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

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London Underground

London Underground driver is accused of drinking almost an entire bottle of vodka while operating a train with around 500 passengers on board, court hears Telegraph

Specialist drainage contractor Lanes Group has won a contract to upgrade the drainage and plumbing systems at London Underground stations Yorkshire Post

Five Days Of Strike Action For London Underground LBC

Crossrail

Farringdon: the birth of a station The Engineer

Crossrail is helping unemployed young people from black and minority ethnic communities to get work in the construction industry The Guardian

Mainline/Overground

Network Rail’s £81 million project to replace 12 miles of track, signalling and overhead power lines in the Watford area is due to start next month. Watford Observer

Chiltern Railways says that 200,000 people have downloaded its mobile ticketing app. Press Release

Two MPs have stepped up their campaign to improve train services for the people of Enfield. Enfield Independent

Euston station was closed during Wednesday evening’s rush hour after a black cab caught fire in the taxi rank outside. London24

Boris Johnson asks government to build HS2 link tunnel under Camden Town Camden New Journal

DLR

The old Pudding Mill Lane DLR station has closed (by the time you read this) IanVisits

Miscellaneous

Coming soon – A chance to walk through the Thames Railway Tunnel IanVisits

Big rise in Tube sex attacks reported after police plea Evening Standard

Women (and men) who ate on the Tube LLB

A brand new bus service between Shenfield and Epping, via Chipping Ongar and North Weald, has been launched by the Epping Ongar Railway. Press Release

The Churchill pub in Royal Wootton Bassett is disappointed at being left out of a ‘tube station’ map of watering holes. Swindon Advertiser

Revealed: Waterloo & City is the Tube line with the wealthiest commuters Evening Standard <– Only linked for the baffling decision to use a picture of Euston northern line platforms under a headline and caption about the W&C line.

Another “OMG, famous people use tube trains” story. Reuters Video

Senior staff at Transport for London have voted to take strike action in a row over pay and pensions. BBC News

Inside London Underground’s lost property office: Umbrellas, dentures and… human ashes Independent

The image above is from: Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station

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