My New Job (Was: Social Thurs 8 Jan 2009)

Peter Corlett abuse at
Mon Jan 5 14:13:15 GMT 2009

On 5 Jan 2009, at 13:53, David Dorward wrote:
> Peter Corlett wrote:
>> I *strongly* suggest you look for a different route. TfL's route  
>> planner comes up with sensible routings once you disable busses.  
>> (When enabled, it seems to prefer to route people via bus where  
>> possible, presumably for traffic engineering or revenue  
>> maximisation reasons.)
> The alternatives would be, IIRC, to take the N. Line to TCR then  
> change to the central line, or to take the Jubilee from Waterloo and  
> get to the central line from there. (Target: Notting Hill Gate).

The Central Line is by far the most reliable of the three lines that  
pass through Notting Hill Gate, running every 3-4 minutes. The Circle  
is allegedly every 8, but it's the one to break first when they're  
short on trains or drivers and a 15 minute wait is not unusual.

It really is best to assume that the Circle Line does not exist when  
planning a route, and just catch it opportunistically if you happen to  
be wanting a District or Hammersmith and City line service and a  
Circle shows up instead.

Also note that from Waterloo, you first have to cross the River to get  
to the Circle Line, which means the Northern or Jubilee anyway, so  
once you're on it you might as well stay on until you hit the Central  

I *think* that Jubilee to Bond Street and change to Central would be  
the best routing, but I'd also give the Northern to TCR a spin too.  
(Also note that you can buy chocolate-coated coffee beans in Bond  
Street station which is a good tie-breaker.)

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