London’s weekly railway news #209 – IanVisits


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

Northern line extension to Battersea

London Underground

Inside the Northern line extension Rail Staff

Overnight work begins to refurbish lifts at Goodge Street station Fitzrovia News

Tube worker ‘shoved onto rail tracks’ after altercation on platform Standard

London Tube Scraps “Ladies and Gentlemen” Announcements Smithsonian

Piccadilly line strikes not ruled out as RMT Union announce industrial action plan Get West London

While funding for the Metropolitan Line Extension appears to have dried up, plans for a new station in Watford are still being amended and updated. Hillingdon Times

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Chief secretary to the treasury Liz Truss has been given responsibility for Crossrail 2, in a shake-up of ministerial briefs. Building

Crossrail: More services set to run between Paddington and Maidenhead on Elizabeth Line Windsor Express

The Elizabeth Line’s impact on London bus services Diamond Geezer

Mainline/Overground

Revamping East Croydon station could create 1,000 extra jobs in the borough, a report has revealed. Croydon Advertiser

A commuter has spoken out after he was threatened with court action and a £1,000 fine after he fell asleep and missed his stop. Standard

Twickenham MP Vince Cable has voiced his concerns over improvements for access at Teddington train station that have been further delayed. Local Guardian

A bank is funding millions to get the second phase in bringing 79 new homes above Walthamstow Central station car park back “on track”. Local Guardian

Southern rail passengers face more misery as drivers vote to strike in August Telegraph

Heathrow Express sees 9% rise in passengers as it pushes price promotions Travel Weekly

Owner of rail franchise is fined over its failure to run services but government says industrial action was a major factor The Guardian

Miscellaneous

Transport links in areas like Waltham Forest and Redbridge are ’often neglected’, a local MP has claimed. Yellow Advertiser

Campaigners have called for the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park boss to resign from his role as Network Rail chairman, citing a conflict of interest. Newham Recorder

Mayor of London’s new Transport Strategy includes no recognition of the benefits of rail freight, says Mineral Products Association. Politics Home

Coroner cannot decide if railway enthusiast meant to stick head out window when he was struck Croydon Advertiser

A railway fanatic has recreated an entire train and underground station in his back garden. Mirror

And finally, a 15-year-old work experience student was left in charge of Southern Rail’s Twitter account, and things soon turned pretty surreal. BBC News

Image above is from Jan 2017: Northern line extension to Battersea tunneling to start soon



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