London Underground and TfL

Everything rosy in the Garden

01.11.06: An inside look at the Covent Garden congestion relief project Originally opened in 1907, Covent Garden station serves thousands of people a day, adding up to almost 17m passengers per year. They are attracted to Covent Garden as one of Lond...

Exacting Prefab Pile Cages for BSR Metro at Grange Hill

01.11.06: Steve Render, technical director of Romtech, tells RTM about an exciting recent project in the capital BSR Metros has completed a demanding series of works for London Underground at Grange Hill. During the Grange Hill project, BSR used...

New electric track trolley developed for Tubelines

01.11.06: In 2004, Consillia started working closely with Transplant, the plant hire division of Tubelines, to develop a new four-man electric motorised trolley and associated trailer system. The objective was to achieve a unit capable of transporting fou...

Trio of triumphs for Tube Lines

01.11.06: Tube Lines, the company charged with bringing the busiest lines on the London Underground up to speed, has scooped three awards in the space of 14 days. The first accolade, the 2006 Asset Management Award from the Institute of Engineering a...

Trio of tube stops to receive timely facelift

01.11.06: Three of North London’s busiest tube stations are to be overhauled as part of Tube Lines’ station upgrade programme from 2006-7. Passengers at Finchley Central station are to benefit from step free access, with a new lift due to be...

TUV: tasting success with Tube tests

01.11.06: TUV Product Service provides EMC consultancy, Competent Body and accredited testing for New Communications Systems to be installed at 11 stations. Marcus Brain recently told RTM about the company’s work on the London Underground. Unde...

Whole Life Asset Management

01.11.06: Making Tube Lines work more efficiently Tube Lines is transforming from maintenance management to whole life asset management (WLAM) to improve safety, operational, financial, and environmental performance. WLAM offers the best available co...

Zonal fares for London trains pave the way for smart ticketing

01.11.06: A new simple fares structure for London train travel was announced on 19th October by Rail Minister Tom Harris. From January 2007, the pricing for single and return rail tickets within London will be based on the same familiar zones already used...

Tube Lines renews 763 metres of Piccadilly Line track

01.10.06: Tube Lines, the company re-building the Tube’s busiest lines, successfully replaced 763 metres of track on the Piccadilly line over the August Bank Holiday. The work was carried out over 76-hours between Park Royal and North Ealing station...

Victoria Line Upgrade takes another step forward

01.10.06: A mock up carriage from the new Victoria line fleet, due to be introduced from 2009 as part of Transport for London’s Victoria Line Upgrade (VLU), has been put on display at Euston Square Gardens. Between 21 July and 4 August the carriage...

New fleet in action for Metronet Rail

01.08.06: A new fleet of heavy-duty, national rail engineering trains was successfully put into action on the London Underground network at the weekend by Metronet Rail, the company responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of two-thirds of the Tube. ...

Refreshed and ready to go – Metronet returns trains

01.08.06: Metronet Rail welcomes home the first carriages of the newly-refreshed London Underground Waterloo & City line fleet. They came home on Saturday by low-loader, crossing Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. All 20 cars have b...

New trains pave way for Jubilee line signalling upgrade

01.05.06: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the London Underground’s busiest lines, has further enhanced the train fleet on the Jubilee line by adding four new trains to it. The additional trains are needed to enable Tube Lines to temporarily...

Tube Lines training fire fighters on Underground

01.05.06: London Underground’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU), the team of dedicated specialists that deals with all significant problems on the Underground network, are training London’s fire fighters in Tube safety and rescue techniques. ...

Two new locos for Underground

01.05.06: Metronet Rail and its contractor Balfour Beatty Rail have received four new locomotives. The new battery locos, which will be used to haul materials and plant along the London Underground’s 1.5 mile Waterloo and City Tube line, have b...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

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“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

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The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, re... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >