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

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London Underground

The Croxely Rail Link will create more than 9,000 jobs and be worth more than £8 billion to the economy, council chiefs estimate. Watford Observer

Bond Street tube shopping centre up for sale for £240m Property Week (Google Cache)

Tube drivers are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay for new all-night services, the Aslef union has announced. BBC News

Crossrail

Demolition of the old Abbey Wood railway station has begun to make way for Crossrail. News Shopper

Mainline/Overground

A rail company operating Britain’s “least punctual train” has come up with a way of improving the service – by making it arrive later. BBC News

Croydon rail users set for an unhappy Christmas as line is shut for 10 days. Croydon Advertiser

‘Big brother’ CCTV reduces train crime says Barking transport sergeant B&D Post

At the end of the month London Overground will take over more of north-east London’s railways. It seems timely, therefore, to take a look at the history of the railways in the area. London Reconnections

Southern commuters ‘fined after being forced to stand in first class on overcrowded London train’. Evening Standard

Commuters can enjoy a rare reduction in rail fares at the end of this month. Haringey Independent

Miscellaneous

Should Euston Arch be raised from the dead? The Spectator

Diamond Geezer wonders about renaming the London Overground lines. DG

An unfortunate rail passenger took to Twitter to voice his distress after he got stuck in a train toilet. Evening Standard

Exhibition shows off future Tube Station designs IanVisits

Staff at Hillcrest House have been given a present with a difference – their very own underground sign. Derry Journal

Squeezing in – What the London Underground reveals about work in the capital The Economist

London Underground calls for buskers ‘X Factor’ style TNT

…and finally, It’s from the USA, but this video explain train delays is delightful YouTube (needs a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy voiceover though)

The image above is from Dec 2013: A look around the London Overground upgrade project

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