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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...

London Underground sets out Jubilee plans

13.08.10: Following the takeover of Tube Lines, London Underground have now signalled a new way forward for the Jubilee Line upgrades. Mike Brown, managing director said: “It is now clear that we inherited from Tube Lines a Jubilee line upgrade...

Tube Lines take over complete

Tube Lines take over complete

02.07.10: Transport for London has now completed the take over of underground maintenance firm, Tube Lines. The controversial take-over comes after months of tension between the two organisations, over how long it was taking Tube Lines to finish its...

Violent crime going down the tube

28.05.10: Figures have shown that violent crime on the London Underground system has fallen for the fourth year in a row, good news for all of those working on the Tube. The figures show that public order offences have reduced by almost a quarter and...

Tube Lines begins final station upgrade

Tube Lines begins final station upgrade

30.04.10: In news which will be welcomed by the Tube Lines management, the company has finally begun refurbishment of the last station on the underground system. The station, Stratford, is to go through a deep cleaning programme, along with other imp...

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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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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

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Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >