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

Photos from the roof of Victoria Station

London Underground

A tale of two metros: how the London tube beat the New York subway The Guardian

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

An accident at Crossrail’s Farringdon station site that left one worker seriously injured was “likely” caused by scaffolding not being erected properly, Construction News

London business faces year of closure after Crossrail drilling floods basement The Guardian

Commuters will now be able to travel from Reading to Paddington in 58 minutes, after a limited section of Crossrail opened yesterday. City AM

Crossrail team had no idea it would miss station handover just hours before deadline Building

Crossrail chiefs pocketed more than £500,000 in bonus payments last year despite the ongoing delays and cost overruns. Construction Enquirer

Mainline / Overground

An MP and cabinet member has criticised the “catastrophic performance of Greater Anglia’s newly introduced trains”. BBC News

The Netherlands wants to increase the number of high-speed Eurostar services between London and Amsterdam from three to five a day by 2021. TTG

Waterloo rail chiefs warn of New Year’s Eve disruption as festive getaway begins with drivers trying to beat rush Standard

London Northwestern axes train services at Bushey in timetable overhaul Watford Observer

London Victoria was left “at a standstill” because of a “major signal failure” during rush-hour. BBC News

A new Watford Junction to Aylesbury rail service, along with a new link between Stevenage and Luton are two of the proposals being put forward by Hertfordshire Council. ianVisits

DLR

Guilty verdict but light sentence in Crown Court for Extinction Rebellion DLR protesters Real Media

Miscellaneous

Man arrested at Dalston Kingsland station after Overground passenger hurls racist abuse on train Hackney Gazette

TfL has shortlisted Adam&EveDDB, Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi and incumbent VCCP as it marches on with a statutory review of its creative business. The Drum

The ongoing fares freeze on TfL services could be coming to an end, with TfL’s financial forecasts now expecting fares to rise by above inflation rates from January 2021. ianVisits

Shocking video captures the moment a tube passenger racially abuses a member of staff at a London Underground station after being caught ‘urinating in the station’. Mirror

A photo of two mice in a fist-fight on the London Underground has been put forward for a Natural History photography award. ianVisits

And finally: Charles Dickens: The railway fire that marred Christmas BBC News

Image above is from Sept 2014: Photos from the roof of Victoria Station

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