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

Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway

Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway

London Underground

An increase in the number of people falling into the gap between the train and the platform has been blamed on the introduction of new Tube trains. Independent

Elevators that can move both vertically and horizontally to take passengers to their intended destination could be built into the London Underground system. The IET

Transport for London teams up with Twitter to launch ‘instant’ tube alerts service The Drum

The mystery of the missing tube maps Diamond Geezer

A tube worker could face a battle to walk again after he was crushed between a machine and the platform while carrying out improvement work. The Sun

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

Crossrail has appointed Martin Brown, formerly head of health, safety and the environment at Transport for London, as its new health and safety director. RTM

New trainer needed for Crossrail tunnel academy Construction Enquirer

So how much did it cost to rebrand Crossrail “the Elizabeth Line”? CityMetric

Crossrail noise causes sleepless nights for Maidenhead residents over bank holiday Maidenhead Advertiser

Mainline/Overground

HS2: the zombie train that refuses to die The Guardian <– by the perpetual grump, Simon Jenkins

New transport link at Lea Bridge already opening up redevelopment opportunities Estates Gazette

The line from Shepperton to Teddington and Strawberry Hill will close for two weeks in July as Network Rail looks to address the recurring issue of flooding along the route Get Surrey

Work to finish a direct rail link between central Oxford and London Marylebone could be given the go-ahead within weeks. Oxford Mail

The bitter dispute between Southern Rail and the unions intensified with the rail operator accused of lying about cancelled services. ITV

GWR has finalised an agreement with Bombardier and Porterbrook to procure 37 new Class 387 Electrostar EMUs for its Thames Valley route. Global Rail News

Miscellaneous

Miracle ‘tube cat’ rescued three days after running onto London Underground tracks Telegraph

The number of Transport for London staff earning more than £100,000 a year is more than 400 for the second year running. Standard

Plans to build the £120m Camden Lock Village development in north London have suffered a four-month set-back after Network Rail temporarily halted works. ConstructionNews

The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct IanVisits

Tube worker cycling around the world in a year to raise money for charity LocalLondon

London mayor, who had pledged residents ‘won’t pay a penny more’ for travel, says fares freeze applies only to single journeys The Guardian

Lets play spot the trademark infringement… Likely to happen MusicWeek and Has happened Blackpool Gazette

And finally, This DLR staff training video from 1988 is worth watching for the funky music alone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwruoagYq0U

The image above is from July 2012: Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway

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