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Former TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy takes over at Network Rail

Former Transport for London Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will start his first day on the job as the new chairman of Network Rail today.

Sir Peter Hendy was a senior figure at TfL for almost 15 years before being made chairman of Network Rail Credit: Transport for London

He was installed in the job by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin late last month. It's hoped he can help rescue Britain's rail network after over-running engineering work at stations such as London Bridge led to a catalogue of delays for commuters. He is expected by the government to undertake a review of Network Rail's investment programme over the next few months.

London Underground boss Mike Brown is taking over as the interim TfL Commissioner until a permanent replacement is recruited.

Plans submitted for new Crossrail station

An architect's impression of how the new station might look Credit: Crossrail

Designs for a new station building at West Ealing have been submitted to Ealing Council as part of an overhaul of the station for Crossrail.

The proposals are for a new building on Manor Road, northwest of the existing station, and include a new ticket hall. There are also blueprints for a new footbridge with lifts to provide step-free access to every platform.

The work would be carried out by Network Rail. The plan is for the station to be run by Transport for London from the end of 2017 as part of London's integrated transport network.

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Finsbury Park station to be upgraded to ease overcrowding

Passengers at Finsbury Park suffered severe overcrowding last December Credit: PA

One of the entrances to a station which suffered severe overcrowding last Christmas is to shut for nearly three years so improvement work can be carried out. The Wells Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park Tube station will close on Monday April 20 and reopen in early 2018. The closure will enable a new, bigger entrance to the station - the fourth busiest Underground station outside London's Zone One central area.

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During construction of the new entrance, passengers will be able to access the station via nearby entrances on Seven Sisters Road and Station Place. London Underground said today that when the upgrade is complete Finsbury Park Tube station will be step-free, passengers will have more space and journeys through the station will be quicker and more pleasant.

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Labour call for transport ticket price freeze

Commuters at a ticket gate Credit: PA

The Labour London Assembly member, Val Shawcross, is calling on Boris Johnson to scrap a 2.5 per cent increase to Transport for London fares.

Ms Shawcross is instead suggesting that the Mayor uses money from unallocated TfL income to reverse the need for an increase.

A study commissioned by the Labour member found that seventy six per cent of Londoners now believe fares are too high.

Tube passengers to face year long disruptions due to Tottenham Court Road station upgrade

Commuters are facing journey disruptions for almost a year when Central Line trains cease stopping at one of London's busiest stations. From Saturday, Central Line trains will not stop at Tottenham Court Road until December.

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The work is intended to ensure the station in able to deal with the demands of more passengers when Crossrail arrives in 2018. Refurbishments will improve access to platforms, install eight new escalators & five new lifts and improve lighting and CCTV. Transport for London have said the station will be fully accessible by 2016 and the ticket hall will be five times larger than its current size.

Crossrail will see 50,000 extra commuters use the station each day, according to TfL. Credit: PA

The refurbishment is part of London Underground's £10bn programme of modernisation. TfL has advised passengers to change at Oxford Circus or Holborn for alternative routes. Northern Line trains will continue to stop at Tottenham Court Road.

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