London’s weekly railway news #246 – IanVisits


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

A list of London’s fictional tube stations

London Underground

ASLEF members on the District line will strike on Friday 13 April in a dispute over the company’s failure to stick to the agreed policy on dealing with SPADs ASLEF

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Property developer Helical has agreed terms with TfL for a £120m office development above the Farringdon East Crossrail station. Construction Index

Public open day at Crossrail’s Custom House station IanVisits

Bombardier to supply five additional trains to Elizabeth line Railway Technology

Despite more than 1,500 residents backing a petition to save a cobbler which has traded in Ilford Station for 25 years, TfL said there is no room for it with the Elizbeth Line upgrade. Illford Recorder

Crossrail’s final public exhibition before it transforms into a public railway has opened at the Transport Museum, showing off some of the engineering behind the tunnelling project. IanVisits

An inspector has permitted a new-build home on land that will be required for Crossrail 2 according to TfL’s latest plans, noting that the funding and delivery of the rail project remained uncertain. The Planner (£)

Mainline / Overground

TfL has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract extension for its London Overground Electrostar fleet maintenance work. Global Rail News

GWR to manage Heathrow Express operations IRJ

First self-driving train launches on London Thameslink route The Guardian

Works are underway at the moment at West Hampstead station to build an entirely new and much larger entrance to deal with the problem of the current tiny ticket hall. IanVisits

DLR

Thousands of passengers have been affected by a 48-hour strike on London’s DLR. BBC News

Getting around the DLR when there’s a strike on Diamond Geezer

Miscellaneous

A volunteer police officer has been given a final warning after travelling by train without a valid ticket. Enfield Independent

Dejected traders in Hackney’s arches are packing up and leaving after admitting defeat in their battle over crippling rent hikes from Network Rail. Hackney Gazette

The occasional tours behind the scenes of disused tunnels and stations are set to resume shortly, with a new addition to the mix for this year. IanVisits

Paragon ID secures £2.2m order to supply Oyster cards Business up North

Engineering expertise developed on Crossrail is being used on Australia’s £11bn Sydney Metro project in Australia. More global cities are also set to benefit from the UK’s mega-project. NCE (£)

And finally, a new single ‘Subway System’ goes underground, picking apart London’s social mores in a place many commuters spend huge chunks of their lives traversing. Clash Music

Image above is from Nov 2017: A list of London’s fictional tube stations



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