London’s weekly railway news #212 – IanVisits

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

Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

London Underground

Proposals for Old Kent Road’s Underground station name SE1

The Mayor of Watford has said she will “not let go” of plans for a new station in Watford despite a lack of funding Watford Observer

Man ‘stabbed on platform at Leytonstone tube station’ Metro

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Fresh calls to extend the Elizabeth Line into Dartford have been made as Bexley Council campaign for more infrastructure in the area. News Shopper

Crossrail contractors fined £1 million over worker’s death ITV


Sir Vince Cable requests urgent meeting after delays announced for Access to All improvements at Teddington Station Local Guardian

Schoolgirl’s colourful poster brightens up entrance to Elm Park station Romford Recorder

A look at the Waterloo and South West route upgrade Rail Engineer

Head of c2c announces intentions to improve Barking station B&D Post

A terrified passenger was pulled over and dragged along the platform after a train driver left a station with her hand trapped in a door, The Sun

Gatwick Airport railway station has been shortlisted for a national award. The Argus


An in-depth analysis of the new DLR map Diamond Geezer

It seems difficult to believe, but London’s famous driverless trains came very close to having drivers, and being a tram network, not a train one. IanVisits


A trainspotter whose jaw was broken by a thug who snatched his £2,000 camera said today: “I could have been killed.” Standard

Tories call to axe ‘over-inflated’ taxpayer-funded £2.89bn TfL pension pot Standard

35 sex toys got lost on the London Underground last year… and 15 got reclaimed Gizmnodo

Zac Goldsmith MP has called on TfL and Network Rail to “get their heads around” transforming “hundreds of miles of barren railway verges” across London into wildlife havens. Horticulture Week

City worker gets 150 hours of community service for £46,000 rail ticket fraud BusinessInsider

And finally, If you travel to and from work via Gipsy Hill Station, chances are you will have spotted a friendly black and white cat roaming on platform 1. Croydon Advertiser

Image above is from April 2011: Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

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