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Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

Breakthrough in major Northern line extension

09.11.17: A major milestone has been reached by TfL in the Northern line extension project. Tunnel boring machine, Amy, has broken through at Kennington, meaning that the two 3.2km tunnels from Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, have now been built....

How data keeps London moving faster

How data keeps London moving faster

02.11.17: Lauren Sager Weinstein, chief data officer at TfL, explains why the organisation is storing anonymised passenger data in order to improve services across the capital. Every day millions of people travel on London’s transport network...

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

TfL opens consultation into major Holborn upgrade

25.10.17: TfL is holding a consultation to find the public’s views on a planned upgrade to London’s Holborn station. The proposed works would double the size of the station, adding a second entrance and an exit on Procter Street. Step-fr...

Two-thirds of public in favour of 'transformation' of Oxford Street district

Two-thirds of public in favour of 'transformation' of Oxford Street district

10.10.17: TfL plans to improve the Oxford Street district took a step forward today with the publication of the first public consultation this week. There were 12,000 recorded responses to the consultation with two-thirds (62%) of people in favour of...

TfL announces partner to develop Blackhorse Road housing site

TfL announces partner to develop Blackhorse Road housing site

03.10.17: BLLQ LLP has this week been named as the preferred bidder to develop a 1.8-acre site opposite Blackhorse Road Tube station by TfL. In March, the mayor of London announced that the site would be unlocked for development, and TfL offered comp...

TfL reveals ambitious plans to modernise Overground services

TfL reveals ambitious plans to modernise Overground services

19.09.17: TfL has this week announced new plans to review and modernise its customer service on London Overground by utilising technology that best meets the modern needs of passengers. Under the proposals, it is hoped that the number of directly emp...

Aslef drivers to stage 24-hour Tube strike in October

Aslef drivers to stage 24-hour Tube strike in October

18.09.17: Tube drivers who are members of Aslef will stage a 24-hour walkout during October as part of a dispute with London Underground over working conditions. From the 53.1% turnout, 88.4% of members voted for a strike whilst 93.5% said they were...

A challenge for the rail industry?

A challenge for the rail industry?

18.09.17: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Transport Strategy poses for the sector.   June 2017 saw the publication of the draft mayor&r...

TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the Tube

11.09.17: TfL is looking to collect wi-fi data from passengers on a permanent basis across the full Tube network after a four-week trial revealed findings and patterns that could not be detected solely from ticketing data or paper-based surveys. For...

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

Bombardier handed £112m LU propulsion technology supply deal

30.08.17: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a seven-year contract to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground’s Central Line fleet worth over £112m. The contract, which started on Friday last week a...

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

21.08.17: The introduction of Night Tube to the capital has boosted the capital’s economy by £171m in its first year, City Hall has this week announced. Figures released as the service celebrated its one-year anniversary at the weekend sh...

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

11.08.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today set out ambitions to deliver 4G connectivity across the London Underground in stations and tunnels from 2019. He also stated that he was already looking into “futureproofing” the network so t...

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

09.08.17: An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside has this week been announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT). The extension will also unlock the building of 10,800 new homes, and the first ser...

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

04.08.17: More speed restrictions and the establishment of an industry body to facilitate effective co-operation between UK tramway owners and operators on safety matters are two of the measures that could be implemented following last year’s Croydo...

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

31.07.17: Plans to extend the Bakerloo Line have been largely backed by the public, who have also suggested some changes to the proposed works. A public consultation into TfL’s proposed works held earlier this year revealed that two-thirds of t...

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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 >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

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 >