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

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London Underground

A graffiti vandal who caused £45,000 worth of damage to Tube trains across London after starting his rampage in Neasden, has been jailed for 18 months. Kilburn Times

London Underground is to start an experiment to use the heat trapped in the Northern Line tube tunnels to warm up homes on the surface. IanVisits

LU operated 98.4 per cent of all scheduled train services during Period 6, the highest level in the last 12 months. Press Release

A European research project will see engineers test a robotic system for detecting structural defects in tunnels on the London Underground. PE

A public inquiry into the proposed construction of the Northern line extension has begun and is expected to last for around four weeks. Press Release

Tube trains to run 24 hours at weekends IanVisits

Newly-announced plans for the London Underground service are a response to soaring passenger demand in a fast-evolving 24-hour capital The Guardian

Crossrail

Plans to extend Crossrail to Reading “are of little or no use”, one of the town’s MPs has said. BBC News

Crossrail 2 could bring more passengers to Stansted Airport, says business expert Saffron Walden Reporter

The first train tunnel on London’s Crossrail project has been completed, 18 months after tunnelling machine Phyllis started her 6.8km drive from Royal Oak to Farringdon. Construction Index

Bookseller Foyles blamed the Crossrail construction work for damaging trade at its flagship Charing Cross Road shop. CityAM

Not so boring. How other infrastructure projects can learn from London’s new railway. The Economist

Mainline/Overground

Trains dump human waste straight onto tracks at Liverpool Street. Evening Standard

Plans to build a controversial rail freight depot near Park Street will be discussed at a meeting next month. Local Times

A Mottingham station vendor says pooing pigeons are ruining her trade as customers dodge the birds’ bombs which have landed in cups of coffee. News Shopper

The Camden Town market could “permanently close” if the government’s HS2 rail link gets the go-ahead, business leaders in the area have warned. Camden New Journal

New ticket office at Hendon station Local Times

Plans for a high speed rail line took a major step forward yesterday after the High Speed Rail Preparation (paving) Act received Royal Assent following its passage through Parliament. MKWeb

DLR

Police hunt man who swung a bike at tube staff LBC

Miscellaneous

Roland Paoletti, the commissioning architect for the Jubilee Line Extension stations, has died. BD Online

Maps of the London Underground have gone on display at Wivenhoe station. Daily Gazette

Asda brings click & collect to six London Underground stations. The Grocer

The man who can taste the Tube map BBC News

Londoners are being asked to suggest questions for TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy when he attends next week’s meeting of the TravelWatch board. Mayor Watch

UK rail unions deepen collaboration in government transport cuts WSWS

The image above is from: London Underground Signal Box gets Listed Status

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