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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...

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

20.05.16: The cost of the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station could increase by £240m because of the need to redesign part of the station. Last month, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance and Policy Committee met to...

Extra evening services added on London Overground

Extra evening services added on London Overground

18.05.16: Evening services on the London Overground have been expanded to cope with growing demand. The East London line has been increased from two trains to four an hour between 10.00 and 11.30pm on the routes from Dalston Junction to New Cross and...

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

09.05.16: Metropolitan Line work to replace 6.4km of track and drainage systems will begin next Monday, meaning the line will close early on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two years. The work will take place on the section between Baker Street and...

Customer service innovation at LOROL

Customer service innovation at LOROL

06.05.16: Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improving customer service for the operator. Despite the intense focus within the industry on improvin...

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

25.04.16: Newly released documents show that the Airports Commission’s estimate of the cost of rail links needed to support the third runway at Heathrow airport is as much as £11bn below that of Transport for London (TfL). The documents...

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

22.04.16: A new design for Battersea Power Station to accommodate an extension of London Underground’s Northern Line is underway. At a meeting last night, Transport for London (TfL)’s finance and policy committee were asked to approve any...

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

20.04.16: A public transport leader from Australia has been announced as the new managing director of London Underground. Mark Wild will leave his current role as special advisor to the minister and secretary of the state government of Victoria and t...

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

19.04.16: Nick Gray, principal programme sponsor for Thameslink, reveals the latest statistics and changes taking place in and around London Bridge ahead of project completion in 2018. In the last edition of RTM, rail systems project director on the...

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

12.04.16: A London Underground report says that 57 Tube stations are at high risk of flooding as a result of climate change. The report, seen by RTM, says that 85 sites are at ‘high risk’, of which 57 are Tube stations, including Finsbury...

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

08.04.16: Two London mayoral candidates have criticised Transport for London (TfL), with Conservative Zac Goldsmith promising to cut free transport perks for staff to pay for more police officers and Labour’s Sadiq Khan promising efficiency savings...

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

18.03.16: A rail extension for London’s largest housing development is set to go ahead after the mayor asked Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction. TfL are applying for a Transport and Work Acts Order to start con...

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

15.03.16: A fatal mixture of poor commercial expertise, lack of IT procurement skills and ill-informed senior management led to the collapse of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) sub-surface upgrade programme (SSUP) contract with Bombardier, creat...

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

15.03.16: The two new 650-tonne tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Northern Line extension under south London have finished being built. Transport for London (TfL) said the new machines, built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in centr...

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

14.03.16: The Night Tube will open in August, according to train drivers’ union Aslef, although Transport for London (TfL) denied that a date has been set. Aslef said in a statement today that the Tube will run all night on Fridays and Saturday...

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DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a route

26/05/2016DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a route

A property compensation and financial assistance package for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe has... more >
Transport experts call for independent review of HS2 options

26/05/2016Transport experts call for independent review of HS2 options

Alternatives to HS2 should be reconsidered, a group of travel experts have warned in a report saying the high-speed rail line could be five times... more >
Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

26/05/2016Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

Tram passenger satisfaction is higher than it has ever been following network improvements, the latest Transport Focus passenger survey has found... more >

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01/02/2016A new direction of travel

The much-anticipated Shaw Report had not been published when RTM went to press, but the potential direction of travel for Network Rail’s future had been widely reported, with the infrastructure owner looking at options to sell off stations and electrical power assets.  Since Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector body in 2014, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the organisation, especially with major wor... read more >

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Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Adrian Shaw, senior vice-president of global programme management and rail sector head, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Aecom, reflects on the Shaw Report’s recommendations and the... more > more last word articles >

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Your chance to live in a railway station… complete with its own train

20/05/2016Your chance to live in a railway station… complete with its own train

A former 19th century railway station, featuring its own track and steam train, is for sale for any rail enthusiast who has £600,000 to spare. The former Great Northern Railway Station in Rippingale, Lincolnshire, was built in 1872 and closed in 1964. John and Sheila Schol... more >
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Customer service innovation at LOROL

06/05/2016Customer service innovation at LOROL

Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improvi... more >
Testing rail assets with video software

02/05/2016Testing rail assets with video software

At Infrarail this year, Matthew Lock of Korec presented information on a new measurement tool that is delivering information to track engineers. ... more >
A repoint for track switch technology

02/05/2016A repoint for track switch technology

Head of the Control Systems Research Group at Loughborough University, Professor Roger Dixon, discusses the development of the innovative Repoint... more >
Delivering a world-class service for London

28/04/2016Delivering a world-class service for London

Mark Bullock, managing director for Balfour Beatty Rail, discusses the past and ongoing track works happening across the capital’s rail net... more >

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DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a route

26/05/2016DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a route

A property compensation and financial assistance package for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe has... more >