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TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

31.05.17: Commuters could soon be able to make phone calls and surf the internet anywhere on the Tube network, it has been reported, Currently, Virgin Media supplies wi-fi at station platforms, but this connection does not cover tunnels, meaning that...

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

30.05.17: The High Court has this week upheld a ruling made by the ORR to stop Heathrow charging TfL to run Elizabeth Line trains through the airport. Last week, RTM reported that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) was attempting to impose fees amounting...

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

23.05.17: Proposals to run Elizabeth Line trains through Heathrow Airport have been jeopardised by a legal dispute over fees imposed by the airport. Heathrow, which spent £1bn building the five-mile line linking Heathrow to the Great Western ma...

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

17.05.17: TfL has today announced that it has begun its hunt to find a supplier to build the “new generation” of Dockland Light Rail (DLR) trains. The new carriages will be rolled out from 2022 and will increase capacity on the DLR by ove...

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

08.05.17: Electrification work on the London Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking is expected to be delayed even further after Network Rail confirmed earlier this year that work would not be finished on schedule. Though the infrastructure owner...

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

12.04.17: Tunnelling work to extend the Northern Line to Battersea started today as the first of two boring machines began its 3.2km tunnelling journey to lengthen the line between Kennington to Battersea. The two machines, called Helen and Amy, were...

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

06.04.17: RMT and Aslef have this week called off strikes on Night Tube scheduled for this Saturday after London Underground (LU) agreed to the unions’ demands. The industrial action had been called due to the unions taking issue with LU’...

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

29.03.17: Transport for London (TfL) has today begun their search for a property partner to carry out essential restoration and development works at South Kensington Tube station. The station, described as a “gateway” to one of London&rsq...

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

24.03.17: A £2m funding package for the recently launched Rail Supply Growth Fund (RSGF), managed by Finance Birmingham, has been announced, allowing company Penso to push forward with innovating work on new composite designs for train doors. T...

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

21.03.17: Chris Pateman, Crossrail’s Bond Street project manager, and Simon Bennett, head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail, discuss the value of strong stakeholder engagement while constructing a station in the heart of Mayfair. When Crossrail&r...

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

15.03.17: Work on the Metropolitan Line extension will require an additional £50m to be completed, and is at risk of stalling completely without extra funds, according to London Assembly member Gareth Bacon. In a letter to Bacon, TfL’s he...

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

14.03.17: The RMT union is due to announce the result of a ballot this afternoon for either strike or action short of a strike on the Night Tube, meaning the capital’s 24-hour service could be plagued with further delays just six months after its op...

RMT confirms February Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

RMT confirms February Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

30.01.17: The RMT has confirmed that its staff will be conducting further strikes on 5 and 7 February as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with London Underground (LU) over station staffing and safety. The union has instructed all its LU stat...

Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20.01.17: London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was revealed that it would have been possible for him to freeze the price of travelcards. A leaked document acquired by the...

RMT threatens further Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

RMT threatens further Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

13.01.17: RMT has confirmed it will renew strike action on the Tube next month unless London Underground can meet its demands on station staffing and safety. The threat marks continuation of the union’s industrial action last weekend, when LU s...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clo... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

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Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >