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Transport In London
Transport in London in general
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
Transport in London in general
Advantages: HUGE Choice & Variety On Network
Transport in London gets a bit of a bad name for itself sometimes, mainly when the tube system has problems and people generally like to have a good moan but I actually think the transport network in London is brilliant, vast & diverse.
You have buses, overground trains, underground trains (the tube), cycles, light rail, trams and boats all overseen by Transport for London (TFL). TFL are there to overlook the running of all of these, by issuing service licences & setting tickets & fares. TFL contract out all the operations to the operators like Arriva & First. I thinkthat with TFL overseeing everything it mean's that no operator is different from the other, for example theres tons of bus operators in London, but they all have to use red buses with a small variation to show their companies identity, but the fares are all the same and I never bother to see which operator runs my bus as it makes no difference. This is kind of good as it means that all operators whether bus, train or tram or other, has to run to set guidelines & can ensure a high standard of service is maintained for all passengers regardless of mode or company used.
So you have the tube, a very wide network of large & fast shuttle trains running under & above ground on 11 lines, I think trains are very good, they are quick & very regular, with trains running across all lines pretty much all day every few minutes, unless theres major disruption you don't have to wait too long for the next one. The bus network is very large & has a vast range of routes across the whole of the London Borough, infact, hundreds of routes run around the city & outskirts every single day, you also have a vast range of 24hr & night buses, so even at 3am you can get a bus to most places, nowhere else in the UK has a network quite like it, even at 3am theres a vast array of buses you can catch, especially in the centre of London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a fast rapid transport system, which has 2 little train cars running, as if by magic, without a driver, running across East London from Tower Gateway & Bank in Central London out to Lewisham, Beckton & London City Airport/Woolwich. I find the DLR a fantastic system, very quick, a journey from London City Airport to Bank is just 23 minutes, the stations are wide & bright, clean & tidy, the service generally operates to timetable with trains upto every 5 minutes in peak periods. Never had any problems with the DLR. The Croydon Tramlink, operates trams across South East London from Wimbledon. Boats operate along the river in Central London and also many cycle routes are available for those that wish to cycle. You can also use the 100's of black cabs to get around from door 2 door too.
Each mode of transport links together, for example all the major train stations are linked with the tube & tons of buses, taxi's can take you to any of the 5 airports in the City and the tram & DLR also connect to the tube & local bus routes.
I find that the huge amount of choice & variety is fantastic, great fares & ticket options too with an Oyster Card.
Summary: Transport In London