Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 109 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Image by McTumshie, showing a display at the London Transport Museum

Londonist last week in numbers and the pictures these numbers translate into...

20,000 or twice that forming The Wave that hit parliament to mark the start of that thing taking place in Copenhagen

28 weekends of closures on the Jubilee Line for 2010 - a number which went up and down over the week of bitching about the issue

50,000 volts in a taser! Tasers that are now in the hands of the British Transport Police! though we have no idea why...

2 pennies per copy of The Evening Standard - that's what newsagents are willing to pay in order to stock copies of the freesheet in their shops

16 steps to park your car, in a handy mathematical formula

20,000 X 28 - 50,000 ÷ 2 ÷ 16 = 15,937.5 which, when rounded up to 15,938 turns out to be a lovely retro scene from the top deck of a Routemaster bus as snapped in the London Transport Museum by McTumshie in the Londonist Flickr pool.

This Week In London’s History

It's all about the tube this week...

  • Monday - 14th December 1836: Tooley Street Station is opened as the London terminus of the London and Greenwich Railway. It would later be joined by other lines, and would be renamed London Bridge Station.
  • Tuesday - 15th December 1906: The Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway is opened, running from Finsbury Park to Hammersmith. It would later become the Piccadilly Line, and 71 years later… Wednesday - 16th December 1977: … an extension to Heathrow Central is opened by the Queen, providing the most inexpensive way of travelling to the airport from central London (just 80p at the time). Thursday - 17th December 2003: The RMT union announces tube strikes on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, over the sacking of a driver caught playing squash while on sick leave. The strikes would later be called off. Friday - 18th December 1890: The world’s first ‘deep-level’ electric tube line opens, connecting Stockwell and King William Street. As we mentioned previously, the City & South London Railway would later become a part of the Northern Line as we know it today.

    Last Updated 14 December 2009