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Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

08.12.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to resign from his post after a letter leaked to the London Evening Standard showed that he once opposed rail devolution to London to keep it “out of the clutches” of a Labour mayor. ...

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

08.12.16: Transport for London (TfL) will only achieve its proposed financial targets if it implements a wide-scale cost reduction programme in full, it has revealed in its new five-year business plan – promised to be the organisation’s &ldquo...

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

07.12.16: Disabled travellers and parents with pushchairs and buggies will be able to use more than 30 additional Tube stations as London mayor Sadiq Khan promised £200m funding for step-free access. The first stations to receive the investment...

RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

06.12.16: Drivers' strikes due to start today on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines have been called off after RMT and London Underground reached a last-minute agreement. The union had called the 24-hour strikes, due to start at 9.30pm t...

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

05.12.16: Ticket office closures on London Underground (LU) can be implemented, but new measures should be carried out to address areas such as passenger safety, London TravelWatch’s review of the closures has concluded. The independent watchdo...

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

30.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) has launched a contract to replace rolling stock parts on the London Underground Piccadilly Line. The notice is for a £4.8m goods and services contract for the supply of new saloon car and cab flooring on th...

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

30.11.16: Station staff on the London Underground have voted in favour of strike action over ticket office closures in a TSSA ballot. The union described the ballot, issued on 14 November, as concerning “station staffing and staff safety (post...

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

29.11.16: Passengers on the Piccadilly Line are suffering from severe delays as Transport for London (TfL) carries out urgent repairs on rolling stock – but RMT has called for the line to be closed altogether. TfL said it has to take the trains...

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

28.11.16: London Underground (LU) drivers on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines will go on strike next month, rail union RMT announced last week. The strikes on both lines will begin at 9.30pm on 6 December and run for 24 hours. RMT...

TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

22.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) is seeking bidders for a contract to overhaul the brake parts and vertical suspension damper mounting brackets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line rolling stock. The contract is divided into five lots...

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

18.11.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has today confirmed that fares on all TfL services will remain frozen until 2020, formally fulfilling one of his major transport pledges made during this year’s mayoral election campaigns. Pay-as-you-go fares o...

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

18.11.16: Following Sadiq Khan’s first meeting as chair of Transport for London’s board, Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, sets out what the organisation believes should be the mayor’s main strate...

TSSA issues notice of ticket office ballot as transport watchdog reports ‘mixed picture’

TSSA issues notice of ticket office ballot as transport watchdog reports ‘mixed picture’

14.11.16: The TSSA has announced it is balloting members over the closure of ticket offices on the Underground, while the deputy chair of London TravelWatch told the London Assembly’s transport committee that a review of the changes has found a &ldq...

Night Tube: the journey so far

Night Tube: the journey so far

07.11.16: Shortly after more Night Tube services were rolled out on the Jubilee Line in October, Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, reflects on the successes of the all-night service so far, and its impact on the capital&...

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

01.11.16: Night Tube services are due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from 16 December, fulfilling London mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to have five lines running by the end of the year. The Night Tube opened on the Victoria and Central Li...

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£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span ... more >
RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16/10/2019RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving tr... more >
Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16/10/2019Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he h... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hu... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span ... more >