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LU announces winner of £500m Northern Line Extension contract

22.08.14: London Underground (LU) has picked Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke to deliver the £500m contract to design and build the Northern Line Extension from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms. The contract will last for six years a...

LU begins search for new Jubilee and Northern line train supplier

19.08.14: London Underground (LU) has started it search for a supplier to provide 68 additional trains for the Jubilee and Northern lines.  A notice has been placed with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) seeking expressions of in...

TfL extends contactless payment to National Rail services in London

12.08.14: Plans to extend contactless payments in London to those National Rail services that participate in Oyster Pay As You Go (PAYG) later this year have been welcomed by London TravelWatch. In July, Transport for London (TfL) announced it was go...

TfL remembers staff who lost their lives in WW1

04.08.14: On the centenary of the day Britain entered the First World War, Transport for London (TfL) has paid its respect to transport staff who lost their lives in the conflict. Current members of TfL’s staff have joined members of the London...

Boris calls for Bakerloo extension and Crossrail 2 by 2050

01.08.14: Plans to develop further Crossrail routes and extend the Bakerloo Line have been put forward by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in an attempt to solve the capital’s future infrastructure challenges. There are also ambitious, if vague, s...

Lack of contactless payment on National Rail in London ‘will cause confusion’

28.07.14: London’s passenger watchdog says the inconsistent rolling-out of contactless payment – which is being extended to the Tube, DLR and Overground, but not yet to National Rail services in London that participate in Oyster Pay As You Go...

TfL rail services to introduce contactless fares in September

23.07.14: Transport for London’s (TfL) contactless payment service system is to go live across all the capital’s transport systems from September, much later than originally intended. Contactless fares, also known as Wave&Pay, were fi...

TfL awards new traffic signals maintenance contracts

18.07.14: Transport for London (TfL) has awarded new traffic signals maintenance contracts, worth around £317m, which will see the capital’s 6,000 traffic signals upgraded and maintained to the latest, greenest standards. Subject to the t...

TfL reveals rolling stock manufacturer shortlist

16.07.14: Transport for London (TfL) has revealed its shortlist of four bidders to supply new rolling stock on London Overground routes out of Liverpool Street station and to replace current two-car diesel trains on the Gospel Oak to Barking route. T...

Serco loses DLR operations to Keolis Amey

04.07.14: Serco, the operator of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) since 1997, has been beaten in the competition to run it until 2021 by the Keolis Amey joint venture. It will be paid more than £700m over the contract period, not counting perf...

A lot at Stake

01.07.14: London Underground has completely overhauled its relationship with the supply chain for its station upgrades, moving to a model dominated by SMEs and ‘craft’ suppliers rather than bigger companies. RTM got insight into the change from...

Ambitious aims for £1bn Northern Line Extension

01.07.14: Graeme Shaw, head of Northern Line Extension at London Underground, gives an overview of the project and its ambitious aims. Work on the Northern Line Extension (NLE) could be up and running by autumn this year if Transport for London (TfL) get...

Victoria Station Upgrade

01.07.14: Craig Prangley, project director of the Taylor Woodrow/BAM Nuttall joint venture, and Glenn Keelan, programme manager at London Underground, give an update on the Victoria Station Upgrade project. Four years into London Underground’s &pou...

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

30.06.14: Jubilee line trains are no longer stopping at Bond Street Underground station because of improvement works. But Central line services resumed calling at the station from 18 June. The transformations include a new ticket hall, new escal...

LU selects suppliers for £250m power systems upgrade

17.06.14: A total of 17 suppliers have been selected for two eight-year power upgrade ‘frameworks’ as part of the £250m modernisation of London Underground’s (LU’s) power systems. It is expected that the upgraded high vo...

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Work set to begin on £8m Derby UTC

29/08/2014Work set to begin on £8m Derby UTC

Work is set to begin on the development of the £8m Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC), after planning permission was gr... more >
Didcot rail station revamp set to finish

29/08/2014Didcot rail station revamp set to finish

Redevelopment work at Didcot Parkway rail station is expected to be completed within the next fortnight, according to local officials. Howev... more >
Liverpool details 30-year rail vision

29/08/2014Liverpool details 30-year rail vision

Rail schemes designed to support and grow the Liverpool City Region economy over the next 30 years will be put to the Merseytravel Committee on 4... more >

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01/07/2014Too many to mention

The RTM team has been very busy since the last edition went to press, at events big and small. We were there at Infrarail and Rail Live, of course, two great and inspiring shows – as well as the more research-focused Next Generation Rail. Then there was Gen Y Rail, the series of competitions put on by RTM’s own UK Rail Industry Training Trust. That fantastic series of events reached its conclusion in June with a national fin... read more >

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Great time to be a rail engineer

Great time to be a rail engineer

Phillip Hodgson, rail and property department manager at Matchtech, discusses the opportunities available for rail engineers in CP5. There was an era in which the rail industry in the UK was com... more > more last word articles >

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Furze Platt level crossing safety campaign launched

29/08/2014Furze Platt level crossing safety campaign launched

Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) have developed a new campaign to teach local residents about safety on the Furze Platt level crossing, which we at RTM believe is very commendable. This crossing is one of the most misused on the Western route, with 28 recorded incidents sinc... more >
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Waterfront Rail Conference: The Future of Railway in Britain

11 Sep 2014

Sharon Hedges, passenger manager, will be presenting to the Waterfront Rail Conference about ‘meeting passenger expectations through rail f...

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ASPECT 2015 – IRSE Conference

15 Sep 2014

ASPECT is the major international conference organised by the IRSE every 2-4 years with papers presented on all aspects of railway communications...

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IET: Railway Condition Monitoring (RCM) 2014

17 Sep 2014

Find out about the latest technologies and ideas in this international technical forum for exchanging knowledge on how condition monitoring can h...

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Young Engineers Annual Railway Seminar - 'Striving for a Model Railway'

17 Sep 2014

This year's Annual Railway Seminar organised by Young Engineers will focus on how best to use the challenges of the past to improve the future of...

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InnoTrans 2014

23 Sep 2014 09:00

With a large number of reference projects and over 220 transport technology firms, Berlin is the main focus of Germany's transport engineering in...

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A slow train to the future?

01/07/2014A slow train to the future?

Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, updates RTM on the HS2 legislation. Parliamentary scrutiny of the first stage of HS2 has just... more >
BIM at New Street

01/07/2014BIM at New Street

Mace is working as delivery partner with Network Rail for the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station. Paul Dalton, senior project manager f... more >
Enery audits to hit all businesses

01/07/2014Enery audits to hit all businesses

The government’s decision to implement energy audits on all non-SMEs before 5 December 2015 will cause a headache for every company relying... more >
Making All Jobs Greener

01/07/2014Making All Jobs Greener

Jonathan Nobbs, corporate network and development manager at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), discusses the All... more >

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Work set to begin on £8m Derby UTC

29/08/2014Work set to begin on £8m Derby UTC

Work is set to begin on the development of the £8m Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC), after planning permission was gr... more >