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Tube Lines granted extra closures to complete Jubilee line upgrade on time

22.05.09: Tube Lines, the company responsible for the Jubilee line's maintenance and renewal, has requested additional weekend closures to enable them to complete the upgrade of the line on time The upgrade will mean that London Underground will even...

Jubilee line celebrates its 30th birthday

01.05.09: The 1st of May 2009 marked the 30th birthday of the Jubilee line, which opened for passenger service on 1 May 1979. That was the year when the first Walkman appeared; Abba, Rod Stewart and Blondie topped the charts and Star Trek and Moonraker we...

Services on London Underground's Circle line to be extended to Hammersmith

06.03.09: London Underground (LU) has announced that Circle line services will be extended to Hammersmith from December 2009. The changes, which are part of the LU Investment Programme, will almost double the frequency of trains between Hammersmith a...

Tube Lines publishes quarter three 2008-09 quarterly performance report online

06.03.09: Overview “Being safe” is Tube Lines’ central corporate value and the company has worked hard to make employees safe at work, despite the challenging conditions faced on the Underground network. This quarter safety performa...

New Tube maps to make life easier for thousands of Londoners

30.01.09: Designs show toilet facilities and give new information on step-free use Knowing where you can get on a Tube train without having to negotiate stairs or which stations have a toilet, can be vital for thousands of Londoners and visitors. ...

Tube PPP annual report published

09.01.09: Public Private Partnership (PPP) maintenance and renewal of the Tube is keeping pace with record demand according to London Underground’s annual PPP Report. The report covers the performance of the PPP for the financial year 2007/08. ...

RMT urges LUL to withdraw ‘dangerous’ doors instruction

12.12.08: London Underground’s biggest union has urged the company to withdraw an “astonishing and potentially highly dangerous” instruction which will require drivers to ask passengers to push carriage doors closed in tunnels. RMT...

Tube Lines wins award for project excellence

12.12.08: Tube Lines has been named by the British Quality Foundation Lean Six Sigma Academy as the winner of the Project Excellence award for successfully improving an age old process for measuring earth structure movements. By introducing new measuring...

Changing rooms: Tube Lines gives Neasden control centre a full makeover

28.11.08: Next step in Jubilee line upgrade begins Major changes are afoot at the Jubilee line control centre at Neasden, from where London Underground employees manage train services. As part of the line upgrade which will mean faster, more frequent...

Unearthing success

25.11.08: Richard Mackillican talks to Tube Lines’ director of operations, Lee Jones about the highs and lows of maintaining parts of London’s busy underground system What have you done so far to improve the operational performance of the...

Metronet Rail partner with BuildOnline for effective collaboration

20.11.08: Transportation organisations face the constant challenge of how to best harness technology to support their primary business objectives. By necessity solutions that can be utilised project wide need to be simple to use, able to bypass any confli...

Tube Lines awarded for going green

20.11.08: Tube Lines has been presented with the Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector award by Daisy McAndrew, economics editor for ITV News. It is a welcome recognition for the company’s commitment to reduce material cons...

Arbiter publishes his initial view of future costs for Tube Lines

19.09.08: Chris Bolt, the statutory Arbiter for the London Underground Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Agreements, has published his assessment of the costs that Tube Lines could incur in the second 7½ years of its PPP Agreement with Lon...

Top engineering body salutes Metronet’s apprentice success

12.09.08: Metronet has again proved its credentials after their apprenticeship programme was recognised by one of the engineering industry’s most respected organisations, SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) at an event in Westminster last week. ...

No agreement for 24-hour Tube running says RMT

05.09.08: There is no agreement with London Underground staff to run the network round the clock during the 2012 Olympics, the Tube’s biggest union has said. Following the mayor’s public announcement that the network would operate 24 hour...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

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The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

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TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

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ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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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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In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Ann... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >