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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...

‘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...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >