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Amusingly, for Southwark, your 2004 post refers to "a building site dominated by a towering blue crane (any buyers for a new glassy office building?)", with a broken link for the Palestra House sales website.

It's now home to Transport for London!
What makes the new cycleway by Canning Town intrusive?
That the Jubilee line extension is now 25 years old (a longer period of time than the 20 years the original Jubilee line ran from Stanmore to Charing Cross) feels like quite a landmark about the rapid passing of time.
"Purvi" newsagents (Canning Town)? Specialists in top-shelf materials, presumably.
25 years on the JLE underground stations still feel futuristic, and a massive leap forward from the rest of the Underground network, including the 1970s built stations.

You can't catch Eurostar from Stratford International, but you can catch the Southeastern HS1 services, which if less glamorous are very well used.
The eerily deserted end of the lower concourse at N Greenwich leads to an emergency escape shaft that emerges under The Tide elevated walkway. It would possibly have looked better if the initial design had hidden rather more of the concourse behind the access doors. Turning it into a general entrance/exit may well appeal to those now living in the flats close to it (and it's more convenient for the pier) but so far as I know there was no contingency for that and it would be prohibitively costly and disruptive.
I really enjoyed both today's post, and the nostalgia blast from your 2004 entry too.

I know it's an obvious comment to make, but it's still striking just how much both Wembley and Stratford have changed thanks to their new stadiums.
I look forward to the Golden Jubilee of the Jubilee line, which cannot be that far away now.

It always seemed a bit more "bitty" than the Victoria Line.
Didn’t the golden jubilee of the Jubilee Line pass in 2019?

dg writes: no
According to a not-so-recent" rel="nofollow">FOI, a feasibility study was due to wrap-up 18 months ago at Canning Town.
None of the Jubilee Line Extension's bus stations seem to have aged particularly well, contrary to the stations.

The emergency shaft that Andrew S mentions would also be useful for the Thames Clipper pier (which is also rather overly engineered with half a dozen ticket booths) -- which operates special departures after major events at the O2 which is always good to know! But I guess the service didn't exist and wasn't planned when construction started sadly.

It's 'nice' to see that the dome finally got a use, despite it being in the form of a shopping mall -- just like Battersea Power Station -- seemingly the option of last resort for both.

Toilets still don't seem to be a provision on new build lines, nothing much has changed in 25 years. The Northern Line Extension only has accessible ones exclusive to people with the fobs for them whilst oddly enough the central section of Crossrail does not (but the NR sections do).
Your historic posts from the Noughties, make me realise how much has changed!
Nostalgia comment. I was living nearby Stratford in 2004 and had been at North Greenwich in 2003. Via the London Tubemap Bloggers, I probably found this blog.

Also bought my first ever copy of Attitude Magazine from North Greenwich station newsagents.

Photos from 2003 North Greenwich are on my soon to disappear Flickr account.
TfL's press release today is headlined...

TfL celebrates 25 years since the Jubilee line extension connected the West End and London Docklands

...which is precisely the section of the extension that didn't open 25 years ago today.
I think I read once that North Greenwich station was massively over-engineered in case they wanted to pass another line through it in the future.

I've had a tour of the off limits parts of the station and there are mazes of concrete corridors and scary numbers of empty rooms spanning almost a dozen floors. A fun fact I learnt is that there is a lone oyster card reader at the emergency exit (next to Costa). If the public lifts break down and someone needs to be taken up the emergency lift to the surface, they can still tap out.

Yes of course I tapped it for bragging rights.
I've also had a behind the scenes tour of North Greenwich. One of the things I remember was the wall that was oozing mysterious green slime, which had apparently been tested and deemed to be non-toxic.

Stratford station may be less of a dump than it used to be, but it still has an air of chaos about it. Its toilets in particular are pretty grim, and quite a contrast to the rather pleasant ones at Ealing Broadway, for example.

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