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


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The current Tube strike dispute over 24-hour working, staffing and pay and conditions has taken a turn for the worse. BBC News

French defence and electronics group Thales is set to announce a contract worth about £710 million to modernise four London Underground lines, French news website La Tribune reported Reuters

Commuters lose 1.9 million hours waiting for delayed Tubes every month Evening Standard

The Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaics commissioned for Tottenham Court Rd tube station, which were controversially removed to make way for the new Crossrail friendly station, are to find a new home. ArtLyst

Croxley Rail Link will not be completed until 2020, documents reveal Watford Observer


Crossrail cleared Parliament a year before Sadiq Khan was transport minister so how did he ‘push it through’? MayorWatch

Tunnelling under the radar – How Crossrail quietly dug up London The Engineer


Static testing of the first of the Class 387/2 Electrostar electric multiple-unit cars ordered for Gatwick Express services has begun at Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant. Railway Gazette

70 workers face losing jobs as Southern rail ends on-board trolley service News Shopper

Passengers were stranded for 90 minutes on a London-bound train after it crashed into a tree. Evening Standard

New platforms planned at Waterloo train station South London Press

Major retail and dining hub to open at London’s Paddington railway station Moodie Report


A former detective (with a book to promote) has claimed Scotland Yard covered up allegations a killer pushed 18 people to their deaths on the London Underground in the 1970s. The Independent

MP questions value of new Brighton to London railway line Local Guardian

How TfL will use data about you to keep London moving as its population soars Information Age

Virtual Reality Lab opened for improving transport networks VR Focus

How London Underground announcements inspired improvements in New York Co Design

And finally, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s grave could be on route of a new railway line Bristol Post

The image above is from July 2012: A look at some deep Crossrail tunnel shafts


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