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11:20 pm: i went to the edge of the universe today: yes, to upminster and to epping.

random underground question: why on earth doesn't the victoria line extend very slightly further, to the central line at leytonstone, thus providing a handy link, which would have stopped me from missing the start of doctor who?

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From:fluffymormegil
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Because Leytonstone already had a tube station, at a guess.
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From:abigailb
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
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yeahbutnoyeah. the victoria line was purposefully designed to only link existing stations; of all its stations only one didn't have a BR or tube connection (pimlico, which was a late addition). extending to leytonstone would make the network really a lot nicer.
From:redcountess
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but there's many other stations on the tube network that service more than one line.
From:redcountess
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
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arkady did once tell me the reason, but I forget what it was, they probably ran out of money. Wikipedia informs us that the line was originally meant to terminate at Wood Street alongside the BR station there, but they decided at the last minute to terminate at Hoe Street (later Walthamstow Central)
From:fluffymormegil
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Running out of money sounds plausible :)
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From:abigailb
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
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I remember poking around doing some research on the topic. I wrote the sentence "A line linking Chelsea and Hackney was proposed on March 23, 1970 by London Transport, as the next project after the completion of the Victoria Line and the Fleet Line."

Presently the Chelsea-Hackney Line is Crossrail 2, and might get approval for building, if we're lucky, a mere 50 years after it was proposed.
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From:arosoff
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm starting to think that Crossrail is the Loch Ness monster of public transport.

I mean, for chrissakes, after _70 fucking years_ New York City's finally building the Second Avenue Subway. If they can do it....
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From:abigailb
Date:April 21st, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
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And don't forget Thameslink 2000! I think a few years back they dropped the '2000' bit because it was getting really quite stupid.
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From:frankthepirate
Date:April 22nd, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
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cosmic conspiracy.
From:ewtikins
Date:April 22nd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
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Probably a combination of running out of money and big-ass bodies of water up there (which might have caused the running out of money? Not sure, am talking out arse).
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