Just a quick update to confirm that the ELL extension to Highbury & Islington is now confirmed for Monday 28th February. It appears that there are currently no plans for a limited Sunday service. The first public train from Highbury & Islington is scheduled for 0955. No word yet on which of the two London politicians who claim responsibility for the line’s major upgrade will be present, but readers can probably assume that at least one will be.
In 1998 London Transport signed a £1.1bn PFI deal that, by the time of its termination in 2010, would have had a massive impact on the journeys of millions of people across London. It wasn’t Metronet. It was the contract to create the smart ticketing system we now know as Oyster. Last year, Oyster accounted for a whopping 3 billion passenger journeys. In the short time since its extension (in PAYG terms) to portions of London’s National Rail network it has already accounted for over ...
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