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

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London Underground

Boris Johnson has told LBC that introducing driverless trains on London Underground would create more jobs. LBC

Simon Jenkins: Now Boris Johnson needs a plan to keep the Tube moving Evening Standard

The owner of a well-known St John’s Wood cafe fears for its future after Tube strikes and engineering works left him more than £1,000 out of pocket. Ham&High

Local MP is pushing for Picadilly line trains to start calling at Turnham Green sooner than currently planned. ChiswickW4

Crossrail

WSP has been appointed to develop options and make recommendations for a London Overground station to link to the proposed HS2/ Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common. Press Release

Crossrail whistleblower tells of incidents before construction worker’s tunnel death Camden New Journal

Crossrail could be coming to Bexley, if the leader of Bexley Council gets her way. This is Local London

Plans for the redevelopment of Ealing Broadway Station for Crossrail need to be thoroughly reviewed and shouldn’t be rushed through warn a group of local residents. Ealing Today

Mainline/Overground

Workers at London’s mainline railway stations are due to strike for 24 hours over pay freezes and pension cuts. BBC News

Funding blow to bid to make Mill Hill Broadway station step-free Edgware Today

Work has started to extend platforms at five stations between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street to provide the option for longer trains and extra seats on the Chiltern main line. Press Release

A look at the emergency door system used on the London Overground trains Azom

A recent project at Clapham Junction railway station in London reduced lighting energy usage by 40%. BBC News

Take a trip in Channel Tunnel trains on the Thameslink Line IanVisits

DLR

Greenwich Council ‘betraying’ Eltham by shelving £1billion DLR plans This is Local London

Miscellaneous

A look back at London’s Early Tube Strikes Londonist

TfL helps secure three year ASBO for prolific offender Press Release

Public offered booklet ‘to explain’ steel tree artwork by Turnpike Lane Tube station Tottenham Journal

Tube Crush, a site that lets users post pictures of hot men on the London Underground, is being criticised for encouraging male objectification. The Telegraph

Thoughts on the forthcoming Night Tube map Diamond Geezer

Video: Sir Peter Hendy answers questions on Tube strike and ticket station closures. London Live

Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) means different things to different people, so says Tom Lee from the Rail Standards and Safety Board who chaired a recent conference in London on the subject. The Rail Engineer

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

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