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TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

11.09.17: TfL is looking to collect wi-fi data from passengers on a permanent basis across the full Tube network after a four-week trial revealed findings and patterns that could not be detected solely from ticketing data or paper-based surveys. For...

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

30.08.17: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a seven-year contract to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground’s Central Line fleet worth over £112m. The contract, which started on Friday last week a...

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

21.08.17: The introduction of Night Tube to the capital has boosted the capital’s economy by £171m in its first year, City Hall has this week announced. Figures released as the service celebrated its one-year anniversary at the weekend sh...

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

11.08.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today set out ambitions to deliver 4G connectivity across the London Underground in stations and tunnels from 2019. He also stated that he was already looking into “futureproofing” the network so t...

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

09.08.17: An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside has this week been announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT). The extension will also unlock the building of 10,800 new homes, and the first ser...

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

04.08.17: More speed restrictions and the establishment of an industry body to facilitate effective co-operation between UK tramway owners and operators on safety matters are two of the measures that could be implemented following last year’s Croydo...

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

31.07.17: Plans to extend the Bakerloo Line have been largely backed by the public, who have also suggested some changes to the proposed works. A public consultation into TfL’s proposed works held earlier this year revealed that two-thirds of t...

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20.07.17: Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a super hub station at Old Oak and Park Royal. A year has passed since I last wrote in RTM about...

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

03.07.17: London Overground services will now run for 24-hours at weekends, mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan has today announced. The night services will start operating from December on Fridays and Saturdays in East London between New Cross Gate and...

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

29.06.17: TfL has today announced the next six Underground stations that will be upgraded to provide step-free access for passengers in London. Amersham, Buckhurst Hill, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley and South Woodford will all be upgraded to...

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

27.06.17: A series of new measures will be rolled out to minimise dust levels on the Underground network while around 50 stations and five tunnel sections will be cleaned this summer with industrial vacuums and magnetic ‘wands’, all to ensure...

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

26.06.17: An influential travel watchdog has strongly urged the government to press on with plans for Crossrail 2 and not shelve the project which it describes as “vital”. In a statement from London TravelWatch, it was revealed that the o...

Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

21.06.17: Alongside Crossrail 2, the devolution of suburban rail services to TfL and the creation of a suburban metro in the capital have both been featured as a key tenet in the mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy, published today. The...

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

16.06.17: A new internal speed monitoring system that will tell tram drivers when to brake could be introduced by TfL after the Croydon accident that killed seven people last year. The crash, which occurred on 9 November 2016, happened after a tram w...

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

16.06.17: The RMT has this week opened a ballot with its Piccadilly Line workshop staff on whether to take action over what it calls a “two-tier” workforce. Members of the union at the Northfield and Cockfosters depots will vote on whethe...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clo... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >