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LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

03.08.15: Transport for London has finally hammered out the details of the contract to resignal London Underground’s four subsurface lines, 15 months after pre-selecting Thales to do the work. Bombardier won the original contract in June 2011...

Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

29.07.15: London Underground is set to renew a Victoria Line crossover between 8 and 30 August to allow for greater train frequency. From Saturday, it will start rebuilding the Walthamstow Central crossover, replacing the concrete foundations and the...

Tube strike is on as last-ditch talks fail

Tube strike is on as last-ditch talks fail

07.07.15: Last-ditch talks between London Underground officials and the four unions have failed to head off the planned Tube strike.  Union sources told RTM that the talks ended at 5pm with no agreement in place, and meetings had not been schedu...

Union leaders ‘pessimistic’ on averting Tube strike

Union leaders ‘pessimistic’ on averting Tube strike

06.07.15: Union leaders have stated that they are “increasingly pessimistic” that a deal can be reached to avert this week’s Tube strike, which received the backing of all four unions last week.  Transport for London and union...

World-leading asset management on London Underground

World-leading asset management on London Underground

01.07.15: London Underground is only the second metro in the world to receive the new ISO 55001 accreditation endorsing its asset management systems. RTM heard more from its head of asset strategy and investment, Andy Jinks, and head of asset management R...

All four unions vote to strike in Night Tube row

All four unions vote to strike in Night Tube row

30.06.15: The RMT, TSSA and Unite unions have joined train drivers in voting for industrial action in a row over pay and the start of the Night Tube service in September.  The unions are meeting with management this afternoon at Acas in a bid to...

Acas talks to avert Tube strike start today

Acas talks to avert Tube strike start today

30.06.15: Unions and management are to meet at Acas today in a bid to avert a planned 24-hour strike by London Underground drivers. Members of Aslef voted 97% in favour of industrial action on a turnout of 81%. The walkout is set to take place from 9...

London Overground operators launch competing bids for new concession

London Overground operators launch competing bids for new concession

30.06.15: The highly successful joint venture that transformed London Overground is to be broken up as the shortlist to operate the franchise includes competing bids from Arriva and MTR. LOROL, the two companies’ joint venture, has been operati...

TfL wins IMechE’s Railway Challenge for second year in a row

TfL wins IMechE’s Railway Challenge for second year in a row

29.06.15: A team of budding engineers from Transport for London (TfL) have won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Railway Challenge for the second year in a row. The team of 11 engineers won the national competition to design and...

TfL unveils Night Tube map

TfL unveils Night Tube map

22.06.15: London Underground has launched the official map for the Night Tube. The new map shows which Tube lines and stations will operate 24-hour services on Fridays and Saturdays, starting in the early hours of 12 September 2015. Night Tube s...

Bombardier wins contract to build new London Overground fleet

Bombardier wins contract to build new London Overground fleet

19.06.15: Bombardier has won a £260m contract from Transport for London to build a fleet of new trains for London Overground. The 45 new trains, to be introduced in 2018, will operate on the Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven...

New London Overground routes off to rough start

New London Overground routes off to rough start

17.06.15: The new London Overground routes are off to a rough start as the first two weeks of operation have been beset by problems and delays. On 31 May London Overground took over services to 28 stations previously served by Abellio Greater Anglia...

Croxley Rail Link – 2019 delivery date at ‘considerable risk’

Croxley Rail Link – 2019 delivery date at ‘considerable risk’

16.06.15: London Underground says there is a “very considerable risk” that it will not meet the December 2019 target for the long-awaited Croxley Rail Link programme, and that it is not committing to that date.  The Link extends the...

Timetable released for SSR resignalling – LU’s ‘top priority’

Timetable released for SSR resignalling – LU’s ‘top priority’

15.06.15: Some of the timetable changes associated with the resignalling of the Sub Surface Railway (SSR) will not happen until the end of 2023, even later than originally thought. The estimated final cost is £5.48bn, lower than the previously...

New Overground rolling stock contract to be approved

New Overground rolling stock contract to be approved

15.06.15: Transport for London (TfL) is set to choose the supplier for a new fleet of electric units for London Overground routes this week, after revealing the four shortlisted bidders last year.  At the organisation’s Finance and Policy...

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First Great Western workers announce four days of strikes

03/08/2015First Great Western workers announce four days of strikes

First Great Western (FGW) workers will stage a series of strikes, including over the August bank holiday. Rail union RMT confirmed today (3 ... more >
NR’s CP5 capability plan must ensure work ‘adequately resourced’ – ORR

03/08/2015NR’s CP5 capability plan must ensure work ‘adequately resourced’ – ORR

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has told Network Rail that milestones for “early improvements” and ensuring work is “adequate... more >
East West Rail to miss GRIP 3 milestones, pushed back nine months

03/08/2015East West Rail to miss GRIP 3 milestones, pushed back nine months

Plans by Network Rail to ‘reprofile’ the GRIP 3 milestones for the East West Rail project from November 2015 to August 2016 have been... more >

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01/07/2015New Priorities

Is Sir Peter Hendy the right man to get Network Rail’s control period back where it needs to be? It was an open secret that the Department for Transport wanted new blood at the top of Network Rail, and it is hardly a surprise to see a pause in Midland Main Line electrification either – there is only so much money, only so many engineers and only so much plant to get this ‘rolling programme’ of electrification don... read more >

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Opening doors into the rail industry

Opening doors into the rail industry

RTM catches up with one of its former business development executives, Jonathan Berry, who is nearly a year into his management graduate scheme with Transport for London. David Stevenson reports.... more > more last word articles >

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Electrification issues: Who knew what and when?

31/07/2015Electrification issues: Who knew what and when?

The date for when Network Rail started to see costs for some enhancement and electrification schemes exceed the amounts listed in the budget for CP5 seem to be getting earlier and earlier on a week-by-week basis.  Last week, RTM reported that Mark Carne sent a letter to shadow rail mi... more >
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Fifth international rail human factors conference

14 Sep 2015

The Fifth International Rail Human Factors Conference will be held in London on the 14th to 17th September 2015. The conference is the only event...

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ASPECT 2015

15 Sep 2015

ASPECT 2015 is an international conference covering all aspects of railway signalling, control and communications. There has been an excellent re...

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The RBF National Annual Dinner 2015

02 Oct 2015

The RBF are delighted to be hosting once again a night of celebration, entertainment, dancing and fundraising at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasg...

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Elmia Nordic Rail 2015

06 Oct 2015

Nordic Rail is the only dedicated railway exhibition in Scandinavia. It's a fair for companies, organizations and individuals with a professional...

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Dinner at the Roundhouse

15 Oct 2015

Having just celebrated its fourth year, Dinner at the Roundhouse is well-established as the UK rail industry’s favourite networking ev...

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Managing fatigue

01/07/2015Managing fatigue

In his second article on fatigue for RTM, Chris Langer, human factors advisor at CIRAS, the Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis System... more >
Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

01/07/2015Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

Suzanne O’Keane, rail and transport community manager at Achilles, examines why rail companies may be reluctant to increase the number of s... more >
Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

01/07/2015Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

Before the first construction work starts, let alone the first train runs, a phenomenal amount of work is required to ensure the development of a... more >
Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

01/07/2015Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

The new roof structure at Manchester Victoria station is a fantastic example of what is possible with modern steel manufacturing techniques; it j... more >

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First Great Western workers announce four days of strikes

03/08/2015First Great Western workers announce four days of strikes

First Great Western (FGW) workers will stage a series of strikes, including over the August bank holiday. Rail union RMT confirmed today (3 ... more >