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Faster London trains could make your commute even longer New Scientist

Decathlon opens in Canary Wharf Tube station Wharf

Plans to build an extension to a Tube line further in to South London will be consulted on again after alternative routes were suggested. South London Press

New ‘driverless’ Tube train designs scoop international award Local Guardian

Neighbours are objecting to the new ‘freight train’ like noise created by Victoria line trains running under their homes. Local Guardian

Tube overcrowding delays: which lines are the worst offenders? ITV


Crossrail 2 is the only “viable solution” for congested train network, says Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry Local Guardian

Crossrail EMU bodyshell on test Railway Gazette


HS2 proposes radical redesign for London Euston station Wired

An investigation is under way after a train passenger was trapped in train doors and dragged along the platform in Hayes. GetWestLondon

VIDEO: Meet Greenwich rail station’s resident poet Local London

Commuters using a London Midland train were evacuated at the peak of rush hour, after a carriage caught on fire. CityAM


Zac Goldsmith: Pledging to cut travel fares would be a reckless gamble Evening Standard

Bob, the streetcat who befriended an Angel tube station busker, inspires a major feelgood film Islington Tribune

Peak-time emissions from diesel trains at Paddington Station exceed the European recommendations for outdoor air quality, and are higher than nearby roadsides on the majority of days. Press Release

London Underground tube trains could be used to sort Ricoh Arena station fiasco Coventry Telegraph

Tube Drivers Take Four Times More Sick Days Than Average LBC

A Plan to Replace London’s Tube With Moving Walkways Wired

Epping Ongar Railway fans mark 150th anniversary with Victorian weekend Brentwood Gazette

A special Southeastern high speed poppy train will run an exclusive one off service ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November to raise money for the Royal British Legion. UK RailTours

A review of the new London Underground visitor centres. Diamond Geezer

And finally, Mapped: House prices by London’s Tube stops – £1m homes now reach Zone 6 Telegraph

The image above is from Feb 2012: Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system


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  1. Sykobee says:

    Ugh, MegaEuston plans proceed apace.

    Yet future train travellers from the continent still need to walk half a mile between St Pancras and Euston to continue their journey. Great joined-up thinking there – only in Britain!

    • Jim says:

      Sykobee – actually this is better than Paris. There are very few services from the south of France through the tunnel so you have to change between Gard de Lyon and Gare du Nord which is much more than half a mile.

      More of an issue is that they are planning to take 16 years to rebuild Euston station.

  2. Ladybracknell says:

    Surely it doesn’t matter how much faster a train gets IF you live beyond walking distance of the station?

    The boroughs that are jockeying for the Bakerloo extension would be much better advised in pushing for the re-opening of the railways stations on the Old Kent Road, Camberwell and Brixton high level. It is baffling that trains rattle through these highly populated and congested areas, and the addition of stations would significantly reduce the reliance on buses and private cars.

    I am a big cat fan and have heard about Bob the street cat. Ninety or so minutes being charmed by a cat would make for a lovely, rainy afternoon diversion.

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