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

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London Underground

The Croxley Rail Link project has been signed off by the Government. Watford Observer

A Tube platform from which a woman fell and was dragged under a train this week was not overcrowded, a new CCTV picture has revealed. Evening Standard

No Do Nothing Option: The increasing cost of the Bakerloo’s trains London Reconnections

Finsbury Park station to be upgraded to ease overcrowding ITV

Market stalls outside Stockwell Tube station were told by TFL that they have to leave their current pitch in Clapham Road by the end of April. South London Press

New tube station exhibition this week IanVisits

Three-year-old falls into gap between London Underground Tube and platform at Baker Street Independent

London Underground has placed its order for two tunnel boring machines to be used on the Northern Line extension. Construction Enquirer

Crossrail

LDS has won the go-ahead for new plans to redevelop the site above and around the Bond Street Crossrail station. Architects Journal

Crossrail holding talks about Bedlam excavations IanVisits

Proposals for a major overhaul of Hayes & Harlington station as part of the Crossrail programme have been approved by Hillingdon Council. Bdaily

Custom House Crossrail bridges to open in November Newham Recorder

Mainline/Overground

Remains of a disused station uncovered by Network Rail IanVisits

Commuters face dire consequences at London Bridge if more is not done to quell the rush hour chaos plaguing the station, the government was warned today. Evening Standard

Network Rail have promised more staff and timetable amendments in a bid to combat recurring travel chaos at London Bridge. LBC

Miscellaneous

Contactless payment continues to grow in London BBC

Roof ripped off double-decker in crash with rail bridge in west London Evening Standard

Why doesn’t the tube make handpoles out of self-sterilising metals? And what is grippage? CityMetric

RAF officer in court for causing London Tube escalator accident that left woman 15% shorter. Independent

Abseilers installing art inside Westminster tube station IanVisits

TfL’s head of contactless payments on leading the world in payments innovation Diginomica

…and finally, 40 minute video – Is London on the right track when it comes to building a rail network that will cope with the capital’s growing population? London Live

The image above is from Feb 2014: The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey

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