Spinning on Milan’s bull

So… here’s the deal…

In the center of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a gorgeous 19th (!) century high-ceilinged open-air covered shopping mall opposite the Duomo, there’s a mosaic of a prancing bull. According to popular myth, you should place your right heel on the bull’s balls and spin around three times (without falling on your face). This is supposed to bring you luck, or maybe grant a wish, or maybe guarantee a return to Milan – take your pick.

No, I wasn’t inclined to do it but there were loads of people who were; at least one guy even set up his camera to get himself on film. 

spinning on the bull in Milan

spinning on the bull in Milan

What I found even more hilarious was the fact that the bull’s jewels are effectively gone, replaced by a great gaping hole in the floor, big enough to drop a tennis ball into – not the sort of ball to impress a cow, even if fuzzy and bright yellow. Guess he’s just a steer now.

Balls all gone!

Balls all gone!

If nothing else, it shows just how thick the concrete is beneath the mosaic floor.

 

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Visiting Richard III in Leicester

If you are an Anglophile and/or history buff (both of which I am) and you haven’t read The King’s Grave, by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, put it on your reading list. Ever since Richard III – or what was left of him -was uncovered in a Leicester city parking lot in 2012, the discovery has intrigued me and I enjoyed this exciting account of the whole story immensely. The book’s chapters alternate between recounting Richard’s life and times and telling the modern tale of theory, documentation, fund-raising, permissions and ultimate discovery.

Before I’d reached the last page, I was determined to ‘visit Richard’ in Leicester. Let’s not quibble about whether he should have been interred in York Minster instead. His memorial stone in Leicester Cathedral and final resting place in the church’s crypt below is a damn sight more fitting for this last English king killed in battle than the barely consecrated pit where he’s spent the past 520 some-odd years. Besides, much as York might have a claim, they’ve already got plenty of visitor income; Leicester – not so much. It’s just too bad his feet weren’t found along with the rest of him, probably destroyed during previous building works in Victorian times.

Apologies for some of the crummy images; put it down to my excitement! Note the white roses at the base of the statue below. I’m assuming it was the back-up location because the Cathedral didn’t want rotting roses lying all over the memorial inside the church.

projection showing Richard's bones

projection showing Richard’s bones as found

 

Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral

 

Richard III statue with York roses

Richard III statue with York roses

 

 

Richard's memorial stone

Richard’s memorial stone in the chancel

 

 

 

Richard's morning view above the altar

Richard’s morning view above the altar

 

 

Here is a short video from the BBC of the cortège which brought Richard to the Cathedral last year.

My photo of the funeral pall didn’t come out, but here are links to the designer and the textile. Note that there are two designs, on opposite sides of the piece. Wish I could have included a stop at Bosworth field but the head cold that was settling in for a long stay shortened my day. Next time.

One last thought – one of my all-time favorite books is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Though a work of fiction, it spins a terrific tale – the main character, while laid up in hospital, tries to figure out the fate of the princes in the Tower and what role Richard did – or didn’t – play in that event. Written in 1951, but intriguing all the same. I expect I’ll be rereading it soon.

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Strahov Monastery libraries

Taking baby steps to get back into blogging…

Fans of BBC Musketeers should recognize these places. In that series, these two rooms play parts of King Louis’s palace. In reality, both are libraries or ‘halls’ at Strahov Monastery in Prague, CZ.

When I first began thinking about destinations for my most recent trip in October, I found a few resources online that named and located various buildings and gardens used in the Musketeers series. Most of these were scattered around Czech Republic and, except for a couple of Prague streets, so far away from each other that I couldn’t come up with an efficient way of visiting them. Soooo, I made do with Strahov. (This post is only concerned with the two rooms used in the Musketeers).

Religious material is kept in the Theological Hall where a collection of globes lives, some dating from the 17th century. Books and other items related to the arts and sciences are in the Philosophical Hall. This seems astoundingly open-minded to have scientific subjects in a monastery at all given all the famous controversies involving Galileo and Copernicus et. al. but many specimens in the cases in the outer hallway  – bugs, birds, plants – may have been considered uncontroversial and perhaps much of the book topics deal with these. Even so, I’d like to have a clearer picture of the timeline of rejection /acceptance of scientific theories in the Catholic church. That’s just me; it takes nothing away from the magic of the Musketeers.

The monastery has had its home here since the 12th century but the buildings and interiors in their current state date mostly from the 18th century, slightly anachronistic for the TV series. Some of the bookcases were gifts from Marie Antoinette – an interesting connection to French history given that the Dumas story is set in Paris!

Theological Hall, Strahov Monastery

Theological Hall, Strahov Monastery

The monastery is open to the public all year and includes a museum of miniatures and a beer garden which serves good food and their own beer, reputed to be the best in Prague (more on these to come, I hope). If you want to visit the monastery, know that it sits even farther uphill than Prague Castle. For both these attractions, take the #22 tram from Malostranská and get off at the Pohořelec stop. There’s still an uphill walk of a couple hundred yards from there but it’s better than hiking all the way up from the river.

Philosophical Hall, Strahov Monastery

Philosophical Hall, Strahov Monastery

One other note – there are lots of other exhibits in adjoining hallways but you can only stand at the doorways to take photos of these rooms. The actors and crew for the Musketeers had to wear special protection over their shoes when filming to protect the floors and, as I recall, were not allowed to touch anything in the room.

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London Tube updates – holiday season 2015-16

The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services for all public transport in and around Londontown; click on the link for a spreadsheet overview of the week ahead —  Planned Works for the holiday week. Closures and off-normal service schedules begin at 20.00 Christmas Eve when the whole system will go dark. On Boxing Day, the Tube will start up again but there will be no London Overground service until the 27th.

Good news for drivers, though – the Congestion Charge in central London will be suspended from Christmas Day; restarting on Monday, 4 January. Makes you want to drive into London just for that, yes?

Here is the usual schematic for Tube disruptions. Circle, District, Hamm’smith/City and Metropolitan lines are affected, mostly between the 26th and 30th December. London Overground and TfL Rail will also see some closures.

Click here for Network Rail changes smack on the holidays affecting travel to some airports (Really? who was in charge of THAT scheduling?)

Road and bus traffic will have some “issues” around Elephant & Castle, Swiss Cottage, Aldgate, Victoria. The New Year’s parade and fireworks will make for some headaches in central London on the 31st and 1st.

Lastly – in case I don’t manage to shake off my chronic laziness – there is a Lumiere light festival in January from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 January when stations and roads in the West End and King’s Cross areas will be busier than usual each evening. For more information, visit tfl.gov.uk/lumiere.

Reminders – no long-term station specific closures to report at the moment but the new year hasn’t started yet. Give it time.

One last thought – Life is uncertain so EAT! DRINK! BE MERRY! Skip the gym for now; it can wait until next week!

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tattoo – a corruption of a Dutch phrase commanding a pub to close for the night so the soldiers can be sent back to barracks. The word also was used to allude to military music practice and now refers to elaborate and exhilarating musical performances by military groups. This is an incomplete and utterly dry-sounding description of a widening variety of musical productions around the world, though the spectacle started in Europe, mostly cultivated by British groups and the most famous is probably the one held in Edinburgh.

For three weeks and a bit each August, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo fills the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle with a spectacular nighttime display of bagpipes, drums and horns, kilts and tartans, dance performances and an imaginative succession of images projected onto the Castle exterior to fit the theme of the performance oat that moment.

Performance dates of the Tattoo overlap with the Edinburgh Festival, so if you plan ahead, you can experience both in a single visit to the Athens of the North. Each of these events lasts about three weeks, so the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the Tattoo also see much of the main Festival. In 2014, the Tattoo ran from 1-23 August and the International Festival 7-31 August. There are also other parallel festivals throughout August which may begin and end on different dates. Mind you, Edinburgh seems to be working hard to become a city of year-round festivals of all kinds, so you could probably find some massive citywide event going on almost any time of year.

I’d been to the Edinburgh (International Arts) Festival on my second trip to the UK in 1990. Later visits to this city were in other months and the only reason the Tattoo came onto my radar in 2014 was that I planned to be in London the first week of September. I backed up into August to plan some activities and destinations beforehand. It seemed this would be my best chance to see the Tattoo. Did I mention that I can listen to bagpipes all day? Maybe it’s my Scottish roots or perhaps it’s just that I didn’t grow up hearing them 24/7. Whatever. Love ’em.

The Castle Esplanade is normally uncluttered except for a clutch of parking spots but during Tattoo month, tall bleachers form three sides of a giant rectangle with the Castle entrance forming the fourth side, video screen and stage entrance. Because I left my travel decisions so late, I had very few performances at all to choose from and only a couple with cheap-ish seats. Somehow, I wound up buying a top ticket at the end opposite the Castle gate. Small consolation – the price included the fancy program booklet. In the end, the section I was in was absolutely the best place from which to watch the Tattoo. I was in the top row but above me were a few rows of VIP seats, each with a program and lap blanket in one or another tartan (hmmm… I just realized that these might be very much tied to who was sitting in which seat… as in clan). These fancy seats kept dry beneath a clear canopy. Well-dressed folks eventually filed into that area, including at least one bona fide Special Guest. I doubt these ‘special’ seats were available for purchase on the website – more likely house seats for various upper class attendees. Our night’s special guest was a Vice Admiral or similar, smart in his dress uniform. He sat in the center of the row immediately above me about ten yards away. Performers either saluted him or sent a representative up the steps with some sort of gift. All part of the pomp, a spotlight shone on our Guest at the important moment and he duly rose to return the salute or accept the gift. Impressive.

One thought kept recurring – pipes and drums do get the blood going; the right rhythm, a catchy melody and corpse-waking volume have enticed men to sign up and march off to battle for centuries… too many centuries and too many battles. Thrilling and distressing at the same time but forget all that for now and let the music stir your peacetime blood and keep you a bit warmer on a chilly, drizzly night.

Anyway… the Tattoo last year corresponded with the overall marketing theme for Scotland in 2014 – Homecoming. Pipe bands and groups of other performers came not just from Scotland but from (former British Empire holdings) now Commonwealth nations. There were groups from South Africa, Singapore, Malta, New Zealand, Tasmania, Canada, India among many others. When I first looked at the program and saw these notations, I thought I would be snoozing through some of the bagpipe-less entries. Not at all. The presentations filled the space with mesmerizing pageantry and the projections on the Castle walls tied it all together. For me, the pipe bands were still the best part; the massed grouping of all at the end was spectacular, capped by several minutes of fireworks and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne that included all of us spectators singing along and joining hands with our seatmates. I’m not usually inclined to join in with that sort of happy-clappiness, but this time it felt perfectly right; a terrific end to a phenomenal evening.

The folks responsible for getting the most money from the spectators do know their audience. I bought the 2014 CD which had been produced earlier in the month – a special addition to my collection of pipe music. Haven’t ordered the DVD. I was there, after all. In person. Live. I rather think no DVD, no matter how well-engineered, could reproduce that experience, especially since I don’t have a huge HDTV.

You should go. In the meantime, enjoy the slide show, keeping in mind that these are only a handful of photos from all the performances presented. I apologize for the vague captions; I think the performance order may have varied from the program sequence; can’t remember if the lone piper gave us Scotland the Brave or Auld Lang Syne.

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A charming evening in Radovljica, Slovenia

In the spirit of hoping to please some of you who are bored rigid with the steady diet of nothing but London Tube closures, I finally completed this post from a couple of years ago to keep you interested until I can do more…

It’s been a couple of years since I traveled to Croatia and Slovenia (and more than a year since my last decent blog post), but some of my most pleasant travel memories are from places in those two countries. Here is one…

One evening when dinner was not included in the tour package, we were offered an optional extra – dinner at a small, family-run restau in the town of Radovljica, not far from Lake Bled in Slovenia. [Note: I signed on for all the optional extras, figuring they would be unique, unmissable adventures]. In this case, it was also easier than doing dinner on my own or trying to figure out who to hook up with for the meal since so many folks were friends already.

Our bus dropped us at one end of the compact main street, allowing us to stroll past the buildings, fountains and churches on our way to dinner. Twilight was settling in, everything looked to be shut for the night, but light from some shop windows added a warm glow to our walk.

I heard no commentary from our guide but Slovenian tourism websites helped me put names to things. Here’s a guide to the slide show below…

Šivec House is a restored 16th century house now an art gallery as part of the Radovljica Municipal Museum. A statue of a boy carrying a book bag and a picture of a woman commemorates Josipina Hočevarjevi, a19th century local woman who had her fingers in a number of business pies and put the profits towards grants for girls’ education (plus ca change…) among other good causes. Thurn Manor is a mid-20th century addition to the town. It contains the apiculture (beekeeping) museum; beekeeping is a very popular activity in Slovenia, going back centuries and is characterized by the folk art of brightly colored beehives found throughout the alpine foothills. Sadly, we didn’t get to see any of these beehives so I had to make do with a postcard. St Peter’s church gleamed even in the half-light.

I forgot to make a note of the name of the restau and searched online without success for a long time. Googling the town, several similar-sounding and -looking places popped up but even after trying to match photos from the web with my own, I couldn’t do better than a weak “maybe”. See, there is Gostilna Kunstelj, Gostilna Lectar and a few others. I thought they might be some sort of chain but Gostilna is simply the Slovenian word for “bar”. Ah. Finally, the Radovljica pages in a Slovenian tourism brochure had some listings. Aha! Gostilna Kunstelj was the one where we ate. OK. Where was I?

We went first to the cellar to taste some of the house’s wines – a Merlot which I’d’ve liked to take home and a surprisingly nice Pinot Grigio (a white that always seems watery to me) – along with bread and smoked klobasa sausage. A short family history related by one of the owners, some accordion music – which continued much of the evening – and finally upstairs for the meal. Barley soup, veal, sausage roll with mild grated horseradish, mashed potatoes and a lightly brined sauerkraut much milder than the German style with white wine that I usually eat at home. More red wine, then an apple-poppy seed strudel for dessert that my Slovak grandma might vaguely have recognized, even though she was born hundreds of miles to the north in Slovakia. A modest meal but very satisfying.

The evening was clear and slightly cool and the town took on a magical air, maybe more so than if we’d visited during daylight. I could easily visit again.

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Schlepping around Europe October 2015

Sorry, Folks! Once again, I was too cheap to replace my crummy tablet with something more useful so I’m having to rely on hotel wi-fi, which is sometimes excellent (last week in Zurich… gotta love that Swiss precision and efficiency!) or else really not deserving of the advert (London!)

Other than that, my time away has been very enjoyable, though I’m becoming acutely aware that I’m not in the kind of shape I used to be in for all this walking. Not to mention climbing around the top of Mt Pilatus – which is not the Herculean task one might think. Two gondola rides to the top and then a walk ’round the summit before climbing, I don’t know, a couple hundred steps to the tippy top? And in dense fog, too. Even if you’re not in the Alps, Switzerland is verrrry steep. I swear the cows need to have two legs shorter than the others to navigate the vertiginous hillsides. They were just starting to come out of the mountain pastures for the winter when I was there on one of the day trips provided by Best of Switzerland.

London visits bookending time in Zurich have been different from other trips, too. TWO (count ’em, two) Rugby World Cup matches, each outside London so I bought tickets which included round-trip bus, else getting there and back – once to Newcastle and once to Cardiff would have been a pain. The second, yesterday, was in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium, arguably one of the great rugby temples in the world. Attendance in excess of 72,000. Yikes! The hard surfaces of the structure made the raucous crowd sound even more like a rock concert. On each occasion, I found out just how waterproof (actually… beerproof) my shoulder bag/s were.

Also met an old friend for a visit to the Royal Academy and the current Ai WeiWei exhibition. Phenomenal, thought-provoking stuff. I’m still thinking about how he has physicalized his thoughts and feelings about political topics, not least of which is his six cubes of shadow boxes. Inside each is the same space – his room when he was detained by Chinese authorities for (I’ll say it) no good reason. Each diorama shows him in a different part of the space, whether eating, sleeping or in the toilet and always accompanied by two silent guards standing within arm’s reach. Absolutely bizarre conditions, making his personal resolve all the more amazing.

Now I’m headed for Berlin and their annual sound and light show, with colorful projections and matching music and other audio to accompany it, all being projected onto the public buildings. Looking forward to it. After that, headed to Prague where they will be doing the same sort of thing later in the week. With luck and a continued modest level of strength, the plan is to spend a few days in Milan, seeing the Expo, the Duomo, maybe the Last Supper if I can get a ticket (buffet style?) before returning to London for several days.

The budget hasn’t gotten completely wrecked yet, so I’m hopeful I won’t have to whip out the credit card/s except for hotels.

I’d like to promise more soon, but I can’t be sure.

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London Tube closures and continuing RWC – 26-27 Sep 2015

Remember – You can always click on the Planned outages link on this blog page for up-to-date weekend information when no current blog post appears.

Check this link for RWC traffic issues for the next six weeks.

Today’s RWC match at Twickenham is England v Wales so I expect the traffic on road, rail or foot will be pretty significant. For general advice on London maps — For all matches at Twickenham, part of A316 Chertsey Road will be closed. Road users should plan alternate routes and avoid travelling in the area.

Here is the link for this weekend.

District line is shut both days in two places – Edgware Road to High Street Kensington as well as Earl’s Court to Kensington (Olympia).

Hamm’smith/City line closure from Baker Street to Hammersmith both days.

Circle line has no service between Baker Street and Hammersmith/High Street Kensington. Fooey.

DLR is shut between Bank/Tower Gateway and Poplar/West India Quay.

London Overground has one closure on Saturday – Liverpool Street to Seven Sisters/Walthamstow Central. Since the Overground system isn’t on my regular Tube schematic, I thought it helpful to post the Overground system map here.

There is a long term closure on the stretch of London Tram from Wimbledon to Dundonald Road until October sometime. Also the stretch from Reeves Corner to East Croydon is down this weekend.

Ongoing station closures are –

Covent Garden station Exit only until early November 2015. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays westbound trains will not stop.

Tottenham Court Road station Central line trains not stopping until early December 2015.

Tufnell Park station Station closed until mid-March 2016.

Warren St station used for exit and interchange only between 0730 and 1000 Mon thru Fri until late October.

Road closures and diversions are numerous – central, City and NW London, Stratford, Wembley, Vauxhall, Bermondsey, Purley and, of course, Twickers.  Click here for bus route changes. There are a bunch of these too!

This link lists major road works chronologiclly thru the end of the year. Most arerelated either to Rugby World Cup or the construction of the Cycle Superhighway (sounds vaguely oxymoronic but what do I know).

In central London, no entry to Northumberland Ave from Victoria Embankment for the next several weeks. THAT will be a pain for drivers and buses.

 

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London Tube closures and start of RWC – 19-20 Sep 2015

Remember – You can always click on the Planned outages link on this blog page for up-to-date weekend information when no current blog post appears.

Check this link for RWC traffic issues for the next six weeks.

Looks as though someone understands that w/e Tube work should stay away from the west side of the city even if the only RWC 2015 match at Twickenham is Friday. For general advice on London maps — For all matches at Twickenham, part of A316 Chertsey Road will be closed. Road users should plan alternate routes and avoid travelling in the area.

Here is the link for this weekend.

District line is shut between Aldgate East and Upminster both days.

Hamm’smith/City line closure between Liverpool Street and Barking both days.

Victoria line has no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central until Sunday.

London Overground multiple closures all weekend – Liverpool Street to Seven Sisters/Walthamstow Central; Highbury & Islington to Shadwell; Surrey Quays to New Cross.

Sunday will see no service on TfL Rail (a new Tube extension from Liverpool St; maybe it will get a new name in future) from Gidea Park to Shenfield (which is the end of this line in zone 9).

There is a long term closure on the stretch of London Tram from Wimbledon to Dundonald Road until October sometime. Also the stretch from Reeves Corner to East Croydon is down this weekend.

Ongoing station closures are –

Covent Garden station Exit only until early November 2015. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays westbound trains will not stop.

Tottenham Court Road station Central line trains not stopping until early December 2015.

Tufnell Park station Station closed until mid-March 2016.

Warren St station used for exit and interchange only between 0730 and 1000 Mon thru Fri until late October.

Road closures and diversions are numerous – central and NW London, Stratford, Wembley and Woodford.  Click here for bus route changes. There are a bunch of these too!

In central London, no entry to Northumberland Ave from Victoria Embankment for the next several weeks. THAT will be a pain for drivers and buses.

 

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London Tube and Notting Hill Carnival – bank holiday w/e – 29-31 August 2015

Remember – You can always click on the Planned outages link on this blog page for up-to-date weekend information when no current blog post appears.

As a consequence of several proposed and actual strike actions recently, TfL has decided to postpone the start of  Night Tube weekend service announced for September.

District line is shut between Dagenham East and Upminster all three days.

Victoria line has no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central until Sunday.

London Overground closure all weekend from Hackney Wick to Stratford.

Sunday will see no service on TfL Rail (still dunno who this be) from Gidea Park to Shenfield.

There is a long term closure on the stretch of London Tram from Wimbledon to Dundonald Road until October sometime.

Ongoing station closures are –

Covent Garden station Exit only until early November 2015. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays westbound trains will not stop.

Tottenham Court Road station Central line trains not stopping until early December 2015.

Tufnell Park station Station closed until mid-March 2016.

Click here for road closures and diversions. Among them, Hammersmith Bridge Rd, Hamm Broadway and Shepherds Bush Rd.

In central London, no entry to Northumberland Ave from Victoria Embankment for the next several weeks. THAT will be a pain for drivers and buses.

There are also a bunch of National Rail issues over the weekend. Here is the list.

The big event this weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival. Several stations will be affected. Some are closed, others have extended or shortened hours. Here’s the list –

Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hamm’/City) station closed 30/31 August due to the Notting Hill Carnival.

Latimer Road station 30/31 August open until 2330 for the Notting Hill Carnival.

Notting Hill Gate station Sunday 30 August exit only from 1100 until 1900. Monday 31 August exit only from 1100 until 1900, no interchange all day. This is due to the Notting Hill Carnival.

Royal Oak station 30/31 August exit only between 11:00 and 18:00 and will close at 18:00 on both days due to the Notting Hill Carnival.

 

Westbourne Park station 30/31 August exit only from 1100 until 1800, open until 2330. This is due to the Notting Hill Carnival.

 

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London Tube latest strike update – 25-28 August 2015

The strike for the Tube scheduled to begin this Tuesday, 25 Aug thru Friday has been suspended. Just the normal chaos will reign.

 

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London Tube strike update – 25-28 August 2015

The strike for the Tube is scheduled to begin this Tuesday, 25 Aug and continue throughout Friday. Click here for the journey planner, which may prove useful in general. Click here for strike updates.

You can always click on the Planned outages link on this blog page for weekend information when no current blog post appears. Apologies.

Let’s hope all parties iron out their differences so that the proposed Night Tube weekend service can begin as announced in September.

Buses will be running but remember they don’t take cash. Click here for a bus map which can be downloaded to your mobile device.

There will also be extra river service laid on. Here is a map for that, also downloadable.

Trams (except for Wimbledon to Dundonald Rd), DLR and London Overground should be in service as well as Emirates and TfL Rail (not sure who dat be). Obviously, the crowds and chaos will be widespread.

One other option – booking cabs and the do’s and don’ts – click here for information and download information.

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London Tube closures – 22-23 August 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Nothing inside the Circle line is down – which makes life easier for the tourists. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned Tube closures on the network for the next six months – handy reference for when I’m too lazy to post a specific blog report.

District line is down for the weekend between Turnham Green and Richmond.

Jubilee line – no service from Finchley Road to Stanmore both days

Metropolitan line – no weekend service from Aldgate to Harrow-on-the-Hill

Victoria line – now through next Sunday 30 Aug – no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

 

London Overground – one weekend closure – Richmond to Willesden Junction and a couple of Sunday closures – Sydenham to West Croydon and Watford Junction to Queen’s Park.

There is a long-term closure on the Trams between Wimbledon and Dundonald Rd until October; result – a new platform at Wimbledon. The stretch between Reeves Corner and East Croydon opens late Sunday – 10.00 am.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – can’t be bothered to list them all. Westbound Trinity Rd in Wandsworth is blocked until September. Tottenham is seeing Cycle Superhighway work thru mid-November. There is no southbound traffic thru Blackwall tunnel nights until 5am every day thru Thursday 27 Aug. Westminster has southbound restrictions thru mid-Sept on Abingdon St and lane closures thru late Sept between Parliament Sq and Victoria St.

Central London – a parade from around 18.00 on Friday until 5.00 Saturday morning will create lane and parking restrictions along Edgware Rd.

Various road issues over the weekend in and around Lambeth (Brockwell Park), Farringdon (some sort of procession) and Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf will be chaotic on Sunday due to… well, the TfL email says ‘sporting event’, but not sure if this refers to the childrens’ theatre event that day or the beach volleyball. Or both. You have been warned.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) Seems to me that Covent Garden access has been spotty for a year or more, sometimes without advance warning. Good thing Leicester Sq and Charing Cross are short walks away as alternates.

Tufnell Park station is closed until mid-March 2016.

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London Tube strike – 5-6 Aug 2015 with maps for download

The strike for the Tube is still on, scheduled to begin  as of 18.30 today and continuing all day tomorrow (followed closely by weekend closures beginning Saturday). Click here for the journey planner, which may prove useful in general.

Please click on the Planned outages link on this blog page for weekend information as I won’t be available to post it. Apologies.

Buses will be running but remember they don’t take cash. Click here for a bus map which can be downloaded to your mobile device.

There will also be extra river service laid on. Here is a map for that, also downloadable.

Trams (except for Wimbledon to Dundonald Rd), DLR and London Overground (except for evening service between Hackney Downs-Chingford) are also in service as well as Emirates and TfL Rail (not sure who dat be). Obviously, the crowds and chaos will be widespread.

One other option – booking cabs and the do’s and don’ts – click here for information and download information.

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London Tube closures – 18-19 July 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Big chunk of the Circle line is down – which I think makes for a pain inna neck, as well as a stretch of District line that would normally be an alternative. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned Tube closures on the network for the next six months.

Circle line – closed all weekend between Edgware Road to Aldgate via Victoria

District line is down for the weekend between Earl’s Court to Embankment.

You can see what a headache the above two can create when they occur in tandem, even though these are the only closures on the Tube this w/e. These are my most used lines when I’m in town, so I’m glad I’m not having to deal!

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

 

London Overground – just one late opening on Sunday (11.00) for the stations from Gospel Oak to Stratford.

There is a long-term closure on the Trams between Wimbledon and Dundonald Rd which began this past Monday 13 July and will continue until October.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to list them all. Hammersmith flyover has roadworks in both directions. Westbound Trinity Rd in Wandsworth is blocked until September. Tottenham is seeing Cycle Superhighway work thru mid-August.

Central London – a parade from around 18.00 on Friday until 5.00 Saturday morning will create lane and parking restrictions along Edgware Rd.

Various road issues over the weekend in and around Lambeth (Brockwell Park), Farringdon (some sort of procession) and Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf will be chaotic on Sunday due to… well, the TfL email says ‘sporting event’, but not sure if this refers to the childrens’ theatre event that day or the beach volleyball. Or both. You have been warned.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) Seems to me that Covent Garden access has been spotty for a year or more, sometimes without advance warning. Good thing Leicester Sq and Charing Cross are short walks away as alternates.

Tufnell Park station is closed until mid-March 2016.

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London Tube closures – 11-12 July 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures – a couple of closures in the East End some London Overground. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned Tube closures on the network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

District line is down for the weekend between Aldgate East and Upminster

Hamm’smith/City is shut from Liverpool Street to Barking.

DLR is closed both days from Bank and Tower Gateway to Blackwall, All Saints and Canary Wharf.

London Overground – service disruption all weekend between Gospel Oak and  Barking. Short day service on Sunday – Sydenham to Crystal Palace from 9.30 to 22.00 as well as a late Sunday opening (10.00) on the stretch from Wandsworth Road to Clapham Junction.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to list them all. Hammersmith flyover has roadworks in both directions. Westbound Trinity Rd in Wandsworth is blocked until September. Tottenham is seeing Cycle Superhighway work thru mid-August. Central London – Oxford Circus/Regent St area will be snarled mid-day Friday for some sort of procession. Overnight Monday into Tuesday will see work around Trafalgar Sq / Strand / Northumberland Ave – get yourself over to the Sherlock Holmes pub beforehand (before 22.00) so your drinking time isn’t disrupted!

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) Seems to me that Covent Garden access has been spotty for a year or more, sometimes without advance warning. Good thing Leicester Sq and Charing Cross are short walks away as alternates.

Tufnell Park station is closed until mid-March 2016.

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Walking map for London Tube – handy on strike days like today (9 July 2015)

Walking times between Tube stations – good to know ANY time! From London Independent – hard to say how long the link will work, so maybe print one out when you get home? You never know when it could be useful again.

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London Tube strike info 8-9 July 2015

As of now, the strike set to begin this afternoon and continue all day tomorrow is going on. There may also be disruptions for some part of Friday.

Check this post regularly for any updates. The regular Tube website has a banner headline saying that all Tube service is now shut down.

Here is the latest announcement from TfL…

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Tube services have now stopped running as a result of the strike action by the ASLEF, RMT, Unite and TSSA unions. There will be no Tube service tomorrow, Thursday 9 July.

Staff on the bus network, the DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Trams, river services, Emirates Air Line and Santander Cycles are not on strike; extra bus and river services will be in operation tomorrow.

National rail services are running largely as normal*. Public transport and roads will be much busier than usual, especially during peak hours. Please travel outside the peak times if you can.

Many locations in central London are easily accessible from mainline rail stations, and we have staff on hand to help people find their destinations. Please click the link for a copy of the central London bus map, which you can save to your mobile device.

Oyster pay as you go, Travelcards and contactless payment cards can, of course, all be used on National Rail services as normal.

For the most up-to-date information, including travel advice, please follow @TfLTravelAlerts or visittfl.gov.uk

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London Trams are running; the Emirates cable car is also in service. FirstGreatWestern rail has a map with their services – this is a SEPARATE strike action, planned for 48 hours beginning Thursday and continuing thru start of service on Saturday am, 11 July. Lovely!

And here’s a link to TfL’s Twitter page, in case that’s easier to access.

 

 

 

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London Tube closures – 4-5 July 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures – a couple of closures in the East End some London Overground. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned Tube closures on the network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

District line is down for the same period between Aldgate East and Dagenham East

Hamm’smith/City is shut from Liverpool Street to Barking.

London Overground – service disruptions Saturday only – Sydenham to Crystal Palace; Sunday only – no service between New Cross Gate to Crystal Palace/West Croydon; closures all weekend affect service between Gospel Oak and Barking as well as the stretch from Highbury & Islington to Shadwell.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to list them all. No service on the Woolwich Ferry (I didn’t even know there was a Woolwich Ferry), southbound Trinity Rd in Wandsworth is blocked until September and Hampton Court all have some congestion issues. And, of course, the tennis tournament in Wimbledon will make parking down there a nightmare. Yeah, but Rafa Nadal lost his match today, so why bother going?

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) Seems to me that Covent Garden access has been spotty for a year or more, sometimes without advance warning. Good thing Leicester Sq and Charing Cross are short walks away as alternates.

Tufnell Park station is closed until mid-March 2016.

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London Tube closures – 20-21 June 2015 and a successful accessibility test

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures – mostly the bottom edge of the Circle line ‘bottle’ and some DLR on the fringe. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

Click here to read an Oxford gent’s report on testing the Tube system’s accessibility improvements.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

Circle line – all weekend – closure from Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Embankment and District line is down for the same period between South Kensington and Aldgate East.

DLR – all weekend – no service between Blackwall and Beckton.

London Trams – the section between Reeves Corner to East Croydon stops running at 22.00 on Saturday and will not resume service until 10.00 on Sunday.

London Overground – service disruptions Sunday only – Wandsworth Road to Clapham Junction as well as the stretch from Gospel Oak to Barking.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to list them all but watch out for a demonstration on Saturday afternoon in and around the Strand, Trafalgar Sq and Whitehall. Work on the East-West Cycle Superhighway will make a mess along points on Victoria Embankment this summer. Terrific.

Road – Farringdon Rd southbound will be a mess due to Thames Water works works (!) from now until the 28th June.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

Tufnell Park station closed until mid-March 2016 for lift replacement.

 

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London Tube closures – 6-7 June 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures – mostly the bottom edge of the Circle line ‘bottle’ nd some DLR on the fringe. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

Click here for the press release relating to line extensions from Liverpool St for London Overground and some fare reductions. Wow! And some rebranding (pull-ease!) with the Crossrail project. Do we really need that bit? Only the shareholders know for sure.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

Circle line – all weekend – closure from Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Embankment and District line is down for the same period between South Kensington and Aldgate East

London Overground – service disruptions Sunday only – all day Clapham Junction to Kensington (Olympia); late start (11.30 am) on the stretch from Gospel Oak to Highbury & Islington and a late opening (10.15 am) between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters)/ Chingford.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to list them all. Watch out for a march on Sunday afternoon in Westminster.  The Cut in Southwark is closed for the next couple of weeks. The area around Wembley stadium will be congested on Saturday from noontime onwards and Sunday will be crazy due to the huge SOLD OUT rock concert there (Summertime Ball) btw – Arsenal won last weekend, so I guess the party went on for quite a while.

Road – Farringdon Rd southbound will be a mess due to Thames Water works works (!) from now until the 28th June.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

 

 

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London Tube closures – 30-31May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures – hardly anything is down, a good weekend for going ANYwhere! Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

Click here for the press release relating to line extensions from Liverpool St for London Overground and some fare reductions. Wow! And some rebranding with the Crossrail project. Do we really need that bit? Only the shareholders know for sure.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

Jubilee line – Sunday only – closure between Waterloo and Finchley Road

DLR – Saturday and Sunday – no service from Westferry/Poplar to Island Gardens

London Overground – service disruptions Sunday only – Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction and between Sydenham and West Croydon.

A closure on Tuesday from 14:00 until late evening on the section of London Trams between Reeves Corner and East Croydon due to a sporting event.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to spell these out any more. Regent St is closed to traffic on Sunday from 4 pm onwards.  The Cut in Southwark is closed for the next couple of weeks and there is the possibility of road snarls around Wembley stadium if Arsenal wins. I don’t follow the football, so I’ve no idea how likely this is but if the possibility is worth noting, I imagine the turf accountants will be doing well!

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

 

 

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London Tube bank holiday schedule – 23-25 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures; not much going on AND the STRIKE that was planned which would have affected National Rail services has been CALLED OFF. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months.

Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

District line – all weekend – Aldgate East to Dagenham East and Turnham Green to Richmond closed

Hammersmith/City line – all weekend – no service between Liverpool Street and Barking

DLR – Saturday and Sunday – no service from Bow Church to Stratford

London Overground – service disruption all w/e – Willesden Junction to Richmond. Also an early closing on Sunday night (22.00) between Stratford and Gospel Oak.

London Trams – Elmers End to Arena is closed on Sunday and Monday and the stretch between Reeves Corner and East Croydon is shut between Saturday and Tuesday.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to spell these out any more. There’s a parade in Chelsea on Monday, the Cut in Southwark is closed for the next couple of weeks and a road race in central London on Monday.

Reminders –

Mile End station closed all three days (Central line)

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

 

 

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London Tube updates – 16-17 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months. Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

District line – all weekend – Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway closed

Jubilee line – Sunday only – 11 am late opening on the stretch between Waterloo and Finchley Road

Piccadilly line – all weekend – Acton Town to Uxbridge not running

Victoria line – all weekend – no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central

London Overground – service disruptions on Sunday only – Sydenham to West Croydon; Willesden Junction to Richmond. Also a late (10.15 am) opening between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Road.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry – I’m too lazy to spell these out any more. Central city disruptions include a march on Monday afternoon in the Whitehall / Trafalgar Sq / Northumberland Ave area. Hang outside with a beer at the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland and watch it all go by!

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

 

 

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Fun facts about London’s black cabs

Courtesy of cabbieblog.com … for some reason, I did not find a button for simple reposting, so click on the link and enjoy!

Black cab facts

 

 

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London Tube updates – 9-10 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. V-E celebrations will add to the activities and probably contribute some traffic snarls. Click here to see how London Westminster will mark the 70th anniversary of WWII’s end in Europe.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network for the next six months. Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

District line – all weekend – Aldgate East to Bromley-by-Bow

Jubilee line – all weekend – West Hampstead to Stanmore

Metropolitan line – all weekend – Aldgate to Harrow-on-the-Hill

Hammersmith/City line – all weekend – Liverpool Street to Barking

London Overground – service disruptions on Sunday only – Queen’s Park to Watford Junction as well as Willesden Junction to Richmond. Late starts affect lines from New Cross Gate to West Croydon (opens at 9 am), Sydenham to Crystal Palace (opens at 8.30 am) and South Tottenham to Barking, which won’t start running until noon.

DLR – Stratford to Poplar closed all weekend

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry; I’m too lazy to spell these out any more.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

Royal Oak station (Hammersmith & City line) – closed until mid-May.

 

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London Tube updates – 2-4 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this bank holiday weekend’s Tube closures. Just a couple of glitches on the city center fringes on Overground and DLR. Wow!

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network thru August 2015. Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

London Overground – no service on Sunday only – South Tottenham to Barking, New Cross Gate to West Croydon, Sydenham to Crystal Palace.

DLR – Crossrail work all weekend means closures between Bow Church and Stratford

There are also a bunch of works issues on the National Rail. Click here to see those.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry; I’m too lazy to spell these out any more.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

Royal Oak station (Hammersmith & City line) – closed until mid-May.

 

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Some online resources on gardens in the south of France

In response to a reader request for recommendations on gardens in the south of France, my only home resource, Secret Gardens of France, listed mostly private properties, almost all of which were near Lyon or farther north, so I did some research online.  The best websites I found were these…

for Provence near Arles

a comprehensive list for southeast France, with interactive maps

a comprehensive list for southwest France, with interactive maps

I like the last two because the Google maps show where the gardens are, making it easier to know which are closest to whichever town you may be headed for.

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London Tube updates – 24-26 April 2015 and marathon info

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. City center running as normal BUT –   the London Marathon is on Sunday between Greenwich and the Mall beginning at 7 am and continuing until 7 pm (but keep an eye out for the slowest competitors; 12 hours may not see everyone done).

One stray bit of good news is that the Hammersmith flyover work is complete, so road traffic there will return to the normal snarl.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network thru August 2015. Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

Bakerloo line – Sunday shut between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone

Central line – no weekend service from White City to West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway

London Overground – no service on Saturday – Kilburn High Road to Euston; Sunday closures – Wembley Central to Euston, Clapham Junction to Kensington (Olympia) as well as between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham.

Road closures and disruptions listed here. Sorry; I’m too lazy to spell these out any more.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line)- exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

Royal Oak station (Hammersmith & City line) – closed until mid-May.

 

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London Tube and National Rail updates – Easter w/e 3-6 April 2015

Here’s the link with information on the Easter weekend’s Tube closures. Another mostly quiet weekend for those who want to use the system.

See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network thru August 2015. Click here for the latest info on accessibility improvements to London’s public transport.

There are multiple service outages on Easter weekend on National Rail. Click this link for more info.

Jubilee line – Friday thru Sunday – Waterloo to Wembley Park has no service. Easter Monday, Waterloo to Stanmore is shut.

Metropolitan line – no service until Tuesday between Aldgate and Northwood/ Uxbridge

DLR – Canning Town to Beckton is down on Saturday and Sunday

London Overground – closures Friday thru Sunday – Highbury & Islington to Shadwell as well as between Sydenham and Crystal Palace. Also, a late (8.30 am) Sunday opening on the line from New Cross Gate to West Croydon.  Complete closures on Sunday between Queen’s Park and Watford Junction as well as the stretch between Camden Road and Stratford.

Check the TfL link for some outages around Croydon on the London Trams. Trams? Dint even know they had trams. Wow.

Road closures and disruptions listed here.

FYI, the Barclays / Boris bikes are now branded with Santander; instead of blue, they are red. This and their logo popping up all over the world as they devour other banks, I wonder… is this how Spain dragged itself out of austerity? Much as I love Spain, I’m still not convinced that central London is safe enough for a cyclist.

Reminders –

Tottenham Court Road station – Central line trains will not stop here until early December 2015.

Covent Garden station – exit only until early November 2015; westbound trains will not stop here on weekends (keep on confusing those tourists!) I only hope I remember this if I’m in London before they’re done mooching around replacing those lifts.

 

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