

Hopefully, this greater ease in paying for travel, and the convenience of having a maximum amount you will need to pay on any day or week, will encourage more people to take advantage of public transport in London.  Further advances to be introduced by Transport for London will be welcomed.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

London Developments - Proposals costing up to £1.3 Trillion by 2050

It seems there are no end to the further developments that London requires to stay ahead of the game.  A report has just been released which maintains that more than a trillion (that's a thousand, thousand million!) needs to be spent to cater for the increasing population.  This spending is required for transport, technology, energy and other types of infrastructure.

For instance, there needs to be new train systems such as a south London metro, and ideally an outer ring railway line, probably underground.

Other transport recommendations include a new hub airport, Crossrail 2, an extension to the Bakerloo line, the Inner Orbital Road Tunnel, 200km of cycle lanes, and new river crossings.

There needs to be 50,000 new homes built a year, even though this will be incredibly difficult to achieve, and most of these homes will be far to expensive for the majority of people to live in.

It would be nice if, somehow, if 22,000 of open space can be found.  The only way this can be achieved is if thousands of factories are demolished, and not many remain now.

Boris Johnson is right behind this report (did he have any influence on its content, I wonder?) and declared "This plan is a real wake-up call to the stark needs that face London over the next half century".  He added "Without a long-term plan for investment and the political will to implement it, this city will falter".

A key aspect of the report is a prediction that the population of London will rise by 37% to more than 11 million by the middle of the century.  It will be definitely a challenge coping with this population increase.

We wait with interest to see what comes about in London over the coming years.  One thing's for sure .. lots of money will need to be found, somewhere or other, to fund all these extensions and improvements.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Crossrail developments in London

Good progress is being made with the ongoing development of Crossrail.  This service will connect Reading and Heathrow Airport to the west of London with Shenfield and Abbey Wood to the east of London.

The sections between Paddington station and Stratford (on the upper east side branch) and Whitechapel and Woolwich Arsenal (on the lower east side branch) are below ground.  At this stage nearly all the tunnels have been bored, although sections between Farringdon station and Whitechapel are still to be completed.

The Crossrail service will serve a very important role in adding to the passenger capacity of public transport in London.  Trains will consist of 12 carriage, carrying up to 1,500 passengers, and at peak times will be running every two or three minutes on the central sections.

Crossrail will also enable people to travel more easily around London.  There are many major interchanges with other Underground, British Rail and bus services, particularly at locations such as Paddington, Farringdon, Stratford and Canary Wharf.

Work on Crossrail started around 2008, and it is anticipated that full services will be up and running by 2018.  If you are in London, it is particularly interesting to see the excavation and building works being carried out at Tottenham Court Road station, and Canary Wharf.

If you want to learn more about Crossrail, a Kindle book is available.  Please ignore the negative review: although the material for the book was mostly taken from the Crossrail web site, all the text has been appropriately selected and reworded.