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

DLR tunnel to Bank station is being extended

London Underground

Commuters using Kentish Town tube station will face a long walk to travel after next week, as the downwards escalator is out of action. Ham & High

More strike action announced at London Underground’s Ruislip Depot Rail Advent

Off Grid Energy has installed its largest and most powerful temporary power hybrid unit at Kennington tube station. Press Release

We’re approaching the Mayoral election season, and the perennial issue of driverless trains on the London Underground has reared its head once more. IanVisits

Disabled pensioner forced to make ‘painful’ trek after TfL closes station entrance Local Guardian

Elizabeth line / Crossrail 

Crossrail chiefs pocketed more than £800,000 in bonus payments last year. Construction Enquirer

London’s Crossrail project is running almost £600m over budget with extra funding required to complete the work, the rail minister has announced. BBC News

Crossrail 2: Hackney mayor Phil Glanville angry as chiefs ignore Shoreditch Park vent shaft concerns Hackney Gazette

Mainline / Overground

Enfield MP hits out at ‘rock bottom service’ on trains Enfield Independent

Trains in London becoming less crowded as fed up commuters shun rush hour travel Telegraph

DLR

The Docklands Light Railway is to get a short trial of private tourist trains, running between Tower Gateway and Greenwich. IanVisits

Miscellaneous

Group of women turn on Tube passenger for filming them harassing man Metro

Train builders Hitachi and Bombardier launch legal bid to reverse Tube decision Northern Echo

Bad body odour is causing anger amid commuters on the London Underground as temperatures rise and tempers flare. Metro

Shocking infra-red images show air temperatures as high as 42C on the Underground – amid calls for bosses to allow workers to skip rush hour and dress down Sun

And finally, London Underground earns £80,000 from Gareth Southgate roundel IanVisits

Image above is from Aug 2017: DLR tunnel to Bank station is being extended

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