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

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London Underground

Northern Line and Bakerloo Line trains wont be stopping at Embankment Station for most of next year (2014) due to a major overhaul of the escalators. IanVisits

Wheelchair passengers are calling for the return of a ramp to a tube station after transport bosses withdrew the vital facility on ‘safety’ grounds. Kilburn Times

Union leaders have called for an investigation after the doors of a packed Tube train opened between stations in West London. ITV

Crossrail

Work is starting at the Ilford train depot to turn it into one of the biggest yards for the new Crossrail line. Illford Recorder

Will Stirling assesses how Building Information Modelling (BIM) is helping the project both stay on budget and reduce whole life costs. The Manufacturer

Network Rail has awarded contracts to Vinci Construction UK and Balfour Beatty to prepare infrastructure for running through trains on the Crossrail service Construction Index

Mainline/Overground

British Transport Police have launched an investigation after a train could have been de-railed as it hit a concrete slab placed on the railway tracks. Richmond Times

Chiltern Railways will trial running trains to London on Boxing Day for the first time. Press Release

HS2 ‘losers’ revealed after report omitted figures BBC News

London First has published a report calling for a step-change improvement in rail access to Stansted Airport. Press Release

A section of the HS2 high-speed rail link in west London will run in a tunnel, the government has said. BBC News

MP Mike Penning expresses ‘increased concerns’ to secretary of state Eric Pickles over Radlett rail freight. Watford Observer

More than 8,000 people have submitted claims for compensation to Southeastern after rail engineering work overran causing severe disruption. BBC News

DLR

A 28-year old who used a blow torch to try stealing cash from eight DLR ticket machines has been jailed for 16 months. News Shopper

Miscellaneous

A security review has been launched on London’s transport system in the wake of the Kenya terror attack. Evening Standard

Man arrested after footage of racist Tube train rant is posted on YouTube Independent

More contracts, details of expenditure and ‘most requested’ data to be routinely published on TfL website. Press Release

London Underground adverts will try to tempt social workers to move to Norfolk EDP24

Sir Peter Hendy’s complaints procedure Spectator

TfL considers 4G use to collect bus passenger weight data V3

The image above is from: Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

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One comment
  1. Greg Tingey says:

    And a SWT train has made it into Waterloo-was-international, I believe!

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