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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...

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....

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Ann... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >