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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...

Successful trial means Tube on track for 4G coverage by 2019

Successful trial means Tube on track for 4G coverage by 2019

27.11.17: The Tube network will see 4G connectivity arrive in 2019, TfL has confirmed, meaning mayor Sadiq Khan’s original ambitions will be able to go ahead. The news comes following a successful trial of the technology on the Waterloo & City...

Fighting heat in the Underground

Fighting heat in the Underground

24.11.17: RTM looks at the successes of the Cooling the Tube programme so far and what TfL hopes to achieve in the coming years. Despite what was a relatively mild summer, in this year’s June/July edition we decided to take a look at the reason...

Night Tube to start across Overground services in time for Christmas

Night Tube to start across Overground services in time for Christmas

20.11.17: London Overground night services will begin in east London on Friday 15 December 2017, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced. The 24-hour service will run between New Cross and Dalston Junction, extending to Highbury and Islington some...

Night Tube, one year on

Night Tube, one year on

09.11.17: Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, celebrates the astounding first-year success of the capital’s 24-hour Tube service. TfL and the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, have hailed the huge success of London Underground&...

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...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >