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In praise of Euston Railway Station

London Underground

Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to ban London Underground gambling ads Gambling  News

Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Trial runs of Elizabeth line trains through the centre of London have not yet started, despite Crossrail leaders hoping the phase would begin last month. Construction News

Mainline / Overground

Southeastern now running longer trains to increase passenger capacity Rail Advent

The London Overground, a huge swathe of Orange on the tube map could be broken up into individually named lines, if Sadiq Khan is reelected as Mayor of London next month. ianVisits

Keep the Eurostar running after Covid and Brexit Bloomberg

Britain’s steam trains could run faster and spend less time in the sidings because of fewer engines on the track owing to Covid Telegraph (£)

Plans for a western rail link to Heathrow Aiport have been paused by Network Rail. ianVisits

Miscellaneous

Can public transit survive the pandemic? London’s new Transport Commissioner wants you to believe it can Time

What a Watford London Underground tube or tram network could look like Herts Mercury

The Parsons Green bomber has told a judge he is “destined for hellfire” at a hearing over an alleged attack on a prison guard. Independent

Station mural offers new, welcoming look to East Croydon Inside Croydon

Multichannel operator UKTV has commissioned a documentary series on model railway brand Hornby for its factual network Yesterday. C21Media

Belly Mujinga: Vigils to honour rail worker who died with Covid after being ‘spat at’ ITV

It’s more than half a century since a train last ran through Crouch End railway station in north London. But there are probably more people wandering along its platforms today than at the height of the steam railway era. The Beyonder

And finally: Is the Trans Europe Express to return to the rails? The New European

The image above is from April 2013: In praise of Euston Railway Station

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5 comments
  1. jason leahy says:

    The new version of the Trans Europe Express TEE 2.0, four of the services will terminate at Paris, three from Paris via Brussels and one Paris via Strasbourg, I know the UK has left the EU but could and is there high enough passenger demand for TEE 2.0 Trains to use the Eurostar route via the channel tunnel Paris to London ?

    • Julian Walker says:

      I don’t think TEE would want the hassle of running trains through the Channel Tunnel, with its onerous operational requirements. However I do notice that one of the proposed services is an Amsterdam to Barcelona route, give that a stop in Lille Europe with a keenly-timed Eurostar connection from London and sensibly-priced trough ticketing and you could be on to a winner.

  2. Farewell Routemasters :( says:

    Hi Ian

    You forgot to mention TfL have confirmed on a Freedom of Information request the AEC Routemasters for route 15 have been withdrawn and no intention of reinstating them after the Covid pandemic ends.

  3. Michael McCarthy says:

    When Sadiq Khan bans London Underground gambling ads, maybe he also should ban ads for newspapers and apps which encourage gambling in stock and share prices. It is, after all, not unknown for stock exchange gamblers to over-extend themselves and bring financial ruin on themselves and their families, or even on their banks, as in the 2008 crash.

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