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Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

23.09.16: Staff cuts on the London Underground (LU) are putting passenger safety at risk, RMT has warned following a leaked 21-page TfL report into an incident where a passenger was trapped between the train and platform at Canning Town. The woman&rs...

TfL picks London routes ripe for devolution ahead of DfT approval

TfL picks London routes ripe for devolution ahead of DfT approval

16.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has targeted four groups of suburban rail services across southeast London that would suit its intention to absorb a larger number of devolved routes into its network. The organisation first announced in January t...

LU drivers to strike tonight over ‘hour-long toilet breaks’ dispute

LU drivers to strike tonight over ‘hour-long toilet breaks’ dispute

15.09.16: Tube drivers on two routes are to begin two strikes today after RMT and London Underground (LU) failed to reach an agreement over a number of disputes, including allegations that managers are timing staff’s toilet breaks. Services wil...

Financial investigation casts doubt over TfL pledges

Financial investigation casts doubt over TfL pledges

12.09.16: Pledges to improve London’s transport services from the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, could be under threat because of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) straitened finances, a new report from the London Assembly Budget and Performance co...

Khan commissions London TravelWatch to review Tube ticket office closures

Khan commissions London TravelWatch to review Tube ticket office closures

09.09.16: London TravelWatch is to conduct an independent review into the ticket office closures on the London Underground network. The review, beginning on 12 September, will last for six weeks and consider whether the office closures allow passenge...

Night Tube to launch on Jubilee Line in October

Night Tube to launch on Jubilee Line in October

30.08.16: Night Tube services will launch on the Jubilee Line on 7 October, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said. Khan made the announcement after the service was successfully launched on the Victoria and Central lines on 19 August. It is expected t...

Amey loses LU maintenance contract after cost concerns

Amey loses LU maintenance contract after cost concerns

24.08.16: Maintenance work on key London Underground lines will be moved back in-house after concerns about the cost of its contract with Amey. Transport for London (TfL) announced today that it will move maintenance on the Jubilee, Northern and Picc...

Khan orders TfL to sell Kidbrooke station land for affordable housing

Khan orders TfL to sell Kidbrooke station land for affordable housing

24.08.16: Affordable housing must be built on the land by Kidbrooke station after Transport for London (TfL) sells it, the London mayor has told the transport body. Sadiq Khan has issued a direction to TfL to ensure that, when it sells the land, at l...

Over 50,000 Londoners enjoy Night Tube launch

Over 50,000 Londoners enjoy Night Tube launch

22.08.16: London’s new Night Tube completed its first weekend of services successfully, with over 50,000 passengers taking advantage of the launch. The service, which will offer six trains an hour between 00.30am and 05.30am, opened on Friday o...

Unions promise ‘policy of extreme vigilance’ as Night Tube readies to run

Unions promise ‘policy of extreme vigilance’ as Night Tube readies to run

19.08.16: Union members have warned that they will be maintaining “a policy of extreme vigilance” as the Night Tube gears up for its launch later today (19 August). RMT representatives said they will be monitoring issues like safety, secu...

Night Tube set for weekend testing ahead of official launch

Night Tube set for weekend testing ahead of official launch

12.08.16: The much-delayed Night Tube is all set to be tested this weekend ahead of its official launch on 19 August – almost a year after the original debut date. The 24-hour Tube service will be trialled today and tomorrow on the Victoria and...

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...

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Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

23/09/2016Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

Staff cuts on the London Underground (LU) are putting passenger safety at risk, RMT has warned following a leaked 21-page TfL report into an inci... more >
‘Trade-offs’ needed in planned Scottish rail investments, RDG says

23/09/2016‘Trade-offs’ needed in planned Scottish rail investments, RDG says

Industry leaders have published a major new report that seeks to give a clearer idea of the challenges facing Scotland’s rail industry. ... more >
Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

23/09/2016Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’

The economic justification for HS2 has been slammed in a letter from the chair of the Treasury Select Committee to the transport secretary. ... more >

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30/08/2016A season of sensational events

Entries are now being taken for the fourth edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 9 February 2017 at Battersea Evolution in London.  There are 23 award categories, all free to enter, covering all aspects of rail excellence and innovation.  The 2017 edition of UKRIA is going to be even bigger and better than the previous awards, and RTM is proud to confirm that Sir Peter Hendy will be the ... read more >

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Rail is at risk of becoming a victim of its own success

Rail is at risk of becoming a victim of its own success

Andy Allen, policy analyst at the Campaign for Better Transport, considers the recently published overcrowding figures and the need for action to tackle the issue, as the railways are bursting at... more > more last word articles >

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Leeds rail bridge to get rainbow repaint in celebration of LGBT community

23/09/2016Leeds rail bridge to get rainbow repaint in celebration of LGBT community

The Lower Briggate bridge in Leeds city centre will be repainted with the traditional LGBT rainbow colours after enough funds were raised by Leeds City Council and the local LGBT community. The bridge will be redecorated during engineering upgrade works which begin on 26 September and cont... more >
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Adapting training for Generation Z

15/09/2016Adapting training for Generation Z

As the rail industry looks to start recruiting Generation Z, Simon Rennie, general manager of NTAR, describes how virtual reality can be used as ... more >
Drones are the future of asset inspection

15/09/2016Drones are the future of asset inspection

Richard Butterfield, an AmeyVTOL director, highlights the many benefits of drone technology to the rail network through more precise and secure a... more >
Moving forward with Track to the Future

15/09/2016Moving forward with Track to the Future

Professor William Powrie, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southampton, gives RTM and update on the innovative Track to th... more >
Shaping the journey for tomorrow’s customer

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Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

23/09/2016Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

Staff cuts on the London Underground (LU) are putting passenger safety at risk, RMT has warned following a leaked 21-page TfL report into an inci... more >