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

Massively detailed map of London’s railways

London Underground

Crunch talks to discuss the future of the Metropolitan Line Extension have been arranged between the Mayor of London and Watford’s MP. Watford Observer

New motors to be installed on Central line trains which TfL say will reduce delays East London Advertiser

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

In just a few weeks time, an entirely new station building is due to open at Abbey Wood, ahead of the arrival of the Elizabeth line next year. IanVisits

Mainline / Overground

An e-cigarette is believed to have caused a small explosion at London Euston station, police said. BBC News

Southern Rail cleaners could be the next to go on strike Croydon Advertiser

New overhead wire put up in Essex to improve rail services to London Ipswich Star

HSR unveils plans to bring direct rail access between Heathrow Airport and Southampton Central Daily Echo

Signalling problems at Lewisham spark rail chaos across Kent train network Kent News

The oldest trains in the Thameslink fleet have been retired today with the final passenger journey leaving Brighton for Bedford. Brighton & Hove News

London Waterloo: Network Rail boss sorry for fresh delays The Guardian

DLR

The DLR tunnel to Bank tube station is getting longer — not because of tunneling work, but because of a new housing development. IanVisits

While the DLR, and others, celebrated the DLR’s 30th birthday last month, Thur is in fact the real 30th birthday. IanVisits

Miscellaneous

Kerri Rogan, 30, who manages elder colleagues in her role at London Underground, says her job is not to ‘challenge and counter their technical knowledge’, FT

New petition calls on Sadiq Khan to move Woolwich Arsenal into zone 3 853

A new task force has been set up after a sharp rise in the number of homeless people sleeping on public transport in London. ITV

Hedgehog found abandoned on Hammersmith and City line platform named after station Get West London

London Underground calling: Buskers audition to play on the Tube NPR

And finally, a Blind Date couple who reunited 25 years later on the Tube have revealed plans to keep in touch – as long as her boyfriend doesn’t mind. Metro

Image above is from April 2016: Massively detailed map of London’s railways

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