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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...

DLR faces industrial action after talks with contractor fail

DLR faces industrial action after talks with contractor fail

31.01.18: A 48 hour strike on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will commence tomorrow, the RMT has confirmed. The union says that the industrial action is over a “comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations” after talks failed...

TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling system

TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling system

04.12.17: TfL has completed its biggest test to date of its brand new signalling system. Engineers have worked over the weekend testing trains on a new computer-based signalling and controls system between Hammersmith and Edgware Road, which will be the...

TfL still eyeing £700m annual savings in final 5-year business plan

TfL still eyeing £700m annual savings in final 5-year business plan

27.11.17: TfL has published its updated five-year Business Plan, which confirms how the organisation will deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to make the capital a greener, more prosperous city. It will need to absorb £700m annually over f...

Successful trial means Tube on track for 4G coverage by 2019

Successful trial means Tube on track for 4G coverage by 2019

27.11.17: The Tube network will see 4G connectivity arrive in 2019, TfL has confirmed, meaning mayor Sadiq Khan’s original ambitions will be able to go ahead. The news comes following a successful trial of the technology on the Waterloo & City...

Fighting heat in the Underground

Fighting heat in the Underground

24.11.17: RTM looks at the successes of the Cooling the Tube programme so far and what TfL hopes to achieve in the coming years. Despite what was a relatively mild summer, in this year’s June/July edition we decided to take a look at the reason...

Night Tube to start across Overground services in time for Christmas

Night Tube to start across Overground services in time for Christmas

20.11.17: London Overground night services will begin in east London on Friday 15 December 2017, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced. The 24-hour service will run between New Cross and Dalston Junction, extending to Highbury and Islington some...

Night Tube, one year on

Night Tube, one year on

09.11.17: Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, celebrates the astounding first-year success of the capital’s 24-hour Tube service. TfL and the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, have hailed the huge success of London Underground&...

Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

09.11.17: A major milestone has been reached by TfL in the Northern line extension project. Tunnel boring machine, Amy, has broken through at Kennington, meaning that the two 3.2km tunnels from Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, have now been built....

How data keeps London moving faster

How data keeps London moving faster

02.11.17: Lauren Sager Weinstein, chief data officer at TfL, explains why the organisation is storing anonymised passenger data in order to improve services across the capital. Every day millions of people travel on London’s transport network...

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

25.10.17: TfL is holding a consultation to find the public’s views on a planned upgrade to London’s Holborn station. The proposed works would double the size of the station, adding a second entrance and an exit on Procter Street. Step-fr...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >