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

Blackfriars Station’s hidden Puddle Dock entrance

London Underground

Tube strike threat still on for next week which could mean no Jubilee Line service CityAM

The disused platform at Gloucester Road tube station has been covered in giant fried eggs — because, art. IanVisits

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

The £14.8bn Crossrail project has been crowned as the infrastructure project making the greatest contribution to London in 2018. CityAM

Following a consultation in 2015, and the announcement last Autumn of a costs review, Crossrail 2 has been looking at some of the alternative options for the railway line. IanVisits

Lanes’ rail division stepped in on a Crossrail contract when Carillion collapsed, and it has now proved itself to the client. Construction Index

Mainline / Overground

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy predicted three years ago that the new Thameslink rail timetable introduced last month was “implausible” and would have to be cut back. SE1

New electric trains that will double the capacity of a London Overground line through Waltham Forest have been delayed. Waltham Forest Echo

New ticket barriers are to be introduced at Highams Park Overground, while the subway entrance/exit on platform two will be closed. Local Guardian

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition opposing a Thameslink safety measure which they claim “discriminates” against disabled people. Evening Standard

Campaigners against the Cricklewood rail super-hub have been left disappointed after Sadiq Khan refused to intervene. Ham and High

This Sunday (10th June), thanks to engineering works, there’s a chance to take a trip along a little used bit of railway in West London. IanVisits


Lib Dems call for Watford stations to be re-zoned to zone 6 Watford Observer

A man, who conducted a campaign of fear against a member of rail staff at an South London station, has been jailed for more than two years. Transport Police

Network Rail plans to ban the sale of plastic cups and cutlery from shops at stations across the UK as part of a drive to tackle “significant environmental issues”. Independent

Rush hour commuters had to clear a busy London railway station after steam from the Flying Scotsman set off the fire alarm. BBC News

And finally, FIVE MINUTES WITH: TfL Transport Innovation Directorate foresight manager, Gareth Sumner Commercial Drone Professional

Image above is from Oct 2017: Blackfriars Station’s hidden Puddle Dock entrance

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2 comments on “London’s weekly railway news #256
  1. Andrew Gwilt says:

    Do people use Puddle Dock entrance to get to Blackfriars station. Or do they use the main entrance. It seems that this entrance is hardly being used.

    • Gio says:

      I use it every day as do most commuters coming from the adjacent Baynard House. It’s not so useful if your intention is to use the underground. But I think more people would use it if it was visibly signed from street level.

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