London Underground and TfL

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...

TfL staff to strike over pay and pensions

10.06.14: RMT, TSSA and Unite members at Transport for London (TfL) are going on strike on Friday (13 June) in a dispute on pay and pensions. Union members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between 05.59 hours on Friday...

TfL launches second consultation on Crossrail 2

09.06.14: A second consultation on Crossrail 2, which will look at variations to the proposed route, has been launched by Transport for London (TfL). The new review has been launched because the results of an earlier consultation on Crossrail 2 raise...

Crime on London’s transport system continues to fall

05.06.14: New annual figures have revealed that crime on Transport for London’s (TfL’s) transport system fell 11.3% in 2013-14, compared to the year before.  The data, from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police...

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

04.06.14: Crossrail’s shortest tunnelling drive began yesterday, running from Limmo Peninsula at Canning Town station towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London. The veteran tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Jessica is creating the 900m tunnel...

LOROL to run local services to West Anglia

28.05.14: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed LOROL, the London Overground train operator, on an interim basis to run local services out of Liverpool Street Station to north east London. In an attempt to improve standards for passengers, LOROL w...

New ramps to make disabled access easier on Underground

16.05.14: New ‘bridge’ style boarding ramps are to be introduced at three LU stations in an effort to provide easier access for disabled customers.  From June, the new ramps will be introduced at three Jubilee line stations – K...

Tube talks resume to avert next strike action

02.05.14: Talks between London Underground (LU) and the rail unions will resume today in an effort to avert next week’s planned strike action. Negotiations, once again, are to be held at the conciliation service Acas. The talks follow strike ac...

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Two Together Railcard sales hit 100,000

24/07/2014Two Together Railcard sales hit 100,000

At least 100,000 Two Together Railcards have been sold since the project’s launch in March, with the initiative being hailed a ‘huge ... more >
Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

24/07/2014Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

MPs have lauded the £15bn Crossrail project as a ‘textbook example’ of how to get things right on major, complex infrastructure... more >
Local authorities key to unlocking HS2 regeneration – McLoughlin

24/07/2014Local authorities key to unlocking HS2 regeneration – McLoughlin

Local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships will play a vital role in unlocking the regeneration and growth opportunities HS2 has to offe... 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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Labour set to unveil part re-nationalisation rail plans

18/07/2014Labour set to unveil part re-nationalisation rail plans

It now looks set that Labour will unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part re-nationalisation of the rail network, if the party comes to power. As RTM reported last week, original plans to re-nationalise the “entire system” have been put aside. And, instead, Ed ... more >
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Listen to London - The Future of London Underground

26 Jul 2014 10:00

The Mayor of London proposes: -cuts to station staff -closure of all ticket offices -driverless trains -slashing safety critical maintena...

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Steam on the Underground: 150 years of the Hammersmith & City Line

02 Aug 2014

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith and City line with an exciting opportunity to experience steam on the Underground. Metrop...

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Steam on the Underground: 150 years of the Hammersmith & City Line

09 Aug 2014

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith and City line with an exciting opportunity to experience steam on the Underground. Metrop...

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Steam: Rickmansworth to Chesham

16 Aug 2014

Enjoy a stunning steam train ride on the Metropolitan Line between Rickmansworth and Chesham. Our train will be made up of Metropolitan Locomotiv...

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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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High Speed Rail – Vision into Reality

16/07/2014 18:00 - 20:30

The IET, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2 Ltd are collaborating on a regional programme of knowledge dissemination on high speed rail across the UK

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The 2014 Festival of Modern Tramways

19/07/2014 - 20/07/2014

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Festival features the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays. There are sales stands to supply the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs, books etc., for model tram building. There is a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show (no competition entry fee, just bring along your models).

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The 2014 Festival of Modern Tramways

19/07/2014 - 20/07/2014

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Festival features the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays. There are sales stands to supply the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs, books etc., for model tram building. There is a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show (no competition entry fee, just bring along your models).

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Listen to London - The Future of London Underground

26/07/2014 10:00 - 14:00

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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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Two Together Railcard sales hit 100,000

24/07/2014Two Together Railcard sales hit 100,000

At least 100,000 Two Together Railcards have been sold since the project’s launch in March, with the initiative being hailed a ‘huge ... more >