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Grayling rules out independent assessment on TfL rail devolution

Grayling rules out independent assessment on TfL rail devolution

13.01.17: The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has ruled out an independent assessment on whether to devolve suburban rail services in the capital to Transport for London (TfL). Grayling was asked the question by the shadow transport secretary, A...

RMT to ballot LU fleet staff over further strikes

RMT to ballot LU fleet staff over further strikes

11.01.17: The RMT has confirmed that it will be balloting its London Underground (LU) fleet staff over potential industrial action, threatening further chaos to the Tube network. The union has accused LU’s management of numerous breaches of pre...

GLA members attack Khan in wake of LU ‘zero strikes’ failure

GLA members attack Khan in wake of LU ‘zero strikes’ failure

10.01.17: Members of the Greater London Authority (GLA) have criticised the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan for his failure to avert yesterday’s London Underground (LU) strike, accusing him of backing down on his pre-election pledge to bring ‘ze...

Watchdog tells DfT to make up for botched TfL devolution in next franchises

Watchdog tells DfT to make up for botched TfL devolution in next franchises

09.01.17: London TravelWatch has called for the DfT to make up for its refusal to devolve London rail services with a new round of improvements in the upcoming franchises, including stations, more frequent services and better reliability. Last month...

Northern Line Extension enabling works completed ahead of schedule

Northern Line Extension enabling works completed ahead of schedule

09.01.17: The first phase of enabling works on the London Underground Northern Line Extension has been completed ahead of the planned 19 week schedule. Amey engineers designed and installed eight articulation joints along a 55m section of the South W...

London travellers hit by crowding as Tube strike goes ahead

London travellers hit by crowding as Tube strike goes ahead

09.01.17: Thousands of Londoners struggled to get to work this morning as station staff strikes on the Underground led to whole lines closing. TfL warned passengers that no services would run on the Victoria and Waterloo and City lines and on the Pic...

Khan pledges ‘major’ passenger benefits if TfL devolution goes ahead

Khan pledges ‘major’ passenger benefits if TfL devolution goes ahead

05.01.17: London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged ‘major benefits’ to the city’s suburban rail passengers if commuter services are eventually devolved, including a match of TfL’s fares freeze until 2020. The other five pledges mad...

LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

05.01.17: Talks between London Underground (LU) and rail unions have failed to reach an agreement, meaning a 24-hour strike of station staff is expected to take place on Sunday 8 January. RMT and TSSA called the strikes of station and revenue workers...

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

04.01.17: Work is already underway for TfL to potentially establish a commercial trading arm, which could help the organisation achieve its ambitious savings targets. Under its business plan, the transport body aims to achieve £800m in efficien...

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

22.12.16: London Underground passengers are facing more disruption in the New Year as two unions announced a strike of all station staff on 8 January. RMT and TSSA will instruct station and revenue workers on all London Underground routes not to book...

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

22.12.16: Transport for London (TfL) has announced that its blue badge for disabled passengers less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year. The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge, and accompa...

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

20.12.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to deliver new rolling stock for the Piccadilly Line by 2023, and hinted that it would need to be capable of driverless operation. Khan appeared in a Mayor’s Question Time session before the London...

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

20.12.16: Concerned MPs and peers have written to the prime minister Theresa May over transport secretary Chris Grayling’s rejection of plans to devolve suburban rail services to TfL. The plans, which would have meant TfL taking control of Sout...

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

16.12.16: The Night Tube is due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from tonight despite warnings from the RMT over the safety of rolling stock. Last month, the union called for the line to be completely closed as TfL took around half of the trai...

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

14.12.16: The Croxley rail link is going over-budget again, but will not receive any additional government funding, the DfT has stated. The line, which will extend the London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction via Watford High...

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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

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

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

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

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 >