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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...

‘At least 10’ train doors left wide open whilst in motion on Jubilee Line

‘At least 10’ train doors left wide open whilst in motion on Jubilee Line

04.09.18: Commuters were treated to a fresh breeze on Saturday when a Tube user posted a startling video of a Jubilee Line train running with its doors left open. Rory Brown was travelling on the line near Finchley Road at a considerable pace when th...

LU not properly preparing drivers to deal with ATO operation, RAIB says

LU not properly preparing drivers to deal with ATO operation, RAIB says

03.09.18: London Underground’s training programme does not adequately prepare operators for some of the particular demands associated with train despatch, especially when running ATO stock – an issue that was likely linked to an accident which...

Night Tube could contribute up to £1.5bn to London's economy, report says

Night Tube could contribute up to £1.5bn to London's economy, report says

17.08.18: The Night Tube could contribute in excess of £1.5billion to London’s economy over the course of the next decade, doubling predictions from initial projections. Marking the second anniversary of the service, a report compiled by...

Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

10.07.18: London’s new deputy mayor for transport has called on the government to bring significant parts of struggling Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise under control of TfL. Heidi Alexander’s comments come after the Mayor of Lond...

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15.06.18: TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More than 700,000 customers use the Piccadilly line every day. But a limited fleet size alongside old signal...

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

12.06.18: Transport for London is inviting firms to bid for the four-year £250m delivery of track renewals for its Underground network, starting in 2019. The work includes surface and sub-surface ballasted track renewals, crossing renewals and...

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

21.05.18: Transport for London (TfL) has taken over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2/3 and 4. The service was taken over yesterday in a move which marks a major milestone in the creation of the Elizabeth line. ...

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

16.05.18: The brand-new Thales signalling system was operated for the first time this weekend, TfL has announced. These successful trials mean that from summer, customers will begin to benefit from the new signalling system on the first section of the Ci...

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

25.04.18: Half of all Tube and rail pay as you go journeys are regularly made using contactless payment or mobile devices, the latest figures from TfL have revealed. The payment method was launched on buses in December 2012 and across London Tube and rai...

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

09.04.18: RMT has backed the campaign ‘Save Access at Brentford station’ which aims to keep guards on South Western Railway (SWR) trains. The rally will take place at Brentford station on 18 April at 10am in protest of the threat of losin...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >