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UPDATE – Some London Underground strikes called off

UPDATE – Some London Underground strikes called off

05.02.16: 4.00pm UPDATE The RMT strike this weekend has been called off following a new offer from London Underground. However, the maintenance workers' strike on February 12 is set to go ahead. RMT general secretary Mike Cash said in a let...

Delayed Night Tube moves forward as RMT backs fresh offer

Delayed Night Tube moves forward as RMT backs fresh offer

03.02.16: The Night Tube project has moved a significant step forward as one of its main adversaries formally backed London Underground’s (LU’s) fresh pay offer. The RMT union, one of the four groups fighting against what they perceived a...

TfL tries to reduce line-closure time for GOBLIN electrification

TfL tries to reduce line-closure time for GOBLIN electrification

02.02.16: Network Rail and Transport for London have confirmed that the coming months will see “extensive disruption” on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line as a vast amount of structures, track and OLE work is done to electrify the line and length...

Night Tube back on track as three unions abandon strike plans

Night Tube back on track as three unions abandon strike plans

22.01.16: London Underground managers are hoping to get the Night Tube back on track for a 2016 launch date after three unions abandoned plans to strike over the coming weeks. In a revised pay offer sent to unions yesterday, LU proposed a minimum 1%...

TfL to control all London commuter services and new metro network

TfL to control all London commuter services and new metro network

21.01.16: All rail services that operate mostly or entirely within Greater London could be transferred to Transport for London (TfL) when current franchises expire under a new partnership with the Department for Transport. Announced today, the p...

TSSA becomes third union to join Night Tube strike threat

TSSA becomes third union to join Night Tube strike threat

19.01.16: Another rail union has announced that it will take part in the three-day strike action against London Underground (LU) management if today’s conciliatory talks on the Night Tube dispute are not successful. The TSSA union will be the t...

Delayed ITT launched for 250 New Tube for London trains

Delayed ITT launched for 250 New Tube for London trains

18.01.16: London Underground has officially launched the delayed invitation to tender (ITT) for the design and build of the New Tube for London trains, set to serve the Piccadilly, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Central lines by the early 2020s. T...

Oyster reaches Gatwick, as shown on major new TfL rail map

Oyster reaches Gatwick, as shown on major new TfL rail map

08.01.16: TfL has officially extended Oyster card ‘pay as you go’ and contactless accessibility to Gatwick Airport, as reflecting in its latest and largest ever London rail map. Passengers will be able to use their smartcards between Mers...

RMT threatens more Night Tube strikes as TfL hires 180 part-timers

RMT threatens more Night Tube strikes as TfL hires 180 part-timers

06.01.16: The Night Tube has once again come under fire as transport union RMT set out to ballot Tube Lines staff for strike action after representatives rejected the latest pay offer. According to the union, the pay offer was identical to the offer...

TfL finishes Overground five-car extension programme

TfL finishes Overground five-car extension programme

06.01.16: Transport for London (TfL) has finished rolling out five-car trains across London Overground routes as part of its year-long £320m investment to increase capacity in the capital. Started in 2014, the programme has extended the fleet f...

Underground boundaries rezoned, but Night Tube still off the grid

Underground boundaries rezoned, but Night Tube still off the grid

05.01.16: Transport for London (TfL) has decided to rezone stations to the boundary of Zone 2 to recognise the capital’s “shifting economic map” towards the east as part of its 2016 plans. Eight stations, including Stratford and Wes...

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

01.01.16: RTM talks to Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy & service development, about the new ‘Design Idiom’ for the network and how it is being put into practice. London Underground stations have always h...

Bakerloo Line extension ‘firmly on track’ for 2030 opening

Bakerloo Line extension ‘firmly on track’ for 2030 opening

18.12.15: Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it will press on with the proposed Bakerloo Line extension, pledging to begin the detailed technical work in 2016 and potentially start construction by 2024. The technical work will try to build a ca...

TfL Rail celebrates improved performance on Liverpool St to Shenfield

TfL Rail celebrates improved performance on Liverpool St to Shenfield

11.12.15: Transport for London, the new operator of Liverpool to Shenfield services previously the responsibility of Abellio Greater Anglia, says it has recovered from the performance issues that dogged its first weeks in charge. TfL Rail says it has...

Commissioner Mike Brown to reveal TfL’s financial coping strategy

Commissioner Mike Brown to reveal TfL’s financial coping strategy

09.12.15: The London Assembly Transport Committee will meet Transport for London’s (TfL’s) commissioner, Mike Brown, tomorrow to question him on the future of the capital’s transport links after repeated government cuts. In a meetin...

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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

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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 >