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Crossrail 2 in the context of a national strategy

Crossrail 2 in the context of a national strategy

30.10.18: Now that Crossrail is nearly complete, Professor Sir Tim Besley, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), makes the case for Crossrail 2. London is a city synonymous with innovative infrastructure. The capital has prosp...

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

24.10.18: The closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices has been put on hold by London TravelWatch after a campaign by the RMT union. The watchdog was forced to temporarily suspended the plans after they received over 7,500 objections from passe...

Rail minister urged to back extension of Oyster and contactless payments at London airports

Rail minister urged to back extension of Oyster and contactless payments at London airports

15.10.18: London’s deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander has called for Jo Johnson to back the extension of contactless payments across London in preparation for the Euro 2020 football tournament. In a letter to the rail minister, Alexande...

Chaos for London commuters as DLR shuts down entire service on all routes

Chaos for London commuters as DLR shuts down entire service on all routes

18.09.18: London commuters faced chaos this morning as Docklands Light Railway (DLR) announced that there were no services running on any route due to a signalling failure. ⚠️ There is no service on all routes while we fix a signal failure at West In...

‘At least 10’ train doors left wide open whilst in motion on Jubilee Line

‘At least 10’ train doors left wide open whilst in motion on Jubilee Line

04.09.18: Commuters were treated to a fresh breeze on Saturday when a Tube user posted a startling video of a Jubilee Line train running with its doors left open. Rory Brown was travelling on the line near Finchley Road at a considerable pace when th...

LU not properly preparing drivers to deal with ATO operation, RAIB says

LU not properly preparing drivers to deal with ATO operation, RAIB says

03.09.18: London Underground’s training programme does not adequately prepare operators for some of the particular demands associated with train despatch, especially when running ATO stock – an issue that was likely linked to an accident which...

Night Tube could contribute up to £1.5bn to London's economy, report says

Night Tube could contribute up to £1.5bn to London's economy, report says

17.08.18: The Night Tube could contribute in excess of £1.5billion to London’s economy over the course of the next decade, doubling predictions from initial projections. Marking the second anniversary of the service, a report compiled by...

Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

Bring parts of GTR franchise under control of TfL, says deputy mayor for transport

10.07.18: London’s new deputy mayor for transport has called on the government to bring significant parts of struggling Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise under control of TfL. Heidi Alexander’s comments come after the Mayor of Lond...

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15.06.18: TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More than 700,000 customers use the Piccadilly line every day. But a limited fleet size alongside old signal...

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

12.06.18: Transport for London is inviting firms to bid for the four-year £250m delivery of track renewals for its Underground network, starting in 2019. The work includes surface and sub-surface ballasted track renewals, crossing renewals and...

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone

21.05.18: Transport for London (TfL) has taken over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2/3 and 4. The service was taken over yesterday in a move which marks a major milestone in the creation of the Elizabeth line. ...

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

Successful signalling trial marks ‘exciting’ milestone ahead of summer operation

16.05.18: The brand-new Thales signalling system was operated for the first time this weekend, TfL has announced. These successful trials mean that from summer, customers will begin to benefit from the new signalling system on the first section of the Ci...

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

25.04.18: Half of all Tube and rail pay as you go journeys are regularly made using contactless payment or mobile devices, the latest figures from TfL have revealed. The payment method was launched on buses in December 2012 and across London Tube and rai...

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

09.04.18: RMT has backed the campaign ‘Save Access at Brentford station’ which aims to keep guards on South Western Railway (SWR) trains. The rally will take place at Brentford station on 18 April at 10am in protest of the threat of losin...

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

09.04.18: A planning application has been submitted for a redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s station to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience. The proposals, which were submitted to Crawley Borough Council by Network Rail in partne...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Ann... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >