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London Underground

Tubes packed with commuters as rush hour returns and WFH guidance axed Metro

BAI Communications to host London Underground mobile network infrastructure in BT data centre Data Center Dynamics

Late-stage design changes increase cost of London Underground fleet renewal Metro Report

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Crossrail’s wow factor will get people back to the office, says Sadiq Khan Standard

Crossrail safety director moves to Morgan Sindall Construction Index

Driver’s eye view of first journeys into Crossrail’s delayed tunnels beneath London ITV

TfL has taken formal control of the Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf, leaving just one last station to hand over for the line to be complete. ianVisits

Crossrail: ‘A journey from embarrassing farce to shiny railway’ BBC News

Crossrail security breach was ‘innocent mistake’ by passenger Construction News (£)

Mainline / Overground

HS2 protesters take banners and drums to Euston station on day of action Ham & High

No trains to run to or from London Victoria this weekend The Argus

Eurostar is to increase its services between London and Paris from January 24 following the relaxation of restrictions by the French government for UK travellers visiting France. Travel Weekly


A train journey with a £10.40 fare ended up costing an Erith man more than £300 in court. News Shopper

An Extinction Rebellion activist who scaled a Tube train to protest about climate change told a court he did not get down because he feared he would be killed. CourtNews

The disused London Underground station at Aldwych is to once again open its doors to let people down and see this most famous of abandoned tube stations. ianVisits

Amersham council wants a horde of Londoners to visit on the Underground to revitalise town Buckinghamshire Live

Memories of Epping Ongar Railway buying two steam locomotives Epping Forest Guardian

Tube driver who saved two lives as special constable fronts new campaign Standard

Had things turned out differently, the Northern line would be a lot more northern than it is, and a new exhibition has opened to explore that planned but never built extension. ianVisits

How the tube scene was created in the James Bond movie, Skyfall Cinemablend

And finally: A white swan somehow found its way onto the tracks at South Acton station on Monday evening Chiswick W3

The image above is from Jan 2018: Go back in time with these old tube maps


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  1. alistair twin says:

    Just to encourage my lack of google skills.. did the jublee line extension really open with no weekend running? or was that just temporary while testing etc? seems insane now with Westfield etc.

  2. ChrisC says:

    I was in New York recently and saw this exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

    Contains several promotional posters by the artist Edward McKnight Kaufferfor destinations offered by the various tube and rail lines in London. Plus posters for Derry and Toms and a couple of London Museums as well as his wider graphic and artistic.

    His wife – Marian Dorn – designed a couple of moquettes for seat fabric as well (see page 3)

    Both have pages on the London Transport Museum Website.


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