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

Giant model of Canary Wharf

London Underground

Introducing driverless trains across London Underground would cost £7 billion and would represent “poor value for money” according to a leaked document. ITV

The main tunnelling work that will add a new platform, more escalators and a travolator to Bank tube station has now been completed ianVisits

TfL delays accessibility works at nine stations because of covid-19 cash hit Building

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

‘Good progress’ at Bond Street gives hope that station will be ready for Crossrail opening NCE

The value of the risk remaining in the Crossrail programme is unusually large for a project at this stage, a report from Jacobs has revealed. Building

Mainline / Overground

Camden Council says the noise of HS2 construction is making nearby homes “virtually uninhabitable” ahead of the Euston rail works “ramping up”. Ham & High

Hondo Tower threatens Lambeth’s transport policy commitments for a Brixton Overground connection Brixton Buzz

Network Rail has announced plans for a £2.6 million refurbishment of Balham railway station in South London. ianVisits

Eurostar’s eagerly-awaited direct Amsterdam to London service launched today despite a sharp fall in passenger numbers due to the pandemic. CityAM


London’s 598 railways stations have made the capital what it is The Spectator

An NHS worker was punched in the head and bundled off a Tube train for confronting three passengers refusing to wear face masks. Standard

An “unholy spat” has broken out between the Treasury and the Department for Transport over funding for Britain’s railway, according to a senior industry source. Independent

This abandoned railroad was London’s train for the dead National Geographic

Covid-19: Testing for coronavirus on London transport BBC News

And finally: Photographer Luke Agbaimoni’s mission to document every London Underground station Creative Boom

The image above is from Oct 2015: Giant model of Canary Wharf


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