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

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London Underground

London Underground has confirmed that plans are in place to start construction work on an extension of the Metropolitan line next year, IanVisits

Part-time staff and a salary increase have been offered by London Underground as a solution to running the new Night Tube service. BBC News

Tube on its way to Battersea as work starts on Northern line extension Press Release

A look at the rebuilding works at Hanger Lane Junction on the Piccadilly and District lines Rail Engineer

Holborn Tests Standing on Both Sides of the Escalator IanVisits

Tens of thousands of tube commuters are being affected by a train shortage caused by ‘leaves on the line’. ITV

Crossrail

Crossrail 2 seeks infrastructure commission backing Building

Mainline/Overground

New Thameslink train makes successful first-ever test run, to Brighton Press Release

Whitehall ‘ready to let TfL control London’s commuter rail services’ Standard

Roxtec’s seals deal at London Bridge rail substation BusinessDesk

London’s first rail community rail partnership launched at Hounslow station RTM

Network Rail misses punctuality target as more than one in 10 trains run late Telegraph

Virgin Trains has  announced a £21m refurbishment programme for its London-Leeds-Scotland route rail fleet. Yorkshire Evening Post

Miscellaneous

Pie and clash: Restaurant owner is hit with a warning letter from London transport bosses after using a Tube-style sign to attract customers DailyMail

Govt funding changes will force TfL to become self-funding by 2018 MayorWatch

And finally, South Norwood Tourist Board lobbies to rename Norwood Junction as Norwood Intergalactic Croydon Guardian

The image above is from Sept 2011: The tube train that travels through time and space

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