Future Tubes

Underground platforms
@Ronrybs (7075)
London, England
September 20, 2016 7:27am CST
Future proofing is becoming a major feature of the design process for London trains. On the left of the picture, above, is Clapham Common Station. When this station opened in 1900 it was the southern end of the Northern Line, until the line was further extended in the 1920s. This narrow 'island' platform, serving trains in either direction, was serviceable back then, but during rush hour today the island is packed; so much so I would not like to be standing near the edge as the trains run in. On the right is Westminster Jubilee Line platform, serving trains in one direction only. This part of the station opened in 1999 and you can see the platform is about the same width as the island at Clapham. Additionally, there are platform edge doors, preventing people taking a tumble onto the tracks and they also control the rush of air created as trains approach the station. Still a busy place at rush hour, it is safer. Since 1999 the Jubilee Line has already undergone one upgrade with an extra carriage added to every train to increase the number of people carried. This was planned for, but happened a few years earlier than originally thought.
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@LadyDuck (118864)
• Switzerland
20 Sep 16
It's much better to have a platform that serves trains in one direction only. This is what we have in Milan, but our tubes are recent compared to those you mention.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
20 Sep 16
One of the joys of being first in building deep underground tube lines. You find out everything the hard, and expensive, way
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@LadyDuck (118864)
• Switzerland
21 Sep 16
@Ronrybs But you enjoyed this transportation system from so many years, while we only started to have it in the mid 60's.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
21 Sep 16
@LadyDuck Better late than never!
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@marlina (60998)
• Canada
20 Sep 16
Interesting to read about the future tubes in London. I just finished reading a book titled "The Race Underground", describing how the Boston and New York subways came about.
@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
20 Sep 16
I read up on the history of London Underground, as I worked for them, but haven't gone 'deep' into the history of underground trains
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@CRK109 (14360)
• United States
22 Sep 16
It's wonderful that they are putting safety measures into place. I've been hearing a bit too much about people falling onto the tracks and getting hurt or killed.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
22 Sep 16
Modern built stations will have these features, I hope, but it must be impossible to retro-fit them to older stations without a shed load of money and work
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@CRK109 (14360)
• United States
22 Sep 16
@Ronrybs I'm sure that's true and it's a shame that safety has to take a back seat to money.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
22 Sep 16
@CRK109 Another problem is that all the work needed would close down the train line for a couple of years
@BelleStarr (31300)
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Sep 16
I guess eventually it won't be necessary to say "mind the gap" lol
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
23 Sep 16
I think it'll be said for a few more years yet!
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@BelleStarr (31300)
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Sep 16
@Ronrybs My hubs wears a tee shirt that says Mind the Gap and no one here, knows what that means. We love it!!
@Tampa_girl7 (21394)
• United States
21 Sep 16
That's simply amazing that it was around in 1900.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
22 Sep 16
They had been experimenting with tunnel digging since the 1860s and they finally got the hang of it!
@teamfreak16 (35354)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Sep 16
That does look like it could get pretty hairy when packed.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
20 Sep 16
I've never been on the platform during rush, but I drove a train along the line a few times!
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@MALUSE (31861)
• Denmark
5 Oct 16
I've just seen that I'm not the only one who thinks of 'Mind The Gap' at once!
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@JudyEv (97392)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Oct 16
It seems really hard for engineers to design transport systems that allow sufficiently for increased future numbers.
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