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Custom House DLR reopens following Crossrail works

London Underground

Tube trains have made their first test trips along the Northern line extension to Battersea over the Christmas break. ianVisits

Mainline / Overground

MTR Elizabeth line started work to extend platforms 16 and 17 at Liverpool Street, in preparation for the full-length trains that are planned for 2021. Stow Market Mercury

Greater Anglia has started upgrading its main depot that will be used to maintain and repair its fleet of new suburban trains now entering service on routes to and from Liverpool Street station. East Anglian Daily Times

Heathrow Express joins the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme GRR

Footage has emerged of a major wall collapse during engineering work on a Network Rail viaduct in Nine Elms. Construction Enquirer

Over Christmas a railway bridge in Croydon was replaced to reduce the risk of cars bashing into it in the future. London News Online


Future railway engineers studying in Enfield now have a full-size replica DLR carriage to work with. ianVisits

Woman injured in ‘serious incident’ at King George V DLR station Newham Recorder


New London Lockdown: What’s happening with public transport this time? OnLondon

A look at the revised tube map Diamond Geezer

170 people prosecuted for not wearing a face mask on London transport ianVisits

Architects win places on major TfL design and engineering framework BD Online

And finally: On the right track: Meet the enthusiasts behind model railways in south west London SW Londoner

The image above is from Jan 2018: Custom House DLR reopens following Crossrail works


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  1. Melvyn says:

    It’s a pity tge Great Northern route between Finsbury Park and Moorgate was not included as this both provides a shorter route than Thameslink to the City and has important cross platform link to the Victoria Line at Highbury and Islington station.

    I map also shows Kings Cross St Pancras wrong as St Pancras International station has level boarding with only limited trains that terminate at the main Kings Cross Station which don’t, thus defeating object of showing fully accessible route across central London .

    • David Winter says:

      Totally agree. Will it take another non-London construction firm drilling through it again to make TfL wake up to the issues?

    • David Winter says:

      And agree with Diamond Geezer that the presentation of Thameslink is woeful. Agree with Melvyn that the presentation of Kings Cross and St Pancras is incorrect.

    • drhhmb says:

      I hate to say it, but maybe it’s time to abandon the Tube Map. What is it for these days other than to demonstrate the complexity of TfL’s rail services. I realise that there is probably a sizeable minority that doesn’t have CityMapper (or similar) at their fingertips, but how many of them would seriously contemplate using this map to plan a journey? It’s not even possible to distinguish the fare zones – at least not on one printed out from TfL’s pdf.

  2. JP says:

    Tourists; visitors from other parts of the country; low-batteried mobile (etc) -users; those of us who don’t want to have to stare at an invisibly flashing screen always and forever; lovers of maps and indeed lovers of freedom of choice ~ just some reasons to keep Beck’s now inelegantly mutilated dream alive.

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