057/270: #NorthGreenwich – The Plastic Tent

After Canary WharfNorth Greenwich is always a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, its got it’s merits and features, but it’s probably my least favourite of the Jubilee Line extension stations. It’s just a bit too plastic-y for me. In fact quite a lot of the Greenwich Peninsula has that cheap and nasty feel to it. Not that it actually is cheap mind…

Perhaps it’s the tube driver’s announcement that 11-year-old me heard when I took a ride on this line for the first time that’s stuck: “Alight here for the giant plastic tent.”

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056/270: #CanaryWharf – The Death Star

Asking me to name my definitive favourite station is something I find difficult, if not impossible, to answer. There’s far too much to choose from, and setting one above the rest is very tough. What I can tell you however is that Canary Wharf will always be in my Top 5.

This gargantuan Temple of Transport is the redeeming centre piece of the Jubilee Line Extension. Sitting in the site of a former dock, the station would comfortably accommodate One Canada Square (that’s the building most commonly associated with The Wharf) in its footprint. The architecture of the station is fitting of both the Isle Of Dogs’ past and it’s present. The industrial concrete and metal walls are complemented by the space-age curving roof, glass and lighting.

I was once lucky enough to call Canary Wharf my ‘local’ and using it was always such a joy. Entering the station is done so via the vertigo-inducing escalators, descending into the vast cavernous ticket hall underneath an equally large glass dome. Shopping malls flank the sides of the concourse as a series of concrete columns hold up the garden above. Everywhere you look, up, down, forward, side-to-side, there is space.

It’s no wonder that this station occasionally moonlights as The Death Star.

That’s right, so massive and so brutally industrial is Canary Wharf that it was used as a set for the latest Star Wars film. I waited a while to see if any storm troopers got off the trains from Stratford. Allas, jumped up city-types from Essex were the only clientele of the day…

Image copyright A Carter – CallingAllStations.co.uk

100 Journeys: No 11 (Moquette-Gate!)

Last week saw Londonist’s Geoff Marshall explain all 4 London landmarks in the Central/Northern and Jubilee Line moquette seat covers. (And Even though I always wrongly thought the 4th landmark was Canary Wharf, it was a great video).

Then, in what can only be described as Moquette-Gate”, Timeout London, The Evening Standard and ITV London all shamelessly stole the story, with only Timeout later adding in a credit to the original.

Geoff then took to twitter to ask his follows to come up with plausible yet completely false tube facts that would bait the aforementioned media piggy-backers. Some of the replies are truly inspired. You can read the full range of responses by following the link to the tweet above, but Geoff went on to summarise the best ‘facts’ on The Londonist, my personal favourite being from one Thomas Preece

…because sometimes, you know, even I question it’s existence…

Who knew a seat could cause so much controversy!

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The race to Norwich is on. Image by Lewis Collard

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