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

Owls at Wembley Park station

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London Underground has started deploying a new sleeper design that can halve the time it takes to replace a length of track. Railway Gazette

Actress Briony McRoberts died after being hit by a Tube train at Fulham Broadway station last week, her agent has confirmed. Herald Scotland

Tube transport bosses are being lobbied over the potential names of the new Croxley Rail Link Metropolitan Line station planned for West Watford. Watford Observer — and the line is finally approved. London Reconnections

Tube bosses accuse RMT of scaremongering over ‘near miss’ claims. Mayor Watch

Attacks on Tube staff drop by 75 per cent since ‘spit kits’ introduced. Professional Security


Journey underground to Crossrail construction sites at Stepney Green and Pudding Mill Lane. Newham Recorder

A meeting to discuss a train line that could link Worcester Park to central London will be held was held on Tuesday. Sutton Guardian

The Government has been urged to launch an investigation into claims of blacklisting against workers on the Crossrail project after “clear proof” that the practice is continuing. STV News

The Woolwich station box has secured funding to be fitted out as a functioning station. Press ReleasePrevious Blog Post

A commitment by Mayor Boris Johnson that Crossrail fares will be in line with those charged on the London Underground and DLR has been welcomed by Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs. Mayor Watch

Confusion reigns in Crossrail car park row. Total Essex

Crossrail holds archaeology digs in Stepney where Tudor Worcester Manor was unearthed East London Advertiser


New Bradford to London railway link could be in pipeline. Telegraph & Argus

Network Rail has announced a £15m refurbishment and expansion of the 83,000 sq ft Victoria Place shopping centre at Victoria station. Press Release

The latest legal challenge to the HS2 high-speed rail project has been rejected by the Court of Appeal. BBC News

Southeastern’s latest move to relieve overcrowding on the Sidcup line from Gravesend has been met with approval from Bexley Council. Gravesend Reporter


Two students have managed to be the first to have a crack at the Docklands rail network challenge and pass through every station in one go. East London Advertiser


The London 2012 Games transport legacy: one year on Press Release (the report is here, and early blog post by me)

On first inspection this looks like a map of the London Underground. But look closer and you will see it is actually an anatomically correct map of the human eye. This is Oxfordshire

Some photos of the London Underground in the 1980s. Spitalfields Life

A London Underground signal box has been given listed status. IanVisits


The image above is from: There are Owls on the London Underground


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  1. Marc says:

    Excellent round up – thanks for doing this Ian.

  2. Philip says:

    I was suprised by the DLR headline – and it isn’t true, as shown one of the links in the comments of that article…

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