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

Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail

Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail

London Underground

A review of Tube ticket office closures has been ordered by the London mayor. BBC News

London Underground to open historic signal box to the public IanVisits

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Video of a cab drivers view going through the Crossrail tunnels Facebook

Daren Hill, Standard Chartered’s head of foreign exchange prime brokerage (FXPB) has left the bank to become a train driver for Crossrail, FX Week <– and who can blame him!

Analysis of skeletons excavated as part of the Crossrail programme has identified the DNA of the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague. IanVisits


A new rail link between central Oxford and London Marylebone will finally be complete in 100 days, rail bosses have said. This is Oxfordshire

A rail passengers group is to fund a legal review of the government’s handling of the Southern rail franchise BBC News

A passenger with a plastic sword sparked rail chaos as commuters faced a double dose of rush hour misery Standard

Train station to be relocated as part of £100m plans to transform Swanley News Shopper <– the article mentions monorails, but the consultation doesn’t. Damn!

Beleaguered Southern rail passengers in London and the South East face fresh disruption to their journeys as a new, two-day rail strike has begun. BBC News

South West Trains services were hit by delays due to “wasps setting up home on board overnight”, the operator said. Standard

Station master retires from Elstree and Borehamwood railway station Local Times

Cattle-class: are Thameslink’s new ‘tube-style’ trains the future of commuting? The Guardian

Disruption expected at Camberley railway station as £1.4m upgrade begins Get Surrey


A redevelopment project to help bring building materials into the heart of London by rail will be considered by the London Legacy Development Corporation Agg Net

The upcoming Clapham Common Tube residency by the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service will show how young adland creatives can act to produce world-changing work, Campaign (£)

Sadiq Khan’s TfL board is impressively diverse. Now, how good are its maths? The Guardian

London Assembly report says TfL ‘does not know’ how to fund Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze MayorWatch

Pastor Pete to trek 70 mile Crossrail route to raise funds for new Brentwood church Brentwood Weekly News and donate here

And finally, Two brothers frustrated by the unreliability of Southern Rail services have walked 60 miles home from London. West Sussex Today

The image above is from July 2015: Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail


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