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Work begins on Metronet's new air-conditioned Tube train

13.07.07: London, 9 July 2007: Air-conditioned comfort for a third of the Tube came a step closer to reality today as construction began on the next generation of Tube train for Metronet Rail, the organisation renewing two-thirds of London Underground. ...

Tube ticket office closures unnecessary and dangerous, says RMT

19.06.07: ‘UNNECESSARY AND dangerous’ plans by London Underground to close 40 ticket offices and to reduce drastically the opening hours of dozens more will be resisted, the Tube’s biggest union has said. RMT warned that the proposa...

Mayor unveils Tube cooling trials

31.05.07: Mayor Ken Livingstone has unveiled a number of trials to be introduced by London Underground to cool the tube network. New measures for this summer include the first full-scale trial of the award-winning groundwater cooling project at Victoria...

Modernisation work begins at euston station

31.05.07: 150 engineers working each night to improve passenger journeys through better communications and increased security Tube Lines, the company responsible for rebuilding the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, is revamping Euston station a...

Underground rail lines re-open

31.05.07: Train services have returned to normal following a five-week closure by Network Rail to renew the tracks under Liverpool city centre. The closure was the third phase of a £15 million programme and affected services to/from the Wirral. ...

21st century technology on board new inspection train

01.05.07: High tech asset inspection train to be introduced on the Tube next spring A new high-tech, dedicated Asset Inspection Train (AIT) is to be introduced from next spring by Tube Lines that will revolutionise track inspection and maintenance re...

Metronet deploys Tube Lines' new high-output track renewals train

Metronet deploys Tube Lines' new high-output track renewals train

01.05.07: The first rail and sleeper delivery train (RSDT) commissioned specially for London Underground track renewals has begun work, supplied for Metronet Rail/GBRailfreight's new engineering train fleet by Tube Lines. The RSDT, similar to a &lsqu...

New train delivered to Metronet for trials on Victoria line

01.05.07: The first Tube train of a brand new fleet set to enter service on the Victoria line from 2009 has been delivered to Metronet Rail ready for testing. The high-tech trains are being introduced as part of a £750 million-plus upgrade of t...

Tube Lines invents track circuit device to tackle signal failures

Tube Lines invents track circuit device to tackle signal failures

01.05.07: Innovation will help reduce delays on the London Underground Tube Lines has created a handheld current analyser device to reduce signal failures on the Underground. The invention measures various forms of current flowing through tracks. It...

Bosch continues success of London Underground upgrade

01.03.07: Bosch Security Systems has reported the continued success of its three year programme working with Metronet Rail and Tubelines to deliver complete CCTV solutions across the entire network. The programme includes not only assistance with the desi...

Metronet awards first six station projects outside of its supply chain

01.03.07: Metronet Rail has announced that it has awarded the first tranche of six contracts for station upgrades outside of its tied supply chain. Following a competitive tender process in late 2006, initial contracts have now been awarded for the design...

Odds on the next train at platform 4 is £1m better off

01.03.07: Step on a District line service now and the odds are it will be a new look train, refurbished by Metronet Rail to the tune of £1 million. Metronet has just revamped the 38th train out of the 75 strong fleet meaning there are now more...

Tube Lines

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, is taking the first step towards replacing the entire Piccadilly line fleet by inviting expressions of interest from manufacturers for supplying new trains. Under it...

Tube Lines orders new signalling system for the Piccadilly line

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, has awarded a £160m extension to the contract it has with Thales’s rail signalling solutions business (formerly of Alcatel) to provide a new signalling s...

Lanes on track with LUL

01.01.07: The Lanes Group, best known as drainage specialist Lanes for Drains, is a major name in both underground and overground rail sectors having begun LUL contracts 8 years ago through the Lanes Engineering and Construction division. The company...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >