All Aboard, The Night Tube (with apologies to James Brown)

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Once Transport For London have resolved their inevitable and predictable difficulties with the rail unions (drivers have voted to strike, date yet to be announced) we can expect a 24 hour Underground service on some lines, including the Victoria line, on Friday and Saturday nights from September 12. Whether or not this turns out to be a blessing or a curse (for those of you/us who would prefer Vauxhall’s ‘night-time  economy’ to go away) remains to be seen.

The following lines will be served:

  • Jubilee and Victoria lines: There will be trains every 10 minutes, covering the entire length of both lines.
  • Central line: Trains will run every 10 minutes or so between White City and Leytonstone. They will also run every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway and White City, and Leytonstone to Loughton and Hainault. There will no service between North Acton and West Ruislip, Loughton and Epping and Woodford and Hainault.
  • Northern line: Trains will run between Morden and Camden Town every eight minutes, and from Camden Town to High Barnet and Edgware every 15 minutes. There will be no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches.
  • Piccadilly line: Trains will run approximately every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. There will be no service on the Terminal Four loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

Transport bosses also hope to expand the 24-hour services to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines.

Standard off-peak fares will be charged, and Day Travelcards will be valid on the day they are issued, as well as for journeys starting before 4.30am the following day.


Summer BBQ – Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Summer BBQ Flyer 2015

Usual Place, Usual Time, Usual Agenda, Usual Boozy Consequences, (Slightly) Different Date.


Bonnington Square Pavement Resurfacing

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You might recall that Bonnington Square is to get new paving, which means tidying up some of the trees and replacing those that are causing damage. This notice has been issued by Lambeth Council, although unfortunately no-one at The Academy appears to have received it:

Bonnington Square has been selected for pavement resurfacing as part of the Highways Investment Programme 2015-2016. Lambeth Highways identified a number of trees that will be a problem once works to resurface the pavement starts. Highways initial proposal was to remove all trees causing pavement damage and replace them with new trees. Lambeth officers attended a site walkabout with lead residents and thirteen trees were identified that will cause problems with resurfacing. A local consultation was done by Bonnington Square Garden Association (BSGA) proposing that:

  • Six cherry trees and a large ash could be replaced as part of longer-term urban renewal programme.
  • Five gingkos that are heritage trees should be saved.

The consultation was distributed to households in Bonnington Square, Vauxhall Grove and Langley Lane. A majority of respondents were in favour but there were complaints that this was not representative of the views of the residents as a whole.

So if you can spare two minutes and have a view, you can respond here, by Friday latest please:

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