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RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

02.03.16: The controversial Night Tube scheme has moved a substantial step forward as one of the main unions campaigning against it, RMT, has formally accepted London Underground’s (LU’s) latest offer. Its representatives confirmed yester...

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

19.02.16: Major improvement works will lead to Bakerloo Line platform closures at Paddington Tube Station from April to August in preparation for Crossrail. Bakerloo Line trains will not stop at the station from 2 April as engineers dig a 165m tunnel...

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

16.02.16: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance & Policy Committee is expected to approve “as a matter of urgency” £172m of third party funding today so that the Barking Riverside Line extension can be accepted by transp...

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

16.02.16: ‘Crossrail 3’ could come about thanks to new plans for Transport for London (TfL) to take over suburban rail services in Greater London, according to the peer heading the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) investigation into Cr...

Track patrol staff join maintenance workers in Tube strike

Track patrol staff join maintenance workers in Tube strike

10.02.16: London Underground track patrol staff are joining maintenance workers in Friday’s strike over plans to increase the use of private contractors. RMT said that nearly 500 staff are joining the 24-hour strike in protest at plans to outso...

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...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot rea... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >