diamond geezer

 Thursday, October 12, 2023

Inconsequential transport news

Escalator safety has always been a thing, but TfL have a new focus on keeping children's feet away from the edge. This follows two injuries at South Kensington last year and a nasty incident at London Bridge last month. But I'm not sure this poster was the best way to get the message across.



The graphic shows a child standing beside an adult, well away from the teeth at the edge. But it also breaks the cardinal rule of "standing on the right", indeed if every parent chose to behave this way it'd block walker-uppers and walker-downers across the capital. One safety message shouldn't contravene another.

I spotted that poster last week beside an escalator at King's Cross St Pancras and also at Stratford, so it's not just one overzealous stationmaster offering dud advice. Also I assume it's the child on the left blocking the flow but we don't know which way these offenders are travelling so it could be the adult in the wrong instead.



Then yesterday I saw a new version and it's as if somebody somewhere has seen the light. Suddenly the child is standing somewhere central, neither at risk from the edge of the escalator nor blocking the way of passers by. If they're both standing on the right that's an improvement, but if they're both standing on the left (coming up) that's actually worse. I wonder if this will turn out to be a short campaign or whether these posters will be a long-term sight beside our escalators in the future.



Route 108 has some new vehicles, electric leftovers from withdrawn routes 507 and 521. It's only the occasional vehicle so far, and they hardly have any seats so they're hardly ideal, and I've told you all that before. What I didn't mention is what I've since seen on the display screen as the bus approaches Stratford station.



Most London buses don't have a screen like this, it's only here because this used to be a pioneering commuter service and it's capable of showing all sorts of additional information. In this case the screen shows the other travel modes you can catch at the next stop, Stratford City Bus Station, three in words and the rest in symbols. Five of these are standard and correct - Underground, DLR, Overground, National Rail and Elizabeth line. And the other one is nuts.



It's the Eurostar symbol, and not even the current Eurostar symbol, it's the logo they replaced in January. What's ridiculous is that Eurostar trains don't stop at Stratford, they never have. The original plan was that they should, back when High Speed One was built, but that was promptly deemed uneconomic and facilities were duly mothballed. More importantly Eurostar couldn't possibly stop at this Stratford station because they built a completely separate station called Stratford International... so what on earth is this symbol doing here?

Route 108 goes nowhere near St Pancras, the only Eurostar station in London, so it can't be a mix up with that. Stratford station doesn't have a direct link to St Pancras, only Stratford International does, so it can't be that. And route 108 actually terminates at Stratford International, so even if there's been an insane mixup between the two stations the duff symbol should be there and not at Stratford. It's of little consequence. But it makes absolutely no sense.



Have you wondered what the Hallowe'en special is at the Dangleway this year? Well wonder no more. It's the IFS Cloud Cable Car Spider Squad Experience. Trick or treat?



There are two options. One is a return trip across the river plus an immersive experience inside a spider-infested workshop. Fight your fears as you try to spot the spiders' nests without getting caught, but watch out their venom is deadly, or so it says. This option costs £35 per adult and £22.50 for a child, or £90 for a family of five. Or there's a cheaper version where you only do the spider-spotting, you don't ride the cablecar, and for a family that's £45. According to the spidery writing on the side of the North Greenwich terminal it's suitable for those aged 12 and over, but this advisory message is not mentioned if you book online.



The experience is only available from October 21st-31st inclusive, because this attraction has been perfectly targeted for half term. But the terminals are already plastered with sticky spiders bringing a premature Hallowe'en vibe to the aerial crossing, so if you want a minor Spider Squad experience you can head down already. Don't come next week because the Dangleway will be shut for annual maintenance, reopening on the 21st. And if you suffer from arachnophobia maybe give the Dangleway a miss and come back in November, or anytime, please.



Sometime in August a central London bus stop disappeared. That's Apothecary Street, which was formerly bus stop K on New Bridge Street and is now a blank space on the pavement where a pole and shelter used to be.



A reader emailed to say it used to be her stop when going home from work but when she got back after three weeks' holiday it had completely vanished. And yet there's no clue why. According to the local Blackfriars spider map it still exists. According to the TfL website it still exists, and no pop up message appears to say it might be closed. If you catch route 63, which used to stop here, Apothecary Street still comes up on the display even though it isn't there. I tried that and dinged the bell to alight, but the driver didn't even slow down and carried me on to the next stop on Blackfriars Bridge.



It's a complete mystery. The pole is properly gone, replaced by tarmac infill. There are no obvious building works hereabouts. The bus stop across the road (Bus Stop J) still exists. Citymapper still lets you plan journeys to and from it. The stop has been removed from the sequence for route 40 but not for route 63. According to the Streetcare app the only recent issue is that someone reported minor graffiti here in June and that was cleaned off. My reader even emailed TfL to ask what was going on and they said they'd get back, but that was four weeks ago and they haven't. So who knows?

And this isn't actually inconsequential, it means a longer walk to catch a bus. But the other news was mostly irrelevant, sorry.


<< click for Newer posts

click for Older Posts >>


click to return to the main page


...or read more in my monthly archives
Jan24  Feb24  Mar24  Apr24
Jan23  Feb23  Mar23  Apr23  May23  Jun23  Jul23  Aug23  Sep23  Oct23  Nov23  Dec23
Jan22  Feb22  Mar22  Apr22  May22  Jun22  Jul22  Aug22  Sep22  Oct22  Nov22  Dec22
Jan21  Feb21  Mar21  Apr21  May21  Jun21  Jul21  Aug21  Sep21  Oct21  Nov21  Dec21
Jan20  Feb20  Mar20  Apr20  May20  Jun20  Jul20  Aug20  Sep20  Oct20  Nov20  Dec20
Jan19  Feb19  Mar19  Apr19  May19  Jun19  Jul19  Aug19  Sep19  Oct19  Nov19  Dec19
Jan18  Feb18  Mar18  Apr18  May18  Jun18  Jul18  Aug18  Sep18  Oct18  Nov18  Dec18
Jan17  Feb17  Mar17  Apr17  May17  Jun17  Jul17  Aug17  Sep17  Oct17  Nov17  Dec17
Jan16  Feb16  Mar16  Apr16  May16  Jun16  Jul16  Aug16  Sep16  Oct16  Nov16  Dec16
Jan15  Feb15  Mar15  Apr15  May15  Jun15  Jul15  Aug15  Sep15  Oct15  Nov15  Dec15
Jan14  Feb14  Mar14  Apr14  May14  Jun14  Jul14  Aug14  Sep14  Oct14  Nov14  Dec14
Jan13  Feb13  Mar13  Apr13  May13  Jun13  Jul13  Aug13  Sep13  Oct13  Nov13  Dec13
Jan12  Feb12  Mar12  Apr12  May12  Jun12  Jul12  Aug12  Sep12  Oct12  Nov12  Dec12
Jan11  Feb11  Mar11  Apr11  May11  Jun11  Jul11  Aug11  Sep11  Oct11  Nov11  Dec11
Jan10  Feb10  Mar10  Apr10  May10  Jun10  Jul10  Aug10  Sep10  Oct10  Nov10  Dec10 
Jan09  Feb09  Mar09  Apr09  May09  Jun09  Jul09  Aug09  Sep09  Oct09  Nov09  Dec09
Jan08  Feb08  Mar08  Apr08  May08  Jun08  Jul08  Aug08  Sep08  Oct08  Nov08  Dec08
Jan07  Feb07  Mar07  Apr07  May07  Jun07  Jul07  Aug07  Sep07  Oct07  Nov07  Dec07
Jan06  Feb06  Mar06  Apr06  May06  Jun06  Jul06  Aug06  Sep06  Oct06  Nov06  Dec06
Jan05  Feb05  Mar05  Apr05  May05  Jun05  Jul05  Aug05  Sep05  Oct05  Nov05  Dec05
Jan04  Feb04  Mar04  Apr04  May04  Jun04  Jul04  Aug04  Sep04  Oct04  Nov04  Dec04
Jan03  Feb03  Mar03  Apr03  May03  Jun03  Jul03  Aug03  Sep03  Oct03  Nov03  Dec03
 Jan02  Feb02  Mar02  Apr02  May02  Jun02  Jul02 Aug02  Sep02  Oct02  Nov02  Dec02 

jack of diamonds
Life viewed from London E3

» email me
» follow me on twitter
» follow the blog on Twitter
» follow the blog on RSS

» my flickr photostream

twenty blogs
our bow
arseblog
ian visits
londonist
broken tv
blue witch
on london
the great wen
edith's streets
spitalfields life
linkmachinego
round the island
wanstead meteo
christopher fowler
the greenwich wire
bus and train user
ruth's coastal walk
round the rails we go
london reconnections
from the murky depths

quick reference features
Things to do in Outer London
Things to do outside London
Inner London toilet map
20 years of blog series
The DG Tour of Britain
London's most...

read the archive
Apr24  Mar24  Feb24  Jan24
Dec23  Nov23  Oct23  Sep23
Aug23  Jul23  Jun23  May23
Apr23  Mar23  Feb23  Jan23
Dec22  Nov22  Oct22  Sep22
Aug22  Jul22  Jun22  May22
Apr22  Mar22  Feb22  Jan22
Dec21  Nov21  Oct21  Sep21
Aug21  Jul21  Jun21  May21
Apr21  Mar21  Feb21  Jan21
Dec20  Nov20  Oct20  Sep20
Aug20  Jul20  Jun20  May20
Apr20  Mar20  Feb20  Jan20
Dec19  Nov19  Oct19  Sep19
Aug19  Jul19  Jun19  May19
Apr19  Mar19  Feb19  Jan19
Dec18  Nov18  Oct18  Sep18
Aug18  Jul18  Jun18  May18
Apr18  Mar18  Feb18  Jan18
Dec17  Nov17  Oct17  Sep17
Aug17  Jul17  Jun17  May17
Apr17  Mar17  Feb17  Jan17
Dec16  Nov16  Oct16  Sep16
Aug16  Jul16  Jun16  May16
Apr16  Mar16  Feb16  Jan16
Dec15  Nov15  Oct15  Sep15
Aug15  Jul15  Jun15  May15
Apr15  Mar15  Feb15  Jan15
Dec14  Nov14  Oct14  Sep14
Aug14  Jul14  Jun14  May14
Apr14  Mar14  Feb14  Jan14
Dec13  Nov13  Oct13  Sep13
Aug13  Jul13  Jun13  May13
Apr13  Mar13  Feb13  Jan13
Dec12  Nov12  Oct12  Sep12
Aug12  Jul12  Jun12  May12
Apr12  Mar12  Feb12  Jan12
Dec11  Nov11  Oct11  Sep11
Aug11  Jul11  Jun11  May11
Apr11  Mar11  Feb11  Jan11
Dec10  Nov10  Oct10  Sep10
Aug10  Jul10  Jun10  May10
Apr10  Mar10  Feb10  Jan10
Dec09  Nov09  Oct09  Sep09
Aug09  Jul09  Jun09  May09
Apr09  Mar09  Feb09  Jan09
Dec08  Nov08  Oct08  Sep08
Aug08  Jul08  Jun08  May08
Apr08  Mar08  Feb08  Jan08
Dec07  Nov07  Oct07  Sep07
Aug07  Jul07  Jun07  May07
Apr07  Mar07  Feb07  Jan07
Dec06  Nov06  Oct06  Sep06
Aug06  Jul06  Jun06  May06
Apr06  Mar06  Feb06  Jan06
Dec05  Nov05  Oct05  Sep05
Aug05  Jul05  Jun05  May05
Apr05  Mar05  Feb05  Jan05
Dec04  Nov04  Oct04  Sep04
Aug04  Jul04  Jun04  May04
Apr04  Mar04  Feb04  Jan04
Dec03  Nov03  Oct03  Sep03
Aug03  Jul03  Jun03  May03
Apr03  Mar03  Feb03  Jan03
Dec02  Nov02  Oct02  Sep02
back to main page

the diamond geezer index
2023 2022
2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

my special London features
a-z of london museums
E3 - local history month
greenwich meridian (N)
greenwich meridian (S)
the real eastenders
london's lost rivers
olympic park 2007
great british roads
oranges & lemons
random boroughs
bow road station
high street 2012
river westbourne
trafalgar square
capital numbers
east london line
lea valley walk
olympics 2005
regent's canal
square routes
silver jubilee
unlost rivers
cube routes
Herbert Dip
metro-land
capital ring
river fleet
piccadilly
bakerloo

ten of my favourite posts
the seven ages of blog
my new Z470xi mobile
five equations of blog
the dome of doom
chemical attraction
quality & risk
london 2102
single life
boredom
april fool

ten sets of lovely photos
my "most interesting" photos
london 2012 olympic zone
harris and the hebrides
betjeman's metro-land
marking the meridian
tracing the river fleet
london's lost rivers
inside the gherkin
seven sisters
iceland

just surfed in?
here's where to find...
diamond geezers
flash mob #1  #2  #3  #4
ben schott's miscellany
london underground
watch with mother
cigarette warnings
digital time delay
wheelie suitcases
war of the worlds
transit of venus
top of the pops
old buckenham
ladybird books
acorn antiques
digital watches
outer hebrides
olympics 2012
school dinners
pet shop boys
west wycombe
bletchley park
george orwell
big breakfast
clapton pond
san francisco
thunderbirds
routemaster
children's tv
east enders
trunk roads
amsterdam
little britain
credit cards
jury service
big brother
jubilee line
number 1s
titan arum
typewriters
doctor who
coronation
comments
blue peter
matchgirls
hurricanes
buzzwords
brookside
monopoly
peter pan
starbucks
feng shui
leap year
manbags
bbc three
vision on
piccadilly
meridian
concorde
wembley
islington
ID cards
bedtime
freeview
beckton
blogads
eclipses
letraset
arsenal
sitcoms
gherkin
calories
everest
muffins
sudoku
camilla
london
ceefax
robbie
becks
dome
BBC2
paris
lotto
118
itv