London’s weekly railway news #206 – IanVisits

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

Take a trip on a miniature steam railway near Heathrow

London Underground

London weather: thermal camera captures heat of Tube on hottest June day since 1976 Standard

A look at Balham tube station’s architecture English Buildings

Tube walkout over ‘clash’ with fare dodger is called off due to new strike laws Standard

TfL Confirm Gap in Croxley Rail Link Funding London Reconnections

Crossrail / Elizabeth Line

First Elizabeth line trains enter passenger service IanVisits

The recent Crossrail documentary on BBC2 is accused of dumbing down. The Engineer

Making the case for Crossrail 2 London Reconnections

Whitehall feud over Crossrail 2: Ministers push back against TfL funding plan for £31bn route CityAM


Tesco lorry hits bridge at Shortlands train station News Shopper

Eurostar’s direct service from London to Amsterdam is not set to stop at Kent stations – for the time being at least – council chiefs confirm. Kent News

New bullet trains bound for Penzance to London route arrive in the UK Cornwall Live

West London suburban network to benefit from £895m order for 90 new 100mph air conditioned trains Get West London

The names of the four companies bidding to run the south eastern rail franchise have been announced. Kent Online

New railway connection to London Luton Airport approved BBC News

Southern Rail should have an East Croydon service taken away as a result of the continuing drivers’ strikes and overtime ban, according to a new report. Local Guardian

East Croydon station could be redeveloped to include an over-station commercial-led scheme which could help fund improvements to the Brighton main line. Property Week (£)


Long before any improvements took place at Paddington station there was an unusual pedestrian route which crossed the tops of the station canopies in order to access the suburban platforms. 1LondonBlog

The boss of the company which runs trams on behalf of TfL has not been paid his £723,415 bonus this year because of the Croydon tram crash. Croydon Advertiser

Reigate teenager who designed ‘dream’ Redhill station thinks the original is poorly designed Surrey Mirror

And finally, More than £6,000 has been raised for a survivor of the Grenfell Tower disaster who worked on Crossrail for Morgan Sindall. Construction News

The image above is from Oct 2012: Take a trip on a miniature steam railway near Heathrow

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