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Northern Line extension to Battersea gets the go-ahead

13.11.14: The extension of the London Underground’s Northern Line to Battersea has been given the go-ahead by the Department for Transport. The £1bn project will see two new stations built at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, along a...

TfL fare rise for 2015 kept in line with inflation

11.11.14: Fares on the Transport for London (TfL) network in 2015 will only rise in line with inflation under new proposals announced by the mayor of London Boris Johnson. In what has been labelled a ‘real terms fare freeze’, overall TfL...

First five-car trains launched on London Overground

07.11.14: The first five-car Class 378 took to the rails on the London Overground network yesterday as part of Transport for London’s £320m programme to boost capacity, LOCIP.   The extra carriage will increase capacity 170 passenger...

Silwood sidings set for five-car trains

01.11.14: Mike Stubbs, director at London Overground, discusses the completion of the Silwood sidings facility and the challenges faced by the contractors over the last 17 months. Work to deliver a 25% capacity increase on the London Overground netwo...

Overground platform extensions to allow five-car running

24.10.14: Platform extension works begin at Willesden Junction next week to accommodate the introduction of five-car carriages on the network, as part of the wider £320m London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP).  The work b...

Next generation LU train designs unveiled

09.10.14: New ‘blueprint’ designs for the next generation of London Underground (LU) trains from the mid-2020s have been unveiled. The ‘new’ stock, costing between £1bn and £2.5bn, will be first introduced on the P...

Tube workers set for 48-hour strike next week

07.10.14: London Underground workers are set for a 48-hour strike next week in a long-running dispute over ticket office closures. RMT members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts between 21.00 on Tuesday 14 October through to 20.59 on...

LU confirms £75m fund for step-free access

03.10.14: Lots more London Underground stations are to be made step-free to help disabled passengers, thanks to a new £75m match-funding scheme.  The fund will enable the installation of new lifts at about 12 more stations over the next 10...

TfL announces start date for 24-hour weekend Tube service

24.09.14: Transport for London has announced that the new 24-hour Tube services at weekends will start on 12 September next year. Passengers will be able to take the ‘Night Tube’ on Friday and Saturday nights on the Jubilee, Victoria and...

London Overground completes work on new sidings

19.09.14: Work on new sidings at Silwood was completed this week as part of London Overground’s programme to deliver a 25% capacity increase. The facility at Silwood, near New Cross Gate, will provide overnight sidings for 10 five-car Class 378...

More than 128,000 contactless rail payments already – TfL

19.09.14: More than 128,000 contactless payments have been made on London’s rail network since the new ‘wave and pay’ option was launched on Tuesday, Transport for London has announced. The first day saw contactless used at more tha...

Redevelopment plans for historic London Underground HQ unveiled

16.09.14: Transport for London has set forward its plans for the redevelopment of 55 Broadway, the Grade I-listed historic home of the London Underground, which it is vacating from next year, writes James Cartwright. The building will be converted in...

New technologies to improve public transport access to go on show in London

12.09.14: New and innovative technologies to help older and disabled people on public transport will be on display at a special Transport for London ‘Access All Areas’ exhibition next month, including life-sized mock-ups of Tube and rail stati...

Next steps for major expansion of Bank station

10.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has applied for powers to enlarge Bank station, it was announced today. If powers are granted for the redevelopment to go ahead, a new southbound Northern Line tunnel will be built through Bank station, together w...

Contactless payments to go live across TfL network next week

09.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) is preparing to go live with contactless payment across all the capital’s transport services next week. After an extended series of delays contactless fares, also known as Wave&Pay, will be accepted on T...

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Public consultation launched on Wessex Route Study

21/11/2014Public consultation launched on Wessex Route Study

A public consultation has been opened on plans to make sure the railway from London to the south and south west of England can continue to accomm... more >
South Wales electrification to go ahead as governments settle feud

21/11/2014South Wales electrification to go ahead as governments settle feud

A deal has been struck between the Welsh government and Westminster to electrify railway lines in south Wales after a long-running dispute over w... more >
High-speed rail can deliver regeneration benefits – ITC

21/11/2014High-speed rail can deliver regeneration benefits – ITC

High-speed rail (HSR) can be the cornerstone for a step change in the integration and improvement of regional infrastructure in the UK, according... more >

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01/11/2014Two BIG events

It’s been a busy week for Rail Technology Magazine, not just because of Sir David Higgins’ major new announcements on HS2 (and HS3, come to that), but also because of some of our own major events coming up soon. First is High Speed 2 The Northern Hub on 6 November, a black tie dinner with some fantastic speakers and what promises to be a great panel discussion. There are full details on pages 92 to 100, but suffice to say th... read more >

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HS2 Stoke Route launched

HS2 Stoke Route launched

High speed transport specialist Dr Alan James, project director of HS2: The Stoke Route, outlines the benefits of the proposed alternative route via Stoke, and his disappointment that HS2 Ltd app... more > more last word articles >

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IET innovation award for Network Rail’s ORBIS scheme

21/11/2014IET innovation award for Network Rail’s ORBIS scheme

We always like to highlight innovation here at RTM. And this week Network Rail’s multi-million pound saving ORBIS scheme was awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET’s) Asset Management 2014 Innovation Award. The programme, which is set to save Network... more >
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Transport Security Expo

02 Dec 2014

Rail Security Conference alongside Transport Security Expo Trains and Underground. Our attendees to this conference including Transport Poli...

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UK Rail Industry Awards 2015

19 Feb 2015

The very first UK Rail Industry Awards in 2014 were widely judged a huge success, with 650 of the most senior people from across the industry com...

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Railtex 2015

12 May 2015 10:00

Railtex is the UK's leading rail exhibition covering railway equipment, systems and services – it is the industry's meeting place where vis...

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High Speed 2 The Northern Hub Dinner

06/11/2014 18:00 - 02:00

The High Speed 2 The Northern Hub Dinner brings together businesses, government and the UK rail industry for an exclusive event providing the ideal setting for you to discuss better connectivity between key towns and cities in the North of England and the opportunities these projects will bring to you and your organisation.

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European Rail Congress


The 2nd annual European Rail Congress will take place in London on 11 November 2014 and will stage a prestigious awards ceremony and summit.


Integrated Transport 2014

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Changing the face of engineering education in schools

01/11/2014Changing the face of engineering education in schools

Susan Scurlock, CEO of Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM-... more >
Connecting HS2 to the community

01/11/2014Connecting HS2 to the community

HS2 will transform rail connectivity in Britain and provide vast opportunities and challenges for businesses. Paul Hanafin, director for infrastr... more >
Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

01/11/2014Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

Martin Gallagher, Futronics Group Ltd managing director and chair of the United Nations Expert Group on Level Crossing Safety, discusses the doub... more >
How we measure railway health and safety

01/11/2014How we measure railway health and safety

Ian Prosser, the Office of Rail Regulation’s director of railway safety, encourages the industry to adopt the regulator’s management ... more >

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Public consultation launched on Wessex Route Study

21/11/2014Public consultation launched on Wessex Route Study

A public consultation has been opened on plans to make sure the railway from London to the south and south west of England can continue to accomm... more >