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

109593_TBM Elizabeth breaks through into Stepney Green cavern November 2013

London Underground

New Tube showdown looms as Bob Crow says no to driverless trains Evening Standard

Nearly half of all reported thefts at train stations in Waltham Forest last year occurred at Leyton station. Local Guardian

Stratford should be moved from Underground Zone 3 to Zone 2/3 to maximise the Olympic legacy and improve perceptions of the area, according to a new report. Newham Recorder

‘Noisy Tube station repairs keeping neighbours awake at night’ Get West London

Ion Iorga jailed for exposing himself on train near Croxley station Watford Observer

10 more tube stations to get Wi-Fi coverage. Cellular-News

Asda aims to open more ‘click-and-collect’ tube delivery points Independent

Crossrail

The architect behind the acclaimed transformation of King’s Cross station in north London has been parachuted in to work on Crossrail stations as a row over design quality on the project continues. The Guardian

Crossrail archaeology finds on display in new exhibition IanVisits

Questioning Capacity: How Quickly Will Crossrail’s New Trains Fill Up? London Reconnections

Crossrail Ltd has appointed Julie Leonard as its official artist-in-residence, with a commission to create a pictorial diary of Crossrail’s construction. Construction Index

Costain Skanska has handed over of the Western Ticket Hall Box at Bond Street 6 weeks earlier than planned Construction

Mainline/Overground

Thameslink franchise may stagnate rail services through Kentish Town and West Hampstead Ham & High

HS2 bosses set to abandon Camden Town ‘link’ stage of high speed rail project Camden New Journal

Thameslink and Southern train services need ‘urgent improvement’, says Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake. Local Guardian

A Sycamore tree in front of West Hampstead rail station was saved from the axe by a last-minute protection order following a protest. Camden New Journal

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn has put on hold its high-speed London-Frankfurt rail project after delivery delays on Siemens’ ICE trains. Reuters

DLR

TfL apologised to two customers and is carrying out an investigation into an escalator incident at the Cutty Sark DLR station. BBC News

Miscellaneous

A series of paintings featuring all 267 stations on the London Underground will forever capture the scenes of the city. East London Advertiser

The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey IanVisits

An artist collective is to host their début exhibition in the old offices of Leytonstone Tube station this week. Local London

Man knocks schoolboy unconscious at Tube station for standing on his foot London24

Video of a giant hot-dog passing through Charing Cross tube station IanVisits

Man risks life to steal Barnet woman’s mobile phone from train tracks Times Series

An interview with TfL’s capital programmes director for London Underground, David Waboso The Rail Engineer

Almost Terminal: Marylebone’s Brush With Destruction London Reconnections

The image above is from: Crossrail breaks into huge cavern under Stepney

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