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LU confirms delay to Night Tube launch

LU confirms delay to Night Tube launch

27.08.15: London Underground (LU) has officially announced it is to “defer” the launch of Night Tube, to allow the “conclusion of talks with unions, including agreement on rosters”.  Night Tube was due to launch on 12 Sep...

Tube strikes postponed to early September

Tube strikes postponed to early September

25.08.15: Trade union RMT has suspended this week’s strike action over Night Tube disputes but has called for further walkouts on 8 and 10 September. The strike dates on London Underground, originally planned for 25 and 27 August, were cancelle...

Unions to stage further Tube strikes

Unions to stage further Tube strikes

11.08.15: The RMT union has today announced two more 24-hour strikes in its Night Tube and station jobs dispute, following last week’s strike action. ‘Train operator’ and ‘instructor operator’ members will strike on 9pm...

Track engineers take advantage of Tube strike to get work done in daytime

Track engineers take advantage of Tube strike to get work done in daytime

06.08.15: London Underground is taking advantage of the ongoing Tube strikes to carry out extra engineering work and get ahead of schedule. It has been able to make progress on track replacement work at Walthamstow Central due to the city-wide halt i...

Plans to split Northern Line in two move forward another step

Plans to split Northern Line in two move forward another step

04.08.15: Transport for London (TfL) has given a further indication that it will press ahead with fully separating the Northern Line into two by the early-2020s.  Earlier this year, Andy Bourne, LU head of automatic train control, discussed the...

Unions to go ahead with Tube strike tomorrow

Unions to go ahead with Tube strike tomorrow

04.08.15: RMT has rejected the latest Night Tube offer from London Underground during talks at Acas yesterday (3 August). Strikes will therefore begin as planned tomorrow afternoon (5 August) across all grades and all lines. Trade union represen...

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

03.08.15: Transport for London has finally hammered out the details of the contract to resignal London Underground’s four subsurface lines, 15 months after pre-selecting Thales to do the work. Bombardier won the original contract in June 2011...

Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

29.07.15: London Underground is set to renew a Victoria Line crossover between 8 and 30 August to allow for greater train frequency. From Saturday, it will start rebuilding the Walthamstow Central crossover, replacing the concrete foundations and the...

Tube strike is on as last-ditch talks fail

Tube strike is on as last-ditch talks fail

07.07.15: Last-ditch talks between London Underground officials and the four unions have failed to head off the planned Tube strike.  Union sources told RTM that the talks ended at 5pm with no agreement in place, and meetings had not been schedu...

Union leaders ‘pessimistic’ on averting Tube strike

Union leaders ‘pessimistic’ on averting Tube strike

06.07.15: Union leaders have stated that they are “increasingly pessimistic” that a deal can be reached to avert this week’s Tube strike, which received the backing of all four unions last week.  Transport for London and union...

World-leading asset management on London Underground

World-leading asset management on London Underground

01.07.15: London Underground is only the second metro in the world to receive the new ISO 55001 accreditation endorsing its asset management systems. RTM heard more from its head of asset strategy and investment, Andy Jinks, and head of asset management R...

All four unions vote to strike in Night Tube row

All four unions vote to strike in Night Tube row

30.06.15: The RMT, TSSA and Unite unions have joined train drivers in voting for industrial action in a row over pay and the start of the Night Tube service in September.  The unions are meeting with management this afternoon at Acas in a bid to...

Acas talks to avert Tube strike start today

Acas talks to avert Tube strike start today

30.06.15: Unions and management are to meet at Acas today in a bid to avert a planned 24-hour strike by London Underground drivers. Members of Aslef voted 97% in favour of industrial action on a turnout of 81%. The walkout is set to take place from 9...

London Overground operators launch competing bids for new concession

London Overground operators launch competing bids for new concession

30.06.15: The highly successful joint venture that transformed London Overground is to be broken up as the shortlist to operate the franchise includes competing bids from Arriva and MTR. LOROL, the two companies’ joint venture, has been operati...

TfL wins IMechE’s Railway Challenge for second year in a row

TfL wins IMechE’s Railway Challenge for second year in a row

29.06.15: A team of budding engineers from Transport for London (TfL) have won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Railway Challenge for the second year in a row. The team of 11 engineers won the national competition to design and...

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TOC payments to government leap from £40m to more than £800m

28/08/2015TOC payments to government leap from £40m to more than £800m

All but two train operators either received less subsidy or paid higher premiums to the government during 2014-15 than the year before, according... more >
Network Rail questions capability of its route bosses

28/08/2015Network Rail questions capability of its route bosses

One of the “biggest challenges” in trying to boost the performance of Network Rail’s operations is having route managing direct... more >
ScotRail fund to ‘breathe new life’ into derelict railway stations

28/08/2015ScotRail fund to ‘breathe new life’ into derelict railway stations

ScotRail and Transport Scotland have launched a £1.5m ‘Stations Community Regeneration Fund’ to regenerate old and disused rail... more >

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01/07/2015New Priorities

Is Sir Peter Hendy the right man to get Network Rail’s control period back where it needs to be? It was an open secret that the Department for Transport wanted new blood at the top of Network Rail, and it is hardly a surprise to see a pause in Midland Main Line electrification either – there is only so much money, only so many engineers and only so much plant to get this ‘rolling programme’ of electrification don... read more >

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Opening doors into the rail industry

Opening doors into the rail industry

RTM catches up with one of its former business development executives, Jonathan Berry, who is nearly a year into his management graduate scheme with Transport for London. David Stevenson reports.... more > more last word articles >

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‘Victoria’ chopped up and unscrewed after Crossrail completion

14/08/2015‘Victoria’ chopped up and unscrewed after Crossrail completion

The final Crossrail tunnelling machine, Victoria, is being broken up and recycled after “finishing her journey” under the capital. The machine – whose self-explanatory name honours Queen Victoria’s involvement with the birth of modern railways – is being disma... more >
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Fifth international rail human factors conference

14 Sep 2015

The Fifth International Rail Human Factors Conference will be held in London on the 14th to 17th September 2015. The conference is the only event...

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ASPECT 2015

15 Sep 2015

ASPECT 2015 is an international conference covering all aspects of railway signalling, control and communications. There has been an excellent re...

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The RBF National Annual Dinner 2015

02 Oct 2015

The RBF are delighted to be hosting once again a night of celebration, entertainment, dancing and fundraising at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasg...

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Elmia Nordic Rail 2015

06 Oct 2015

Nordic Rail is the only dedicated railway exhibition in Scandinavia. It's a fair for companies, organizations and individuals with a professional...

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Dinner at the Roundhouse

15 Oct 2015

Having just celebrated its fourth year, Dinner at the Roundhouse is well-established as the UK rail industry’s favourite networking ev...

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Managing fatigue

01/07/2015Managing fatigue

In his second article on fatigue for RTM, Chris Langer, human factors advisor at CIRAS, the Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis System... more >
Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

01/07/2015Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

Suzanne O’Keane, rail and transport community manager at Achilles, examines why rail companies may be reluctant to increase the number of s... more >
Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

01/07/2015Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

Before the first construction work starts, let alone the first train runs, a phenomenal amount of work is required to ensure the development of a... more >
Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

01/07/2015Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

The new roof structure at Manchester Victoria station is a fantastic example of what is possible with modern steel manufacturing techniques; it j... more >

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TOC payments to government leap from £40m to more than £800m

28/08/2015TOC payments to government leap from £40m to more than £800m

All but two train operators either received less subsidy or paid higher premiums to the government during 2014-15 than the year before, according... more >