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

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London Underground

Converting an existing line from conventional signalling to CBTC can be a tortuous process and London Underground has experienced some challenges with such upgrades. RailEngineer

Controversial station car park plan at Theydon Bois to be considered Local Guardian

Consumer price index linked bond to fund London Underground extension Railway Gazette

Video: Exploring Down Street Ghost Station Londonist

Crossrail

Crossrail on course with first track down [Video] Construction Index

London could get extra powers to spend stamp duty on large construction projects like Crossrail 2, Mayor Boris Johnson has said. BBC News

Mainline/Overground

Thameslink testing and stabling RailEngineer

Southern Rail fixes ‘worst train service in Britain’… by changing the timetable Evening Standard

Angry commuter tattoos ‘F*** Southern’ on his leg Telegraph

Duke of Wellington to unveil Battle of Waterloo memorial at station SE1

DLR

TfL seeking a fresh redesign for its new DLR trains IanVisits

DLR staff have voted to go on strike in a continuing row over pay and conditions. Wharf

Miscellaneous

Police are investigating allegations that ‘gay cure’ activists broke the law by handing out political leaflets on the London Underground on election day. PinkNews

A London Bridge ticket inspector who managed to overpower and disarm a man threatening to stab passengers has been recognised for his bravery SE1

Trains through Charlton have been delayed after around 15 police were called to a trespasser on the line – then struggled to remove him. News Shopper

Revealed: new office scheme planned for Bishopsgate Goodsyard AJ

An old London Underground train has been crashed into a 3 ton tank filled to the top with water — on purpose. IanVisits

The Growing Underground venture in a disused London tube station is to start supplying Farmdrop. Fruitnet

…and finally, The Annual General Meeting of K-Slott (Keep Sea Lions Off The Tubes) was thrown into turmoil by a piece of research on pigeons. Express

The image above is from Dec 2013: Plans for a roller-coaster monorail under the streets of London

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