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

Plans for Camden Town tube station upgrade

London Underground

Peta have taken over an entire tube station with posters encouraging people to go vegan as part of an ambitious advertising campaign. The Drum

Train passengers were trapped inside a bloodsoaked carriage, while windows smashed around them, when a fight broke out at Holloway Road station on New Year’s Eve. Islington Gazette

Talks aimed at averting a strike by London Underground workers have been adjourned again, with little sign of averting a 24-hour walkout. ITV

Empty buildings above Tube and rail stations ‘should be converted into nurseries’ Standard

Watford residents have called for Watford train stations to be included in the TfL zoning system to reduce fares for commuters. Watford Observer

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

New Elizabeth line train being tested in a huge freezer IanVisits

Hundreds of residents have signed a petition to try to save a cobblers which has traded in Ilford Station for nearly 25 years. Illford Recorder

Mainline/Overground

Southern Rail strikes halved to three days Croydon Advertiser

Tens of thousands of rail commuters were advised to stay at home for a week because of a strike by drivers. ITV

Thameslink Rail fails security test after staff miss fake bomb planted on busy train Standard

RMT union accepts offer of talks with transport secretary Chris Grayling over Southern train strike Local Guardian

Miscellaneous

Transport programme helps disabled students in Barking and Dagenham travel independently B&D Post

China launches first freight train to London Global Times

Rail fares: Who are the season ticket winners and losers? BBC News

The Shaolin Temple In An Abandoned Railway Station Londonist

Planners have approved the building of two blocks of flats to the rear of a Grade II listed Tube station despite opposition from neighbours. Standard

Lyst creates new menswear Tube Map to celebrate start of London Fashion Week Men’s Daily Waffle

London Underground engineer has broken a world record by running 2,600 miles in 100 marathons Kent Live

And finally, A scorpion which caused a London to Edinburgh train to be halted when it crawled out of a passenger’s rucksack has given birth, BBC News

The image above is from Oct 2015: TfL shows off plans for Camden Town tube station upgrade

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2 comments on “London’s weekly railway news #182
  1. Josh says:

    Surely Watford passengers can’t just be rezoned like that. Somebody has to pay for the TfL standard fares. If they want London fares, they need to move that Watford become a London borough.