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UPDATE – London Underground maintenance strikes called off

UPDATE – London Underground maintenance strikes called off

05.02.16: 4.00pm UPDATE The RMT strike this weekend has been called off following a new offer from London Underground. However, the maintenance workers' strike on February 12 is set to go ahead. RMT general secretary Mike Cash said in a let...

Delayed Night Tube moves forward as RMT backs fresh offer

Delayed Night Tube moves forward as RMT backs fresh offer

03.02.16: The Night Tube project has moved a significant step forward as one of its main adversaries formally backed London Underground’s (LU’s) fresh pay offer. The RMT union, one of the four groups fighting against what they perceived a...

TfL tries to reduce line-closure time for GOBLIN electrification

TfL tries to reduce line-closure time for GOBLIN electrification

02.02.16: Network Rail and Transport for London have confirmed that the coming months will see “extensive disruption” on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line as a vast amount of structures, track and OLE work is done to electrify the line and length...

Night Tube back on track as three unions abandon strike plans

Night Tube back on track as three unions abandon strike plans

22.01.16: London Underground managers are hoping to get the Night Tube back on track for a 2016 launch date after three unions abandoned plans to strike over the coming weeks. In a revised pay offer sent to unions yesterday, LU proposed a minimum 1%...

TfL to control all London commuter services and new metro network

TfL to control all London commuter services and new metro network

21.01.16: All rail services that operate mostly or entirely within Greater London could be transferred to Transport for London (TfL) when current franchises expire under a new partnership with the Department for Transport. Announced today, the p...

TSSA becomes third union to join Night Tube strike threat

TSSA becomes third union to join Night Tube strike threat

19.01.16: Another rail union has announced that it will take part in the three-day strike action against London Underground (LU) management if today’s conciliatory talks on the Night Tube dispute are not successful. The TSSA union will be the t...

Delayed ITT launched for 250 New Tube for London trains

Delayed ITT launched for 250 New Tube for London trains

18.01.16: London Underground has officially launched the delayed invitation to tender (ITT) for the design and build of the New Tube for London trains, set to serve the Piccadilly, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Central lines by the early 2020s. T...

Oyster reaches Gatwick, as shown on major new TfL rail map

Oyster reaches Gatwick, as shown on major new TfL rail map

08.01.16: TfL has officially extended Oyster card ‘pay as you go’ and contactless accessibility to Gatwick Airport, as reflecting in its latest and largest ever London rail map. Passengers will be able to use their smartcards between Mers...

RMT threatens more Night Tube strikes as TfL hires 180 part-timers

RMT threatens more Night Tube strikes as TfL hires 180 part-timers

06.01.16: The Night Tube has once again come under fire as transport union RMT set out to ballot Tube Lines staff for strike action after representatives rejected the latest pay offer. According to the union, the pay offer was identical to the offer...

TfL finishes Overground five-car extension programme

TfL finishes Overground five-car extension programme

06.01.16: Transport for London (TfL) has finished rolling out five-car trains across London Overground routes as part of its year-long £320m investment to increase capacity in the capital. Started in 2014, the programme has extended the fleet f...

Underground boundaries rezoned, but Night Tube still off the grid

Underground boundaries rezoned, but Night Tube still off the grid

05.01.16: Transport for London (TfL) has decided to rezone stations to the boundary of Zone 2 to recognise the capital’s “shifting economic map” towards the east as part of its 2016 plans. Eight stations, including Stratford and Wes...

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

01.01.16: RTM talks to Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy & service development, about the new ‘Design Idiom’ for the network and how it is being put into practice. London Underground stations have always h...

Bakerloo Line extension ‘firmly on track’ for 2030 opening

Bakerloo Line extension ‘firmly on track’ for 2030 opening

18.12.15: Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it will press on with the proposed Bakerloo Line extension, pledging to begin the detailed technical work in 2016 and potentially start construction by 2024. The technical work will try to build a ca...

TfL Rail celebrates improved performance on Liverpool St to Shenfield

TfL Rail celebrates improved performance on Liverpool St to Shenfield

11.12.15: Transport for London, the new operator of Liverpool to Shenfield services previously the responsibility of Abellio Greater Anglia, says it has recovered from the performance issues that dogged its first weeks in charge. TfL Rail says it has...

Commissioner Mike Brown to reveal TfL’s financial coping strategy

Commissioner Mike Brown to reveal TfL’s financial coping strategy

09.12.15: The London Assembly Transport Committee will meet Transport for London’s (TfL’s) commissioner, Mike Brown, tomorrow to question him on the future of the capital’s transport links after repeated government cuts. In a meetin...

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Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

05/02/2016Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

Face-to-face interactions with railway staff are crucial for passenger satisfaction, Transport Focus’ latest National Rail Passenger survey... more >
UPDATE – London Underground maintenance strikes called off

05/02/2016UPDATE – London Underground maintenance strikes called off

4.00pm UPDATE The RMT strike this weekend has been called off following a new offer from London Underground. However, the maintenance w... more >
HS2 makes ‘limited progress’ on community links – Residents’ Commissioner

05/02/2016HS2 makes ‘limited progress’ on community links – Residents’ Commissioner

HS2 Ltd has made “limited progress” on re-establishing links with communities to share information, according to Deborah Fazan, HS2 R... more >

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01/12/2015Getting on with the job

The RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the third edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards, coming up on 11 February.  Some truly excellent projects, people and technology have been shortlisted, many of which have been covered in the pages of RTM over the past year or so. You can see the full shortlist and read more details at www.ukria.com If you still do not have your ticket booked to attend on the night, then act fast ... read more >

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We must accept the need for a digital railway

We must accept the need for a digital railway

Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK and chair of the Rail Delivery Group’s technology and operations working group, makes the case for investment in a digital railway. The UK... more > more last word articles >

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McLoughlin happy with Pacer replacement deal, and “busy” British order books

29/01/2016McLoughlin happy with Pacer replacement deal, and “busy” British order books

Following last week’s announcement by Arriva that CAF is to build 281 new carriages for the new Northern franchise to replace the Pacer trains, there was much noise made about “Why didn’t we go for a British manufacturer?”  The transport secretary Patrick McLou... more >
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Asset management is changing

11/01/2016Asset management is changing

Graham Kenn, technical director for coastal and river engineering at JBA Consulting, discusses effective asset management and how it is becoming ... more >
Effective collaboration on the modern railway

04/01/2016Effective collaboration on the modern railway

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, which jointly operates London Overground and is the first operator of the Crossrail con... more >
Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

16/12/2015Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system for the rail industry, thinks the oil... more >
A new generation of commercial managers

14/12/2015A new generation of commercial managers

To ensure the UK rail sector’s growth is sustainable for the long term, we need to take this opportunity to develop a new generation of pro... more >

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Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

05/02/2016Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

Face-to-face interactions with railway staff are crucial for passenger satisfaction, Transport Focus’ latest National Rail Passenger survey... more >