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Talks resume in bid to avert next Tube strike Evening Standard

Scorpion scared Tube passengers at Victoria London24 <– Although it turned out to be tiny.

London Underground wifi user registration doubles during strikes ComputerWorld

Dagenham man arrested after tube fight footage released B&D Post

The London Underground is looking to make its tube stations more intelligent after rolling out a variety of devices that communicate with each other via the Internet. CBR


Crossrail managers accused of ‘culture of spying and fear’ The Guardian

A congestion-busting walkway through Shenfield railway station has been backed by transport bosses ahead of Crossrail’s arrival. Brentwood Gazette

Photos and video of a visit to the Crossrail tunnels as work continues Ilford Recorder

Network Rail project boss jumps for Crossrail job Construction Enquirer


First Capital Connect (FCC) will introduce free Wi-Fi at 17 stations over the next six months. Ham & High

A £1.85bn 15-mile tunnel could protect an area of outstanding natural beauty in Buckinghamshire from damage caused by the HS2 high-speed rail line, says a report. BBC News

18 London stations secure funding to make them accessible (aka, add lifts). Press Release

HS2: MPs back first phase of rail link despite rebellion CILTUK

Bombardier is on course to hit a production landmark by making its 1,000th carriage for Southern Railway. Derby Telegraph


A new railway station has opened in Stratford IanVisitsDiamond Geezer


TfL’s Head Office to be turned into residential flats IanVisits

Paris Metro chiefs back introduction of driverless Tube trains to London Evening Standard

Attend a music concert in an abandoned tube station IanVisits

The image above is from: First Day of the East London Line


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  1. Kit Green says:

    Scorpions are not new to the tube:
    In 1965, an Ongar station foreman bought five (harmless) European scorpions in a Camden pet shop and let them loose in his goods yard. This formed the basis of one of the few scorpion colonies in Britain, which became an attraction. The staff kept quiet about its real origins, and encouraged speculation that it arrived in a banana van in the 1860s.

  2. Roger Rowley says:

    It’s about time sooner then later that ALL transport services where made 24/7 like they do in the big apple

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