London’s weekly railway news #248

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

Unbuilt London: The embankment railway

London Underground

Passengers are to be hit by a District line walk-out over a Tube driver alleged to have passed three red signals in his 11 weeks driving. Evening Standard

New report shows that the tube is an air pollution hot-spot Londonist

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Terry Morgan: The Elizabeth line is getting close —and I can’t wait Evening Standard

Mainline / Overground

A group of campaigners held a protest outside Kings Cross, putting extra pressure on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to bring the East Coast main line into public hands. Left Foot Forward

A footbridge finally seems to be in the works for the level crossing in White Hart Lane, Barnes. Local London

Network Rail takes over Clapham Junction station ahead of upgrade IanVisits

A number of South Western Railway (SWR) have been saved after a huge public backlash to the company’s proposed amendments last year. Local Times

The new timetable will affect virtually all stations in Croydon in dramatic ways, if it can be delivered Croydon Citizen

GWR has reset more than a million customer accounts after discovering hackers had successfully breached a small percentage of them. BBC News

Rail accident investigators are analysing an incident last month in which a group of track workers were nearly killed by a speeding train in north London. Construction Index

Miscellaneous

Rail and bus operator FirstGroup has rejected a takeover offer from US private equity firm Apollo Management. BBC News

A number of robberies and attempted robberies have been reported on a train service between Herne Hill and Bromley South. News Shopper

CCTV appeal after London Underground worker is pushed onto the tracks ITV

Hunt is on for phantom pooer who defecates daily on Snaresbrook Tube station’s toilet floor Illford Recorder

A community garden was trampled on and ruined as workers put up a billboard on the side of a train station. Local Times

A man has been stabbed during rush hour at the Stratford International DLR station. Local Guardian

A long list of train stations in various forms of alphabetical order Diamond Geezer

A bargain hunter claimed he bought a car to drive from London to Bristol because it was cheaper than travelling by train. AOL

And finally, a football fan has turned his passion for history into a career by creating Tube maps illustrating the history of Brighton and Hove Albion. The Argus

Image above is from March 2016: Unbuilt London: The embankment railway

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