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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...

Upgrades to Waterloo & City line

01.05.06: From April, the London Underground’s Waterloo & City line has closed for five months for some much needed engineering improvements to the 107 year old line. The improvements are part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) &...

First new car for Victoria line

01.02.06: Metronet Rail, the organisation responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of two-thirds of London’s Tube, has announced that the first new Victoria line train car has been assembled ready for static testing. The car, designed and co...

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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >