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London: You don't always need to take the Tube

Feb 16th, 2016, 11:54 PM
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London: You don't always need to take the Tube

Bearing in mind that the "Tube Map" is actually diagram of connections rather than distances:

Transport for London has released another alternative version of the Tube map—and it’s actually really useful. The London transport manager has created a ‘Walk the Tube’ map, which shows how long it takes to totter between stations.

http://gizmodo.com/new-london-tube-m...k-n-1741879484
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Feb 16th, 2016, 11:58 PM
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Definitely helpful. Thanks for sharing.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 01:17 AM
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Patrick - I misunderstood what you were talking about until I looked at the map - I thought that it was information about how long it takes to walk between lines underground - which sometimes is as far as walking between places above ground.

perhaps they can do that next.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 02:05 AM
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Google maps can do that.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 02:44 AM
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London is a rare city where I love to take taxis.

My daughter does too and finding ourselves in these taxis is actually fun and part of the experience, so we ended up last using the tube ... not at all, and took the taxi 4-5 times and walked te rest.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 03:11 AM
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There have been Paris metro maps published in the style of the London Underground map. Some day I would like to see a London Underground map published in the style of the Paris metro map, because it's true that the London map gives you no idea at all of where the stations really are.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 04:22 AM
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Perhaps they could add a section entitled, "Best stations to use when you REALLY want a lot of exercise and don't have a treadmill nearby."
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Feb 17th, 2016, 04:42 AM
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There is also a map that shows short walking connections between stations that are on different lines, but only 500 metres apart. For instance Lancaster Gate to Paddington, looks like some distance on a classic tube map, but is only a short walk.

You can find that map here;
http://rodcorp.typepad.com/rodcorp/2..._tube_map.html

This one is also good:
http://www.london-tubemap.com/
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Feb 17th, 2016, 05:56 AM
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Like ann, I thought this was going to tell me how far I have to hoof it to change lines. I think it is Green Park that I keep forgetting requires a route march.

But still, very interesting, thanks!

Now that London Transport has made it so much easier to figure out the buses, if I'm not in a rush I often take the bus in preference to the tube, sitting up top where I can admire the upper stories of the buildings. (Taxis are seldom cost effective for a solo traveler, and anyway, you don't get such a good view.)
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Feb 17th, 2016, 06:06 AM
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We live in NYC, and I once calculated I have taken over 15,000 subway rides. So after I take another town's subway, metro, underground, tube out of interest and convenience I look for other means of transport.

The last time we were in London, we took the double-decker bus and sat in the front seat upstairs and we were like two little kids on a side. Of course, the irony remains, that London bought them from NYC and we do not have any, and they are synonymous with London.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 06:19 AM
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Of course, the irony remains, that London bought them from NYC and we do not have any, and they are synonymous with London.>>

shame, IMD.

you'll be pleased to read that they have them in Havana then.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 06:29 AM
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Yes, but London bought them from us which used to rumble down Fifth Ave.

I hope you are not going to take credit for the fleet of 1956 Chevys in Havana as well?
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Feb 17th, 2016, 06:47 AM
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"Yes, but London bought them from us which used to rumble down Fifth Ave."

Not according to wikipedia. Reference?
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:00 AM
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the irony remains, that London bought them from NYC and we do not have any

LHD buses in a RHD country. I sincerely hope not.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/on...0ff8aa6f585162
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:06 AM
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I hope you are not going to take credit for the fleet of 1956 Chevys in Havana as well?>>

no, you can take the entire credit for those over-hyped rust buckets.

Yes, a small minority are beautiful but the vast majority of them are falling to bits and I bet that the owners would swap them for something modern that they could get parts for in a flash.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:25 AM
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I will continue to look for a source regarding the double decker buses, but it is hard to believe that Wikipedia made a mistake of fact or omission.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:41 AM
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>>Perhaps they could add a section entitled, "Best stations to use when you REALLY want a lot of exercise and don't have a treadmill nearby."<<

That's easy. Angel.

But if the station attendants and railway police will let you get away with it, you can try walking up the down escalators just about anywhere. But I didn't tell you that.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:44 AM
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my step-nephew (who knew such things existed) once removed did his apprenticeship in the old London bus shed where they could pluck the body of the routemaster off the drive train in 20 minutes flat. When the shed was developed it was state of the art.

Another relation, great great grandad ran the horse drawn double decker buses in London before and during the Boer war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldenham_Works
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Feb 17th, 2016, 07:46 AM
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Radio 4 had a nice little programme on the other week about how TFL get a new map design sent to them weekly. It seems that there are map crazy people all over the world who want to do it better. The guys said he has a contact in Japan who sends him one new idea 4 times a year.
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Feb 17th, 2016, 08:02 AM
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But if the station attendants and railway police will let you get away with it, you can try walking up the down escalators just about anywhere. But I didn't tell you that.>>

does it work as well the other way round?

<<>>Perhaps they could add a section entitled, "Best stations to use when you REALLY want a lot of exercise and don't have a treadmill nearby."<<

That's easy. Angel.>>

I remember one "correspondence" in Barcelona - I think we had to walk half way round the city to change lines.
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