London’s weekly railway news #219 – IanVisits

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

Inside Shoreditch’s Disused Tube Trains

London Underground

Piccadilly Line’s Night Tube troubles could continue until end of the year after unions warn of driver shortage CityAM

Tube drivers will go on a 24-hour strike across the entire London Underground network in a row over working conditions. BBC News

London Underground workers to be tagged with proximity alerts Construction Index

Trials of an alternative fuel on the underground have heralded a ‘significant’ reduction in emissions of particulate matter AirQualityNews

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Breaking the glass ceiling: MTR hires more female train drivers for Crossrail services in London SCMP

A look at Crossrail’s Liverpool St Station ticket hall IanVisits

Every component in Crossrail will be digitally tracked via an intricate 3-D model IEEE Spectrum

Soho vs. Crossrail: How audio post in London dealt with the noisy neighbours TVTechGlobal

A look at the Canary Wharf station Diamond Geezer

Mainline / Overground

Southeastern are adding 5,000 additional seats to morning peak services to London as part of carriage rise Local Times

Commuters are set to benefit from additional trains as part of c2c’s timetable as it improves services for Barking passengers. B&D Post

Transport for London has confirmed plans to “review of the role of ticket offices” at London Overground stations. MayorWatch

Improvements to Coulsdon South train station on the cards as part of £30million plan Local London

After waiting to hear back from Sadiq Khan, campaigners for a train station in Camberwell say trying to find a commitment in his response was ‘like reading tea leaves’. Southwark News

Virgin East Coast to auction empty first-class seats to standard ticket buyers The Guardian

The main rail line from East Anglia into London is to be closed for ten days over Christmas ITV


An experiment is under way that will soon see heat from tube train tunnels being used to heat homes and businesses around parts of Islington. IanVisits

Electrocuted railway cleaner was reported to company supervisor as ‘liability’ after previous incident of falling from train, court hears Get Surrey

Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else’s The Guardian

Croydon student drunkenly walked down a London Underground tunnel to his death in tragic accident Croydon Advertiser

The maximum fares for travel in London Diamond Geezer

And finally, Meet the textiles team designing for Crossrail and the tube The Guardian

Image above is from Sept 2015: Inside Shoreditch’s Disused Tube Trains

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