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

Additional entrance for West Ham station planned

London Underground

Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, the first project in the world to generate energy using excess heat from an underground train system, has won an environmental prize. Islington Now

Oxford Circus tube station has had a temporary makeover to promote the launch of Sony’s new Playstation 5 games console. ianVisits

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

London’s Crossrail 2 is “ready to be restarted” in the future despite London mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this month agreeing to shelve the £33bn project in return for a bailout for TfL. CityAM

Crossrail risks losing key people at a critical time due to funding uncertainties, the project has been warned. Construction News (£)

Mainline / Overground

MPs and lords press for new Slough to Heathrow rail link Slough Observer

c2c reducing trains due to number of staff affected by Covid-19 Echo News

Faster train trips for Greater Anglia– but not until the end of next year East Anglian Times

Trial to enforce face covering rules on London rail network sees 98.4 per cent success rate GRR


A plan to build flats up to seven storeys high on the car parks of a Grade II-listed Tube station has been recommended for approval. Local London

Tucked away on TfL website is a glimpse of what the future could hold for passengers so that they can avoid using public transport at busy times. BBC News

In 2017, Damon Smith was sentenced to 15 years in prison for planting a bomb on a London Tube train. But without a lawyer or jury that understood his Asperger’s, was it a fair trial? Independent (£)

First new Island Line train – Class 484 – arrives on the Isle of Wight … on a ferry On the Wight

Building your own personalised travel indicator Terence Eden

And finally: Lord Ashfield’s former London flat is up for sale, for a mere £16.5 million Wetherell

The image above is from Nov 2019: Additional entrance for West Ham station planned


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  1. It’s good that the rail network is getting 98.4% of people to wear a face covering. I’m guessing that mainly because people are being challenged at the gateline.

    Because… it’s not that on the DLR. With the PSA hidden away at the front of the train (for their health) and no gatelines at stations, no staff at stations, my communications with them said

    “Specifically on the DLR, KeolisAmey Dockland’s (KAD’s) revenue protection team have undertaken general customer engagement and encouragement for customers to wear face coverings (as well as socially distance). In late August, TfL gave KAD authorisation for their teams to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) if the encouragement and engagement was not working. Numbers from last week show that KAD stopped and spoke to 111 passengers to remind them to wear face coverings. The teams do not cover all of the railway all of the time, but operate in a roving capacity and often work side by side with the BTP.”

    A quick computation of the figures:

    · DLR annual ridership for 2019/2020 – 116,800,000
    · Pre-COVID-19 ridership levels for TfL: 65%
    · Estimated 2020 annual ridership: 75,920,000
    · Estimated weekly ridership: 1,460,000
    · Non-compliant passenger level (90% compliance, from DLR email*): 146,000
    · Passengers spoken to 111

    So, the number of non-masks wearing passengers spoken to by KAD is 0.0760% or one in 1,315.

    So, if anywhere spreading The Virus, it is the DLR.

    • ChrisC says:

      “So, if anywhere spreading The Virus, it is the DLR.”

      Absolute nonsense

      I hope with your dodgy conclusion that you are nowhere near any decision making process concerning public health matters.

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