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Three-day Tube strike suspended after union wins safety guarantees

04.04.08: Three days of strike action by more than 7,000 RMT station staff, signallers and drivers have been suspended by the Tube’s biggest union after lengthy talks this week yielded guarantees on a raft of safety and staffing issues. Faced w...

Tube safety talks stall again as LUL insists on agency and security staff

14.03.08: Attempts to kick-start talks with London Underground over a raft of safety and staffing issues have foundered again over the company’s insistence on retaining the use of agency and security staff and mobile supervisors. Talks initiall...

Brent Cross upgrade completed early

19.02.08: Tube Lines has completed the upgrade of Brent Cross station four months ahead of schedule. Over 80 dedicated engineers worked day and night for seven months to bring the 85 year old station into the 21st Century. Tube Lines began work to up...

Four Square Metal on track at Heathrow terminal 5

19.02.08: With the opening of Heathrow terminal five imminent, the next time you travel by Tube take a glance down at the driver’s end of the platform where you will see Four Square’s metalwork in all its glory. The picture below shows their p...

Tube Lines reels in a beauty

Tube Lines reels in a beauty

19.02.08: New machine makes moving cable safer and faster Tube Lines has overcome the challenge of moving massive amounts of cabling into its London Underground stations, some as deep as 60m below ground. A new machine developed with Data Techniques...

Victoria Line closing early for more improvement work

19.02.08: The Victoria Line is closing early between Mondays and Thursdays from 4th February until late November 2008. Upgrading the Victoria line is one of London Underground's largest investment projects and part of a £10bn programme of inves...

Tube Lines community support fund donates over £50,000 in its first year

08.02.08: The Tube Lines Community Support Fund has donated £51,159 to good causes since it was started in February 2007. The Fund uses the money saved by recycling newspapers left on trains and in stations to boost the fundraising efforts of employ...

RMT welcomes MPs’ devastating verdict on Tube privatisation

25.01.08: A damning report by MPs on the collapse of Tube consortium Metronet and the ‘flawed’ part-privatisation of London Underground infrastructure has today been welcomed by the network’s biggest union. The report, by the House...

Tube Lines’ very own live wires invent groundbreaking track safety device

11.10.07: Permanent current rail indicator device (P-CRID) developed by Tube Lines improves rail safety and increases efficiency Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines which together carry 40% of all passengers...

Emergency brake problem was reported two days ago, says RMT

04.10.07: Emergency brake problems that have led to the suspension of the Hammersmith and City, Circle and District line services were first raised on Tuesday, London Underground’s biggest union says today. Services on all three lines were susp...

Jubilee line protected from trackside fire that threatened chaos for millions of passengers

04.10.07: On Saturday 29 September, a fire broke out and gutted an industrial unit that backed on to the Jubilee line at Stratford threatening to cause major disruption to the Jubilee line service this week. A closely co-ordinated team comprising Tube Lin...

Tube unions will resist attempts to re-let Metronet contracts to private sector

27.09.07: London underground’s two biggest unions will resist any attempt to transfer the contracts of failed PPP privateer Metronet to another private-sector bidder. The union shave renewed their call for the collapsed consortium’s contr...

Tube Lines leaves nothing to waste

20.09.07: Tube Lines sets new standard for eco-friendly working Tube Lines, the company rebuilding 40% of the London Underground, set a new standard for working this summer when it dramatically improved a trackside environment and turned waste into a...

Londoners want Tube maintenance back in-house, says poll

13.09.07: More than three-quarters of Londoners want future Tube maintenance to be carried out in-house by London Underground, a poll commissioned by the network’s biggest union reveals. Striking Metronet workers are among RMT members and suppo...

Machine to make tube passengers’ journeys smoother is first in UK

16.08.07: Tube Lines invests £500,000 in mobile wheel lathe at Stratford Market Depot to improve train maintenance Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the Tube’s busiest lines, has introduced the United Kingdom’s first ever mobile wh...

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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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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

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

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >