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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...

TfL fare rise for 2015 kept in line with inflation

11.11.14: Fares on the Transport for London (TfL) network in 2015 will only rise in line with inflation under new proposals announced by the mayor of London Boris Johnson. In what has been labelled a ‘real terms fare freeze’, overall TfL...

First five-car trains launched on London Overground

07.11.14: The first five-car Class 378 took to the rails on the London Overground network yesterday as part of Transport for London’s £320m programme to boost capacity, LOCIP.   The extra carriage will increase capacity 170 passenger...

Silwood sidings set for five-car trains

01.11.14: Mike Stubbs, director at London Overground, discusses the completion of the Silwood sidings facility and the challenges faced by the contractors over the last 17 months. Work to deliver a 25% capacity increase on the London Overground netwo...

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...

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19/12/2014Network Rail must re-assess safety at all user-worked crossings - RAIB

Network Rail has been told to implement a “time-bound plan” for the re-assessment of train sighting arrangements at all user-worked l... more >
Safety researchers to develop next generation of risk models

19/12/2014Safety researchers to develop next generation of risk models

A new research team has been set up to work with the RSSB on a range of projects to develop the next generation of risk models that exploit moder... more >
New £17m contract awarded to upgrade Glasgow Subway

19/12/2014New £17m contract awarded to upgrade Glasgow Subway

A £17m contract to upgrade the Glasgow Subway tunnel lining is expected to be handed to Telford-based Freyssinet Ltd today. The Operat... more >

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01/11/2014Two BIG events

It’s been a busy week for Rail Technology Magazine, not just because of Sir David Higgins’ major new announcements on HS2 (and HS3, come to that), but also because of some of our own major events coming up soon. First is High Speed 2 The Northern Hub on 6 November, a black tie dinner with some fantastic speakers and what promises to be a great panel discussion. There are full details on pages 92 to 100, but suffice to say th... read more >

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High speed transport specialist Dr Alan James, project director of HS2: The Stoke Route, outlines the benefits of the proposed alternative route via Stoke, and his disappointment that HS2 Ltd app... more > more last word articles >

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Devolving functions of the BTP to Scotland?

19/12/2014Devolving functions of the BTP to Scotland?

During the final day’s business of Parliament before the Christmas recess, Labour’s Jim Fitzpatrick asked the leader of the House, William Hague, about proposals to “break up” the British Transport Police (BTP) as part of the Smith Commission.  The transport se... more >
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Rail Security Conference alongside Transport Security Expo Trains and Underground. Our attendees to this conference including Transport Police, Government Authorities, Owners, Operators and Heads of Security face an enormous challenge in securing mass transit systems. With millions of passengers in transit, implementing enhanced security whilst not reducing throughput is a critical balance. On top of this the threat posed not only from terrorism but also serious organised crime, cyber, sabotage, cable theft and also the challenge of suicide is a vast task.

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Transport Security Expo

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Rail Security Conference alongside Transport Security Expo Trains and Underground. Our attendees to this conference including Transport Police, Government Authorities, Owners, Operators and Heads of Security face an enormous challenge in securing mass transit systems. With millions of passengers in transit, implementing enhanced security whilst not reducing throughput is a critical balance. On top of this the threat posed not only from terrorism but also serious organised crime, cyber, sabotage, cable theft and also the challenge of suicide is a vast task.

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Changing the face of engineering education in schools

01/11/2014Changing the face of engineering education in schools

Susan Scurlock, CEO of Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM-... more >
Connecting HS2 to the community

01/11/2014Connecting HS2 to the community

HS2 will transform rail connectivity in Britain and provide vast opportunities and challenges for businesses. Paul Hanafin, director for infrastr... more >
Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

01/11/2014Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

Martin Gallagher, Futronics Group Ltd managing director and chair of the United Nations Expert Group on Level Crossing Safety, discusses the doub... more >
How we measure railway health and safety

01/11/2014How we measure railway health and safety

Ian Prosser, the Office of Rail Regulation’s director of railway safety, encourages the industry to adopt the regulator’s management ... more >

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Network Rail must re-assess safety at all user-worked crossings - RAIB

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Network Rail has been told to implement a “time-bound plan” for the re-assessment of train sighting arrangements at all user-worked l... more >