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SSR re-signalling programme poses ‘significant risk’ to London Underground

SSR re-signalling programme poses ‘significant risk’ to London Underground

27.07.16: A major signalling renewal programme poses a significant risk to London Underground because it is slipping behind schedule, an independent report has said. The report from the Transport for London (TfL) Independent Investment Programme Advi...

Northern Line Extension ‘remains a high concern’

Northern Line Extension ‘remains a high concern’

26.07.16: The Northern Line Extension (NLE) on the London Underground remains at high risk of delay despite improvements, an independent report on Transport for London (TfL) has found. The £500m contract to design and build the extension was aw...

‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

08.06.16: The first modern signalling equipment has been installed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC signalling system, designed by Thales, is due to be installed in sections across the Circle, District...

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

23.05.16: The Night Tube will start running on the Victoria and Central lines from 19 August, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced today, ending speculation over when the service will open. The 24-hour tube service will then be implemented on t...

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

20.05.16: The cost of the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station could increase by £240m because of the need to redesign part of the station. Last month, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance and Policy Committee met to...

Extra evening services added on London Overground

Extra evening services added on London Overground

18.05.16: Evening services on the London Overground have been expanded to cope with growing demand. The East London line has been increased from two trains to four an hour between 10.00 and 11.30pm on the routes from Dalston Junction to New Cross and...

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

09.05.16: Metropolitan Line work to replace 6.4km of track and drainage systems will begin next Monday, meaning the line will close early on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two years. The work will take place on the section between Baker Street and...

Customer service innovation at LOROL

Customer service innovation at LOROL

06.05.16: Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improving customer service for the operator. Despite the intense focus within the industry on improvin...

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...

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

19.04.16: Nick Gray, principal programme sponsor for Thameslink, reveals the latest statistics and changes taking place in and around London Bridge ahead of project completion in 2018. In the last edition of RTM, rail systems project director on the...

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...

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NR may take training assessment back in-house over safety concerns

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There is a possibility that Network Rail may take the audit and assessment of rail skills training back in-house because of concerns that provide... more >
Virgin reaches halfway point on east coast fleet refurbishment

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Virgin Trains East Coast’s fleet refurbishment programme will reach the halfway point this weekend when the twenty-third train to be comple... more >
Rail leaders call summit to discuss ticketing issues

29/07/2016Rail leaders call summit to discuss ticketing issues

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents Network Rail and train companies, is bringing together industry and government leaders to discuss... more >

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01/06/2016Leading the agenda in the uncertain times ahead

As RTM went to press, the result of the EU referendum had just been announced, with 52% voting to leave against 48% voting to remain, on a 72.16% turnout.  Although the full consequences of a Brexit still remain unknown, with Article 50 unlikely to be triggered before a new prime minister is elected, there could, potentially, be a knock-on effect to the UK’s rail supply chain.  Shortly after the EU referendum result... read more >

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Committed to improving customer experience

Committed to improving customer experience

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), explains what steps the industry is taking to improve the passenger experience for rail users. Br... more > more last word articles >

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Is Pokemon Go a rail safety risk?

29/07/2016Is Pokemon Go a rail safety risk?

For the past month, Pokemon Go mania has swept around the world. It’s impossible to go out at the moment without spotting people walking around staring at their phones – not to send texts, but to catch animated creatures in the popular game. However, Network Rail has warned tha... more >
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Making the railway truly sustainable

14/07/2016Making the railway truly sustainable

Sustainability must be at the heart of the rail industry’s decision-making, says Shamit Gaiger, head of national programmes at the RSSB. ... more >
Delivering for freight

07/07/2016Delivering for freight

Paul McMahon, managing director of freight and national passenger operators at Network Rail, discusses the core elements and plans for the new vi... more >
SRFIs and the development consent order process

06/07/2016SRFIs and the development consent order process

Elizabeth Dunn, a partner, and Stephen Humphreys, an associate in Burges Salmon’s Planning & CPO team discuss the opportunities and cha... more >
Transforming rail freight through technology

05/07/2016Transforming rail freight through technology

Rail freight in the UK is changing, with traditional markets such as coal and steel falling significantly and growth coming in new sectors where ... more >

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NR may take training assessment back in-house over safety concerns

29/07/2016NR may take training assessment back in-house over safety concerns

There is a possibility that Network Rail may take the audit and assessment of rail skills training back in-house because of concerns that provide... more >