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The crazy plan to divert the Bakerloo Line to Bank Station

London Underground

Tube ticket offices were closed prematurely but don’t need to be reopened, says independent review CityAM

London Underground has been fined £500,000 after a maintenance worker was injured in a disused station at South Kentish Town in 2014. ORR

Tube strikes called off after union talks with London Underground The Guardian

TfL admits Piccadilly Line delays will likely go on until after Christmas as drivers blame new wheels for problems CityAM

A look at the sub-surface lines upgrade Diamond Geezer

An additional £200 million is to be invested to improve step-free access on the London Underground. Construction

A man who watched hardcore porn on a rush-hour tube journey left fellow commuters disgusted. Metro

An additional £200m has been pledged to boost the number of step-free stations on the Tube, MayorWatch

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Crossrail sparks return to work as New Year strike ballot looms Construction Enquirer

Drivers on the Elizabeth Line are using the latest technology to familiarise themselves with the train and the routes. BBC News

HSE to prosecute three major contractors over London’s Crossrail tunnel death Builder


Councillors are furious after a high-speed railway company started work without informing authorities. Watford Observer

Network Rail plans to transform Camberwell arches into cafes Southwark News

Southern Rail and other train operators could be given more power by the government in an attempt to improve services. Croydon Advertiser

£5.5m Southeastern smart card blasted ‘a total waste of money’ by rail campaigners Bexley Times

Electrification of London Overground’s Gospel Oak-Barking line 80% complete Global Rail News

Chris Grayling scrapped TfL Overground expansion because he didn’t want Labour to control it, leaked letter reveals Independent

Virgin Rail has been awarded a third extension to run the West Coast rail into Euston Standard

The pension funds that own the company running HS1, are considering a sale after receiving a number of offers. The Guardian

Euston Station Design Panel meets for first time Camden Council

A series of strikes by train drivers on the Southern rail network will go ahead next week after a judge backed planned action by the Aslef union. BBC News


Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January, the rail industry has announced. BBC News

Sadiq Khan invites union barons for tea and Tube talks Standard

Fraudster caught planting skimming devices at Tube stations ITV

Campaign to bring Oyster card system to Reigate railway station Surrey Mirror

The Transport Secretary has been urged to resign after a leaked letter showed he opposed rail devolution to keep it “out of the clutches” of Labour. BBC News

It’s time once again for the annual splurge of passenger data from across Britain’s railway network. Diamond Geezer

And finally, there is a very small part of North London that has a railway station named after it, and that festive area is called Turkey Street. IanVisits

The image above is from March 2014: The crazy plan to divert the Bakerloo Line to Bank Station


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  1. Greg S says:

    I went home after the company Christmas party, and there were severe delays on the Piccadilly line – after midnight! So they don’t have enough trains even to run the late late night service normally.

  2. Victoria Line says:

    Naked partisanship at it’s worse. Chris Grayling should be ashamed of himself for preventing suffering suburban rail commuters from having the possibility of better services.

  3. Steve Ehrlicher says:

    Happy Christmas and a happier new year. Thanks for all your posts – a delight.

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