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Tube Lines seeks to build new generation of engineers

01.08.08: Tube Lines is actively promoting engineering as a career by working with young Londoners living along its three Underground lines. 30 Tube Lines engineers have trained as science and engineering ambassadors and are now volunteering their time to...

Electromagnetic compatibility for the London Underground network

16.07.08: There are many new projects and developments being introduced into the London Underground infrastructure including power upgrades, tunnel cooling, signalling improvements, radio and telecommunications system upgrades, step-free access and increa...

London Underground reveals plans to help passengers "stay cool"

16.07.08: Innovative projects this summer as major works continue to find long term solutions to cool the Tube London Underground has revealed a number of new and improved measures to help cool the Tube network this summer. Industrial sized fans will...

Neasden Depot upgrade

16.07.08: The technical challenge of upgrading and modernising facilities on the London Underground network is exemplified by the work being undertaken by Edmund Nuttall Ltd at the Neasden Depot as part of a total contract valued at £51.5 million aw...

Technology transforms Tube

16.07.08: The Victoria line is nearly 40 and facing a mid-life crisis. How can she cope with another 48 million passengers a year by 2025? The answer lies in technology It’s not a sight you see every day of the week – Her Majesty the Quee...

Wildlife makes a beeline to the Underground

16.07.08: London Underground manages 10 per cent of the Capital’s wildlife habitat Passengers travelling on the Tube between Wembley Park and Kingsbury in recent months may have noticed some unusual looking boxes springing up on the trackside n...

Tube Lines gets ten out of ten from Investors in People assessors

11.07.08: Tube Lines’ status as a good employer has been reinforced through the company’s successful renewal of its Investors in People accreditation. Independent assessors congratulated the company for its dedication to ensuring employees hav...

Giant cinema-style screens to beam movie trailers and advertising to Tube passengers

04.07.08: Tube users can now watch moving advertising images on the biggest screens in Europe and keep up-to-date with trailers for the latest movie releases while they wait for their next train. A new cross-track projection (XTP) system, which allow...

Court date set for Metronet’s transfer hearing

09.05.08: Exit from Administration expected within weeks Metronet’s exit from Administration and transfer to Transport for London (TfL) progressed further today, as the PPP Administrators from Ernst & Young confirmed that a court hearing wi...

Three bridges in a row for East London Line extension

25.04.08: A spectacular new bridge for Transport for London's East London Line extension is to be installed in May. The bridge is due to be the last of three new East London Line bridges to be installed within six weeks. The 600 tonne truss steel str...

Metronet staff praised by Society of Operations Engineers

18.04.08: Qualifications prove success of staff competency assurance scheme Over 40 front line Tube maintenance staff have been awarded NVQ level 3 Engineering Technician qualifications approved by the respected Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)...

Tube Lines escalator trolleys make light of heavy work

18.04.08: Escalator trolleys are being used by Tube Lines to enhance the safe working of its track team responsible for upgrading 109 kilometres of track by 2010. The trolley – specifically designed for use on the London Underground network –...

David Orr goes Underground for presidential visit

11.04.08: ICE President David Orr saw first hand how Tube Lines is maintaining and improving the London Underground on the night of the 1st April, when he visited maintenance works during the London leg of his national ICE Presidential tour last week. ...

Tube Lines' escalator team steps up its green initiatives

11.04.08: Tube Lines’ escalator team has been stepping up its environmental initiatives to support the company’s objective to deliver a greener Tube service. The team has improved its waste management practices and introduced waste segregation...

Metronet announces conclusion of SSL Upgrade negotiations

04.04.08: Andie Harper, CEO of Metronet, has released the following statement. Metronet's entry into Administration has caused a significant number of challenges for the planned modernisation programme for the London Underground network. Metronet has...

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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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

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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

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New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relati... more >