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London Underground

More than 60 residents, councillors, campaigners and MPs gathered outside Newbury Park Tube station on Saturday to demand step-free access for passengers. Illford Recorder

A 17-strong group of students have been sentenced to a total of more than 140 years between them for their part in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy at Victoria Tube Station. LBC

Passengers on a District line train were left bemused and stranded in sweltering temperatures when their driver ‘went missing’. Fulham Chronicle

Packed District line tube forced to stop following fire between Southfields and Wimbledon Park. Local Guardian

A woman has died after being hit by a train at Fulham Broadway during rush hour. Fulham Chronicle

Fungus foray: Which London tube line is mouldiest? New Scientist

On the hottest day of the year so far, London’s tubes reached temperatures in excess of 35C. LBC

Crossrail

Worcester Park Station, touted as a proposed route for the Crossrail 2 extension, is getting a facelift. Sutton Guardian

Crossrail Bakerloo link travelator ruled out Crossrail News (subscription needed)

Mainline/Overground

A train had to be evacuated of scores of passengers at Watford Junction Station after a fire started on its roof. Watford Observer

Hornsey rail station refurbished as part of deal between First Capital Connect, Haringey Borough Council and Network Rail. Haringay Independent

Plans to abolish conductors on London Overground have sparked determined opposition from the RMT union, which claims that safety will be put at risk. RailNews (I’ve never seen a conductor on the Overground trains)

Former Labour rail minister Tom Harris MP has told the BBC’s Newsnight programme that he no longer supports HS2, the high speed rail project. BBC News

A Labour peer suggested that HS2 could be unnecessary in 20 years’ time, when people may be able to appear at meetings as holograms Belfast Telegraph

Workers at Derby train-maker Bombardier have welcomed the latest multi-million-pound order which looks to be on its way to the firm. Derby Telegraph

Miscellaneous

London TravelWatch has published its Annual Review for 2013. The publication highlights the independent passenger watchdog’s achievements over the last financial year. London TravelWatch

A photo gallery of Waterloo Station Magnum Photos

Rail and Tube travellers suffered rush-hour delays today on another scorchingly hot morning. The Independent

A passenger was refused a ticket at Ilford train station on Sunday “because he didn’t say please”. London24

Boris Johnson tells TfL to revise Thames cable car contract after boycott fears. Jewish Chronicle

Once a TfL equipment store, now a beautiful open space Fulham Chronicle

Photo

The image above is from: South London’s Abandoned Tube Tunnel

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3 comments on “London’s weekly railway news #6
  1. Paul says:

    Great roundup as always.

    There is always a conductor on the Overground trains at Richmond. Where they go to after the train departs is another matter…

  2. Sykobee says:

    I go via Richmond every day and I’ve never seen a conductor on the overground services from there!

    Now if only something was done about Richmond’s comically small (for rush hour) concourse.

  3. Moogal says:

    The NLL, Watford line and GOBLIN Overground trains have conductors/guards/whatever they’re called this week. The ELL ones do not.