First visit to Wood Lane

28 10 2008

Hi all

It may be only a fortnight since Wood Lane open, but I thought I would be time to check the station out at platform level. I stepped off the Hammersmith & City train to check out Wood Lane. A very nice modern looking station. Great stop off when visiting Westfield shopping centre which opens on 30th October (I will write a blog entry about Westfield in due course!)

Here is a small gallery of the new station…

1. Wood Lane station looking Eastbound. An impressive metallic and glass design.

2. The Wood Lane Underground roundel

3. Wood Lane station looking Westbound towards Hammersmith

4. The line diagram on the Eastbound platform

5. Wood Lane Underground roundel printed on the glass exit of the platform

Of course, there is more to this station than just the platforms, but I have the ticket hall and station building to check out…by the time I do, Westfield London will be open by then!  What do you think of Wood Lane station? Let me know!

Signs of a different No Smoking…

27 10 2008

Hi all

The other day, I was on a Bakerloo line train home and I couldn’t help but notice a very different No Smoking sign stuck on one of the windows of the Bakerloo line train…

No sign of the famous Johnston typeface there! To show the difference between the two, check the next shot…

Talk about consistency!

On the Network: October 2008

14 10 2008

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It’s now time for a round up on the projects happening on London Underground and London Overground this month…

Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line) – The Central line station reopened on 5th October 2008. The station sports a large modern ticket hall with replacement escalators.  The station itself has been given a total refurbishment with white and blue tiling throughout. At the time of opening, the trackside walls were yet to be painted. Lifts have been promised at some point in the future. Watch this space!

Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market – Wood Lane station on the Hammersmith & City line officially opened on 12th October 2008 being the last station in the area to open for Westfield, the newest shopping centre in London. The station is the first in over 70 years to open on an existing line. Wood Lane station is a 200m walk from White City station on the Central line. Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City) station was officially renamed Shepherd’s Bush Market.

London Overground works – Works are progressing well on London Overground with the reopening of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line on 30th September 2008. Willesden Junction to Gospel Oak via West Hampstead remains closed until mid-November for the rebuilding of the Hampstead Heath tunnel.

Acton Town – Refurbishment works have been taking place over the last few weekends at Acton Town. But the works are nearly complete with brand new signage plus the installation of new lifts making the station fully accessible.

Other Tube station refurbishment works – There are several refurbishment works ongoing during this month including St. Paul’s, Edgware, Hounslow West, Osterley, Queensbury and Canons Park. I will be letting you know the progress of these works in the forthcoming On the Network entries. 

That’s your round up of the projects happening this month. Check out more On the Network next month!

Wood Lane finally opens!

12 10 2008

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As part of the redevelopment taking place in Shepherd’s Bush, Wood Lane station finally opens today (12th October).  The station is situated between what is now called Shepherd’s Bush Market and Latimer Road on the Hammersmith & City line.  The station is a 250 metre walk from White City on the Central line. It is there for the Westfield shopping centre which opens at the end of October.

I haven’t made a personal visit to the new station, but I have every intention to do so and will take photos of the newest station on the London Underground.

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

Tube Map update

9 10 2008

Hi all

For those who have been keeping up with the opening of several tube stations and so forth, TfL have quietly updated on their website the Tube Map dated for October 2008. There are significant updates to the map and I thought I would let you know what has been updated since the May edition.

– Shepherd’s Bush Overground station is open with step free access
– Shepherd’s Bush Central line station is open with 100m walk from Overground station
– Wood Lane station is open with step free access
– White City station is a 250m walk from Wood Lane
– Shepherd’s Bush (Hammersmith & City) station has now been renamed Shepherd’s Bush Market
– Blackfriars station has a note that it will be closed from March 2009 until late 2011
– Tower Gateway station is closed and opens in Spring 2009
– Pinner station now has step free access
– Bus services on the East London Line have been amended
– Woolwich Arsenal extension on the DLR is now marked as to open in early 2009
– Borough station is no longer exit only during peak hours
– Kensington (Olympia) and West Brompton stations have lost their airport interchanges
– Notes for Victoria line closures have been removed from the map

And there you go! Plenty of updates and considering Wood Lane is opened on this map, we would expect the new Tube station to open very soon (perhaps as early as this Sunday, 12th October)!

The line diagrams show it all!

6 10 2008

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In the last blog entry about Shepherd’s Bush Central line station reopening (see entry below dated 5th October), I missed out something very interesting that I forgot to mention and thought I would share with you. On one Central line train, I noticed a brand new line diagram which I guess has been put up in the train in preparation for the opening of the new stations and it even includes interchanges at Shepherd’s Bush with Overground (100m walk) and White City with Wood Lane (a 250 metre walk from White City). Here’s the proof of the pudding…

Assuming it all goes to plan, Wood Lane is due to open on 12th October (this coming Sunday). So more exciting new things to come! I also assume that a new Tube Map will be out by this time.

Shepherd’s Bush Central line is now open!

5 10 2008

Hi all

Once again, they were right! Last week, Shepherd’s Bush Overground station opened its doors for the very first time. Today, Shepherd’s Bush Central line station finally reopened. So I thought it would be nice to check out the new rebuilt and refurbished station for myself.

The station platforms are not 100% complete as evidenced on the walls on the trackside, they haven’t finished the paintwork and have put up temporary roundel signs for the time being. Hopefully this will be finished very soon. The ticket hall is specious and very huge indeed, it is more than double the capacity it was before and the station has a very airy feel to it! Here are a few photos I took while there this evening…

1. The new Shepherd’s Bush Underground Roundel on a new white and blue tiling

2. As you can see, the electronic indicator boards are not fully in operation yet, and the trackside walls are in need of painting

3. The eastern side of the platform, you can clearly see both sides.

4. Both platforms taken from the eastern side of the platforms

5. The blue tiling (but notice evidence of the old platform wall behind!)

6. The brand new escalators

7. The spacious ticket hall

8. The ticket hall taken from the outside of the station

9. Shepherd’s Bush Overground station on the other side, today though it is closed

10. The main entrance of the new built station

11. Glass has been heavily used to reveal the new escalators

All in all, they have done a good job indeed ready for the opening of Westfield Shopping Centre at the end of this month. Lifts were in the original plan, but none have been installed…and the council are hoping that it will accomodated in the near future…let’s hope Shepherd’s Bush Central line station eventually becomes a step free access station just like it’s Overground one.

Now with two stations opened, it is now waiting for Wood Lane station to open, which is reported to open next Sunday (12th October). We’ll just have to wait and see!

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