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

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London Underground

Croxley Rail Link: plans revealed for ‘unobtrusive’ glow in the dark tube station Watford Observer

Work has been disrupted on a major London underground job as workers demand they are taken on directly rather than shunted into self-employment via payroll companies. Construction Enquirer

Fast-drying concrete cost Victoria Line passengers 100,000 hours, says TfL City AM

Main contractors dumped from £330m Tube stations revamp Construction Enquirer

100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station IanVisits

The RMT union has told members that it will “probably need to strike again” over the proposed mass closure of Tube ticket offices with 950 job losses. Evening Standard

Crossrail

Crossrail TBM gets police escort through East London IanVisits

Mainline/Overground

London Bridge: The First Sign of Things to Come London Reconnections

Transport for London tells commuter to ‘leave early’ after he complained delayed trains made him late for work Evening Standard

Blackheath Station treated to new office and seating area News Shopper

TfL has also agreed to take over the Romford – Upminster Line as part of the West Anglia Franchise negotiations. London Reconnections <– and here’s the expected map for late 2015.

Concerns about the lack of passive provision for a future HS1-HS2 link Lords of the Blog

TfL is inviting expressions of interest in a contract to supply electric multiple-units to operate routes that are to be transferred to its London Overground network in 2015. Railway Gazette

Miscellaneous

Facebook removes ‘Women Who Eat On Tubes’ page after backlash. MetroTelegraph

A mother and her in-laws are opening a café in Addiscombe with a tram theme – because her kids love them. Croydon Advertiser

London commuters lack common courtesy, according to a woman who pretended to be pregnant for a study testing people’s reactions. News Shopper.

Tube Lines rolls out Windows 8 tablets IT Pro <– warning has auto-play video.

Street art under a railway bridge near Brixton IanVisits

A musician was hauled into court for breaking railway byelaws – by reading those very restrictions with a megaphone outside Euston Station. Ham & High

Chiswick WW2 ‘Shell’ turns out to be old train battery ChiswickW4

The image above is from: How the first Underground Railway might have run under the West End of London

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