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Tube Lines’ very own live wires invent track safety device

02.01.11: Permanent current rail indicator device (P-CRID) developed by Tube Lines improves rail safety and increases efficiency Every night Tube Lines has in the region of 5,000 workers busy improving the Tube and their protection is paramount. Now...

TfL Tube and rail services rack up record ridership figures

TfL Tube and rail services rack up record ridership figures

10.12.10: New passenger figures released today show that Transport for London’s Tube and Rail services carried record numbers during November. Tube and rail services carried more passengers than ever before in the four-week period from 17 Octob...

RMT to ballot for strike action on Northern Rail

RMT to ballot for strike action on Northern Rail

03.12.10: The RMT union has confirmed that it is to ballot conductor members on Northern Rail for strike action over a failure by the company to accept a perfectly reasonable proposal from the union that the staff should be paid the appropriate rate for w...

London Underground MD says sorry for disruption

22.10.10: The managing director of London Underground, Mike Brown, has apologised to passengers to disruption which some faced on Monday and Tuesday. His apology follows a coupe of incidents where passengers had to be helped from trains in the tunnel...

Poets on the Tube

15.10.10: Three young poets are to have their work displayed across the London Underground network after winning prizes in an international poetry competition. The young poets will be able to see their work beside the work of published and world reno...

Strike laws need tightening, says Boris

08.10.10: The Mayor of London has called for David Cameron to bring in new laws to stop the threat of industrial action wreaking havoc across Britain, as the government introduces reductions in public spending. Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Johnson ha...

Unions failed to stop Londoners

08.10.10: Up to 40 per cent of services ran during the strike on London Underground, according to Transport for London. Howard Collins, chief operating officer of London Underground, said at the time: “We are doing everything to run as many Tub...

Our survey says ‘satisfied’

Our survey says ‘satisfied’

01.10.10: Transport for London were celebrating yesterday when it was announced that passengers had declared their overwhelming satisfaction with new London Overground services. The network received a record breaking 81 points in a recent passenger s...

Work begins on new Neasden depot facility

Work begins on new Neasden depot facility

01.10.10: Engineering work is being carried out to create a new maintenance facility at Neasden depot in London. The work has included the installation of a new bridge, which had to carried using Europe’s largest crane. David Waboso, Londo...

Thank you for your patience, says TfL

Thank you for your patience, says TfL

10.09.10: Following days of travel chaos, Transport for London has thanked both its staff and customers for ‘their patience and determination’ during the strikes. Mike Brown, London Underground’s Managing Director, said: “I wa...

Transport for London positive about union talks

Transport for London positive about union talks

03.09.10: In what is good news for both rail jobs and the capital’s commuters, Transport for London has welcomed the eagerness of unions to begin talks. The talks are part of dispute over the proposed closure of ticket offices. Howard Coll...

London Underground tries to reason with unions over strikes

27.08.10: With a variety of strike dates looming, the capital’s commuters will be waiting with bated breath to hear if the subsidiary of Transport for London can reason with the TSSA and the RMT unions over planned strike action by its members over...

Staff quick thinking prevented runaway Tube train disaster

27.08.10: It has emerged that it was the quick thinking of Transport for London staff which averted disaster, when a engineering train broke lose on the Jubilee Line. According to reports in local newspapers the runaway engineering train was only a m...

Ticket office sales decline in capital, according to London Underground

Ticket office sales decline in capital, according to London Underground

20.08.10: Following a dispute over ticket office closures, London Underground has released data which shows that some underground ticket offices are actually selling fewer than 10 tickets an hour. The announcement came as London underground asked rai...

Transport for London saves £30 million on new Oyster contract

Transport for London saves £30 million on new Oyster contract

20.08.10: As part of a £5 billion efficiency drive, Transport for London has announced that it is saving £30 million through its new Oyster contract. Shashi Verma, TfL’s Director of Fares and Ticketing, said: “Oyster has been...

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Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

20/09/2019Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

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A £362m train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro was ordered yesterday by public transport body Nexus. A company for the designing 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hu... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

20/09/2019Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

  A ground-breaking deal has been agreed today among rail bosses to deliver higher standards for rail users in the West Midlands.  ... more >