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

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London Underground

300 new homes to be built above Southwark Tube station MayorWatch

Tube drivers are set to strike this weekend in support of a sacked colleague. Local London

Improving London Underground 3G and 4G connectivity PR

Crossrail

Range Rover drives a car through a Crossrail tunnel IanVisits

Fears that Crossrail is removing too many trees Maidenhead Advertiser

Photos: How is Crossrail work progressing in Shenfield? Brentwood Gazette

A grassroots campaign to prevent lift shafts being built on Wandsworth Common during Crossrail 2 works is celebrating a small victory for people power. Local Guardian

The inquest into the death last year of a Slovakian shotcreter on the Crossrail project has concluded with a narrative verdict. Construction Index

Mainline/Overground

The East Coast rail route between London and Scotland has returned to private hands after more than five years in the public sector. BBC News

Desperate commuters jumped the barriers at London Bridge amid rush hour “chaos” that saw police called to control crowds. Evening Standard & Rail Minister calls for London Bridge compensation LBC

DLR

Man in critical condition after being hit by a DLR train at Canary Wharf Wharf

Miscellaneous

London Underground has been accused of adopting 19th century values after a tube worker was sacked simply because she had epilepsy, according to MPs. London24

Mind The Gap tells the true tale of a beloved tube announcer Londonist

Surge in lost credit cards found in stations following introduction of “card clash” warnings. NicParkes

The Secret Diary of a TFL Apprentice Plotr

The desire of a group of visually impaired young people to travel independently on the London Underground has contributed to the development of an app which they can use to guide them. BBC

Tubecrush: The site fuelling China’s crush on male commuters snapped on London’s Tube Independent

…and finally, a stray cat who lived in Acton Town Tube station has finally found a new home – and it’s not even in Zone 6. London24

The image above is from Feb 2013: Photos from inside the Woolwich Crossrail Station

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