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    Underground – The oldest section in the world.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 2, 2012

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    Sander, my brother, in the London Underground.
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    The London Underground (by locals shortened to the Underground) is a very fast transit system serving the Greater London area. It is known for its oldest underground section in the world, which opened in 1863 and now forms part of the Circle line. We read that the oldest lines were built by various private companies and in 1933 all these private lines became one integrated transport system.

    The London Underground has 11 lines available. These 11 lines are divided into two classes: the subsurface routes and the deep-tube routes. The Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines make up the subsurface class. The Bakerloo, Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria and Waterloo & City linesare the deep-tube routes.
    To be honest, whenever you take the London Underground you won’t notice the exact difference as it will just take you wherever you want to go and it doesn’t matter whenever it is up or under the ground :)

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    The Tube

    by Paul2001 Updated Jul 11, 2012

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    London has probaby the most famous subway system in the world. It is debatably the largest and certainly the oldest subway system in the world. Being so ancient compared to North American mass transit system that I am used to traveling on, I looked upon traveling on the tube as a tourist attraction in itself.
    Gazing upon a map of the Tube can be intimedating. The Tube stretches and twists around the city in every direction. There are twelve lines, each represented by a different colour on the map.
    The Tube is broken up into zones. How much you pay in terms of fare is decided upon how many zones you will be travelling through. Tickets for the Tube must be bought before hand at a ticket machine or you will be fined for traveling without one. As of 2004 it is ?2.00 to travel within Zone One, the city centre, which seems rather expensive to me. It was just a pound or so when I visited. I recommend that you buy for ?15.00 a carnet of 10 tickets which you can only use in Zone One.
    Inspite of my initial excitement of riding the Tube, I gradually found the Tube to be rather dirty, smelly and certainly in need of restoration and repair. I understand that this has been going full throttle in recent years.
    And indeed it has improved. During my 2010 visit to London, I found a world of difference in the Tube. The stations where cleaner. The trains were newer and even seemed more spacious. It is highly recommended that if you stay in London for more than one day that you purchase an Oyster Card. This very modern form of paying for transport fees is a card you can purchase at a station kiosk or a newstand. You keep the card and pay either for a weekly, monthly or yearly. Or you can pay as you go loaded into the card. I prepaid for 10 rides in advance. You simply tap the card onto a cardreader at the entrance turnstiles when you begin your trip and the fare is taken off your card. It was very simple to use. Also my compliements to the attendent at the tube station who explained all this to me. He was very helpful and friendly.

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    World's oldest and still one of the best subways

    by etfromnc Updated Jun 19, 2012

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    London’s Metropolitan Railway was the world’s first subway. A 6 km section of what is still today one of the world's largest and most fun subway systems opened in 1863. The original system ran between Paddington and Farringdon, and proved a hit despite steam trains filling the stations and tunnels with dense smoke. That original system is pretty much gone now but by riding today’s Circle Line from Paddington to Covent Garden and the London Transport Museum you will cover part of that original route. If you just want to visit the Museum, you can also reach it via the Piccadilly line.
    One can board the trains in many places and travel to just about any place in Greater London but that may not always be the wisest thing to do, especially if you are going to be in London for some time. They have a remarkable array of combination and discount tickets which can save considerable money. My favorite way to travel currently, and it still may not be the best is to buy an Oyster, which allows you to add as much credit as you wish which the entrance and exit gates will subtract as you use the tubes and/or the buses.
    It would, nevertheless, be highly advisable to consult the website below, read some of the materials available in many, but not all, of the stations, or consult one of the ticket agents. I would recommend trying not to tie up a ticket agent for lengthy time periods during rush periods nor at very busy stations.
    Just in case you are into transportation history, the world’s second subway opened in Budapest in 1896, beating Paris to the post by four years.

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    by Projectspiderweb Written Jun 18, 2012

    When visiting the UK and travelling around London, you must be aware of pickpockets. Please keep your valuables safe and out of sight of potential thieves.
    Please click on the link below to see some of the tactics used...
    www.btp.police.uk/pickpockets

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    Tube (& other) travel during London 2012 Olympics

    by SallyM Written Apr 30, 2012

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    The transport system in London will be exceptionally busy during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

    For details of how particular journeys may be affected during this period check out the interactive map on www.getaheadofthegames.com.

    The Olympics are on from 27 July to 12 August, and the Paralympics from 29 August to 9 September.

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    London Underground

    by Twan Written Mar 17, 2012
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    The London Underground is a public transport network, composed of electrified railways in the center and underground in the suburbs of London overground walking. It is by far the oldest subway system in the world, the first line opened in 1863, Istanbul followed with a first line in 1875.

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    New tube Tarif 2012

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

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    Zone Cash Oyster pay as you go Travelcards
    Peak single Off-peak single Peak price cap Off-peak price cap Day Anytime Day Off-peak 7 Day Monthly Annual
    Zone 1 only £4.30 £2.00 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Zones 1-2 £4.30 £2.70 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Euston - Zone 2* £4.30 £2.10 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Zones 1-3 £4.30 £3.10 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £34.20 £131.40 £1,368
    Euston - Zone 3* £4.30 £2.90 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £34.20 £131.40 £1,368
    Zones 1-4 £5.30 £3.60 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £41.80 £160.60 £1,672
    Euston - Zone 4* £5.30 £3.30 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £41.80 £160.60 £1,672
    Zones 1-5 £5.30 £4.40 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £49.80 £191.30 £1,992
    Euston - Zone 5* £5.30 £4.10 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £49.80 £191.30 £1,992
    Zones 1-6 £5.30 £4.80 £2.90

    £15.80
    £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £53.40 £205.10 £2,136
    Euston - Zone 6* £5.30 £4.50 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £53.40 £205.10 £2,136
    Zones 1-7 £6.40 £5.30 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £58.00 £222.80 £2,320
    Euston - Zone 7* £6.40 £4.80 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £59.20 £222.80 £2,320
    Zones 1-8 £7.50 £6.40 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £68.40 £262.70 £2,736
    Euston - Zone 8* £7.50 £5.90 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £69.80 £262.70 £2,736
    Zones 1-9 £7.50 £6.40 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £75.80 £291.10 £3,032
    Zones 1-9 + Watford Junction £11.80** £8.20 £5.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £76.00 £291.90 £3,040
    Zones 1-9 + Grays

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    £7.20 £6.20 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Euston - Watford Junction* £8.80 £7.30 £4.30 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £76.00 £291.90 £3,040
    Zone 2 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 2-3 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 2-4 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 2-5 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £29.00 £111.40 £1,160
    Zones 2-6 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £36.40 £139.80 £1,456
    Zones 2-7 £5.30 £3.70 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £37.80 £145.20 £1,512
    Zones 2-8 £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 + Watford Junction £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 + Grays - £4.60 £3.70 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 3 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 3-4 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £85.50 £880
    Zones 3-5 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 3-6 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £29.00 £111.40 £1,160
    Zones 3-7 £5.30 £3.20 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £37.80 £145.20 £1,512
    Zones 3-8 £5.30

    £3.70
    £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 £5.30 £3.70 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 + Watford Junction £5.30 £3.70 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 + Grays - £4.30 £3.60 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 4 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 4-5 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £ 8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 4-6 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 4-7 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 4-8 £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 + Watford Junction £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 + Grays - £3.70 £2.70 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 5 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 5-6 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 5-7 £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 5-8 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60

    £11.60
    £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 + Watford Junction £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 + Grays - £2.40 £2.10 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 6 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 6-7 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 6-8 £4.30 £2.10 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 + Watford Junction* £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 + Grays - £2.40 £2.10 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 7 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 7-8 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 7-9 £4.30 £1.60 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 7-9 + Watford Junction* - £1.60 £1.40 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 8 only* - £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 8-9 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 9 - £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 8 + Watford Junction* £2.70 £1.50 £1.40 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840

    * the pay as you go single fares quoted here only apply to journeys wholly on the Euston - Watford Junction route

    **single cash fares for Zones 1-9 plus Watford Junction include travel across London (e.g. Watford Junction to Upminster). For journeys from Zone 1 to Watford Junction the cash fare is £11.80

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    Ugly Seating

    by Paris92 Written Oct 26, 2011
    Really?

    I don't know why but I became utterly obsessed with the materials used to cover the seats on the Tube in London. They remind me of the carpets in Vegas casinos. Seriously whoever chose these should be locked up and forced to look at them forever.

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    Long Layover in London? Take a Tube Trip

    by glabah Written Oct 12, 2011

    Traveling with a group from Africa to Seattle (and then back home to Portland, Oregon) we managed to be going between two places that didn't have frequent service. Thus, between Uganda and Seattle we had to lay over at the Heathrow Airport for some 17 hours.

    The London Airport is served by the Underground system. In fact, the Piccadilly Line runs from the main terminal to the area of downtown London where you can see Buckingham Palace, and various other central London attractions.

    No one in their right mind would visit London for only a few hours, but at the same time, if stuck at the Heathrow Airport for some 17 hours, who in their right mind would avoid visiting London?

    Especially when the transportation to and from the airport is so cheap! A day ticket on the Underground cost the equivalent of only several USA dollars (remember this was 2003 we are talking about!). It would be crazy not to at least take the train into town and see what London had to offer.

    The Heathrow Express train was also available, but it was a lot more expensive.

    While it is true that much of the route is underground, it should also be noted that parts of the route are above ground, and in some places on elevated track. Thus, it isn't as though you have to look at dark tunnel walls the whole way. There is enough of a view out of the train to get a glimpse of the various suburbs surrounding London.

    My primary reference guide for my first bit of research was the map and information found in the telephone book in the hotel where we spent the night. As wireless internet is now far more common than it was in 2003, research is far easier these days.

    In any event, if you wind up having a very long layover at Heathrow, don't hesitate to use the time to your advantage.

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    Tube

    by walterwu Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    London's famous underground tube network is a fast and convenient way to move around London (underground, that is). However, as a tourist, one may missed out other views when travelling underground instead of taking a bus.

    On arrival in London, we bought the Traveller's day pass at King Cross Station's service counter.

    On day 2, we bought oyster card via self-service ticketing machines at one of the station. However, we didn't use the oyster card correctly (probably, didn't tap out from bus rides) and the stored value depleted quickly until out-of-money. Got back some money at a service counter and staff recommend we stick to Traveller's day pass. For Oyster card, if use correclty, there's a maximum cap of total fares per day.

    If you are with heavy bags / luggages, it would be a good idea to change trains at stations where it is indicated to be handicap friendly and take the lifts there to get to the other platform.

    Most importantly, on weekends, certain section of the underground tube is closed for maintenance throughout the weekend and it may affect your travel choices and additional time to take the complimentary replacement bus shuttle service. The weekend we were there, the service to heathrow airport line was closed for maintenance and those coming from and going to the airport had to take the shuttle service before continuing the remainder of the trip by train. For our case, the station next to our hotel and adjacent stations was closed for maintenance.

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    No service or partial service on WE.

    by breughel Updated Aug 25, 2011

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    Replacing

    There are works on various underground lines on week ends.
    Circle line, District, H'smith & City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria line.
    Most London underground lines have no service or partial service on week ends in August, September & October 2011!

    You might have booked a hotel near a tube station and find out that there is no service on the chosen WE.
    On the August WE when I was in London staying near Tower Hill station there was no service on Circle line and District line.
    People visiting the Tower of London had to come by bus nr 15 (every 12 minutes on Sunday and crowded off course) or the more expensive boat services on the Thames.

    Before booking a hotel and preparing your visits look on the website:
    www.tfl.gov.uk Line Travel News - Planned Works Calendar.

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    Never on a Sunday

    by planxty Updated May 10, 2011

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    After recently enocuntering yet more visitors obviously in complete confusion, I thought I would post this tip.

    Update May 2011

    I like to keep my tips up to date when possible, so here is an update to a tip I wrote in 2005 shortly after joining VT. I regret to inform readers that in the intervening six years since this tip was originally posted thing have not improved at all. If anything, they have got worse. There is still massive disruption on the Tube at the weekend, and this is scheduled to go on until at least 2012. sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that is the way it is.

    Original tip.

    It refers to weekend travel on the Tube (Underground / Metro, call it what you will).

    Firstly, be aware that the trains all start later on a Saturday than during the week, and later again on a Sunday, so don't assume that the early train you caught on Friday will go the same time at the weekend.

    Also, the operators use the weekend to carry out engineering works. This is not just at night as during the week, but ALL weekend. For example, yesterday (23/04/2005), the Circle Line was closed, the Hammersmith and City and District lines were seriously affected, and the Jubilee line affected to a lesser degree.

    There are usually replacement bus services, but they invariably take much longer. The website shown should assist you with all the disruptions.

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    When is a Tube not a Tube?

    by planxty Written Apr 23, 2011

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    This may well be one of the most confusing tips I have ever had to write on VT and I offer it to try to clarify some things about the London transportation system which, i understand, is very difficult for the visitor. Please bear with me.

    Most people will know about the London Underground, generally known as the Tube (especially by locals) and you may understand as a Metro or Subway depending on where you come from. however, just when you thought you had that sorted, there is a new kid in town, the Overground (upper case deliberately used). Firstly, don't panic. If you have your Oyster Card or Travelcard for the relevant zones, you are OK and can use this system. Allow me to explain.

    If you are using an oldish Tube map (pre-2008) you will see the East London Line as an underground line connecting Shoreditch and New Cross / New Cross Gate. It is the small yellowish line running up and down towards the right hand side of your map. After about three years of terrible inconvenience and undoubtedly a huge amount of money, this line has been integrated into a much larger system allowing travel between places as far apart as West Croydon in the South and Watford Junction in the North.

    The concepts of Underground and Overground are slightly misleading (as is most of the transport here) as the majority of the Underground actually is above ground and the Overground goes between Wapping and Rotherhite in a tunnel which was the first built underneath a tidal river and built by the great engineer Brunel. Confused, you will be. Again, I must tell you, don't panic! It is easy.

    The rolling stock looks more like rail stock than Underground trains but is all brand new and actually quite comfortable. The signage bears more resemblance to Tube than National Rail. Just consider the Overground as a rather large and useful tube line and you will be OK. The website attached is the absolute oracle on all matters transport related in London. Of course, the caveat is that, even though it is brand new, like most "rail" transport in London, it closes down to a considerable degree every weekend. Why it needs upgrading already after all the previous disruption, I don't know. I am told this will continue until at least mid 2012. Welcome to my world!

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  • London Underground Closures

    by dwh2011 Written Apr 14, 2011

    Yes, December can be very cold but there are lots of things to see and do during the Christmas season. I was there last December. My flight going was re-scheduled bec. Heathrow shut down due to unprecedented snowfall. Thought my trip was ruined but no, it was a wonderful experience once there.

    If you intend to use public transport (the most practical and economical way to go) around the city, check London station closures at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/tube/default.html before you venture out. They are updating and renovating several stations and there are scheduled closures. They do have alternative routes and replacement buses.

    Again, don't shy away because Dec. is cold. Just bring layers and a good coat. And good walking shoes/boots.

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    Escalator etiquette!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    As most foreigners will know, Londoners spend a good amount of their time queueing and get very shirty if people are perceived to be queue jumping!

    One place that London commuters spend a lot of time queuing is on the escalators linking the Tube to surface. Just in case you are worried about the etiquette, never fear, it's the same as driving: Brits queue on the left hand side (adjacent to the posters on the wall) and pass on the right!

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