This week’s roundup of news from the UK rail industry.
Woman taken to hospital after falling on rails at central London tube station
A woman was taken to hospital after falling on the tracks at a busy central London tube station.
Transport to London (TFL) said an investigation was opened after the incident took place on the central line at Tottenham Court Road tube station just before 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Storm Barra means service changes for some passengers
Storm Barra is expected to bring snow and winds of up to 70 mph to parts of the country from Tuesday afternoon and will affect some services in the south west and north east of Scotland.
The Scottish Railway will introduce speed restrictions and close some lines to trains during the storm.
Avanti West Coast Updates Website To Help Passengers With Disabilities
Avanti West Coast has modified its website to help passengers with disabilities.
The company said it has made changes to ensure that all customers can “confidently and independently plan their trip every time they travel.”
Sir Peter Hendy CBE appointed Chairman of the National Railway Museum Advisory Board
Sir Peter Hendy CBE has been appointed Chairman of the National Railway Museum Advisory Board to lead the implementation of the museum’s Vision 2025 master plan.
Outgoing Anton Valk CBE, founding CEO of transport company Abellio, will step down from the museum’s advisory board.
Unique Photographs of Windrush to Join National Railway Museum Collection
A collection of unique images showing the last Windrush migrants arriving at Waterloo Station will join the permanent collection of the National Railway Museum.
The 37 prints made by photographer Howard Gray will officially become part of the national collection of more than 1.75 million photographs held in the museum’s archives and will appear as part of a new exhibit at Station Hall.
Swanage Railway calls for Â£ 25,000 to restore tender for Victorian-era T3 class locomotives
An appeal for Â£ 25,000 has been put out to help fund the restoration of the tender belonging to a single class T3 Victorian locomotive to facilitate its return to steam.
The work would see the locomotive return to steam for the first time since 1948, when the engine escaped scrapping so it could celebrate the centenary of Waterloo Station in London.
HS2 signs Â£ 2bn deal to build UK’s fastest trains
HS2 has signed a Â£ 2 billion contract with manufacturers Hitachi and Alstom to build the fastest trains ever produced in the UK.
The 225 mph rolling stock will start at the Hitachi plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, before being completed and tested at Alstom’s sites in Derby and Crewe.
Latest service updates
Gatwick Express – Gatwick Express services remain suspended until further notice.
Hull trains – Hull trains currently offer reduced service, in line with passenger demand and current government advice.
Transport for London Status
If you need to travel this weekend, here are some planned jobs that may affect your commute.
- RMT STRIKE ACTION: The RMT announced strikes to coincide with the reintroduction of night metro services on the Central and Victoria lines on weekends in December.
- JUBILEE LINE: Sunday 12 December, until 11:00 a.m., no service between Wembley Park and Willesden Green due to emergency works.
- METROPOLITAN LINE: Sunday 12 December, until 11:00 a.m., no service between Wembley Park and Aldgate due to emergency works.
Our transportation network has never been cleaner. Imperial College London carried out monthly coronavirus tests on the transport network and found no traces. You can read their recently released report.
Air is constantly circulating in all our trains, trams and buses. For example, on average, the air in a subway train changes every few minutes. The buses are equipped with air extraction and ventilation systems and we also leave windows open throughout the passenger area to maintain a flow of fresh air.
Please continue walking or cycling for part of your trip if possible. If you use public transportation, travel during quieter times if you can. This will facilitate social distancing. The quietest times for traveling are:
- Between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays
- Before noon and after 6 p.m. on weekends
Our TfL Go app can help you plan your trip and indicate the quietest times to travel.
You must continue to wear a face cover over your nose and mouth at all times when you are on the transportation network, unless otherwise specified. The overwhelming majority of people comply with this requirement, and the UK Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and our own officers are on the network to verify compliance. Fines of up to Â£ 6,400 exist for anyone who does not comply.
Please also wash or disinfect your hands before and after travel.
London Underground Status
Due to the coronavirus, the following service changes will be in place until further notice. Please plan ahead and check before you travel.
- LONDON OVERGROUND: Saturday 11 December and Sunday 12 December, a reduced service will operate.
Due to the Coronavirus, there is no Night Overground service until further notice.
There is good service through London Overground.
Most London Overground routes are currently operating with revised timetables.
Check before you travel and plan your trip in advance.
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