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

Reopening the Piccadilly line’s disused York Road tube station

London Underground

Redbridge station closed all week due to staff shortages Essex Live

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Dozens of workers carrying out key assurance work on Crossrail will soon find themselves unable to continue their jobs due to changes to the UK’s employment rules. NCE

Crossrail’s side of Tottenham Court Road station has now reached a state of completion that it can start being handed over to TfL to manage. ianVisits

Mainline / Overground

New non-stop rail service between Luton Airport Parkway and London St Pancras Luton Today

A rather shabby footbridge that acts as the entrance to Harringay station is about to be repaired and upgraded ianVisits

People living beside railway lines have criticised Network Rail for cutting down mature trees to prevent service disruptions. Local Guardian

HS2: Swampy’s teenage son leaves Euston tunnels after 22 days underground Sky News

HS2 cutter head being shipped to the UK – video Herrenknecht

The Thameslink service from Maidstone East to Cambridge via London St Pancras and Blackfriars appears to have been put on hold Kent Live


Tube driver injured at work was unfairly dismissed Personnel Today

Social norms as a cost-effective measure of managing transport demand: Evidence from an experiment on the London Underground Science Direct (£)

Photos have been unearthed that show the inside of an abandoned factory in Northampton that made the floors for the London Underground. Northants Live

Sir Keith Bright obituary – Unflappable head of London Transport during the King’s Cross fire The Times (£)

For disabled people, inclusive transportation is about much more than lifts and ramps Forbes

Does Boris really want to be the Prime Minister who let TfL collapse? Standard

A row has broken out between rival railway museums over the ownership of the world’s first passenger steam locomotive. The Guardian

And finally: A force directed graph of the London tube map – including CrossRail Terence Eden’s Blog

The image above is from Feb 2018: Reopening the Piccadilly line’s disused York Road tube station


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  1. Yay! Though we’d lost you!

    • ChrisC says:

      Perhaps caused with the urgent need for Ian to move the site from one host to another.

      This sort of loss is expected and likely temporary

  2. JP says:

    Gotta love big bits of engineering!
    The things you see snaking through villages these days too: gurt big cutting heads or house-sized bits of A380s, impressive.
    As for private roads straight across tiresome roundabouts, who wouldn’t want one of those when stuck on the rush-hour north circular?

  3. Andrew Gwilt says:

    If York Road Underground station is to reopen. Then what about reopening Maiden Lane on the North London Line. That London Overground could reopen Maiden Lane and a OIS (Out of Interchange station) between the 2 stations north of London King’s Cross station. Probably it could happen.

    • 1anvisits says:

      You might find it helps to read the article before commenting on what you think it says.

    • Andrew Gwilt says:

      Well I have done some research and thinking about whether if Maiden Lane station could reopen if the plan does go ahead to reopen York Road underground station.

    • ianVisits says:

      There is NO plan to reopen York Road station – read the article.

    • Katharine says:

      When the Maiden Lane estate was redeveloped by Camden reopening the station was in the original plan. I expect you can dig around in the planning documents to find out what happened.

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