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

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London Underground

A female commuter was slapped in the face by a fellow passenger after she asked him to turn down a video which was playing on his phone. Evening Standard

High voltage electrical systems on the London Underground are set to be modernised over the next eight years. Construction Enquirer

Tube commuters panic after smoke pours from bag BBC News

Crossrail

Crossrail to publish expenses online after thousands spent on international flights MayorWatch

Lattice roof on Crossrail station completed Wharf

Old Oak Common development corporation plans detailed PlanningResource

BBC2 orders 3 one hour TV programmes about Crossrail construction. RealScreen <– I understand that these are expected to be shown later this year.

Mainline/Overground

A pathway between two Walthamstow stations will open in July following an 18 year wait. Local Guardian

Rail campaigners have held protests in London and Sussex after the Thameslink rail franchise was awarded to Govia. BBC News

Miscellaneous

90m lightwall tunnel to open at King’s Cross Station Lighting

Imperial War Museums is launching a campaign of short films commemorating the centenary of the First World War which will run in London Underground stations. The Drum

Mystery as dog balloons tied to Northern Line Tube trains London24

London Underground’s infrastructure boss has dismissed the current supply chain model for contracting as “unsustainable” as tube leaders cut out main contractors to work directly with specialists. Construction Enquirer

Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground IanVisits

Crossrail 2 and Northern line extension to boost London property values by £32bn ConstructionNews (Google Cache)

The image above is from May 2012: Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

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