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

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London Underground

Boris Johnson has been accused of deliberately dragging his feet over the Piccadilly Line upgrade because of his own “grandiose” proposals for a Thames Estuary airport. Evening Standard

Tesco and Waitrose to join Asda in tube stations IanVisits

Ever wondered how they replace the poster adverts opposite the platforms in the tube stations? Industry Today

Crossrail

Engineers from Cambridge University are burrowing away deep beneath the streets of London – in a pioneering drive to find better ways of digging tunnels and making them safer. Cambridge News

Canary Wharf Group has agreed to part-fund a new permanent public artwork in the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, with a further £500,000 match-funded by the City of London. Press Release

Bennetts blames budget as McAslan and HOK rework Crossrail designs Architects Journal (Google Cache)

Andrew Mitchell, programme director and board member at Crossrail, has quit his job and been appointed as the CEO of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Tunnels Online

Mainline/Overground

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has raised concerns with Southern railway about the rise in travel disruption which has affected thousands of commuters in Sutton. Local Guardian

Laing O’Rourke has received a £22m contract to remodel Willesden Junction that serves London Overground services. Railway-Technology

Camden’s rock and heavy metal super-fans face being turfed out of their favourite pub as the council re-houses those left homeless by the construction of the High Speed 2 rail-link. Ham & High

Contractor appointed to extend London Overground’s Willesden Junction Depot Press Release

Commuter groups have called for a rethink about a 50% reduction of some Thameslink rail services during three-year engineering works. BBC News and 22 photos of the new trains IanVisits

Horrified bystanders look on as woman is electrocuted at train station in Hackney Evening Standard

DLR

DLR strikes earlier this week were cancelled LBC

Miscellaneous

A short video about the reversing sound made by building site delivery trucks YouTube

An overweight admin assistant has lost five stone after a stranger gave up their seat on the tube for her thinking her was pregnant. Daily Mail

London’s part-time commuters will be able to buy flexible travel tickets from January 2015 GLA Conservatives

Underground farm in Clapham North WW2 air raid shelters BBC News

TfL commissioned opinion poll finds majority of the public support closure of ticket offices Press Release

A Tube worker from Herne Bay smuggled two Albanians into Britain in the boot of his car. Kent Online

The image above is from: A look around the Victoria Station upgrade works

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