The 100th edition — my weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…


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Woman rushed to hospital after being hit by Central Line train London24

A man who stabbed a London Underground worker in a Tube station’s ticket hall has been jailed. BBC News

London Underground trains could be used in Wales Carmarthen Journal

More than 100 police officers will patrol the London Underground network when the Night Tube services begin in September. BBC News


Video – Crossrail’s excavated earth used to make nature reserve BBC News

Crossrail to bring 40 per cent fare cut for first customers The Week

Bombardier has chosen two Derby rail firms to manufacture part of the cabs for its 65 Crossrail trains. Derby Telegraph

Watch: Crossrail engineers destroy Abbey Wood station CityAM


New HS2 plans for Euston reveal how streets will be swept away Camden New Journal

Timelapse Video: Three-day closure of London Bridge comes to an end after Bank Holiday work. Rail Magazine

Rail firm apologises over train manager’s ‘shocking’ announcement that ‘delays are due to someone who couldn’t be bothered to live anymore’ Evening Standard

Train stations could be hived off in plan to split up Network Rail Independent

Overcrowding on trains which has already led to fights and injuries in Waltham Forest could be set to continue for up to three years, according to a railway campaign group. Local Guardian

A new platform surface has reduced the step for passengers and increased safety at Vauxhall Station. Press Release

Network Rail’s RMT workers to strike twice in June after rejecting pay offer Telegraph


Woman assaulted on DLR during rush hour Newham Recorder


A tissue salesman on the Metropolitan Line The Guardian

The Conservatives want to scrap a perk that allows friends and family of TfL workers to travel for free, which they claim is costing the network £22m a year. LBC

Rail devolution: Assembly asks London’s rail users to share ideas for improvement MayorWatch

Central London’s unbuilt massive railway terminus IanVisits

…and finally, How Many Pringles Can You Fit In Crossrail? Calling Stations

The image above is from May 2012: The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market


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8 comments on “Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news
  1. ianvisits says:

    Before anyone comments — the 100th edition has 99 in the URL, because the first post didn’t have a number in it 😉

    • Neil says:

      Just so you know the photoset that the tunnel picture at the top is linked to (from smithfield) doesn’t work as a full set, it’s throwing out a flickr api error. 🙂

  2. dave says:

    Congrats on the 100th issue and thanks for keeping this up, I really enjoy reading it every Friday.

  3. Sykobee says:

    Re: Welsh underground trains: “Vivarail is fitting several Ford diesel engines, as used in Transit vans, to each train”

    Good lord, that sounds like an interesting solution!

  4. Greg says:

    “friends and family of TfL workers to travel for free, which they claim is costing the network £22m a year”

    Is it me or does anyone else think this is bollocks? “Free travel” doesn’t cost anything. Someone with a free pass will not necessarily buy the equivalent in paid tickets – especially if it covers all zones, while in practice they might regularly use it for just 2 or 3.

    • Neil says:

      Greg, it might not ‘cost anything’ to let them in, but I’m pretty sure there’s a levy in terms of wear and tear, passenger space for paying passengers and so on…

      Personally I think the proposal to give the free travel to firefighters is fairer than a TFL employee being able to gift it to a family member/shag/flatmate or whatever.

  5. Steve Ehrlicher says:

    I am a newcomer to this site and find it excellent. Great snippets of activity teasers and excellent railway stuff.
    All strength to you Mr. Visits.

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