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

Unbuilt London: The railway in the middle of the Thames

London Underground

Calls for urgent inspection of South Wimbledon station due to ‘unacceptable’ tube noise Local Guardian

Transport for London has formally started the process to bring 4G to Tube tunnels and stations. MayorWatch

TfL has started prequalifying firms to find a partner to deliver a £250m programme of London Underground track renewals. Construction Enquirer

It’s Deaf Awareness Week and to mark it TFL have led British Sign Language tours of the artworks on London Underground. London Live

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

A comparison of the times on the railway today vs when Crossrail launches Diamond Geezer

Crossrail contractors are struggling to find M&E workers to get the project completed because so many sparks have moved to the Spurs stadium site. Construction Enquirer

Mainline / Overground

Swanley railway station is set to have a makeover after more than £1 million of funding was secured by Sevenoaks council. News Shopper

Network Rail told to spend extra £1bn including ‘forgotten’ Crossrail funds NCE (£)

Vinci Facilities has secured an initial 12-month contract to deliver maintenance services across the London Overground network. FM World

Crouch Hill railway station is in “desperate” need of step-free access, say campaigners who are calling for better access. Islington Tribune

Miscellaneous

‘In Tunnels Under London, 2018’s Urgent Issues Are Being Discussed’: Art on the Underground’s All-Women Line-up Frieze

London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport explains why more government support for the UK’s capital is vital.  New Statesman

A tube map of the best spots to eat avocado Londonist

Old London Underground trains are taking over on the Welsh rail network Wales Online

Harvey Mitchell explains why he stopped the Tube train he was driving to lend support to Grenfell families and friends. Sky News

And finally, Finchley Road tube station’s cobbler George, who’s never taken a sick day in 35 years Ham & High

Image above is from July 2013: Unbuilt London: The railway in the middle of the Thames

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One comment on “London’s weekly railway news #257
  1. Melvyn says:

    It appears to be one of those days when no sooner you print this that a new story breaks and today it’s the resignation of Charles Horton of GTR taking responsibility for the problems since the new timetables were introduced. See –

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/charles-horton-govia-thameslink-railway-boss-quits-after-chaos-caused-by-new-timetable-a3864176.html

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