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

Photos – The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

London Underground

Woman banned from Brixton Tube station after punching member of staff in the face Croydon Advertiser

Central line’s ‘bad run’ of signal failures will improve after £230m upgrade in 2020 Illford Recorder

A man has denied trying to murder two men on the same day by pushing them in front of London Underground trains. Metro

Action is set to be taken over late night tube noise at South Wimbledon station after complaints made by local residents. WimbledonSW19

A soft pad device is being tested at Bethnal Green station and engineers are pleased with its success at dulling the noise for travellers Illford Recorder

Barbican residents affected by Tube noise “like a thunderstorm” in their flats say they are reaching breaking point after years of sleepless nights and repeated complaints to TfL City Matters 

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Sir Terry Morgan is to join HS2 from Crossrail next month, taking over from Sir David Higgins as chair of the high-speed railway line. CSW

Ilford’s new Elizabeth line station is behind schedule, with Network Rail saying that it will be “challenging” to have it ready for December 2019. Illford Recorder

Mainline / Overground

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville says the council would be interested in buying the borough’s Network Rail arches if a planned sale can be stopped Hackney Gazette

Passengers forced to cross tracks to get out of Chalkwell station Echo News

A GWR train guard left disabled comedian Tanyalee Davis feeling “humiliated and embarrassed” after he tried to get her to move her mobility scooter for a mother and her child. Independent

Eurostar passengers could be faced with a day of travel chaos as staff at London St Pancras threaten to strike later this month. Express

A disabled man with a degenerative spinal condition was forced to make detours to get home after repeated lift failures at Highbury and Islington station. Islington Tribune


Welwyn Garden City independent coffee business hit hard by rail chaos Local Times

Anger as video emerges showing Gareth Southgate underground sign being ripped down ITV

A politician has called the Mayor of London’s decision to freeze Tube fares “reckless” and said his policies have “worsened the state” of TfL’s finances. Local Times

Art-Deco tube train returns to the London Underground IanVisits

Which Songs Earn The Most Money For Buskers On The Underground? Londonist

One of the periodic reports from TfL has been released with details of ongoing network upgrades across the networks it controls over the past few months. IanVisits

As part of a reorganisation of its comms team, TfL has expanded the role of director of news Matt Brown to include the management of external relations. PR Week

And finally, Vienna’s metro hands out 14,000 deodorants to passengers amid stifling summer heatwave Telegraph

Image above is from May 2012: Photos – The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

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  1. Andrew Gwilt says:

    I think that Ilford station refurbishment could take couple years. Despite there are some work happening outside the station.

    • Andrew Gwilt says:

      Apparently the lady who caused the controversy by taking down the “Gareth Southgate” temporary signage at Southgate tube station has been named and shamed on social media. But why would she do that. Even though England didn’t make it to the World Cup final. Stupid woman.

    • Nic Maennling says:

      Lady ? By her actions she is a vandal.

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