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TfL announces start date for 24-hour weekend Tube service

24.09.14: Transport for London has announced that the new 24-hour Tube services at weekends will start on 12 September next year. Passengers will be able to take the ‘Night Tube’ on Friday and Saturday nights on the Jubilee, Victoria and...

London Overground completes work on new sidings

19.09.14: Work on new sidings at Silwood was completed this week as part of London Overground’s programme to deliver a 25% capacity increase. The facility at Silwood, near New Cross Gate, will provide overnight sidings for 10 five-car Class 378...

More than 128,000 contactless rail payments already – TfL

19.09.14: More than 128,000 contactless payments have been made on London’s rail network since the new ‘wave and pay’ option was launched on Tuesday, Transport for London has announced. The first day saw contactless used at more tha...

Redevelopment plans for historic London Underground HQ unveiled

16.09.14: Transport for London has set forward its plans for the redevelopment of 55 Broadway, the Grade I-listed historic home of the London Underground, which it is vacating from next year, writes James Cartwright. The building will be converted in...

New technologies to improve public transport access to go on show in London

12.09.14: New and innovative technologies to help older and disabled people on public transport will be on display at a special Transport for London ‘Access All Areas’ exhibition next month, including life-sized mock-ups of Tube and rail stati...

Next steps for major expansion of Bank station

10.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has applied for powers to enlarge Bank station, it was announced today. If powers are granted for the redevelopment to go ahead, a new southbound Northern Line tunnel will be built through Bank station, together w...

Contactless payments to go live across TfL network next week

09.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) is preparing to go live with contactless payment across all the capital’s transport services next week. After an extended series of delays contactless fares, also known as Wave&Pay, will be accepted on T...

TfL plans Overground track extension to Barking Riverside

09.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) is consulting the public on plans to extend London Overground services by 4km on the Gospel Oak to Barking line to a new station at Barking Riverside.  The initial public consultation, which runs until 19 Oct...

TfL awards Bank station box fit-out contract

03.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has awarded the fit-out contract of the new Waterloo & City Line station entrance ‘box’ at Bank to construction specialists Hochtief UK Limited.  The contract, part of a £57m major redev...

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...

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BAM Nuttall fined £140,000 for crushing accident

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More East Midlands train services under £2m package

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A £2m package of improvements for rail services in the East Midlands has been announced by the Department for Transport. The funding c... more >

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01/09/2014Events on the horizon

Entries are open for the second UK Rail Industry Awards, which will take place on 19 February 2015 at the Battersea Evolution venue in central London. There are 23 categories covering all aspects of rail innovation and technology, and some special awards recognising the achievements of individuals. The 2014 event was an amazing success, and having interviewed all the winners myself, I know how valued the awards were for those who t... read more >

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An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

James MacColl, head of campaigns at the Campaign for Better Transport, explains the principles behind its new ‘Right Track North’ Charter and a ‘Northern Hub 2’ for West Y... more > more last word articles >

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NR partnership encourages girls to pursue tech-related careers

26/09/2014NR partnership encourages girls to pursue tech-related careers

Maggie Philbin, BBC Tomorrow's World presenter and technology broadcaster and TeenTech founder, has partnered with Network Rail to help launch the second year of the organisation’s award-winning Could IT Be You? competition. The competition for girls was set up in 2013 by the company... more >
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Are We on the Right Track?

30 Sep 2014 17:30

ICE Wales Cymru TEG are hosting this lecture. Alan Stilwell, ICE Vice President and transport expert will give a general presentation on rai...

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Dinner at the Roundhouse 2014

09 Oct 2014

Organised by Mainspring Dinner at the Roundhouse, one of the rail industry’s best-loved events, returns to the world’s olde...

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Quintiq World Tour: Birmingham – Where rail industry leaders meet

09 Oct 2014

For one day only, rail industry leaders Network Rail and Volker Rail will be sharing their experiences, tips, and strategies in optimizing rail o...

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APTA’s EXPO 2014

13 Oct 2014

Held only once every three years in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Annual Meeting, APTA’s EXPO is...

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Cities 2014

15 Oct 2014 08:30

Cities 2014 will bring together leaders in local government, transport, utilities and technology to share their visions and strategies for the fu...

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Waterfront Rail Conference: The Future of Railway in Britain

11/09/2014

Sharon Hedges, passenger manager, will be presenting to the Waterfront Rail Conference about ‘meeting passenger expectations through rail franchising. Sharon will also join the panel discussion during the conference.

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ASPECT 2015 – IRSE Conference

15/09/2014 - 16/09/2014

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ASPECT 2015 – IRSE Conference

15/09/2014 - 16/09/2014

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

17/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

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 the industry.

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

17/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

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 the industry.

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

17/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

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 the industry.

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InnoTrans 2014

23/09/2014 09:00 - 26/09/2014 18:00

With a large number of reference projects and over 220 transport technology firms, Berlin is the main focus of Germany's transport engineering industry and an ideal venue for InnoTrans, an international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology.

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InnoTrans 2014

23/09/2014 09:00 - 26/09/2014 18:00

With a large number of reference projects and over 220 transport technology firms, Berlin is the main focus of Germany's transport engineering industry and an ideal venue for InnoTrans, an international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology.

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InnoTrans 2014

23/09/2014 09:00 - 26/09/2014 18:00

With a large number of reference projects and over 220 transport technology firms, Berlin is the main focus of Germany's transport engineering industry and an ideal venue for InnoTrans, an international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology.

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InnoTrans 2014

23/09/2014 09:00 - 26/09/2014 18:00

With a large number of reference projects and over 220 transport technology firms, Berlin is the main focus of Germany's transport engineering industry and an ideal venue for InnoTrans, an international platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology.

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Are We on the Right Track?

30/09/2014 17:30 - 19:30

Alan Stilwell, ICE Vice President and transport expert will give a general presentation on rail issues, including his personal thoughts on the UK rail agenda, referring to the Merseyrail network and services within it.

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Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

01/09/2014Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

Do you feel your organisation has a good reputation for project delivery? Are you used to reacting to a crisis and going the extra mile? That is ... more >
Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

01/09/2014Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

Tim Hadfield, The TEW Group’s director with special responsibility for the rail signalling sector, explains its work at Network Rail’... more >
How the rail industry takes safe decisions

01/09/2014How the rail industry takes safe decisions

Marcus Dacre, safety risk assessment manager at RSSB, discusses how the rail industry takes safe decisions. In the GB rail industry, almost ev... more >
Safe and sound on our rail networks

01/09/2014Safe and sound on our rail networks

Arnab Dutt, managing director of Texane Ltd, is a public member of Network Rail – one of the people holding the board to account for its le... more >

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Birmingham and Doncaster chosen for National High Speed Rail College

30/09/2014Birmingham and Doncaster chosen for National High Speed Rail College

The new National High Speed Rail College is to be co-located in Birmingham and Doncaster, the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation has ... more >