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

The early plans for the DLR to be a Tram not a Train

London Underground

Thousands of passengers using London Underground without a face mask i News

There is no evidence of Covid-19 on the Tube network, an Imperial College study has suggested. London News Online (pedants will like the use of an old Heathrow Connect train in the photo)

Banksy graffiti removed by London Underground cleaners—but TFL invites artist to make new work in ‘suitable location’ Art Newspaper

Residents are railing against proposals to build “modernist” offices and 50 flats as part of a wider redevelopment of South Kensington Station. KCW Today

Mainline / Overground

Gospel Oak to Barking line to close for 10 weekends in a row for rail and bridge works B&D Post

Government preparing to ease public transport restrictions to get people back to work Telegraph (£)

A number of upgrades for the London Overground’s East London line are to be pushed ahead to take advantage of government funding. ianVisits

The de facto nationalisation of Britain’s railways is closer to being officially recognised after the national statistics watchdog launched a review to consider counting the operators’ debts on the government balance sheet. FT

Purley has joined some of Croydon’s other railway stations by getting its name painted as a mural by noted artist, Lionel Stanhope. Inside Croydon

Work to construct the HS2 London station at Euston has taken a significant step forward this month. RTM

Miscellaneous

Transport for London “hours from stopping the Underground and buses” Rail

Archway’s monks in plea for a ‘secure home’ Petition calls on TfL to sell current site to centre for Shaolin culture Islington Tribune

Ex-NYC subway boss Andy Byford doesn’t want to be London’s ‘Tube Daddy’ New York Post

Number of Transport for London staff earning more than £100,000 rises to 557 Standard

Cleaning contracts for TfL put cost cutting and profits before the safety of workers and commuters, RMT claims. Morning Star

And finally: James Sherwood: Shipping executive who revived the Orient Express Independent

The image above is from July 2017: The early plans for the DLR to be a Tram not a Train

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