The rules of the Random 15 Challenge are unchanged from last season but if anyone is not familiar with these (or how the scoring works), they can be read here: http://www.explorerticket.co.uk/tubecha ... 5rules.htm
The new 2016/17 season starts, obviously, with round 1. So here is the vital details for you:
When: Saturday 10th September 12:30 UK local time.
Pre-Challenge meet up point: Temple Station street side of the ticket barriers
Post challenge meet up point: The Bricklayers Arms pub, Gresse Street (off TCR, the road).
Variant: Traditionally, round one has always been a twist round, however the twist is chosen by last yer's champion. Therefore Going Underground has given us the following:
Hope that is clear enough for you to understand. Stations with hyphenated spelling such as Bromley-by-Bow count as three separate words, any words in brackets saying which network or what line that station is on can be ignored such as the example above with Edgware Road (Circle).The twist will be "ABC easy as 1,2,3"
LU stations only Z1-2 but you must visit in the order of the total words in the drawn stations (Including the starting station if this has more then one word....) So for example looking at the set of stations used in round 4 in last years championship...
"Highbury & Islington
--Great Portland Street
--Edgware Road (Circle)
You would have to visit first (in any order)
Then secondly (in any order)
Then thirdly (in any order)
Highbury & Islington
Great Portland Street
As an example if you have passed through Great Portland Street and Edgware Road on the way to and before you have visited Bayswater then they still need to be visited in 2 and 3 word station order.....
Line and Station closures affecting the challenge: Apart from Lambeth North, all LU stations in zones 1 and 2 are scheduled to be open and with a good service. However bear in mind the following which could affect your out of station interchanges:
DLR: No service Tower/Bank- Poplar/Canary Wharf.
Northern: No service Archway- Mill Hill East/High Barnet.
Overground- GOBLIN: Closed throughout
Overground- West London: No service on Overground or Southern between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction/Watford Junction (and beyond)
Overground- West Anglia: No service between Liverpool Street and Chingford/Enfield Town via Seven Sisters. Greater Anglia trains will be diverted via Lea Bridge to/from Tottenham Hale.
South West Trains: No trains Barnes- Twickenham via Richmond. Diversions via Hounslow loop.
Lambeth North: Station closed for lift refurbishment (pass through accepted)
London Bridge (NR): Trains to/from Cannon Street unable to stop at London Bridge- trains to/from Charing Cross are now stopping at London Bridge again. Still no Thameslink service between London Bridge and Blackfriars however.
This is fresh season, so everyone starts again with a score of zero. Everyone welcome.
Signed: Tangy (BERC)