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

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London Underground

TfL bids for luxury flats on top of Covent Garden tube WestEndExtra

Friday’s 24-hour Tube strike has been called off, but further industrial action remains in place, including a walkout during this year’s London Marathon. TheWeek

A look at TfL’s “fit for the future” tube station changes DiamondGeezer

Crossrail

Celebrities are joining a campaign against Crossrail 2 as the new tunnels could make their basement extensions uninhabitable. LDC

Mainline/Overground

Lewisham rail passengers are demanding action on overcrowded and late-running commuter trains into the heart of the city. EastLondonLine

Commuters forking out £9,000 a year for season tickets have been left furious after discovering their reserved seat is in a “phantom” train carriage. Standard

Campaigners claim ‘dangerous’ level crossing in Barnes is putting children’s lives at risk Local Times

Making the case to protect ancient woodland to the HS2 Bill Committee PoliticsHome

Murphy signs £60m London Overground electrification project ConstructionIndex

A second round of consultations on the preferred option for the Western Rail Link to Heathrow are due to begin on February 23. GetWestLondon

Flying Scotsman to come to London IanVisits

Miscellaneous

Dodging fares on trains is now “normal” because people have learnt to “play the system”, a watchdog has claimed. Standard

Kew Gardens station is of “international importance” and should not have its ticket office closed, says the Kew Society. Local Guardian

A Tube driver has been jailed for the rape and attempted rape of two women in north-west London in 1994. BBC News

A fares freeze is the worst thing that could happen to London’s transport CityMetric

Attracted by the low rent and industrial aesthetics, entrepreneurs are flocking to disused railway arches to start their own ventures. The Guardian

TfL Social Media – Adapting to Twitter’s Changes TfL Blog

And finally, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched plans to electrify a railway line in front of a poster showing a train suspiciously similar to Crossrail. Independent

The image above is from Sept 2014: Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train

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