London Underground and TfL

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

16.04.14: Work to deliver a “bigger” and “better” new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Pudding Mill Lane station and connect it up to the wider network is nearing completion, TfL has confirmed. The works, which will help to incre...

TfL issues tender for new London Overground EMUs

09.04.14: Transport for London (TfL) has started its international search to find a potential supplier of a new electrified fleet.  Consisting of at least 39 new trains, the new fleet will operate on some of the West Anglia mainline routes that...

Tube delays continue to fall

08.04.14: London Underground (LU) is on target to beat last year’s record year for reliability, with a 10% fall in delays compared to the same periods in the 12 months prior, according to new performance figures from Transport for London (TfL). ...

Bond Street modernisation will ‘transform’ access to West End

03.04.14: Major construction work at Bond Street Tube station will start later this month in an effort to modernise and enlarge the station by 2017 – allowing for the expected increase from 155,000 to 225,000 daily passengers going through it when C...

23-day block closure for LU Uxbridge track replacement

24.03.14: London Underground (LU) is to replace 6km of track, points and drainage to improve the infrastructure and service reliability of the Uxbridge branch, which is served by both the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. LU has decided to do the wo...

Lanes Group wins LU repair role contract

11.03.14: Lanes Group, a supplier of specialist underground pipeline and utility services, has been awarded a new contract that makes it London Underground’s (LU) sole provider of reactive repair services for drainage, bridges and structures. F...

The ‘New Tube for London’

28.02.14: London Underground has started the hunt to find a manufacturer for the next generation of Tube trains. About 250 air-cooled trains are needed for the deep-level lines – Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City. It is...

DLR’s ‘phenomenal’ performance smashes record

25.02.14: The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has just achieved the highest-ever scores for punctuality and performance in its 26-year history. During the 5 January to 1 February period, 99.67% of trains were on time, and only 0.23% of scheduled servic...

Tube strikes called off

11.02.14: Both unions have now called off strikes on the Underground, following a new agreement with TfL. The TSSA tweeted: “Pleased that agreement on process lets us suspend #tubestrike immediately & cancel it later when agreement rea...

Tube talks resume at Acas

07.02.14: Talks between TfL and the unions are set to resume today, following two days of Tube strikes. An Acas spokesperson said: “The parties in the London Underground dispute have agreed to come in and continue exploratory talks at Acas this...

Tube strikes lead to Central line closures

05.02.14: Just 35% of normal Tube services are running today, with members of the unions RMT and TSSA on strike. TfL confirmed that about 70% of stations would remain open, but there were planned closures on the Waterloo & City and Circle lines....

TfL to introduce ‘click and collect’ services

29.01.14: Passengers on the Tube will soon be able to collect their shopping on the way home, as TfL enters into a partnership with food and parcel companies to install pick-up points at stations. The announcement follows ‘click and collect&rsq...

Travel Ambassadors to ‘keep London moving’ during strikes

23.01.14: TfL will bring over 1,000 travel ‘Ambassadors’ into Tube stations in the event of strikes in February. The company announced that staff had signed up to be Ambassadors, and would be stationed at Tube ticket offices to keep custo...

DLR strike dates announced

22.01.14: Industrial action has been confirmed on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with two 48-hour strikes planned. The RMT union said the action was the result of a “total breakdown in industrial relations”, including Serco Docklands...

London Overground passenger satisfaction at 89%

22.01.14: Passenger satisfaction on London Overground is at 89%, the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) shows. Published by Passenger Focus, the NRPS found that satisfaction across the national network was 83%. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson...

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Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

24/04/2014Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

Plans to potentially re-open Wearside’s disused Leamside railway line have moved a step closer– as the North Eastern Local Enterprise... more >
Scottish high speed rail link has ‘huge’ benefits –Salmond

24/04/2014Scottish high speed rail link has ‘huge’ benefits –Salmond

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has revealed plans to accelerate the development of a high speed rail (HSR) link from Scotland to England. ... more >
Alstom rebuffs rumoured GE takeover talks

24/04/2014Alstom rebuffs rumoured GE takeover talks

Alstom, which has extensive interests in the UK rail industry, has played down speculation that it is in takeover talks with US manufacturing gia... more >

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14/03/2014Celebrating the best of the best

We’ve been giving a lot of space to the UK Rail Industry Awards in Rail Technology Magazine recently, and with good reason – the Awards were a fantastic success. You’ll find all the coverage in this edition, with photos, interviews with the winners, sponsors and organisers, and what to expect next year (think even bigger, even better). It was great to see so many RTM readers at the event on 20 February at The Brew... read more >

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    Dave Warner, Director of Van Elle’s new rail division, explains how the company is helping to drive the sector forwards with investment in new...
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Network Rail Consultancy to extend services Down Under

15/04/2014Network Rail Consultancy to extend services Down Under

Network Rail Consulting has appointed Philip Chalk as director of asset management and maintenance – ANZ, with a focus on developing its consultancy business in New Zealand. Chalk, who has over 30 years' experience in senior management roles, will help expand the rail consultancy&rsq... more >
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Infrarail 2014

20 May 2014 10:00

The platform for people from throughout the industry to meet face to face, make connections and do business. At a time of continued investme...

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7th Annual Scottish Rail Conference

28 May 2014

The conference takes place at an exciting time for the rail network and wider industry. Tendering processes are under way for the ScotRail, Caled...

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Gen Y Rail West Midlands

04 Jun 2014

Gen Y Rail is a new series of engagement and educational events for young people around the country to showcase the types of careers and opportun...

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Gen Y Rail National Final

25 Jun 2014

Gen Y Rail is a new series of engagement and educational events for young people around the country to showcase the types of careers and opportun...

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MetroRail has become a staple in the calendars of the world’s metro executives. This senior-level event explores business strategy, new technology and the delivery of global projects, and offers a fantastic platform for urban rail executives to meet with new partners.

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Network Rail enhances  safety with Sentinel

14/03/2014Network Rail enhances safety with Sentinel

Andy Littlejohns, Network Rail’s Sentinel Programme Implementation Manager, explains the changes that have recently come into force. On ... more >
Get smart – the benefits of  smart ticketing for passengers

14/03/2014Get smart – the benefits of smart ticketing for passengers

Smart ticketing could make a real difference to passengers’ travel experiences, argues Passenger Focus researcher Louise Hall. On behalf... more >
Smarter ticketing

14/03/2014Smarter ticketing

Two recent developments could really move smart ticketing on rail up a gear, says Lindsay Robertson, chief executive of ITSO. Last month, the ... more >
‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

14/03/2014‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

Network Rail’s chairman gave a well-received speech at the Awards focusing on investment, innovation, and skills for the future. The speech... more >

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Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

24/04/2014Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

Plans to potentially re-open Wearside’s disused Leamside railway line have moved a step closer– as the North Eastern Local Enterprise... more >