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Night Tube, one year on

Night Tube, one year on

09.11.17: Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, celebrates the astounding first-year success of the capital’s 24-hour Tube service. TfL and the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, have hailed the huge success of London Underground&...

Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

09.11.17: A major milestone has been reached by TfL in the Northern line extension project. Tunnel boring machine, Amy, has broken through at Kennington, meaning that the two 3.2km tunnels from Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, have now been built....

How data keeps London moving faster

How data keeps London moving faster

02.11.17: Lauren Sager Weinstein, chief data officer at TfL, explains why the organisation is storing anonymised passenger data in order to improve services across the capital. Every day millions of people travel on London’s transport network...

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

25.10.17: TfL is holding a consultation to find the public’s views on a planned upgrade to London’s Holborn station. The proposed works would double the size of the station, adding a second entrance and an exit on Procter Street. Step-fr...

Two-thirds of public in favour of 'transformation' of Oxford Street district

Two-thirds of public in favour of 'transformation' of Oxford Street district

10.10.17: TfL plans to improve the Oxford Street district took a step forward today with the publication of the first public consultation this week. There were 12,000 recorded responses to the consultation with two-thirds (62%) of people in favour of...

TfL announces partner to develop Blackhorse Road housing site

TfL announces partner to develop Blackhorse Road housing site

03.10.17: BLLQ LLP has this week been named as the preferred bidder to develop a 1.8-acre site opposite Blackhorse Road Tube station by TfL. In March, the mayor of London announced that the site would be unlocked for development, and TfL offered comp...

TfL reveals ambitious plans to modernise Overground services

TfL reveals ambitious plans to modernise Overground services

19.09.17: TfL has this week announced new plans to review and modernise its customer service on London Overground by utilising technology that best meets the modern needs of passengers. Under the proposals, it is hoped that the number of directly emp...

Aslef drivers to stage 24-hour Tube strike in October

Aslef drivers to stage 24-hour Tube strike in October

18.09.17: Tube drivers who are members of Aslef will stage a 24-hour walkout during October as part of a dispute with London Underground over working conditions. From the 53.1% turnout, 88.4% of members voted for a strike whilst 93.5% said they were...

A challenge for the rail industry?

A challenge for the rail industry?

18.09.17: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Transport Strategy poses for the sector.   June 2017 saw the publication of the draft mayor&r...

TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

11.09.17: TfL is looking to collect wi-fi data from passengers on a permanent basis across the full Tube network after a four-week trial revealed findings and patterns that could not be detected solely from ticketing data or paper-based surveys. For...

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

30.08.17: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a seven-year contract to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground’s Central Line fleet worth over £112m. The contract, which started on Friday last week a...

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

21.08.17: The introduction of Night Tube to the capital has boosted the capital’s economy by £171m in its first year, City Hall has this week announced. Figures released as the service celebrated its one-year anniversary at the weekend sh...

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

11.08.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today set out ambitions to deliver 4G connectivity across the London Underground in stations and tunnels from 2019. He also stated that he was already looking into “futureproofing” the network so t...

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

09.08.17: An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside has this week been announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT). The extension will also unlock the building of 10,800 new homes, and the first ser...

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

04.08.17: More speed restrictions and the establishment of an industry body to facilitate effective co-operation between UK tramway owners and operators on safety matters are two of the measures that could be implemented following last year’s Croydo...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >