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Overground platform extensions to allow five-car running

24.10.14: Platform extension works begin at Willesden Junction next week to accommodate the introduction of five-car carriages on the network, as part of the wider £320m London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP).  The work b...

Next generation LU train designs unveiled

09.10.14: New ‘blueprint’ designs for the next generation of London Underground (LU) trains from the mid-2020s have been unveiled. The ‘new’ stock, costing between £1bn and £2.5bn, will be first introduced on the P...

Tube workers set for 48-hour strike next week

07.10.14: London Underground workers are set for a 48-hour strike next week in a long-running dispute over ticket office closures. RMT members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts between 21.00 on Tuesday 14 October through to 20.59 on...

LU confirms £75m fund for step-free access

03.10.14: Lots more London Underground stations are to be made step-free to help disabled passengers, thanks to a new £75m match-funding scheme.  The fund will enable the installation of new lifts at about 12 more stations over the next 10...

TfL announces start date for 24-hour weekend Tube service

24.09.14: Transport for London has announced that the new 24-hour Tube services at weekends will start on 12 September next year. Passengers will be able to take the ‘Night Tube’ on Friday and Saturday nights on the Jubilee, Victoria and...

London Overground completes work on new sidings

19.09.14: Work on new sidings at Silwood was completed this week as part of London Overground’s programme to deliver a 25% capacity increase. The facility at Silwood, near New Cross Gate, will provide overnight sidings for 10 five-car Class 378...

More than 128,000 contactless rail payments already – TfL

19.09.14: More than 128,000 contactless payments have been made on London’s rail network since the new ‘wave and pay’ option was launched on Tuesday, Transport for London has announced. The first day saw contactless used at more tha...

Redevelopment plans for historic London Underground HQ unveiled

16.09.14: Transport for London has set forward its plans for the redevelopment of 55 Broadway, the Grade I-listed historic home of the London Underground, which it is vacating from next year, writes James Cartwright. The building will be converted in...

New technologies to improve public transport access to go on show in London

12.09.14: New and innovative technologies to help older and disabled people on public transport will be on display at a special Transport for London ‘Access All Areas’ exhibition next month, including life-sized mock-ups of Tube and rail stati...

Next steps for major expansion of Bank station

10.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has applied for powers to enlarge Bank station, it was announced today. If powers are granted for the redevelopment to go ahead, a new southbound Northern Line tunnel will be built through Bank station, together w...

Contactless payments to go live across TfL network next week

09.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) is preparing to go live with contactless payment across all the capital’s transport services next week. After an extended series of delays contactless fares, also known as Wave&Pay, will be accepted on T...

TfL plans Overground track extension to Barking Riverside

09.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) is consulting the public on plans to extend London Overground services by 4km on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to a new station at Barking Riverside.  The initial public consultation, which runs until 19 Oct...

TfL awards Bank station box fit-out contract

03.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has awarded the fit-out contract of the new Waterloo & City Line station entrance ‘box’ at Bank to construction specialists Hochtief UK Limited.  The contract, part of a £57m major redev...

LU announces winner of £500m Northern Line Extension contract

22.08.14: London Underground (LU) has picked Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke to deliver the £500m contract to design and build the Northern Line Extension from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms. The contract will last for six years a...

LU begins search for new Jubilee and Northern line train supplier

19.08.14: London Underground (LU) has started it search for a supplier to provide 68 additional trains for the Jubilee and Northern lines.  A notice has been placed with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) seeking expressions of in...

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London-Norwich rail line set for £170m upgrade

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Network Rail is gearing up to carry out a major package of upgrades worth £170m on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) during 2015:  ... more >
Eurotunnel outlines five obstacles to new cross-Channel freight services

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Eurotunnel has called on the government to work with its European counterparts to tackle five obstacles it says are significant barriers to compa... more >

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01/09/2014Events on the horizon

Entries are open for the second UK Rail Industry Awards, which will take place on 19 February 2015 at the Battersea Evolution venue in central London. There are 23 categories covering all aspects of rail innovation and technology, and some special awards recognising the achievements of individuals. The 2014 event was an amazing success, and having interviewed all the winners myself, I know how valued the awards were for those who t... read more >

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An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

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James MacColl, head of campaigns at the Campaign for Better Transport, explains the principles behind its new ‘Right Track North’ Charter and a ‘Northern Hub 2’ for West Y... more > more last word articles >

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31/10/2014Do we really punish ‘braking’ the rules?

Heading back from the Routes into Rail event this week was somewhat eventful, shall we say.  The journey, on the 19.00 Virgin Trains service from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, in itself was relatively smooth.  That was until we arrived at Stockport – 10 minut... more >
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High Speed 2 The Northern Hub Dinner

06 Nov 2014 18:00

Stimulating economic growth in the North of England The £600m Northern Hub, scheduled for completion in 2019, will allow up to 700 more tr...

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European Rail Congress

11 Nov 2014

The 2nd annual European Rail Congress will take place in London on 11 November 2014 and will stage a prestigious awards ceremony and su...

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Integrated Transport 2014

12 Nov 2014 08:30

The conference will address the importance of a well integrated transport system to the economy of the nation and the quality of life of its citi...

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Beating the Elements - Railway, Weather and Climate Change

13 Nov 2014

Please check the Permanent Way Instituition website for up-to-date information on this event.

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Transport Security Expo

02 Dec 2014

Rail Security Conference alongside Transport Security Expo Trains and Underground. Our attendees to this conference including Transport Poli...

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Dinner at the Roundhouse 2014

09/10/2014

Dinner at the Roundhouse, one of the rail industry’s best-loved events, returns to the world’s oldest roundhouse for its fourth year, bringing together over 500 of the most influential decision-makers responsible for running the UK rail industry. Everyone enjoys an evening of networking and entertainment.

Quintiq World Tour: Birmingham – Where rail industry leaders meet

09/10/2014

For one day only, rail industry leaders Network Rail and Volker Rail will be sharing their experiences, tips, and strategies in optimizing rail operations with smart planning solutions. Jan Vos, General Director of VolkerRail, will speak about the company’s success in creating feasible and profitable plans with integrated planning. Executive Jo Connaughton from Network Rail will offer insights into the Industry Access Programme, and explain how it is benefiting the entire rail industry.

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APTA’s EXPO 2014

13/10/2014 - 14/10/2014

Held only once every three years in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Annual Meeting, APTA’s EXPO is the world's largest and most prestigious event for the public transportation industry. Register today for free (using priority code ERT14) and join 750+ global exhibitors and 15,000+ industry professionals from 65+ countries at the core of the growing public transportation industry, 13-15 October in Houston, Texas, USA.

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APTA’s EXPO 2014

13/10/2014 - 14/10/2014

Held only once every three years in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Annual Meeting, APTA’s EXPO is the world's largest and most prestigious event for the public transportation industry. Register today for free (using priority code ERT14) and join 750+ global exhibitors and 15,000+ industry professionals from 65+ countries at the core of the growing public transportation industry, 13-15 October in Houston, Texas, USA.

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Cities 2014

15/10/2014 08:30 -

Cities 2014 will bring together leaders in local government, transport, utilities and technology to share their visions and strategies for the future of the UK’s cities.

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Electrification Infrastructure: Whole Life Cost Reduction Congress 2014

29/10/2014 - 30/10/2014

The 3rd Annual Electrification Infrastructure: Whole Life Cost Reduction Congress 2014, is the only event dedicated to rail electrification in Europe, department heads and senior engineers from across the globe will showcase the results of their latest OHL designs, construction methods and maintenance regimes and examine how their successes in cost saving and reliability improvement can be transferred to your railway company.

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Electrification Infrastructure: Whole Life Cost Reduction Congress 2014

29/10/2014 - 30/10/2014

The 3rd Annual Electrification Infrastructure: Whole Life Cost Reduction Congress 2014, is the only event dedicated to rail electrification in Europe, department heads and senior engineers from across the globe will showcase the results of their latest OHL designs, construction methods and maintenance regimes and examine how their successes in cost saving and reliability improvement can be transferred to your railway company.

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Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

01/09/2014Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

Do you feel your organisation has a good reputation for project delivery? Are you used to reacting to a crisis and going the extra mile? That is ... more >
Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

01/09/2014Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

Tim Hadfield, The TEW Group’s director with special responsibility for the rail signalling sector, explains its work at Network Rail’... more >
How the rail industry takes safe decisions

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Marcus Dacre, safety risk assessment manager at RSSB, discusses how the rail industry takes safe decisions. In the GB rail industry, almost ev... more >
Safe and sound on our rail networks

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Arnab Dutt, managing director of Texane Ltd, is a public member of Network Rail – one of the people holding the board to account for its le... more >

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Network Rail increases graduate places for 2015

31/10/2014Network Rail increases graduate places for 2015

Network Rail is to increase the number of places available on its graduate and work placement schemes by more than 40% in the next year.  ... more >