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The Docklands Light Railway’s Drainpipe of Doom

London Underground

More tube strikes have been called for early February in a dispute over staffing levels on London Underground stations. The Guardian

An England football fan has been jailed for 10 years for pushing a man on to live Tube tracks shortly before a train arrived. BBC News

London Bridge station evacuated: Tube station shut after smoke billows from escalator blaze Standard

Millions of London Underground passengers are being warned that a planned strike by station staff will have a “significant” impact on Tube services. Independent

The long running saga of an upgrade for the overcrowded South Kensington tube station has taken a step forward. IanVisits

Irish Embassy & TFL call for Irish performers in London to join St. Patrick’s Underground celebrations Irish World

The Central line ran with a full fleet of trains for only two days in December – neither of which were busy weekdays. Illford Recorder

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Digging recommences outside Romford Station as part of Crossrail preparations Romford Recorder

Crossrail special: Grand central at Tottenham Court Road CM


Train driver ‘attacked and pulled from carriage by drunk man’ in Epsom rail station Local Guardian

Southeastern railway lines reopen after freight train derailment at Lewisham NewsShopper

Southern rail commuters have launched a legal claim in an attempt to force the government to take action over the failing train service. The Guardian

Southern Rail passengers are reminded to claim compensation due to them London TravelWatch

Local Liberal Democrats have launched a petition urging TfL to maintain the number of trains serving Heathrow from West Ealing. Ealing Today

The dispute between Southern Rail and ASLEF is over as they reach agreement to stop strikes Croydon Advertiser

The sale of rail tickets is to undergo a complete overhaul to stop passengers being ‘ripped off’ and to make the cost of journeys cheaper and easier to understand. Telegraph

Thameslink progress around London Bridge RailEngineer


Alarming moment mobility scooter driver fell onto tracks at Crossharbour DLR station Standard


Rail firms have been ordered to improve access to disabled toilets after Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike was forced to wet herself. Standard

Tottenham Hotspur are being forced to amend posters advertising the club’s multi-million pound stadium after errors were spotted by fans commuting on the London Underground. Telegraph

Just over 150 years ago a little steam train left London, and later this month, it makes its first ever return visit to the city. IanVisits

And finally, all your favourite 270 Underground stations in a single song! YouTube

The image above is from July 2012: The Docklands Light Railway’s Drainpipe of Doom


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  1. Mike says:

    Has the Drainpipe of Doom been moved yet?

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