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


London Underground

Waterloo and City line train derails causing rush hour misery Standard

Tube strike: Hammersmith and City line RMT drivers in dispute with “overbearing management” CityAM

Four million people travel on the Tube every day and Imperial researchers are trying to understand how they make decisions and adapt to disruptions. Imperial College

New boots issued to thousands of London Underground’s tube workers are not fit for purpose and will have to be replaced, it has emerged. BBC News

TfL has confirmed that the start of tunnelling for the Northern Line extension has been delayed by six months. New Civil Engineer

The RMT has called for the closure of Ealing Broadway station after an incident which they claim involved asbestos. ChiswickW4


New bridge opens in Iver in preparation for Crossrail Slough Express

Commuters will face longer journey times if Crossrail comes into use before electrification of the Henley branch line, it has been claimed. Henley Standard

Deep under the centre of London, Crossrail is laying some rather unusual railway tracks that are not often used in the UK. They float. IanVisits

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan pledges review of Crossrail 2 station in Chelsea CityAM

Disability group welcomes step-free Chelsea Crossrail 2 station plans Get West London


Croydon train passenger attacked by rugby fans after objecting to one of them vomiting on floor Local Guardian

Govia Thameslink: commuters voice concern about Brighton to Bedford line at meeting Times Series

South West Trains apologises to commuters left stranded at Whitton after “shortage of available coaches” Local Guardian

Ambitious plans to transform the railways in South London are a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, according to one Lewisham councillor. Sth London Press

Broadcaster Andrew Marr has suggested the reluctance of the HS2 authorities to provide clear evidence of the scheme’s impact on air quality could be seen as “slightly sinister”. London24

Train derailed after 70mph smash into cattle… despite warning of cows on the line Standard

Commuters are being invited to make their voices heard ahead of an eight month phased closure of the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground. B&D Post

High Speed 2 is planning a series of competitions for landmark new stations on the planned £43 billion route AJ

A man has died after being hit by a train at the level crossing at Mortlake. Local Guardian

How an IT department in a portacabin supports UK’s biggest critical infrastructure project ComputerWeekly


A statue of railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley has been unveiled at King’s Cross station – with the notable absence of a duck to keep him company. BBC News

Man snapped taking car door on the Tube Standard

The nudge: how to influence railway passenger behaviour Railway Technology

Is the vision for London’s transport radical enough? BBC News

A row over pensions could see workers at train builder Bombardier go on strike, a union has said. Burton Mail

And finally, Apparently you can get a Jubilee line train to the Death Star — if we are to believe footage from the new trailer for upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One. Londonist

The image above is from March 2011: The “fake Crossrail tube station” hidden in a rural warehouse


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  1. Richard G Mitchell says:

    No Underground roundel? I am a bit confused whether Crossrail is part of the Underground or not. Are you saying the station name will not be on the walls? If not, a bit if a departure. Otherwise, looks great

  2. Ben says:

    @Richard: There’s no roundel because until a couple of months ago Crossrail was simply referred to as Crossrail, that picture was taken in 2011. Now it’s of course only to be known as the “Elizabeth Line” complete with it’s own royal purple Roundel. Hope that helps clarify the picture.

  3. Mike says:

    Unfortunately the link “New Civil Engineer” is to a site that requires a subscription.

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