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

Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train

London Underground

TfL is examining the potential for a tube station at Bricklayers Arms as part of the Bakerloo line extension, Southwark councillors have been told. SE1

AMs: Sadiq’s fares freeze is denying TfL the cash it needs to invest in new Tube trains Mayor Watch

Assemble creates a ‘joyful’ entrance to Seven Sisters tube station The Spaces

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

TfL got a little bit larger, when it took over the staffing of a number of train stations in Berkshire from Great Western Railway. IanVisits

The Girlpower Tunnel Gang! Meet the female Crossrail engineers Daily Mail

Protests have been held at Crossrail’s Woolwich station site after Balfour Beatty revealed it would be laying off up to 60 workers before Christmas. Construction News

Crossrail is about to become the most valuable advertising canvas in town Diamond Geezer

Mainline / Overground

Brentford Station gets a makeover, with 1,600 spring bulbs planted on the grassy bank by Brentford Station BrentfordTW8

Trains to and from London Waterloo returned to normal after a trackside fire caused major delays. Evening Standard

South Western Railway workers are set to strike just after Christmas and on New Year’s Day, Local Guardian

TfL to turn down announcements at London Fields station that neighbours can hear from their living rooms Hackney Gazette

Network Rail made £4.8m from train station toilets in just one year Londonist

Design issues delay procurement on Barking Riverside extension NCE (£)

Derby’s Bombardier lands £105 million deal to supply trains to c2c Derby Telegraph

Heathrow Express has launched new platform lights to help passengers to know when the train is leaving and help improve safety. Rail Advent


Teenager accused of jumping from DLR train into water at Canary Wharf to appear in court East London Advertiser


A train passenger had his ear bitten in a row over the use of a mobile phone, British Transport Police said. ITV

Stratford Station security ramped up after police officers seize ‘Rambo’, samurai and machete knives Newham Recorder

London transport committee chairman Keith Prince filmed in five-minute bust-up on train ‘after woman put her feet on his seat’ Evening Standard

Rail bosses apologised today after passengers were sold tickets for non-existent trains over Christmas. ITV

Euston Station to become a homeless shelter on Christmas Day IanVisits

Vivarail to open production site for ex-Tube stock in UK Rail News

Virgin Trains came under fire for not allowing a 15-year-old girl to board a train with a child ticket. Independent

And finally, Labour MP Chuka Umunna has revealed he does not stand near the edge of London Underground platforms because he fears being thrown onto the tracks by a member of the public. HeraldScotland

Image above is from Sept 2014: Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train


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  1. Melvyn says:

    The link to the Derby Telegraph site above re new trains for C2C links to a question asking for your postcode to gain access.

    I have added below link to C2C site which contains news of the new trains which came as a real surprise in that it seems 60 Aventra trains of 10 carriages are to be supplied from 2021 –


    • Melvyn says:

      Note l meant 60 carriages made up of 6 x 10 carriages. However as Aventra carriages are longer than existing train carriages a 10 carriage train is similar to a 12 carriage train.

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