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


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It’s back! Relief as Tufnell Park tube station re-opens after eight months Camden New Journal

Customers at Holborn station will be asked to stand on both sides of two ‘up’ escalators, in plans announced today to reduce congestion at the station. TfL

London Underground drivers have voted in favour of a pay deal for the 24-hour Tube service, by a rate of 9-1. LBC

The London Assembly has released a report that identifies twelve London stations that are at risk of increased crime and anti-social behaviour when the night service launches. TheTab

London’s underground train network could be hit by strikes amid claims of poor treatment of workers—just a day after a separate industrial dispute was resolved. Newsweek

Victoria line: Oxford Circus ‘evacuated’ as faulty train shuts major commuter route Standard

A woman was dragged along a platform and pulled beneath a south London Tube train because her trapped coat was not large enough to alert the driver, investigators have found. Standard


Did the EU try to make Crossrail tunnels bigger? BBC Politics

The Welsh Secretary argues Crossrail will make it much easier to travel between the Welsh capital and the City of London WalesOnline

Construction of the Crossrail 2 rail link needs to be sped up in order to prevent London from ‘grinding to a halt’, the National Infrastructure Commission has urged. E&T

Liberal Democrats brand Sadiq Khan’s £1.9bn fares giveaway a “risk” to Crossrail 2 MayorWatch

Wallasea Island: The nature reserve built with CrossRail’s leftovers BBC News


A City worker allegedly punched a guard in front of stunned commuters as tempers flared during a night of “utter carnage” on London’s railways. Standard

Transport chiefs believe Watford Junction station could be redeveloped to create additional space for passengers. Watford Observer

Peak time emissions from diesel trains at London’s Paddington Station far exceed European recommendations, a new study has found. Railway Technology


Police are investigating possible links between organised criminal gangs and “tissue beggars” who operate on London’s rail network. Standard

Sadiq Khan will not commit to re-opening ticket offices on the London Underground, despite describing their closure by Boris Johnson as “shocking”. Politics

A tube enthusiast has visited his 270th pub – one for every stop on the London Undergound network – in a challenge that has taken three years to complete. Drinks Business

Cancer patient invents ‘Baby on board’-style badges for sick passengers on busy Tube services Standard

Peckham Rye station waiting room to be given new lease of life after 50 years ITV

A former award-winning London Underground architect was given a final send-off in a steam railway carriage he restored Bournmouth Echo

Transport for London is least dependent on government operating subsidies among its international peers Moodys

And finally, Driverless trains will run on the Glasgow Subway from 2021 following the announcement of a £200 million deal to overhaul the network. Scotsman

The image above is from Feb 2015: Extending the Northern Line to Peckham and Streatham


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  1. Sykobee says:

    Thanks for the news. Shame that one of the historic toilets at Peckham Rye was “accidentally demolished” by Network Rail so recently… :/

    Boris Johnson is a proven exaggerator and liar, his continued lies should surprise no one.

    The train service in the SE (south eastern and southern) has become worse recently (worse than it already was!) for no apparent reason (well, southern have no employees apparently :/). Something does need to be done about their performance that is in their control.

    I found this article that I found interesting, not on a typical railway website: http://hackaday.com/2016/03/04/rescuing-the-worlds-first-preserved-railway/

  2. Nic Maennling says:

    I am curious why you still use “Crossrail”when it was renamed the Elizabeth line some time ago.

    • Ian Visits says:

      Crossrail is still the name of the construction project — it will be named the Elizabeth line when it becomes operational.

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