London’s weekly railway news #253 – IanVisits

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

Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

London Underground

The most dangerous Tube stations across the capital are all in east London, new figures have revealed. East London Advertiser

Why fewer Londoners are taking the tube – a transport researcher explains The Conversation

An “urgent” investigation has been launched after 20 passengers were trapped inside a lift for nearly two hours at Holloway Road tube station. Islington Tribune

This is why Oxford Circus tube station smells like strawberries Drinks Business

London Underground has taken a step closer to upgrading the signalling on four of its lines, with live tests of the new system over the weekend. IanVisits

Crossrail / Elizabeth line

Plans to extend Crossrail to Ebbsfleet are being reconsidered by the government after pressure from Bexley and Dartford MPs. NewsShopper

The government has said it is continuing to “closely monitor costs” on Crossrail after reports that the mega-project is facing a £500m funding black hole. Construction News

People living near Crossrail 2 stations could be hit by a new tax under a proposal from Transport for London. Mortgage Introducer

Network Rail and Crossrail alienate Abbey Wood residents From the Murky Depths

Mainline / Overground

A politician got his maths wrong when he claimed TfL Rail skipped 30 per cent of services over the last two years to meet targets. Enfield Independent

Some Great Northern services could be transferred to London Overground RailSatff

‘Now or never’ for footbridge at railway crossing in Barnes Local London


Opposition grows to Network Rail’s plan to demolish the Flower Lady shop in Herne Hill Brixton Buzz

TfL has said its operating deficit worsened by 26 per cent to £1bn in the year to March 2018 after its government grant was cut and passenger numbers fell. FT (£)

The heritage railway at Epping, formerly part of the Central line has gained its very own tube train, a 1959 era Northern line carriage. IanVisits

These mysterious serpents, dubbed greywyrms, are a rare but memorable sight on tube platforms. Londonist

And finally, the ban on junk food adverts by TfL might not be as big an issue as it sounds Diamond Geezer

Image above is from May 2012: Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

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