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

The tale of the “Dead Body Train” at Whitechapel

London Underground

London Tube passenger numbers plummet to lowest level in 8 months Standard

Last chance to visit Bank tube station before Northern line closure ianVisits

Covid-19: Hundreds of maskless London Underground passengers fined BBC News

London Underground’s Waterloo & City line, which was suspended in late December due to a shortage of drivers is to resume partial service from next week. ianVisits

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Signalling glitches disrupt key Crossrail tests, boss reveals Building

Mainline / Overground

Landslip near Haywards Heath causes rail disruption between London and Brighton ITV

The trade union Unite has criticised the government for failing to ensure that the HS2 rail project is using steel produced in the UK. E&T

Train stations to get water dispensers in fight against plastic bottles Independent

Councillors have started a petition after their campaign to upgrade Sudbury & Harrow Road, one of London’s least used stations, fell short. Kilburn Times

More rail chaos as mass train cancellations mark start of working year Independent


A man who used “abusive and obscene” language on a train has been ordered to pay more than £600. Bucks Free Press

Have you caught a train to London International CIV? ianVisits

Go-Ahead suspends shares amid Southeastern rail scandal The Guardian

And finally: A Sense of Place (White Hart Lane Station, London, UK) The Beauty of Transport

The image above is from Jan 2012: The tale of the “Dead Body Train” at Whitechapel


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  1. MilesT says:

    Water dispensers. I haven’t been through any airport in a few years, but last time I did travel there there is not, and was not, any place to get cold water for free in an airport. Even the taps in the toilets are generally set up to dispense only warm water.

    Needs to be a regulation requiring the same sort of cold water dispensers in airports, especially airside, just bring your own empty bottle.

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