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

Unbuilt London: Central London’s underground railway loop

London Underground

Disabled residents feel ‘forgotten’ with nine stations in Redbridge inaccessible Illford Recorder

A person has died after they were struck being struck by a Tube train on the Central line. Get West London

Northern Line extension under threat as TfL fails to reach a deal with Battersea developers CityAM

Panic as mobile phone charger explodes on London tube train Coventry Telegraph

Users of Bow Road station might appreciate an update on how the westbound Next Train Indicator is doing. Diamond Geezer

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Lambeth and Wandsworth councils have criticised Sadiq Khan’s plans to start levying contributions for Crossrail 2 on developers before the scheme has been given the go-ahead MayorWatch

HS2 has this week hit back at claims that the planned high-speed line will “not work properly” without the proposed Crossrail 2 route. RTM

Bombardier is using a GapGun from Bristol-based Third Dimension to assist quality inspection for the production of train carriages for the Elizabeth line. Machinery Market

How Crossrail is using 3D-printing to build its stations IanVisits

Mainline / Overground

Greater Anglia has prepared for a potential strike by conductors next week by training up back office staff to stand in for them. East London Advertiser


A police officer in Bromley has admitted to not paying his train fares and fined £1,800 News Shopper

A new record released by The Darkness about their journey to south London on Southern Railway has reached more ears than intended. Local Guardian

A man suspected to be armed with a samurai sword was spotted on a packed train. Express

TfL: We’re not selling passenger Wi-Fi data to the highest bidder V3

And finally, part of the wall of the former Bricklayers Arms railway goods depot is to be demolished in response to fears that it is unsafe. SE1

Image above is from April 2016: Unbuilt London: Central London’s underground railway loop


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  1. Greg S says:

    Omg, this City AM article was probably written by a cat walking on the keyboard…

    “who should recoup the extra £240bn added to the bill”

    The extension itself cost £1bn, Crossrail cost £15bn, so a design change costing an extra £240bn is hard to believe.

    “I wouldn’t disagree that [not opening the station] is an option, I wouldn’t say if it was on the list”

    This doesn’t make any sense.

  2. Sykobee says:

    It’s probably meant to be £240 million extra.

    TfL should do the work until they run out of money from what was originally agreed, and if that means an unfinished station, then the station should remain closed.

    I think we need an alternative to funding from the developer, as they always renege and use their size and influence to get away with not paying (or building) what they agreed to. Thing is, the small amount the developer does provide is provided up-front, whereas other options such as a levy on property sales/rentals on that development won’t raise money until afterwards.

  3. Melvyn says:

    The councils complaining about up front funding for Crossrail 2 by Mayor Khan should aim their fire at Chris Grayling who has changed the way Crossrail 2 needs to be funded from how Crossrail 1 was !

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