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‘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...

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

09.04.18: A planning application has been submitted for a redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s station to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience. The proposals, which were submitted to Crawley Borough Council by Network Rail in partne...

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

27.03.18: TfL yesterday announced that it had successfully expanded the testing of its new Tube signalling system which will be used on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. The system, which is already in use on the No...

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

12.03.18: The mayor of London has today agreed plans for £750,000 of funding over the next three years to support community measures in Croydon in response to the 2016 tram crash. Sadiq Khan said the money was earmarked for health and social ca...

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...

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

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

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

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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 >