What about Wood Lane?

30 09 2008

Hi all

After yesterday’s blogs about the exciting progress works at Shepherd’s Bush, I neglected to mention much about Wood Lane station. I haven’t got a good shot of the station, but I did take a roundel sign on a passing Hammersmith & City line train whilst moving slowly.

This is a brand new station situated between Shepherd’s Bush Market (currently named ‘Shepherd’s Bush’) and Latimer Road. It will have complete step free access from street level to platform with lifts installed but also will not feature a ticket office at all.

The new Wood Lane roundel on a passing Hammersmith & City line train

Also, I couldn’t help but notice the new line diagram on the train that had been exposed to show the new change taking place.

But isn’t Wood Lane a step free access station??? Hmmm, they may have forgotten about that!

A few other bits of information, there are reports that Wood Lane is rumoured to open on 12th October. In addition to this, Wood Lane station is about 250 metres from White City station. So why couldn’t the two stations get a direct interchange rather than walk at street level? Could it be that the station would not be entirely step free? A possibility indeed!

What do you think of Wood Lane? Let me know!

Shepherd’s Bush H&C is changing (Market will be added!)

29 09 2008

Hi all

In the final series of Shepherd’s Bush blog entries, here is what is happening at the current Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City) line station. Already, they have put up the new station name, Shepherd’s Bush Market, except the ‘Market’ bit has been covered up!

Here are a few photos of the changes being made…

1. The station entrance with ‘Market’ covered up…

2. The line diagram with the new name covered and Wood Lane included!

3. Most of the new roundel signs look like this…

4. And the one that got away! This is what the new signs will look like when the station is renamed!

With Wood Lane rumoured to open on 12th October, this is the likely date of the rename. What do you think of the changes? Do you like the rename? Let me know!

Shepherd’s Bush Central line in good progress

29 09 2008

Hi all

As well as the opening of Shepherd’s Bush Overground station, it was worth having a look at the progress works taking place at Shepherd’s Bush Central line. The station is almost complete and will be open in good time! Here are a few shots that I took of the new look station!


The station looks very nice and spacious. According to earlier reports, Shepherd’s Bush Central line station will open on 5th October (in about a week’s time). I will be visiting the site nearer the time (and hopefully it will have reopened by then)!

What do you think? Let me know!

Shepherd’s Bush Overground is now open!

29 09 2008

Hi all

They were right! Yesterday (28th September), Shepherd’s Bush Overground finally opened its doors to the public after a delay last year in which the northbound platform was deemed too narrow and had to be widened. But now it is all sorted out and today, I decided to pay a visit to the all new station to be built on the West London line of London Overground. After waiting half an hour at Willesden Junction missing the Clapham Junction train that had left just a few minutes before, I step onto another to check out the new station. I was impressed when the train had arrived at Shepherd’s Bush station. It is even the first to sport the brand new London Overground roundels! Here is an small gallery of the all new station:

1. The station looking northbound

2. The station looking southbound

3. View of the new Westfield Shopping Centre

4. The new Shepherd’s Bush Overground roundel sign

5. The corridor link to the ticket office

6. The new station building

What are my thoughts of the new station? I think it looks very well built and very clean (well at the time I was there anyway!). Very spacious and complete step free access from the station entrance, ticket hall, right to the station platforms. A very exciting addition to what is becoming a growing area of West London! If you haven’t visited the station, do have a look!

In addition, some of you may have noticed on maps online at the TfL website that does not show the new timetable with times of trains serving Shepherd’s Bush Overground. I picked up the following leaflet from Shepherd’s Bush Overground which has the new timetable!

7. The leaflet with the new timetable

What do you think of the new station? Let me know!

Please do comment!

25 09 2008

Hi all

Just a side note, I hope you are enjoying reading the blog as I find it an interesting way of telling you interesting things on several subjects of my interest and what is on my mind! But do feel free to send comments in to the Blog as it is supposed to be interactive. Find a blog entry of interest and give it a read, and if you have got anything to say, feel free to make a comment! Let me know your thoughts and ideas! Share it to the world!

Thanks for reading and enjoy the blog!

Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush (Central) opening dates?

23 09 2008

Hi all

According to the following press report from Hammersmith & Fulham council, there is mention of opening dates for Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) stations.

Wood Lane station on the Hammersmith & City line is said to be opening on 12th October. This is a brand new station built on an existing line between Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City) [more details on this below] and Latimer Road. This is the first station to be built on an existing line in 70 years. It will also be linked to the north west corner of the all new Westfield Shopping Centre opening on 30th October. If this is to be believed, then Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City line) will be renamed Shepherd’s Bush Market around the same time on 12th October.

Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) station is reported to be opening on 5th October and if all goes to plan, will open exactly a week later after Shepherd’s Bush (Overground) due to open on 28th September. The station has a totally new building replacing the original 1900 station and replacement escalators and new refurbished platforms.

Sounds all exciting! I will be visiting the area very soon shortly before these stations open! 

What do you think of these exciting new stations? Let me know!

The X Factor auditions come to an end!

21 09 2008

Hi all

It has been six weeks of auditions, but The X Factor auditions stage is all over! What was 185,000 people has now been whittled down to just 150! There has been some funny moments during the auditions, but they are too numerous to mention! There are a few who have returned to give it another go…remember Ceri? She took part in the auditions in 2005, 2006 and once again this year.  She had changed her image and had new teeth! But once again, she failed!

A returning contestant to make it through to Boot Camp is Alexandra, she went as far as the Judges’ Homes in 2006 in Louis’ category. But she returned in good form and will definitely be one to watch out for!

Boot Camp this year will be exciting to watch as all the contestants will be performing live at the O2 Arena in London.

What did you think of the auditions? Let me know!