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

A bronze frieze of London’s Underground commuters

London Underground

We’ll extend the Bakerloo line ‘when the time is right’ – Sadiq SE1

Good news for commuters into Waterloo heading to Bank, as the Waterloo and City line reoped earlier than originally planned. ianVisits

Rhino Doors has won a new contract valued at more than £1m to design, supply and install bespoke fire doors for London’s Bank Station capacity upgrade project. Business Desk

The Prime Minister is moving closer to his dream of a driverless Transport for London and neutering the powerful RMT union as a result Telegraph (£)

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Ilford Station has gained a new southern entrance, as part of the Crossrail works to upgrade the station ahead of the Elizabeth line opening. ianVisits

Mainline / Overground

Train operator c2c has launched a new Accessible Travel Policy which gives details on making rail travel accessible for all. RailAdvent

London councillor says HS2 building work is ‘a living hell’ for residents The Guardian


Southern region stations installing Wish trees for passengers to share their hopes In Your Area

A London rail worker who has saved 29 people from taking their own lives has said the need to “spread love and engage with each other” is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Independent

Commuter patterns into London by rail will “never be the same again”, raising tough questions over whether to cut services, the head of transport operator Go-Ahead has warned. FT (£)

Rail bosses warn of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of rise in railway trespass ITV

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might ‘upload some virus’ to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge The Register

Model railway maker Hornby has reported a big jump in annual sales after people rediscovered their love of hobbies during lockdown. BBC News

And finally: ‘Tube map’ of pubs provides Teesside drinkers with a handy guide to local boozers Teesside Live

The image above is from June 2013: A bronze frieze of London’s Underground commuters


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  1. MK says:

    I might have no idea what I’m talking about but surely driverless trains would require an entirely new type of signalling and an entirely new type of tube train. It seems expensive and time consuming enough acquiring the normal, human controlled type of both of those. And Boris had 6 years where he was mayor and the Tories had the government and still didn’t manage it?

    • Melvyn says:

      Don’t worry John Major announced driverless tube train way back in 1990 it’s default Tories fall back on when they are not up to the job !

      Anyway trains will still be staffed just like on the DLR so it’s just headlines for their people and anyway remove drivers and what next staffless signalling!

    • Aaron says:

      I think you’ll find that the Northern line is already egineered for this & probably the Jubillee.

  2. Christopher Benjamin says:

    This has been done to death by London Reconnections. It ain’t happening any time soon, due to the age and complexity of the Tube. Just a bit of red meat to ill informed Tory Voters.The Telegraph headline couldnt even get the correct Drivers union.

    • MK says:

      Thank you — I just read their most recent post on it. It put me at ease that it’s never going to happen but also made me oddly disappointed that it’s never going to happen.

  3. kat fadden says:

    If you’re refurbishing the underground is there gonna be really good air-conditioning service on the underground because any time I go on the underground it’s very hot in the summer time It gets very stuffy as well on the train not enough of air-conditioning in the summer time all the air-conditioning does it blow out hot air and not cold and can you please fix the problem many thanks

    • James Buller says:

      If only there was some searchable repository of human knowledge and thought where you could find the answer to your question.

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