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Person dies under Victoria Line train at King’s Cross London24

TfL has announced the title of the winning poem for its etiquette poetry competition CityAM

London Underground has extended Skanska’s four-year civil engineering maintenance contract for a further two years. Construction Index


Photos – Walking through a Crossrail tunnel IanVisits

Crossrail contractors are adopting a new digital drawings software system which is claiming cost-cuts of up to 60% on traditional paper-based methods. Construction Enquirer


The UK rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail, accusing the company of causing poor punctuality and reliability, BBC News

Southern Rail is to introduce a ban on e-cigarettes across all of its services and at stations. BBC News

Passengers using London Bridge are still facing disruptions and delays despite the introduction of a new timetable in mid-May. The Wharf

Cramped trains and delays have blighted London Overground’s first 11 days running the Enfield Town train line. Enfield Independent

Southeastern is introducing Kent-inspired ‘cistern chapel’ style art displays on the walls of its toilets. News Shopper

Snub for proposals to open second rail line from Brighton to London The Argus

Consultation begins on move of Heathrow Express depot to Langley Colnbrook


A runaway dog ducked under ticket barriers and tried to get on a train causing services to halt across south west London. Local Guardian

What will the Mayor say? Poem about government cuts to be displayed on tube trains Camden New Journal

An office block with an entrance next to Aldgate East tube station has installed its own private tube train — as a waiting room. IanVisits

Another mainline railway eyes ex-London Underground trains for a new service. Western Gazette

Pay reaches £100,000 for over 400 TFL staff Employee Benefits

ITV broadcaster and production company STV is to make a documentary to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London July 7th bombings. ATV Today

Hundreds sign Oyster Card for Sevenoaks petition Sevenoaks Chronicle

…and finally, Covent Garden tube station… in Shropshire Londonist

The image above is from July 2010: London Underground’s “secret” tube station


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  1. Sykobee says:

    On the upside of the London Bridge poor performance, they have (finally!) started destroying stuff for the Bermondsey Diveunder now – they took down a bridge last week, and they are now breaking up the brick railway arches and digging out raised embankments in the area that the new crossover will be built.

  2. Greg says:

    Enfield Overground: trains half the size? I appreciate they inherited old rolling stock but why did they half them?

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