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

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London Underground

Proposals to extend the Bakerloo line received a boost when chancellor George Osborne asked TfL to supply detailed costings for the project. SE1

The Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith and City lines are to run 24 hours at weekends from 2017. Mayor Watch

Ahead of crash anniversary, Moorgate survivor tells how Tube disaster still haunts him, 40 years on Islington Tribune

Use of toilets at Eastcote station is being monitored by staff after drug paraphernalia, including needles, were found in them GetWestLondon

How to close 300 tube station ticket offices Diamond Geezer

Crossrail

A construction worker was crushed to death as nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured on him, an inquest has heard. BBC News

The Overlooked Surface Sections London Reconnections

Free tours of Crossrail building sites announced IanVisits

Walkers Crisps has pulled its latest advert featuring Gary Lineker following the start of an inquest into the death of a Crossrail worker. Brentwood Gazette

The Francis Crick Institute is warning that vibrations and electromagnetic fields generated by Crossrail 2 could interfere with its scientific work. Nature

Mainline/Overground

Former Crossrail director joins HS2 Construction Index

Train tracks appear to explode in front of passengers waiting at south east London station Evening Standard

The head of Network Rail: A lack of women working on railways leads to ‘macho’ culture where hundreds are injured each year Independent

The need for a new rail line linking London and Stansted Airport is greater than ever, according to a transport expert. Harlow Star

Miscellaneous

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has written to the managing director of Transport for London criticising an increase in rail fares. Kent News

TfL is exploring options to replace the technology which is currently used inside its Oyster smart cards. Railway Gazette

Back in the late 1980s, plans were looked at which could have seen a new Northern Line spur constructed between Kennington, and either Streatham, or along the proposed Bakerloo Line extension, towards Peckham. IanVisits

Huge rise in number of London-based engineering firms NCE

…and finally, police have released a CCTV image of a man who rode on a horse into Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station and threatened station staff. BTP

The image above is from October 2008: The Dollis Brook Viaduct

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