St Pancras, a platform between past and future

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Facade of St Pancras International

In St Pancras the older steam trains arriving from the East Midlands are now departing Europe at a 300 Km/h speed.

This node of communications connects London not only with cities like Nottingham or Sheffield but also with Brussels and Paris in just two hours. (more…)

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wembley regeneration – More than just a stadium

By Niall McDonald

Wembley stadium was one of the most recognizable grounds in the world with its twin towers.

In 2000 it was knocked down and a new stadium built, but what is oft forgotten about is the work that went on to improve the area a a whole.

Niall McDonald looks at how Brent Council helped to change the area surrounding Wembley.

 

Video by Niall McDonald

Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm  Comments (2)  

What do you do with disused tube stations?

On whereismyLondon we have focussed a lot on the transport infrastructure, and one of the things we have looked at is disused train stations.
As we have seen, there are many disused stations, like City Road which we looked at earlier, as well as the famous Aldwych station. Over all there are over 40 stations lying disused under the ground in London.

However, entrepreneur Ajit Chambers does not want to see these underground stations go to waste. According to the Evening Standard, he has put plans together to open up the former stations as entertainment venues.

Apparently Boris Johnston has voiced his approval of the scheme, so soon we could be going underground to a nightclub or a conference centre!

The idea throws up some interesting ways of using the space, or lack of it that London has. Regeneration is such a buzz word and if Chambers’ idea takes off then it could be the start of a new craze of using Old London for newer means.

City Road disused station - photo by Niall McDonald

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Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

London Bus – Interview with Mike Ashworth (Part 2)

Stories on Whereismylondon seem to be like London buses – You wait a while but two come at once!
In part two of our interview with Mike Ashworth of TFL, we go into the history of London Bus, from its inauspicious beginnings in the nineteenth century, to looking at why London buses are red!

Listen to the interview here –

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Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

History of London Tube – Interview with Mike Ashworth

By Niall McDonald

Every year in London, over 1.1 billion people take the tube. Many see it as a pivotal part of their day, but do they really think about how the tube came to be there, how life was before the advent of electrical trains?

Photo by Niall McDonald

 

In the first of a two part interview, we speak to the Heritage manager of TFL, Mike Ashworth. He takes us back in time, explaining how the tube began between Baker Street and Farringdon, and how it has progressed to today’s level of being the biggest underground system in the world.

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tube Strikes – How did London cope in the past?

Photo by Niall McDonald

The last six months in London have seen commuter’s miserable after industrial action on the underground.  It is now feared that more tube strikes will occur on April 29th – coinciding with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding.

This  isn’t the first time that there have been tube strikes, however. This Pathé video below shows a tube strike in 1962, and as Niall McDonald reports, Londoners used ingenious ways of travel that would never be seen nowadays.

Link to Pathé video

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Published in: on January 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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