Thursday, July 14, 2011

Waterloo Station

Waterloo station closes shortly after the last train has departed. We do not provide the facilities for passengers to remain in the station overnight. The ticket office is open 24 hours a day.
Waterloo East station

Waterloo East serves south east London, Kent and East Sussex. It is operated by Southeastern trains. It can be reached from the main concourse by the stairs, escalator or the lift opposite platforms 11 and 12.


Car pick up and set down

Private cars can pick-up and set down outside the station reception on Cab Road, a continuation of Station Approach Road. This road is one-way and goes around the Station.

Station postcode: SE1 8SW

Taxis

The taxi rank is just outside the station through the main arch (exit 3) on Cab Road.

Further information is available from traintaxi.

Buses

Buses depart from several points around the station.

For more information visit Transport for London.

Cyclists

For information about taking your bicycle on the train, please contact the train operator:

    * South West Trains – 0845 600 0650 

London Underground

The following lines serve Waterloo Underground station:

    * Bakerloo
    * Northern
    * Jubilee
    * Waterloo and City

There are several ways into the station:

    * Steps at the end of all platforms
    * Down the escalators near platforms 18 – 19
    * Steps in the centre of the concourse near platform 5
    * For the Jubilee line, the escalator opposite platforms 4 and 5

To request assisted travel call London Underground on 0845 330 9880.

For information about underground services in London visit Transport for London.





Car hire
Car hire is available, see Station facilities.

Trains
For information about train services to and from Waterloo go to National Rail Enquiries or call 08457 48 49 50.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Olympics: London 2012 Sells 3.5 Million Tickets

London. More than 3.5 million tickets have already been sold for next year’s London Olympics, a figure that is unprecedented according to one Games insider.

Sports-mad British fans who missed out in the first round of sales have bought over 750,000 tickets in the second round, according to figures released by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

“Our goal is to get as many members of the British public to the Games as possible,” LOCOG commercial director Chris Townsend said. “We now have at least 150,000 more successful applicants -- and they and their friends and families are now going to the Games.”

According to LOCOG, more than 3.5 million tickets have been sold and there will be a further ‘second chance’ sale for the 700,000 applicants who were successful in all or part of their first round ticket applications.

This new opportunity to purchase tickets will last from July 8 at 6 a.m. local time to July 17 at 6 p.m.

But now the only tickets remaining are for football, volleyball and wrestling (freestyle), with no more availability for any other sports.

While recent ticket sales were on a first come, first served basis, the initial round was done on a lottery basis.

That led to widespread criticism from many British sports fans, who endured frustrating delays in their quest for tickets.

But Michael Payne, who worked for the International Olympic Committee for 21 years, said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and his team deserved praise for selling so many tickets a year before the Games.

“As a former director of the International Olympic Committee, I helped oversee the design and development of these Olympic ticket programs,” Payne told the insidethegames Web site. “The international sports community and international media looks on at the London Olympic ticketing program, with utter amazement and total disbelief.

“They have never before seen an Olympic Games sell out 23 out of 25 sports [excluding football], never mind achieve this, with one year to go to the Games.

“This does not even normally happen by the time of the Closing Ceremony.”

Payne, an Englishman who lives in Monaco and now works as an advisor to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, added: “Never before in the 115-year history of the Olympic Games has the world ever seen such a successful Olympic ticket programme -- validating I believe the IOC’s original decision to bring the 2012 Olympics to London to ensure full stadia packed with knowledgeable, passionate fans.”

Also read:
London Olympic 2012 Tickets Went for Sale
No World Tour for 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
1.2m of 1.9m people miss out on Olympics tickets

Agence France-Presse

Prince William, Kate undeterred by Quebec protests

Prince William and Kate thrilled hundreds of adoring fans with an unscheduled walkabout Sunday in a city that was the site of the key British victory in the conquest of the French - a historical event not forgotten by French-speaking separatists protesting nearby.
The newly weds were on the fourth day of a nine-day trip to Canada, part of their first official overseas trip since their April 29 wedding.
The visit hit a nerve among French-speaking separatists. Prince William and Kate had a private lunch at the Citadelle, a fortified residence where the British flag was raised at the end of the pivotal 1759 Battle of Quebec, when British forces defeated the French to seal the conquest of New France.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, encountered small but vocal protests for the second straight day during their visit to predominantly French-speaking Quebec, following protests in Montreal.
"What they've seen in Quebec, in Montreal the last two days is, for them, just part of the rich fabric of Canada and in no way detracts from how much they respect and admire the country," said the couple's spokesman, Miguel Head. He added that the couple have been impressed by the welcome they've received.
"They've very much fallen in love with the country," Miguel said.