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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...

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

27.03.18: TfL yesterday announced that it had successfully expanded the testing of its new Tube signalling system which will be used on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. The system, which is already in use on the No...

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

12.03.18: The mayor of London has today agreed plans for £750,000 of funding over the next three years to support community measures in Croydon in response to the 2016 tram crash. Sadiq Khan said the money was earmarked for health and social ca...

Union announces two separate sets of strike action on DLR over KAD disagreement

Union announces two separate sets of strike action on DLR over KAD disagreement

07.03.18: The RMT union has confirmed today that it plans to run two separate strikes on DLR services in March and April after major disagreements with operator Keolis Amey Dockland (KAD). Initial issues between the two parties were sparked by a disp...

Khan asserts commitment to West London Overground extension in transport strategy

Khan asserts commitment to West London Overground extension in transport strategy

01.03.18: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has this week reasserted his commitment to a West London Orbital rail line as he announced his transport strategy for the next 25 years. The announcement follows a draft plan being submitted in June this year, and...

TfL completes biggest test of Tube’s signalling upgrade

TfL completes biggest test of Tube’s signalling upgrade

19.02.18: Transport for London (TfL) has completed a weekend of testing on a brand new signalling system set to transform the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. More trains ran between Hammersmith and Edgware Road this weeke...

Night Overground services to extend to north London for first time

Night Overground services to extend to north London for first time

13.02.18: Night Overground services will extend to serve Canonbury and Highbury and Islington stations from 23 February 2018. The new service will link the Overground to the Night Tube network via the Victoria line for the first time, and will m...

‘Affordable’ Hopper fares to be extended on London Tube network

‘Affordable’ Hopper fares to be extended on London Tube network

02.02.18: The mayor of London has this week confirmed the extension of Hopper fares on London rail services and the Underground. Sadiq Khan’s policy means passengers will be able to pay a fee to travel for a one-hour period on most of London&rs...

DLR faces industrial action after talks with contractor fail

DLR faces industrial action after talks with contractor fail

31.01.18: A 48 hour strike on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will commence tomorrow, the RMT has confirmed. The union says that the industrial action is over a “comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations” after talks failed...

TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling system

TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling system

04.12.17: TfL has completed its biggest test to date of its brand new signalling system. Engineers have worked over the weekend testing trains on a new computer-based signalling and controls system between Hammersmith and Edgware Road, which will be the...

TfL still eyeing £700m annual savings in final 5-year business plan

TfL still eyeing £700m annual savings in final 5-year business plan

27.11.17: TfL has published its updated five-year Business Plan, which confirms how the organisation will deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to make the capital a greener, more prosperous city. It will need to absorb £700m annually over f...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part th... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

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The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... 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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

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Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, N... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part th... more >