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

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London Underground

Work starts on £36m upgrade of Vauxhall Tube station Press Release

The traditional (threat of) Tube strike action on Boxing Day has been avoided after transport chiefs agreed a £350 bonus for drivers. Evening Standard

Bombardier Transportation has celebrated the production of the 1,000th Sub-Surface line (SSL) car for London Underground at its factory in Derby. Press Release

Crossrail

Electricians who staged a series of strikes on the Jubilee Line Extension are looking to get a start on the Crossrail scheme. Construction Enquirer

Mainline/Overground

Opening of new £20 million bridge at East Croydon station Croydon Advertiser

An exasperated commuter is keeping an online photo diary in a bid to “shame” Southeastern into improving its service. News Shopper

Contractor appointed to prepare London Overground network for longer trains Press Release

According to a commuter, “a tidal wave of sewage” has hit Ealing Broadway station. GetWestLondon (maybe a slight exaggeration there?)

Plans for new high-speed trains between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh have been announced. BBC News

Changes to train stopping points at Bromley South mean commuters now have a shorter walk when leaving the station. News Shopper

Former Director of Public Prosecutions claims HS2 plans ‘break European Convention on Human Rights’ Ham and High

The HS2 high-speed rail project is “essential” for the UK’s future and the potential gains “significantly outweigh” any risks, MPs have said. BBC News

Miscellaneous

Celebrating the Underground’s Architectural Legacy The London Journal (pdf file)

An obituary to Roland Paoletti, “the Medici of London Transport” who died recently The Independent

Plans for a roller-coaster monorail under the streets of London IanVisits

Ageing infrastructure and the high cost of living are the biggest barriers to London’s continued competitiveness, according to the capital’s businesses says lobby group. Press Release

More than 15,000 lost mobile phones on London Underground pose security risks V3

A Northern Line tube train carved out of ice. IanVisits

Diageo has created a “Grumpy Gorilla” poster campaign to promote its sponsorship of free rides home on New Year’s Eve. The Spirits Business

A construction company specialising in the construction of rail and underground infrastructure has entered administration. Business Sale

The image above is from: Today marks the 120th Anniversary of the Northern Line

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One comment on “London’s weekly railway news #27
  1. richard says:

    I wish that they would change the train stopping points at Blackfriars, I understand that they are proud of the next exit, but it’s very annoying having to run all the way down the platform when there’s a short train going south. I don’t know why that can’t put the 4 and 8 car stop somewhere more central like they do in many stations

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