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Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

10.07.18: London’s new deputy mayor for transport has called on the government to bring significant parts of struggling Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise under control of TfL. Heidi Alexander’s comments come after the Mayor of Lond...

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15.06.18: TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More than 700,000 customers use the Piccadilly line every day. But a limited fleet size alongside old signal...

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

12.06.18: Transport for London is inviting firms to bid for the four-year £250m delivery of track renewals for its Underground network, starting in 2019. The work includes surface and sub-surface ballasted track renewals, crossing renewals and...

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

21.05.18: Transport for London (TfL) has taken over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2/3 and 4. The service was taken over yesterday in a move which marks a major milestone in the creation of the Elizabeth line. ...

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

16.05.18: The brand-new Thales signalling system was operated for the first time this weekend, TfL has announced. These successful trials mean that from summer, customers will begin to benefit from the new signalling system on the first section of the Ci...

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

25.04.18: Half of all Tube and rail pay as you go journeys are regularly made using contactless payment or mobile devices, the latest figures from TfL have revealed. The payment method was launched on buses in December 2012 and across London Tube and rai...

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

09.04.18: RMT has backed the campaign ‘Save Access at Brentford station’ which aims to keep guards on South Western Railway (SWR) trains. The rally will take place at Brentford station on 18 April at 10am in protest of the threat of losin...

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

09.04.18: A planning application has been submitted for a redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s station to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience. The proposals, which were submitted to Crawley Borough Council by Network Rail in partne...

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

27.03.18: TfL yesterday announced that it had successfully expanded the testing of its new Tube signalling system which will be used on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. The system, which is already in use on the No...

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

12.03.18: The mayor of London has today agreed plans for £750,000 of funding over the next three years to support community measures in Croydon in response to the 2016 tram crash. Sadiq Khan said the money was earmarked for health and social ca...

Union announces two separate sets of strike action on DLR over KAD disagreement

Union announces two separate sets of strike action on DLR over KAD disagreement

07.03.18: The RMT union has confirmed today that it plans to run two separate strikes on DLR services in March and April after major disagreements with operator Keolis Amey Dockland (KAD). Initial issues between the two parties were sparked by a disp...

Khan asserts commitment to West London Overground extension in transport strategy

Khan asserts commitment to West London Overground extension in transport strategy

01.03.18: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has this week reasserted his commitment to a West London Orbital rail line as he announced his transport strategy for the next 25 years. The announcement follows a draft plan being submitted in June this year, and...

TfL completes biggest test of Tube’s signalling upgrade

TfL completes biggest test of Tube’s signalling upgrade

19.02.18: Transport for London (TfL) has completed a weekend of testing on a brand new signalling system set to transform the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. More trains ran between Hammersmith and Edgware Road this weeke...

Night Overground services to extend to north London for first time

Night Overground services to extend to north London for first time

13.02.18: Night Overground services will extend to serve Canonbury and Highbury and Islington stations from 23 February 2018. The new service will link the Overground to the Night Tube network via the Victoria line for the first time, and will m...

‘Affordable’ Hopper fares to be extended on London Tube network

‘Affordable’ Hopper fares to be extended on London Tube network

02.02.18: The mayor of London has this week confirmed the extension of Hopper fares on London rail services and the Underground. Sadiq Khan’s policy means passengers will be able to pay a fee to travel for a one-hour period on most of London&rs...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clo... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >