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Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

10.12.18: Ministers are expected to announce a fresh £1bn bailout for Crossrail and admit that the project might need to be delayed beyond 2019. According to the Financial Times, officials from the DfT and TfL, who have been in emergency talks...

London mayor criticised after appointing former auditor and advisor to investigate Crossrail delays

London mayor criticised after appointing former auditor and advisor to investigate Crossrail delays

07.12.18: Sadiq Khan has come under fire over a Crossrail probe after he appointed a former auditor and adviser for the Elizabeth Line project to investigate the delays and spiralling costs. Conservative MP and former minister Greg Hands has written...

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

03.12.18: London Underground and Balfour Beatty have been fined £100,000 and £333,000 respectively – a total of £433,000 – after both pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws in a prosecution brought by the ORR. ...

Transport minister blames Khan for TfL’s financial problems as it struggles to fund Crossrail

Transport minister blames Khan for TfL’s financial problems as it struggles to fund Crossrail

27.11.18: Transport minister Andrew Jones has criticised Sadiq Khan over the capital’s struggle to complete the Crossrail project and argued that it is “becoming clearer how the mayor’s policies are causing long-term problems with TfL&rs...

Night Tube: The twilight economy

Night Tube: The twilight economy

27.11.18: Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its journey. London boasts some of the best nightlife in the world, with its theatres, bars, and res...

Crossrail 2 ‘only goes some way’ to address ‘infrequent and unreliable’ London rail service

Crossrail 2 ‘only goes some way’ to address ‘infrequent and unreliable’ London rail service

26.11.18: The rail service in London is unreliable, overcrowded, expensive, and requires a single rail strategy produced by TfL and Network Rail for improvements to be made, according to the London transport watchdog. In a report published today, Lon...

After five-month delay, Siemens and London Underground sign £1.5bn Deep Tube train contract

After five-month delay, Siemens and London Underground sign £1.5bn Deep Tube train contract

21.11.18: After almost six months of delay due to a long-running legal challenge, Siemens Mobility Ltd has formally signed the contract to design and build 94 brand-new Tube trains to replace the existing 1970s fleet running on London’s Piccadilly L...

Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

16.11.18: Costs incurred by the lengthy delay to London’s Crossrail project could cost Transport for London (TfL) over £200m in lost revenue, London’s financial watchdog has revealed. In a report released this week, the London Assem...

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13.11.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would...

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

09.11.18: The London mayor has responded defending himself from claims that he and London transport bosses “misled” the London Assembly Transport Committee who “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation...

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

06.11.18: Siemens has won a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to replace some of its oldest trains with almost 100 new models after a High Court ruling lifted the suspension on the contract. London Underground originally awarded the contr...

Crossrail 2 in the context of a national strategy

Crossrail 2 in the context of a national strategy

30.10.18: Now that Crossrail is nearly complete, Professor Sir Tim Besley, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), makes the case for Crossrail 2. London is a city synonymous with innovative infrastructure. The capital has prosp...

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

24.10.18: The closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices has been put on hold by London TravelWatch after a campaign by the RMT union. The watchdog was forced to temporarily suspended the plans after they received over 7,500 objections from passe...

Rail minister urged to back extension of Oyster and contactless payments at London airports

Rail minister urged to back extension of Oyster and contactless payments at London airports

15.10.18: London’s deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander has called for Jo Johnson to back the extension of contactless payments across London in preparation for the Euro 2020 football tournament. In a letter to the rail minister, Alexande...

Chaos for London commuters as DLR shuts down entire service on all routes

Chaos for London commuters as DLR shuts down entire service on all routes

18.09.18: London commuters faced chaos this morning as Docklands Light Railway (DLR) announced that there were no services running on any route due to a signalling failure. ⚠️ There is no service on all routes while we fix a signal failure at West In...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

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Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

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Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >