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


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Commuters were forced to evacuate a London Underground train after reports of smoke coming from a carriage. Evening Standard

The revamped Tottenham Court Road underground station has opened with a new entrance and enlarged ticket hall. Construction Manager

The first London Underground D78-Stock train to be withdrawn from service is due to be delivered to Vivarail at Long Marston shortly on January 19. RailMagazine


Crossrail is on course for a humiliating signalling failure when it opens in 2018. Independent

Watch: Crossrail gains from grout plant all-in-one box CNPlus

Vinci wins early role on £20bn Crossrail 2 project Construction Enquirer


Plans to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside have been backed by 90 per cent of those taking part in a consultation. MayorWatch

Shenfield to London slow trains to get refresh before end of year Brentwood Gazette

MPs say they are “sceptical” about whether the government’s HS2 rail line will deliver value for money. BBC News

Network Rail apologises for service around London Bridge not being ‘good enough’ this week Kent News

Southern Rail’s London to Brighton service was late every day for a year Metro

Wonky algorithm hikes online rail fares for commuters to London Bridge ComputerWorld

Plans for new West Hampstead station ‘look like petrol station’ Camden New Journal


Interserve has won a seven-year contract to provide cleaning and security services for the DLR. FM World

TfL has revealed it’s looking into running the Docklands Light Railway over the proposed Gallions Reach Bridge. Wharf


Nurse saves pensioner’s life after he defended her from Tube harasser London24

This could be the most dangerous door ever…Metro

Commuters go trouserless on London tube for International No Pants Day Telegraph

Train Simulator 2015: hands on with the London Overground train PCGamesN

We could freeze London fares. But should we? The Guardian

London’s transport boss under fire for claiming oysters and £45 wine on expenses Evening Standard

The image above is from Sept 2011: A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station


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  1. Greg says:

    Spot the mistakes in this caption: “The unfinished shell of what will be the eastern ticket hall at one of the new stations, Hannover Square”

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