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

TfL seeking a fresh redesign for its new DLR trains

London Underground

Natural events and simple logistics have combined this year to cause problems on the Piccadilly. We explore what’s happening and why. London Reconnections

Tube worker ‘caught watching porn while manning the platforms’ Metro

A new roll-out of Piccadilly Line trains could be driverless and will arrive on the Tube in 2023, Sadiq Khan has said. Standard

Piccadilly line Night Tube launch to go ahead on Friday despite ongoing disruption as mayor says “lessons must be learned” CityAM

New London Underground slab track cast in-situ Rail Engineer

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

In order to facilitate the use of advanced automated drilling on the Crossrail project, surveying company Plowman Craven came up with an innovative way to map out the work that lay ahead AEC Magazine

New books about Crossrail archeology released IanVisits

Malcolm Taylor, technical information manager for Crossrail, on using 5D to manage fit-out, how BIM helped drive waste down to just 2%, and plans to create an expansive “virtual world” for Crossrail 2. Construction Manager

Electrical work has been halted at Crossrail’s Paddington station because of concerns that project delivery has derailed. Construction Enquirer

A look at (what little) has been done on the Met line’s Croxley Rail Link Diamond Geezer

Mainline/Overground

Southern launch appeal against High Court decision to refuse it preventing drivers’ strikes Local Guardian

Toilet charges at two London railway stations have been stopped to compensate passengers for travel disruption. BBC News

The Public Accounts Committee discusses the £2.1 billion of increased costs and 18–36 month delays in the project to modernise the Great Western railway. Parliament

Sadiq Khan says his team is ready to run strike-hit Southern rail The Guardian

Huge new depot on track to transform North London rail services Enfield Today

TfL shortlists three big-name bidders for rail extension to Barking Riverside – one of London’s most isolated areas Building

Trains have started running on a second line between London and Oxford city centre following a £320m project. BBC News

DLR

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’ RTM

During tunnelling work on London’s Crossrail Mabey’s hydraulic jacks and monitors ensured that the existing Docklands Light Railway was safe. Construction Enquirer

Miscellaneous

A new cover for the tube map is released IanVisits

London’s Hidden Tunnels Revealed In Amazing Cutaways Londonist

A group of railway engineers working over Christmas have released a festive song. ITV

And finally, ISIS transports links decimated after NATO hand Mosul contract to Southern Rail NewsThump (satire)

The image above is from May 2015: TfL seeking a fresh redesign for its new DLR trains

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