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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...

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year

21.08.17: The introduction of Night Tube to the capital has boosted the capital’s economy by £171m in its first year, City Hall has this week announced. Figures released as the service celebrated its one-year anniversary at the weekend sh...

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

Khan pledges full 4G coverage across Underground by 2019

11.08.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today set out ambitions to deliver 4G connectivity across the London Underground in stations and tunnels from 2019. He also stated that he was already looking into “futureproofing” the network so t...

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

Overground extension to Barking Riverside given green light

09.08.17: An extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside has this week been announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT). The extension will also unlock the building of 10,800 new homes, and the first ser...

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

Investigators moot industry tram safety body after Croydon crash

04.08.17: More speed restrictions and the establishment of an industry body to facilitate effective co-operation between UK tramway owners and operators on safety matters are two of the measures that could be implemented following last year’s Croydo...

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

Public back latest proposed plans for Bakerloo Line extension

31.07.17: Plans to extend the Bakerloo Line have been largely backed by the public, who have also suggested some changes to the proposed works. A public consultation into TfL’s proposed works held earlier this year revealed that two-thirds of t...

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20.07.17: Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a super hub station at Old Oak and Park Royal. A year has passed since I last wrote in RTM about...

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

Night services to be rolled out on London Overground

03.07.17: London Overground services will now run for 24-hours at weekends, mayor of the capital Sadiq Khan has today announced. The night services will start operating from December on Fridays and Saturdays in East London between New Cross Gate and...

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

TfL reveals next Underground stations to be given step-free access

29.06.17: TfL has today announced the next six Underground stations that will be upgraded to provide step-free access for passengers in London. Amersham, Buckhurst Hill, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley and South Woodford will all be upgraded to...

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

LU to monitor air pollution and deep clean 50 stations over summer

27.06.17: A series of new measures will be rolled out to minimise dust levels on the Underground network while around 50 stations and five tunnel sections will be cleaned this summer with industrial vacuums and magnetic ‘wands’, all to ensure...

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

Travel watchdog urges government to ‘fast track’ Crossrail 2 plans

26.06.17: An influential travel watchdog has strongly urged the government to press on with plans for Crossrail 2 and not shelve the project which it describes as “vital”. In a statement from London TravelWatch, it was revealed that the o...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >