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Discussion in 'Infrastructure & Stations' started by acepepper, 18 Nov 2014.
Any chance there might be a Weatherspoons somewhere?
Believe it or not, there's another one on the A3 equidistant between the two shown on the map.
It's rumoured one may open in the exterior-facing arches on Tooley Street. Plus a McDonalds, and an Honest Burger, I believe.
Another M&S food has now opened up in the Western Arcade, at the tube end. They've managed to fit quite a bit in there too.
The Western Arcade itself is still a bit of a work in progress - at the station end one third is closed off until Hamleys. A different third is closed off from the toilets down to the Tube. As a result, the middle third tends to be very busy during the peaks!
Something akin to the Betjeman at St Pancras would be preferable.
The Shipwrights Arms could fill that niche if it wasn't for the supposedly insane owner.
Yes, it's effectively a late replacement for the curiously sited (but rather handy) one that used to be in Guy's Hospital!
I visited London Bridge yesterday. The 14 departure screens by Plats 12 to 15 are now blank but have been replaced by 11 in the middle of the circulating area. There is now no "fastest train to panel" and 3 panels have been lost. The Thames link departure screens on the platforms seem a backward step being black and white (?) and they are not as easily readable at a distance compared to the yellow matrix screens on other platforms suck as 8/9 etc on the "high level". A backward step I think as are many other "innovations at LB" such as the single escalators on some platforms, the staff lift etc. I do miss the bank of 4 escalators that used to be on the low level side that took you down to the old arcade and a short walk to the tube rather than the now long trudge.
Here’s an example from Monday illustrating my point
What do you mean?
Check out some of the low star Google reviews. Sounds like a total nutjob.
Into August now, the outside is still a building site while there’s little evidence of fit out going on in the bars and restaurants. Just lots of advertising that the station is London’s newest shopping destination.
That’s funny, as I was there 20 minutes ago and the Greggs fit out team were there. And the outside is a lot better than it was 6 weeks ago.
But you are right, it isn’t finished.
A lot of the work storage areas out front have disappeared lately, they're even rebuilding a bus stand where one has been for about 2 years. Doesn't seem like there's a great deal to do beyond repaving now.
For a station officially opened in May
Opened does not mean completed...
Yeah. I'm fairly sure these works were supposed to all be finished now. They've still got equipment in the lower concourse for fiddling with the panelling.
Good to see the apologists in action. The rebuild has been ongoing for over 6 years. How long is reasonable? There are 16 seats to sit on for a major London terminus.
You mean the 'fastest train to' panel underneath the Charing Cross platforms has gone? I was sure it was there a couple of days ago when I passed through.
On a related note... last week I used the Thameslink platforms at St Pancras, and couldn't help noticing how beautifully clear and easy to read the platform departure screens there were: No crude dot-matrix letters, just very sharp and clear text (I'm guessing, the screens use much smaller pixel sizes). The screens inside the new Thameslink trains are similarly very good quality, although obviously smaller. Couldn't London Bridge have been fitted out with similar quality screens during the rebuild? I'm sure they would have been vastly better for passengers.
The Thameslink platforms at London Bridge have been fitted with this style of screen too, and I agree they are much more readable and information-dense than the regular dot-matrix displays. Presumably there's a backend limitation that prevents them from being used more widely outside the Thameslink core for the moment.
London Bridge has exactly the same screens on the Thameslink platforms as St Pancras. The other through plaforms have a very good variation of the usual orange LED signs with the remarkably good idea of displaying the next two trains scrolling underneath. They're excellent. The terminal platforms have the usual orange display showing the current train.
They’re being rolled out across some Northern stations - it hooks into Darwin.
London Bridge (and probably other stations too) have two of these screens sat next to each other. It seems that sometimes they show different information (i.e. left screen shows first train, right train shows subsequent train(s)) whereas at other times they just duplicate each other.
I'm not sure if they've fixed it yet, but platform 2 had a pair of its orange signs hung back to front, so they didn't match the other platforms. (Had the screen on the outside and number on the inside, I think). Only a tiny snag, but sticks out once you notice it. Will have to see if it's still like that.
I suppose they'll have to wait until winter to find out if they've cured the leaks...
When is Stainer Street set to reopen?
Can't be too far off. There are some big decorative features now up in its roof at the entrance from Tooley Street.
Yeah, the hoardings seem to be quietly receding inside the station too.
There's a few Notices of Application for a Premises Licence in the Western Arcade now for "The Grind" in Unit Su-82. The licence conditions are;
Sale of alcohol from 07:00 to Midnight daily.
Provision of late-night refreshments from 23:00 to Midnight daily. (this seems like an odd one but I have no idea what's typical for licencing conditions!).
Recorded music from 05:30 to Midnight daily.
However, looking on the map Unit 82 seems to be the furthest possible away unit out on St. Thomas Street - so likely not much use to any disruption-weary travellers wanting to wait things out!
That seems to be a trendy coffee shop/restaurant/bar.