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A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20.07.17: Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a super hub station at Old Oak and Park Royal. A year has passed since I last wrote in RTM about...

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

03.07.17: London Overground services will now run for 24-hours at weekends, mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan has today announced. The night services will start operating from December on Fridays and Saturdays in East London between New Cross Gate and...

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

29.06.17: TfL has today announced the next six Underground stations that will be upgraded to provide step-free access for passengers in London. Amersham, Buckhurst Hill, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley and South Woodford will all be upgraded to...

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

27.06.17: A series of new measures will be rolled out to minimise dust levels on the Underground network while around 50 stations and five tunnel sections will be cleaned this summer with industrial vacuums and magnetic ‘wands’, all to ensure...

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

26.06.17: An influential travel watchdog has strongly urged the government to press on with plans for Crossrail 2 and not shelve the project which it describes as “vital”. In a statement from London TravelWatch, it was revealed that the o...

Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

21.06.17: Alongside Crossrail 2, the devolution of suburban rail services to TfL and the creation of a suburban metro in the capital have both been featured as a key tenet in the mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy, published today. The...

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

16.06.17: A new internal speed monitoring system that will tell tram drivers when to brake could be introduced by TfL after the Croydon accident that killed seven people last year. The crash, which occurred on 9 November 2016, happened after a tram w...

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

16.06.17: The RMT has this week opened a ballot with its Piccadilly Line workshop staff on whether to take action over what it calls a “two-tier” workforce. Members of the union at the Northfield and Cockfosters depots will vote on whethe...

TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

31.05.17: Commuters could soon be able to make phone calls and surf the internet anywhere on the Tube network, it has been reported, Currently, Virgin Media supplies wi-fi at station platforms, but this connection does not cover tunnels, meaning that...

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

30.05.17: The High Court has this week upheld a ruling made by the ORR to stop Heathrow charging TfL to run Elizabeth Line trains through the airport. Last week, RTM reported that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) was attempting to impose fees amounting...

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

23.05.17: Proposals to run Elizabeth Line trains through Heathrow Airport have been jeopardised by a legal dispute over fees imposed by the airport. Heathrow, which spent £1bn building the five-mile line linking Heathrow to the Great Western ma...

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

17.05.17: TfL has today announced that it has begun its hunt to find a supplier to build the “new generation” of Dockland Light Rail (DLR) trains. The new carriages will be rolled out from 2022 and will increase capacity on the DLR by ove...

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

08.05.17: Electrification work on the London Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking is expected to be delayed even further after Network Rail confirmed earlier this year that work would not be finished on schedule. Though the infrastructure owner...

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

12.04.17: Tunnelling work to extend the Northern Line to Battersea started today as the first of two boring machines began its 3.2km tunnelling journey to lengthen the line between Kennington to Battersea. The two machines, called Helen and Amy, were...

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

06.04.17: RMT and Aslef have this week called off strikes on Night Tube scheduled for this Saturday after London Underground (LU) agreed to the unions’ demands. The industrial action had been called due to the unions taking issue with LU’...

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London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26/07/2017London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. T... more >
Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25/07/2017Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small sta... more >
TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

25/07/2017TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

Transport authorities in West Yorkshire have said it is “very disappointing” that electrification may not be completed along the enti... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

25/07/2017Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

Following last week’s comprehensive set of announcements about HS2 and the closure of Parliament for recess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there wouldn’t be any more news about major rail projects on the horizon anytime soon. But having sparked anger after cancellin... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26/07/2017London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. T... more >