A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

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London Underground

Shock as famous person does the same thing that millions of other people do. BBC News

TfL plans to close 268 ticket offices across London could threaten passenger safety as well as jobs, say opponents. Get West London

Calls for lift access at Rayners Lane underground station Harrow Times

TfL has successfully completed several 3G and 4G trials at stations on the London Underground but claims the technology can’t be rolled out to passengers without investment from the private sector. Tech World

Olympic cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwick says that he would like to design the new stations on the Northern line extension to Battersea. Evening Standard

Crossrail

Costain bags £30m Crossrail bus garage deal Construction Enquirer

Crossrail boses have denied the project favours South-East companies, and urged North-East firms to follow the lead a famous regional engineering company and bid for work. The Northern Echo

As Crossrail unearths 20 Roman skulls in Liverpool Street, the Museum of London Archaeology’s Nick Elsden talks us through his latest haul of tunnel Evening Standard

Mainline/Overground

A million-pound project to make Hampstead Heath station accessible has been branded a “farce” after it emerged new lifts will not be accompanied by ramps to trains. Ham & High

South West Trains bosses blame contractors for weeks of disruption Local Guardian

Freight Incident Causes Major Disruption to North London Line London Reconnections

The government has been accused of ‘cutting corners’ to push through the controversial HS2 scheme, the Supreme Court has heard. London24

Angry residents blame Network Rail for being “kept in the dark” over a gantry being built directly opposite their Carpenders Park flat. Watford Observer

Lords Bradshaw and Berkeley offer an alternative vision for a cheaper London end of HS2 LordsoftheBlog

DLR

The DLR was part-suspended on Wednesday afternoon after a woman died under a train at Stratford station. Wharf

Miscellaneous

The Queen’s First Tube Ride…By Third-Class Smoking Carriage Londonist

The six hidden penises on the London Tube Map (NOT SAFE FOR WORK)

A teenager from Hanwell has won a poster competition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Tube. Get West London

A photo of workers using a 3D laser scanner to measure deformations in the Northern Line station at Euston. Daily Mail

Underwater Tube: A Short History Of Floods On The Underground Londonist

London has built about as good a transport network as it could, given its constraints. Time to remove the constraints. The Economist

Why doesn’t TfL do more to publicise its board meetings? MayorWatch

Tube delays caused by ‘driver afraid of the dark’ Satire

The abandoned Post Office Railway to be opened to the public IanVisits

Photo

The image above is from: Crossrail moves into a former Dr Who film location

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One comment on “London’s weekly railway news #19
  1. Greg Tingey says:

    1. Who “Jay Z”?
    2. Woman complains about railway at bottom of garden – which was there before her house was built. Stupid.
    3. The Economist article coyly does not actually propose any solutions, I notice!

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