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

Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground

London Underground

Tube strike threat escalates as eighth round of talks break up Standard

Oval Tube Station hosts Odyssey Stories exhibition telling the stories of local people London News

Woman cooling off with massive fan on Central Line is envy of all Londoners Metro

The Northern Line cost commuters nearly £30 million in lost hourly wages last year, new figures have revealed. Local Times

Jubilee line train drove with doors open due to ‘poor training and tiredness’ ianVisits

London Underground wi-fi data collection ‘has huge potential’ BBC News

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Watchdog drops probe into TfL over Crossrail delays Building

Work will start on demolishing Ilford Station in winter 2019 says Network Rail Illford Recorder

Compulsory Purchase, Crossrail and the Crichel Down Rules – When to assume a ‘threat of compulsion’ Lexology

Crossrail has seen an increase in “high potential near misses” on site as it moves from construction activities to the testing and commissioning phase, NCE

Mainline / Overground

Emergency crews stage biological incident exercise at Heathrow Express terminus. Local Times

A track worker killed by a passenger train in south London was on a zero-hours contract, probably fatigued, and left exposed to danger when a colleague failed to turn up for work, investigators have found. The Guardian

London Victoria train derailment causes chaos for commuters The Guardian


A fare dodger has been spared jail after he viciously attacked a Tube worker who challenged him at Victoria station. MyLondon

TfL boss Mike Brown talks money, mayors and clean air Standard

HS2 will benefit North and regions more than London, says new report Yorkshire Post

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

And finally: Nepal’s tourism campaign mistakenly uses photo from Thailand in London Underground campaign The Daily Star

Image above is from June 2017: Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground

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4 comments on “London’s weekly railway news
  1. Sykobee says:

    Zero-hours contracts are a scourge, and I’m shocked to see them used by Network Rail for track work like this. The result was inevitable.

  2. jason leahy says:

    Calvin Barrows has a controversial theory on why tube trains overheat in the summer.He thinks the reason is the sun heats the trains when running on the surface and parked unshaded at the depots.He compares the London tube to the Glasgow Subway which is the third oldest underground railway in the world opened in 1896 and has two completely underground lines with 16°C tunnels temperature all-year round even during the 31°C summer heatwave in 2018.
    He thinks the hot tube tunnels is an effect not the cause of overheating,I guess his theory explains why Glasgow Subway tunnels haven`t risen in temperature since 1896 and London`s tube has from 14°C in 1900s to 30°C nowdays.One reason given for the overheating of the tube tunnels is the narrowness causing poor air circulation but Glasgow Subway trains and tunnels are even narrower than London`s.His solutions are coating the trains with solar reflective paint and fitting solar-reflective glass windows and well-ventilated shading with finned roof and walls with openings facing north at the depots,I guess winds in London mainly blow from north.https://www.railjournal.com/in_depth/cooling-the-tube
    Glaswegians most used word for the underground is subway followed by the tube then underground,nickname clockwork orange is only spoken by tourists like Michael Portillo.

    • ianvisits says:

      I’ve seen his report – and it overlooks two major differences between Glasgow and London.

      a) The Glasgow subway is dug fairly close to the surface (ave depth just 29 feet), and the closer your are to the surface, the easier it is for heat in the tunnels and surrounding soil to radiate away in the winter months, so that the newly warmed soil is cold again ahead of the next summer.

      b) The tunnels are dug through hard rock in the north which is a good absorbent of heat from the tunnels, and soft soils in the south, which aren’t so good — but both are considerably better than the thick heavy clay that London’s tunnels are dug through, which traps most of the heat underground, where it builds up year after year.

      His idea that solar absorption is the main cause of the temperature build up in London is not supported by any of the many studies into the issue over the decades.

  3. Nicolas Maennling says:

    When are we going to eliminate the term “…near misses…” from our vocabulary ? The writer meant to say that object A and B nearly hit each other. So why not say that ? No one says “…near hit…” to mean that A and B missed each other. Dear me.

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