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

Double-deck trains proposed for Waterloo station lines

London Underground

London Underground passengers are set to face 24 hours of disruption on three Tube lines next month. BBC News

London Underground commuters fainting at ‘alarming levels’ BBC News

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Transport for London could face an independent probe into delays to Crossrail, Evening Standard

Bond Street completes £60m makeover ahead of Elizabeth Line launch Retail Gazette

London will have to “bear the cost” of a delay to the £15bn Crossrail project, the Department for Transport’s most senior civil servant has said. BBC News

Mainline / Overground

Sacking Southern is still an option, says rail minister Jo Johnson Local Guardian

Passengers on South Western Railway services in west and south west London are having to face disruption for the best part of a week with a five day strike following on the heels of a closure for engineering works. Neigbournet

Mum says she and autistic son were ‘mocked’ by rail staff after asking about earlier service iNews

Eurostar’s link from London to Amsterdam is proving so popular after just six months that extra trains are planned to start next summer. Independent

Passengers on a strike-hit route into London Waterloo station will face disruption into the evening because of an earlier signal failure. BBC News

Forest Gate station entrance set to reopen with lifts delayed until ‘later this year’ Newham Recorder

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response RTM


Plans for a controversial rubbish tip just off the High Street in West Drayton have been “effectively scuppered” by Network Rail. Get West London

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville has written to the prospective new owners of the Network Rail arches hoping to discuss their “tenants first” approach. Hackney Gazette

There’s a tube station with a relatively little used staircase, and at the top, standing proud is a massive slab of rusted iron — from a warship. IanVisits

And finally, Adidas and TfL team up to release line of trainers that come with a free £80 Oyster card iNews

Image above is from Nov 2014: Double-deck trains proposed for Waterloo station lines


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  1. Andrew Gwilt says:

    Yes Southern should be stripped from its current GTR franchise and to allow the government to take over. Including Gatwick Express. As GTR have failed to provide better rail services and caused lots of disruptions and cancellations since the start of the May 2018 timetable hiccup.

    • ChrisC says:

      Andrew what world are you living in?

      The GTR management contract (it is not a franchise) has been a disaster from the start. The timetable issues from May are just yet another disaster on top of all the other failures by GTR including the failure to recruit and train enough drivers from even the time they officially took over the service. Yes they knew in 2014 they would need more drivers yet simply didn’t recruit enough and relied on overtime and were surprised when many drivers simply said ‘enough is enough no more overtime’

      The Government is already in charge of GTR – they specified the services and GTR won the bid to provide those services for a fee.

      It is all very well sacking GTR but who is going to take over? They would still have all the same issues to cope with (some are network rails making) and isn’t a magic wand.

    • Andrew Gwilt says:

      Suppose you are right ChrisC.

  2. Mike Mundy says:

    It does not need Government to take over Southern/GTR.
    It needs a team of the old experienced railwymen.
    Most were made redundant or took early retirement because of the attitude-from the new management. They couldn’t work with them. And, they are still going.

  3. rockysutton says:

    I can remember travelling on the double decker trains that ran from Charing Cross to points south east. They were shockers, cramped, no headroom and dwell time was forever due to difficulties of those on the upper deck trying to get out.
    I think only two units were made, 4001 & 4002.
    They were designed by Bulleid, who also designed the Merchant Navy and B of B/ West Country Pacifics.

  4. 2HAP if my memory serves me correctly. It also goes to show that OVS Bulleid was way ahead of his time.

    • rockysutton says:

      They were not known as 2HAP, the “2” denotes a two car unit and these were used a lot as semi fast on the Brighton line.
      The double deckers were called 4DD, yes really !

  5. Gerry says:

    @ Roger Ian Mason

    The 4001 and 4002 units with bi-level seating weren’t 2HAPs. The 2HAPs were similar to EPBs but with first class. They were a right pain on South Eastern because two thirds of the seating was allocated to smokers, as this photo shows.

    Non-smoking was often standing room only, but smoking was half empty. Second class non-smokers were squashed into just half of one coach, and this meant that they were also denied access to both loos.

    2HAP 4308 is being restored by Project Commuter.

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