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TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

25.04.16: Newly released documents show that the Airports Commission’s estimate of the cost of rail links needed to support the third runway at Heathrow airport is as much as £11bn below that of Transport for London (TfL). The documents...

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

22.04.16: A new design for Battersea Power Station to accommodate an extension of London Underground’s Northern Line is underway. At a meeting last night, Transport for London (TfL)’s finance and policy committee were asked to approve any...

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

20.04.16: A public transport leader from Australia has been announced as the new managing director of London Underground. Mark Wild will leave his current role as special advisor to the minister and secretary of the state government of Victoria and t...

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

12.04.16: A London Underground report says that 57 Tube stations are at high risk of flooding as a result of climate change. The report, seen by RTM, says that 85 sites are at ‘high risk’, of which 57 are Tube stations, including Finsbury...

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

08.04.16: Two London mayoral candidates have criticised Transport for London (TfL), with Conservative Zac Goldsmith promising to cut free transport perks for staff to pay for more police officers and Labour’s Sadiq Khan promising efficiency savings...

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

18.03.16: A rail extension for London’s largest housing development is set to go ahead after the mayor asked Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction. TfL are applying for a Transport and Work Acts Order to start con...

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

15.03.16: A fatal mixture of poor commercial expertise, lack of IT procurement skills and ill-informed senior management led to the collapse of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) sub-surface upgrade programme (SSUP) contract with Bombardier, creat...

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

15.03.16: The two new 650-tonne tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Northern Line extension under south London have finished being built. Transport for London (TfL) said the new machines, built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in centr...

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

14.03.16: The Night Tube will open in August, according to train drivers’ union Aslef, although Transport for London (TfL) denied that a date has been set. Aslef said in a statement today that the Tube will run all night on Fridays and Saturday...

First part-time drivers in training for Night Tube

First part-time drivers in training for Night Tube

11.03.16: Night Tube drivers are now being recruited and are in training as plans for the new service are set to go ahead, a new Commissioner’s Report has confirmed. The report from Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Mike Brown, to be cons...

Night Tube a step closer after Aslef vote in favour of revised contract

Night Tube a step closer after Aslef vote in favour of revised contract

07.03.16: The Night Tube scheme is a step closer to going ahead after Aslef members voted in favour of a revised pay offer. Members of the train drivers’ union, which represents four-fifths of London Underground drivers, voted 88.6% in favour o...

RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

02.03.16: The controversial Night Tube scheme has moved a substantial step forward as one of the main unions campaigning against it, RMT, has formally accepted London Underground’s (LU’s) latest offer. Its representatives confirmed yester...

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

19.02.16: Major improvement works will lead to Bakerloo Line platform closures at Paddington Tube Station from April to August in preparation for Crossrail. Bakerloo Line trains will not stop at the station from 2 April as engineers dig a 165m tunnel...

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

16.02.16: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance & Policy Committee is expected to approve “as a matter of urgency” £172m of third party funding today so that the Barking Riverside Line extension can be accepted by transp...

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

16.02.16: ‘Crossrail 3’ could come about thanks to new plans for Transport for London (TfL) to take over suburban rail services in Greater London, according to the peer heading the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) investigation into Cr...

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Southern and RMT strike talks fall apart

29/04/2016Southern and RMT strike talks fall apart

Talks between RMT and Southern to try to halt strikes in May over the expansion of driver-operated only (DOO) trains fell apart today, with both ... more >
European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

29/04/2016European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

A single European Railway Area is a step closer after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the technical pillar of ... more >
Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

29/04/2016Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

Network Rail suppliers will be obliged to comply with a new code of conduct the organisation has published to ensure the companies helping it del... more >

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01/02/2016A new direction of travel

The much-anticipated Shaw Report had not been published when RTM went to press, but the potential direction of travel for Network Rail’s future had been widely reported, with the infrastructure owner looking at options to sell off stations and electrical power assets.  Since Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector body in 2014, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the organisation, especially with major wor... read more >

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Women in community rail – on track to change

Women in community rail – on track to change

Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer, explains how a Women in Community Rail group could be a positive way of promoting community rail, sharing good practice and reach... more > more last word articles >

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The cost of recommending Network Rail change

29/04/2016The cost of recommending Network Rail change

The DfT has revealed that the estimated incremental cost of preparing and publishing the long-awaited Shaw Report was £875,919. The report, which rejected Network Rail privatisation for the ‘foreseeable future’, has been widely welcomed by the industry. In particular, Net... more >
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The BIG5 geospatial challenges – building a BIM lighthouse

15/03/2016The BIG5 geospatial challenges – building a BIM lighthouse

Barry Gleeson, survey manager at Network Rail and a member of the Survey4BIM Technical Committee, on the opportunities and challenges of geo-enab... more >
Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

14/03/2016Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

Mitigating noise and vibration from trains is becoming an integral part of construction projects, says Julie Dakin, divisional director in the me... more >
Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

03/03/2016Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

Dr John Easton, a lecturer working with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, discusses the g... more >
Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

01/03/2016Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

Kevin Thompson, RSSB SMS specialist, discusses how a new app will help encourage greater consistency in assessing risk on station platforms. ... more >

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Southern and RMT strike talks fall apart

29/04/2016Southern and RMT strike talks fall apart

Talks between RMT and Southern to try to halt strikes in May over the expansion of driver-operated only (DOO) trains fell apart today, with both ... more >