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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...

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...

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McLoughlin overrules officials who called Pacer replacement ‘poor value’

27/02/2015McLoughlin overrules officials who called Pacer replacement ‘poor value’

Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin used a ministerial direction to release the Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the Northern and TPE franchises... more >
New Northern franchise to include fleet of ‘newly built’ trains

27/02/2015New Northern franchise to include fleet of ‘newly built’ trains

The north is to receive a fleet of “newly-built” diesel or battery powered trains by 2020 according to the Invitation to Tender for t... more >
Government admits ‘uncertainty’ over TransPennine electrification

27/02/2015Government admits ‘uncertainty’ over TransPennine electrification

Today’s Invitation to Tender for the TransPennine Express franchise admits that there is “uncertainty about the timing and outputs&rd... more >

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01/01/2015A black Christmas

Nine months into Control Period 5, and there is a lot more bad news around than we have been used to in recent years. There have always been and will always be engineering over-runs, but their timing and scale after Christmas, and the poorly-handled back-up arrangements, have made this particular bout of disruption more high-profile than most. Still, the problems were solved relatively quickly – this was not a fiasco on the level ... read more >

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We must speed up existing rail projects, not just announce new ones

We must speed up existing rail projects, not just announce new ones

Mark Cowlard, head of rail at built asset consultants EC Harris, and the former MD of Atkins’ Rail Solutions business, analyses the impact on rail of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement... more > more last word articles >

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26/02/2015#UKRIA2015

The UK Rail Industry Awards 2015 were a resounding success as more than 800 industry professionals came together to celebrate the achievements of the past year. But the awards were also an amazing success on social media with the hashtag #UKRIA2015 receiving over 500 posts and reaching a p... more >
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Passenger Rail Europe

16 Mar 2015 08:30

Passenger Rail Europe brings you closer to the innovators revolutionising passenger rail services. Dedicated sessions on smart ticketing, pa...

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Railtex 2015

12 May 2015 10:00

Railtex is the UK's leading rail exhibition covering railway equipment, systems and services – it is the industry's meeting place where vis...

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Railtex 2015

13 May 2015 10:00

Railtex is the UK's leading rail exhibition covering railway equipment, systems and services – it is the industry's meeting place where vis...

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Railtex 2015

14 May 2015 10:00

Railtex is the UK's leading rail exhibition covering railway equipment, systems and services – it is the industry's meeting place where vis...

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Elmia Nordic Rail 2015

06 Oct 2015

Nordic Rail is the only dedicated railway exhibition in Scandinavia. It's a fair for companies, organizations and individuals with a professional...

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Supplying the 21st Century Railway

09/02/2015

Supplying the 21st Century Railway - Strategic Development of Railway Components and Systems, will be presented by Terence Watson, Director of The Rail Supply Group Britain gave birth to the railways and over the last two centuries British companies have played a major role in their successful expansion across the globe. Over the coming decade, we have a unique opportunity to build on this success by strengthening the rail supply chain so that it can best meet the demands of tomorrow’s railway, whether at home or abroad.

UK Air-Rail Update 2015

09/02/2015

Planning and operating successful air-rail links across the UK and learning from international experiences

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UK Rail Industry Awards 2015

19/02/2015

The very first UK Rail Industry Awards in 2014 were widely judged a huge success, with 650 of the most senior people from across the industry coming together to celebrate innovation, dedication and ambition. There were 22 winners on the night, all of whom richly deserved their awards.

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New agreement paves way for new initiatives in rail procurement

01/01/2015New agreement paves way for new initiatives in rail procurement

Don Clarke, RISQS board member, details how the transformation from Achilles Link-up to RISQS, and the signing of an historic agreement, will ben... more >
The inside track on railway surveying

01/01/2015The inside track on railway surveying

Mark Combes, vice-president of The Survey Association, discusses the organisation’s new Guidance Note on railway surveying, which is aimed ... more >
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 >

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McLoughlin overrules officials who called Pacer replacement ‘poor value’

27/02/2015McLoughlin overrules officials who called Pacer replacement ‘poor value’

Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin used a ministerial direction to release the Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the Northern and TPE franchises... more >