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

Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

London Underground

Drivers on London’s night tube are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay and jobs. Guardian

London Underground users charged £365m for incomplete journeys CityAM

Maintenance workers have voted to strike “following numerous unresolved breaches of agreed machineries and agreements by management”. Independent

Seats on seven of London’s underground train lines are never washed despite being sat on by millions of bums every day. Mirror

A catalogue of tube station closures due to staff shortages Diamond Geezer

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

BBMV to pay Crossrail workers monthly productivity payments Construction

Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise IanVisits

Mainline/Overground

Southern Rail passengers were left baffled after a microwave oven abandoned on train tracks sparked delays and cancellations on services in south London. Standard

WilkinsonEyre has replaced Grimshaw on the High Speed 2 package of work for the concept design of Euston Station AJ

Storm Doris sparks rush hour rail chaos in London ITV

Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent PSE

First direct train from Okehampton to London in 50 years to run in March Exeter Express

C2C’s bid to end an ongoing row over its new timetable has led to even more changes – which one angry commuter described as a “joke”. Echo

Miscellaneous

Exterion, the billboard ad giant with the contract for London Underground, UK buses and railway stations, has been put up for sale by its  owners for up to £800 million. Standard

Royal Train saved from the scrapheap after Queen makes it known it is still her favoured mode of transport Telegraph

Londoners are getting £1,500 a head more cash in transport investment than commuters in the North, according to a report iNews

TfL awards Barclaycard 10-year contract that’ll include the roll out of contactless on the Elizabeth Line CityAM

Gay couple beaten on London-bound train in horrific homophobic attack on Valentine’s Day Standard

Rail freight body hails approval for new London interchange Handy Shipping Guide

A member of staff was spat at and had coffee thrown at her while working behind the information desk at Victoria station. Get West London

And finally, A new Night Tube map has been launched to help hungry Londoners on the hunt for a midnight McDonald’s. The Drum

The image above is from May 2012: Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

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