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

Baker Street Underground Station made out of Lego

London Underground

Tube journeys up 8% after work-from-home Covid guidance ends The Guardian

From bursting with colour to ‘bog standard’: How TfL commissioned abstract artist Paul Huxley to revamp King’s Cross Tube station… only to rip it down and replace with ‘white lavatory tiles’ Daily Mail

TfL under fire over ‘unfair’ proposed Piccadilly line premium fare to Heathrow CityAM

Tube workers set to hold a series of Metropolitan Line strikes this month have suspended their plans. Ilford Recorder

Tube driver brings joy to people’s miserable commutes by singing to passengers Mirror

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Plans to restore five Havering Crossrail work sites to previous use and condition Romford Recorder

The operator of Crossrail trains declared a “high-risk security breach” after a member of the public was able to ride a service across London, despite ongoing testing and construction work taking place on the line. Construction News

Crossrail starting final phase of Trial Operations ahead of opening ianVisits

Mainline / Overground

Railway works on mature trees ‘paused’ after community backlash Romford Recorder

A man has been fined hundreds of pounds for failing to buy a £6 train ticket while travelling between Watford and St Albans. Watford Observer

As figures reveal that rail and tube commuter figures are still less than half pre-pandemic levels, transport groups have welcomed the prime minister’s removal of the advice to work from home in England. Independent

Cuts to the South Western Railway (SWR) service to Shepperton have been met with opposition from local politicians, residents, and businesses. SWLondoner

Train passengers suffer one of the worst periods on record for cancellations Sky News

Southern Rail has announced that it is operating a reduced timetable until further notice Mid Sussex Times

Why next-day train tickets from London to Manchester after 2.35pm just got £100 more expensive Manchester Evening News

A huge new departure board screen has appeared at London Victoria station, and it’s big, bright, and offers a lot more information than the old screens could show. ianVisits

Miscellaneous

A reshuffle at the top of Transport for London will see a long-serving executive depart and the chief executive of Crossrail leave once the line opens. Standard

Inspector Sands and why the London Underground keeps asking for him ianVisits

Captivating nostalgia photographs on the London Underground in the 1970s Far Out

Public transport campaigners furious after official advice tells employees to drive Independent

Charles Wright: What will the government do to Transport for London next? OnLondon

You can now wear Piccadilly line moquette clothing, if you don’t mind them also having a football logo on them as well. ianVisits

Cryptocurrency ads reach record levels on London transport The Guardian

And finally: Francis Bourgeois Becomes Face Of New Gucci And North Face Campaign Lad Bible

The image above is from Jan 2013: Baker Street Underground Station made out of Lego

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