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‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

08.06.16: The first modern signalling equipment has been installed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC signalling system, designed by Thales, is due to be installed in sections across the Circle, District...

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

23.05.16: The Night Tube will start running on the Victoria and Central lines from 19 August, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced today, ending speculation over when the service will open. The 24-hour tube service will then be implemented on t...

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

20.05.16: The cost of the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station could increase by £240m because of the need to redesign part of the station. Last month, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance and Policy Committee met to...

Extra evening services added on London Overground

Extra evening services added on London Overground

18.05.16: Evening services on the London Overground have been expanded to cope with growing demand. The East London line has been increased from two trains to four an hour between 10.00 and 11.30pm on the routes from Dalston Junction to New Cross and...

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

09.05.16: Metropolitan Line work to replace 6.4km of track and drainage systems will begin next Monday, meaning the line will close early on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two years. The work will take place on the section between Baker Street and...

Customer service innovation at LOROL

Customer service innovation at LOROL

06.05.16: Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improving customer service for the operator. Despite the intense focus within the industry on improvin...

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

25.04.16: Newly released documents show that the Airports Commission’s estimate of the cost of rail links needed to support the third runway at Heathrow airport is as much as £11bn below that of Transport for London (TfL). The documents...

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

22.04.16: A new design for Battersea Power Station to accommodate an extension of London Underground’s Northern Line is underway. At a meeting last night, Transport for London (TfL)’s finance and policy committee were asked to approve any...

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

20.04.16: A public transport leader from Australia has been announced as the new managing director of London Underground. Mark Wild will leave his current role as special advisor to the minister and secretary of the state government of Victoria and t...

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

19.04.16: Nick Gray, principal programme sponsor for Thameslink, reveals the latest statistics and changes taking place in and around London Bridge ahead of project completion in 2018. In the last edition of RTM, rail systems project director on the...

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

12.04.16: A London Underground report says that 57 Tube stations are at high risk of flooding as a result of climate change. The report, seen by RTM, says that 85 sites are at ‘high risk’, of which 57 are Tube stations, including Finsbury...

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

08.04.16: Two London mayoral candidates have criticised Transport for London (TfL), with Conservative Zac Goldsmith promising to cut free transport perks for staff to pay for more police officers and Labour’s Sadiq Khan promising efficiency savings...

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

18.03.16: A rail extension for London’s largest housing development is set to go ahead after the mayor asked Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction. TfL are applying for a Transport and Work Acts Order to start con...

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

15.03.16: A fatal mixture of poor commercial expertise, lack of IT procurement skills and ill-informed senior management led to the collapse of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) sub-surface upgrade programme (SSUP) contract with Bombardier, creat...

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

15.03.16: The two new 650-tonne tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Northern Line extension under south London have finished being built. Transport for London (TfL) said the new machines, built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in centr...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, re... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >