London Underground and TfL

Lighting the way

21.11.06: A brighter future, with reduced costs, and slashed maintenance bills. Is it possible? RTM finds out how the dream can become reality. The technology behind Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) was first developed in 1923. However, in its early stag...

A visible improvement below ground

01.11.06: Graffiti costs the London Underground millions of pounds every year, and surveys have shown that people feel safer in graffiti-free areas. The need to protect the walls of the tube is obvious to everyone. AquaTec has being working for sever...

Cooking up a recipe for the future

01.11.06: The old adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not always apply – and it certainly doesn’t apply to the London Underground. When you have just three or four hours each night to undertake a complete refurbishment...

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...

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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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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

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