Category Archives: General magpie travel

A new program from London TfL

I almost lengthened the title of this post editorially but decided against. Transport for London has launched a new effort to (possibly) make it easier for folks with physical or other difficulties to get a seat. It’s sad to think … Continue reading

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New TV location tours from Tours International for 2018

Tours International has new TV location tours for next year. These are the folks Dad and I traveled with back in 2002 (the Normandy beaches) and who gave Dad, by his own estimation, the best trip ever! The link to … Continue reading

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London transport info 2017 16-17 September

TfL (Transport for London) sends out a weekly email listing outages, strike updates and other information related to weekend works on public transport around the city and sometimes beyond. This travel blog got so cluttered with these that I stopped … Continue reading

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New tours from Tours International for 2017

Take a look at the new tour offerings from Tours International – the folks Dad and I traveled with back in 2002 (the Normandy beaches) and who gave Dad, by his own admission, the best trip ever! I keep the … Continue reading

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London Tube closures 8-9 October 2016 and Tower Bridge

Remember – You can always click on the Planned outages link on the right for up-to-date weekend information when no current blog post appears. Long-term traffic issue – Tower Bridge is closed to all traffic for the rest of the … Continue reading

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some updates on London transport – 2016

I found this article embedded in one of the TimeOut emails I get. Don’t think the report that buses are getting slower is either news or useful – who takes a bus to save time? – but the announcement about … Continue reading

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London Tube closures thru 14 August 2016

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. (I just reposted that link; forgot to change the 2015 link to 2016). Circle line is … Continue reading

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London Tube closures 2-3 July 2016

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. The weekend looks to be somewhat annoying in central London — Here’s the link for what … Continue reading

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BA short haul to charge for food

I know people who fly British Airways regularly, mostly trans-Atlantic. Be aware though, folks – BA’s short haul flights won’t include food, so keep your sterling handy or bring your own snacks. I’m tempted to advise bringing high-aroma foods (I’ve … Continue reading

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Piccadilly line 1 day strike – 23 March 2016

Looks like the 1 day strike on the Piccadilly line is going ahead today. It will start at 21.00 on Wednesday, and continue until 21.00 on Thursday. TfL says that the trains will run until 22.30 on Weds PM – … Continue reading

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London Tube closures – 19-20 March 2016 and possible 1-day midweek strike

A late posting, so anyone who cares already knows about some of this… All closures are in place for both days – Circle Line – entire line; District Line – Tower Hill to West Ham; Hamm’smith/City – Kings X/St Pancras … Continue reading

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Tours International for 2016

Even though I have this tour company on my Hot Link list in the right-hand column, check out a few of their newest tours for 2016. Shakespeare Tour  in April – one of 6 literary tours on offer Downton Abbey … Continue reading

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old but helpful Dutch rail card news

The old paper tickets are obsolete on Dutch trains. Now you need a smart card, called the OV-chipkaart. Similar to NYC’s Metro card or the London Oyster and Travel cards, these can be bought as either single use or multi-use, … Continue reading

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London Tube update – early for Easter 2016

OK OK, so I haven’t been posting the all-important weekend closure schedule for the London Tube in … well, a long time. The world hasn’t ended but it may be time to get back into the habit. Remember, blog visitors, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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