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The image is from an April 2023 article: Find a work of art inside King’s Cross tube station

London Underground

Colindale Northern line closure: TfL reviews bus replacement Kilburn Times

There may be intermittent and short notice tube station closures on Friday and Saturday, as station managers who are members of the TSSA union walk out in a dispute over working conditions. ianVisits

Londoners are split over TfL’s announcement that the Piccadilly Line is set for major upgrades – with some suggesting that other Underground lines should have come first. Enfield Independent

Mainline / Overground

Eurostar will make its fares more flexible as part of a restructure of its classes later this year. Business Travel

London Overground planning £150 million maintenance contract ianVisits

Commuters in London described “total chaos” when a gaggle of Egyptian geese brought rush-hour trains to a standstill. BBC News

Unions win HS2 site access battle at Old Oak Common job Construction Enquirer

Regular fare dodger caught in West Ham fined £10k by c2c Newham Recorder

Bolton MP Chris Green has called for a direct rail link between the town and London – but a transport expert has said local services could have to be cut if the idea was put into practice. Bolton News

DLR

TfL is having to run shorter trains on the DLR while it waits for its new fleet of replacement trains to arrive. ianVisits

Miscellaneous

London mayoral elections: What are the candidates’ plans for public transport? Standard

‘This is England’: Train passengers horrified as man launches into racist tirade in packed carriage Independent

A Thameslink train driver who took upskirt photos of a sleeping woman has avoided a prison sentence. Islington Gazette

Hornby sales slump as model train maker is hit by Red Sea delays This is Money

Men, why do so many of you ignore my ‘baby on board’ badge on the Tube? Standard

TfL has seen a drop in the sale of paper tickets after it made a small change to the ticket machines in London Underground stations. ianVisits

Tube Snapper: Running London Marathon with a neurological condition SW Londoner

And finally: How Samsung turned the Tube map circle to show off a new tool Media Leader

The image is from an April 2023 article: Find a work of art inside King’s Cross tube station

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6 comments
  1. Martin Curry says:

    Chingford line closure 20th Jul to 4th Aug.
    I don’t understand why a shuttle service Chingford Walthamstow cannot be offered

  2. Bob says:

    Why would anyone give a toss what the public think about the order in which tube lines are upgraded? There are undoubtedly a myriad of reasons why TfL has the upgrade schedule it does. Who cares what Barry from Uppingham thinks about it?

    • Barry says:

      The other Uppingham residents and I just think the Northern Line should have come first.

  3. Paul says:

    Eurostar’s class renaming misses an important trick – the naming of the intermediate class “Standard Premier” allowed for compliance with many business travel policies mandating “Standard”. A loophole that meant some business travellers could sneak a modest upgrade past their over-zealous bean counters.
    Renaming to “Plus” will lose that benefit, which I suspect will have a minor impact on sales – some business travellers will be forced back into [bog] Standard, and others will decide that without that perk they’d prefer to fly.

  4. Basque Tony says:

    I am grateful for the Eurostar, despite Getlink’s high charge per passenger for using the chunnel.

    However, it is time every article about Eurostar stopped claiming Eurostar offers “free WiFi”.

    As anyone who has ever used the Eurostar knows, the WiFi speeds are generally very poor as it relies on local mobile phone masts, not a leaky feeder, satellite, or similar dedicated service. The wifi is not acceptable as a service – it is not worthy of selling as a “plus” point.

    When finances allow, perhaps the relevant authorities will install 5G on the catenary masts… across the UK and Europe?

    Let’s ensure train travel is the best and most sustainable way to stay connected in the physical and digital realms.

    • ianVisits says:

      Most in-train Wi-Fi networks rely on local mobile networks for the backhaul — Eurostar is no different.

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