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LU confirms plans for continuation of sub-surface lines signalling

24.03.15: The budget for the new signalling system for London Underground’s (LU’s) sub-surface lines has increased by 30% while the expected completion date has been pushed back until 2022. Thales, which also installed the signalling on t...

Tunnelling contract awarded for Northern Line extension

20.03.15: The contract to design and build two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for London Underground’s Northern Line extension has been awarded to NFM Technologies. The TBMs are expected to be launched in summer 2016 by Ferrovial Agroman Laing O...

TfL named fastest growing contactless merchant in Europe

17.03.15: Transport for London has been named the fastest growing contactless merchant in Europe, just six months after the payment method was launched on the Tube, DLR and rail networks. It has been in place on the bus network since December 2012. ...

LU adopts NR Sentinel ID cards to improve safety and end double-shifting

27.02.15: London Underground (LU) is to adopt the same Sentinel ID card for engineering and maintenance workers in its supply chain already in use by Network Rail.  In what has been dubbed a “milestone agreement” between the two bigg...

Two new London Overground stations planned at Old Oak Common

25.02.15: Transport for London (TfL) has set out plans to build two London Overground stations at Old Oak Common, after a public consultation on proposals to build an Overground link in the area received strong support.  The introduction of impr...

Osborne and Boris plans for more 24-hour Tube services dubbed ‘pre-election stunt’

23.02.15: Plans for round-the-clock Tube services have been expanded before they have even begun, after George Osborne and Boris Johnson announced a potential extension to cover four new lines as well as London Overground and the DLR. The chancellor...

LU and DLR improving faster than global counterparts

19.02.15: London Underground (LU) and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) have been named amongst the “fastest improving” metros in the world.  The latest International Metro Benchmarking report says that over the last three years, LU and...

EIB to invest £480m in Northern Line extension

29.01.15: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to invest £480m in the extension of London Underground’s Northern Line to Battersea.  The long-term loan, which represents nearly 50% of the overall cost of the project, will enable the...

‘Overwhelming’ support for London Overground extension

16.01.15: Plans to extend London Overground services to Barking Riverside received overwhelming support in a recent public consultation, with 90% of respondents in favour of the extension. The proposals include an extension of the London Overground G...

Contract awarded for £40m Bakerloo Line link

07.01.15: The contract to design and build the Paddington link tunnel has been awarded to Costain Skanska Joint Venture, London Underground has announced. The pedestrian tunnel will link the new Crossrail station and the Bakerloo Line platforms and t...

Central Line trains will not call at Tottenham Court Road during 2015

02.01.15: Central Line trains will cease to call at Tottenham Court Road from tomorrow until December because of upgrade works. Major structural work will improve access to the Central Line platforms, with new entrances and lift access both from the...

Bond Street Tube station re-opens three weeks ahead of schedule

05.12.14: Transport for London has announced that Bond Street station is now fully open from today, three weeks ahead of schedule, after a vital stage of Tube tunnelling work was completed early. The early opening of the station was helped by previou...

Gospel Oak to Barking to get four extra services a day

02.12.14: The Gospel Oak to Barking on the London Overground will have four extra services a day from 14 December, Transport for London has announced. The permanent timetable changes will also extend four services on the East London Line so that they...

Northern Line drivers strike over sacking

01.12.14: Tube drivers on part of the London Underground (LU) have started a 24-hour strike over the sacking of a train operator, whom the RMT union says has been “victimised” but LUL says failed an alcohol breath test.  RMT union me...

Northern Line extension to Battersea gets the go-ahead

13.11.14: The extension of the London Underground’s Northern Line to Battersea has been given the go-ahead by the Department for Transport. The £1bn project will see two new stations built at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, along a...

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LU to take over delivery of £284.4m Croxley rail link

27/03/2015LU to take over delivery of £284.4m Croxley rail link

London Underground (LU) has confirmed that it will take over delivery of the long-awaited Croxley rail link after an agreement was reached with t... more >
Finalists selected in Tomorrow’s Train Design competition

27/03/2015Finalists selected in Tomorrow’s Train Design competition

Three finalists have been selected to receive a share of £2.2m funding as part of the Tomorrow’s Train Design competition. The R... more >
Rail Academy officially opens in north east

27/03/2015Rail Academy officially opens in north east

Newcastle College’s new £5m Rail Academy has been officially opened in Gateshead, and will help secure the future of rail engineering... more >

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01/03/2015An interior and exterior refresh

Welcome to this edition of Rail Technology Magazine, which you will have seen by now has a brand new look, feel and overall design.  Over the past 15 years, RTM has been the independent trade journal for the rail industry, focusing not just on technology but also on people, policy, construction, IT, rail recruitment and much else besides.  We decided it was time to overhaul the way the magazine looks, to signpost readers ... read more >

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Northern and TPE ITTs give much ‘cause for optimism’

Northern and TPE ITTs give much ‘cause for optimism’

Andrew Allen, policy analyst at the Campaign for Better Transport, looks at how the new Invitations to Tender for the Northern and TPE franchises could deliver the required ‘transformative ... more > more last word articles >

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Constructive scrutiny welcome for HS2

27/03/2015Constructive scrutiny welcome for HS2

Earlier this week the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee stated that the government has not yet made a “convincing case” for HS2 causing a media frenzy.  And while we at RTM feel it is only right that the Committee investigated the cost of the project and its... more >
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12 May 2015 10:00

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06 Oct 2015

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Making the grade: FTNx will yield an asset-rich rail industry with crucial commercial and safety benefits

01/03/2015Making the grade: FTNx will yield an asset-rich rail industry with crucial commercial and safety benefits

Mike Hewitt, head of next generation networks at AlanDick Communications, explains why the UK rail industry’s transition to an FTNx network... more >
Maximising security, improving safety

01/03/2015Maximising security, improving safety

Successfully tackling theft and other types of route crime can have a massive impact on the smooth running of the rail network. Having won the 20... more >
Big data risk analysis for rail

01/03/2015Big data risk analysis for rail

Dr Coen van Gulijk, reader in Railway Safety at the University of Huddersfield, and Marcus Dacre, the Safety Risk Assessment Manager at RSSB, dis... more >
Reaping the benefits of collaboration

01/03/2015Reaping the benefits of collaboration

Suzanne O’Keane, community manager for rail and transport at Achilles, says that RISQS is ahead of the game when it comes to collaboration.... more >

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LU to take over delivery of £284.4m Croxley rail link

27/03/2015LU to take over delivery of £284.4m Croxley rail link

London Underground (LU) has confirmed that it will take over delivery of the long-awaited Croxley rail link after an agreement was reached with t... more >