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London Underground

Bank station: work starts on a new entrance Press Release

Breakthrough! Further progress at Victoria underground station Rail Engineer

A Mace joint venture has been named as TfL’s programme support partner for the upgrade of four major underground lines. Construction News


A library at a Crossrail regeneration site with the potential to attract 100,000 visitors a year has been given the go-ahead by councillors. South London Press

‘Stupidly loud’ Crossrail electrification works leave Maidenhead residents with a restless night Maidenhead Advertiser

Duke of Edinburgh tours Crossrail station The Wharf


London Overground delays: Person on Surrey Quays tracks causes rush hour chaos London24

London Paddington railway station will close for four days over Christmas while engineers carry out work ahead of the arrival of Crossrail This is Wiltshire

Police appeal after packed London commuter train ‘shot at’ in Kent Evening Standard

The Writer on the Train The Bookseller


Docklands Light Railway strike: RMT staff in 48-hour walk-out BBC News

A call for a new pedestrian footbridge at Canary Wharf has been made following scenes of chaos caused by the 48-hour strike on the DLR rail network East London Advertiser


A commuter demanded a woman with a “baby on board” badge in a priority seat prove she was pregnant. Evening Standard

That mysterious tube poster was definitely for Coldplay’s new album Gigwise & and a video in a tube station Gigwise

A tanked up senior RMT official has been spotted bullying a female train ticket inspector. Order Order

Photos from the Post Office railway tunnels IanVisits

The UK’s new passport includes a bizarrely error-strewn tube map City Metric

Watch: Train Passenger Brushes His Teeth On The Tube Yahoo

Black Cabs, Underground posters and the Tube map top the list of London’s most iconic transport designs CityAM

And finally, why tunnel boring machines are named after women Mining

The image above is from April 2013: Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station


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  1. Sykobee says:

    Work’s finally starting on that new Walbrook entrance? They only have 1 month to complete it… http://www.londonreconnections.com/2012/bank-station-part-1-the-forgotten-upgrade/

  2. Abe says:

    Re: new UK passport. Reading the linked article, the Underground map in the passport omits Southwark station. I’m not sure that this qualifies it as being “bizarrely error-strewn”; it’s a single omission.

    • Nick says:

      There’s more than just the non-existence of Southwark that’s wrong. It still shows the old East London Line from Whitechapel to New Cross/New Cross Gate rather than the Overground. There’s something odd going on at Earl’s Court: Wimbledon-Edgware Road bypasses it entirely and there’s no interchange with the Piccadilly Line. Hammersmith seems to have disappeared too. I’m sure there are more, possibly as anti-forgery measures.

  3. Greg says:

    “customers changing between the Waterloo & City line, DLR and Northern line will be routed via the Northern ticket hall on weekdays” – Is this the reason why we were routed to Monument from the DLR the other day? It’s gonna be a pain then.

  4. LadyBracknell says:

    More evidence of our increasingly selfish society. It is only good manners to give up your seat to those less able to stand. I once got on a tube at Chancery Lane and a woman who was clearly pregnant was standing. I asked in a loud voice for someone to give her their seat for her and they did.

    It’s a good thing that I was not on that train as this brain dead idiot would have got a tougue lashing from me and might even have been ‘hand bagged’.

  5. LadyBracknell says:

    There is no longer any inhibition in public behaviour. I was on a packed commuter train one morning when a girl started painting her toenails.

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