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London Underground

London Underground: Track inspector hit by Tube near Chalfont and Latimer BBC News

A council estate is facing five months of sleepless nights after tube bosses announced a programme of works. Camden New Journal

Over the Easter weekend, Northern line trains made their first test trips through Bank tube station’s new southbound platform. ianVisits

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

The Purple Elephant in the Room: Crossrail’s Opening Date London Reconnections

Before the new Elizabeth line opens to the public, there are a series of virtual tours being offered by the London Transport Museum ianVisits

When is Crossrail going to open? Building reveals what we know about the rail project’s delay Building (£)

Mainline / Overground

Battle to save direct Lancaster to London trains Lancaster Guardian

HS2 chiefs have sparked fury by preparing to ditch promises to remove construction debris from Euston by rail – meaning an extra 26,000 HGV trips over two years, Standard

Toilet roll lorry crashes into low railway bridge in London Daily Mail

Strikes will not undermine industry reform programme, says Hendy Railway Gazette (£)

Passenger flow technology to be installed at HS1 stations RailTech

Tens of thousands of rail workers have been told they “should have probably worked harder at school” after missing out on a pay rise. The Telegraph (£)

DLR

Greenwich’s Conservatives have promised to press for a Docklands Light Railway link to Kidbrooke and Eltham using the Silvertown Tunnel as part of their manifesto for next week’s council elections. 853

Miscellaneous

We must build homes on station car parks in ‘two cities’ London, says housing campaigner OnLondon

‘Horror movie’ machete attack caused ‘panic’ on London Underground train, court told Sky News

Railway historian Tim Dunn once again teams up with the LT Museum’s Siddy Holloway to explore the history of the London Underground in their second series for Yesterday TV. ianVisits

And finally: Why hasn’t London’s HFSS advertising ban on transport cut calorie intake from sugary drinks? Beverage Daily

The image above is from April 2019: It’s the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee line opening

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6 comments
  1. MilesT says:

    HFSS advertising rules should be extended to include drinks sweetened with sweetening chemicals (saccharine, aspartame etc.). There is research that shows consumption of these can also lead to obesity even though the drink is low calorie.

    Butter, quality oils (and maybe cholesterol reducing spreads etc.) should be permitted as the evidence shows these don’t have a significant obesity impact (unlike more processed products)

  2. Brian Butterworth says:

    @MilesT Of course, if you look at the actual science you are 100% correct, it’s UPFs (ultra-processed “foods”) that are the base of the problem.

    But the US food industry got it’s lies in very deep 40 years ago, it’s going to take some time for the political overloads to notice.

  3. Brian Butterworth says:

    @MilesT Of course, if you look at the actual science you are 100% correct, it’s UPFs (ultra-processed “foods”) that are the base of the problem.

    But the US food industry got it’s lies in very deep 40 years ago, it’s going to take some time for the political overloads to notice.

    “Burn: The Misunderstood Science of Metabolism”
    By: Herman Pontzer, “Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Diets” By: Dr Giles Yeo and “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” By: Jason Fung are full of the actual science.

  4. Basil Jet says:

    The man who attacked someone with a machete on a crowded tube train said “If I had known it would cause this much drama I would not have done it.”

  5. John Smith says:

    The image at the top of the page is interesting insofar as Charing Cross’ connection to the Northern Line seems to have been blanked out. I wonder why?

    • ChrisC says:

      Well there is certainly a box for it!

      Is it possible the links between the platforms weren’t ready at the time the line opened and were opened later rather than delay things even further.

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