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

How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames

How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames

London Underground

Bakerloo line trains have begun stopping at Paddington tube station again after a major revamp to pave the way for Crossrail. Standard

Can the Night Tube save London’s nightlife? The Spectator

Blind man rescued after falling into path of oncoming train at Finchley Road Tube station Ham&High

A London Underground worker who makes it his personal mission to ensure every pregnant woman gets a seat on the Tube has won the praise of hundreds of women. Independent

Step-free access across the Tube was given a major boost with the unveiling of two new lifts at busy Tower Hill station Standard

Bombardier and Hitachi have formed a joint venture to bid to supply rolling stock under London Underground’s New Tube for London programme. Railway Gazette

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

MTR Crossrail is rolling out beacons across its network to provide station auditing and as a driver aide, in what is believed to be one of Europe’s biggest deployments of the low-powered wireless technology. Computer Weekly

20 photos of the new Crossrail / Elizabeth line trains IanVisits


Southern’s rail service is disastrous. For disabled passengers, it’s even worse The Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn has called on the Government to renationalise rail franchise Southern, after months of disruption for passengers. Croydon Advertiser

Rail operator Southern facing ticket office strike as well as conductor walkout Local Guardian

Second Forest Hill sinkhole causes fresh commuter chaos ITV

Bermondsey Dive Under – Removing another critical pinch point! Rail Engineer

Train drivers employed by Southern Railway and Gatwick Express are to be balloted for strikes, the union Aslef has said. BBC News

HS2 is “expensive vanity project”, claims Taxpayers’ Alliance PublicFinance

London train commuters received an unusual announcement when the driver confessed to forgetting to stop at Elephant & Castle station. BT


TfL is advising customers who use Custom House DLR station that work to redevelop the station will start in January 2017. Press Release

Docklands Light Railway suspended after person struck by train at Westferry station Mirror


Teenager completes charity Tube Challenge in memory of older brother Belfast Telegraph

Councillors had to be escorted by police out of a planning meeting in Brixton that descended into chaos after protesters reacted in fury to a decision to redevelop railway arches that house independent local businesses. The Guardian

What’s it like to drive the Eurostar? Telegraph

The new Johnston font spotted in the wild Diamond Geezer

Bermondsey Spa to Greenwich: London’s first railway – where trains stopped only on request Southwark News

A forgotten railway… the line that starts nowhere and goes nowhere IanVisits

And finally, Every commuters worst nightmare: Brass band attempts to ‘cheer passengers up’ on a packed London Underground train… but unsurprisingly they look far from happy Daily Mail

The image above is from Oct 2007: How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames


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