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Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

Suburban rail devolution a key tenet in Khan’s 25-year transport strategy

21.06.17: Alongside Crossrail 2, the devolution of suburban rail services to TfL and the creation of a suburban metro in the capital have both been featured as a key tenet in the mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy, published today. The...

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

TfL to add in-cab warning systems to trams after Croydon crash

16.06.17: A new internal speed monitoring system that will tell tram drivers when to brake could be introduced by TfL after the Croydon accident that killed seven people last year. The crash, which occurred on 9 November 2016, happened after a tram w...

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

RMT opens ballot for members at Piccadilly Line workshops

16.06.17: The RMT has this week opened a ballot with its Piccadilly Line workshop staff on whether to take action over what it calls a “two-tier” workforce. Members of the union at the Northfield and Cockfosters depots will vote on whethe...

TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

TfL closer to offering mobile phone coverage on the Tube

31.05.17: Commuters could soon be able to make phone calls and surf the internet anywhere on the Tube network, it has been reported, Currently, Virgin Media supplies wi-fi at station platforms, but this connection does not cover tunnels, meaning that...

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

High Court blocks Heathrow from imposing fees on Crossrail trains

30.05.17: The High Court has this week upheld a ruling made by the ORR to stop Heathrow charging TfL to run Elizabeth Line trains through the airport. Last week, RTM reported that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) was attempting to impose fees amounting...

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

TfL in High Court dispute with Heathrow over Crossrail fees

23.05.17: Proposals to run Elizabeth Line trains through Heathrow Airport have been jeopardised by a legal dispute over fees imposed by the airport. Heathrow, which spent £1bn building the five-mile line linking Heathrow to the Great Western ma...

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

17.05.17: TfL has today announced that it has begun its hunt to find a supplier to build the “new generation” of Dockland Light Rail (DLR) trains. The new carriages will be rolled out from 2022 and will increase capacity on the DLR by ove...

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR

08.05.17: Electrification work on the London Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking is expected to be delayed even further after Network Rail confirmed earlier this year that work would not be finished on schedule. Though the infrastructure owner...

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

12.04.17: Tunnelling work to extend the Northern Line to Battersea started today as the first of two boring machines began its 3.2km tunnelling journey to lengthen the line between Kennington to Battersea. The two machines, called Helen and Amy, were...

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

06.04.17: RMT and Aslef have this week called off strikes on Night Tube scheduled for this Saturday after London Underground (LU) agreed to the unions’ demands. The industrial action had been called due to the unions taking issue with LU’...

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

29.03.17: Transport for London (TfL) has today begun their search for a property partner to carry out essential restoration and development works at South Kensington Tube station. The station, described as a “gateway” to one of London&rsq...

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

24.03.17: A £2m funding package for the recently launched Rail Supply Growth Fund (RSGF), managed by Finance Birmingham, has been announced, allowing company Penso to push forward with innovating work on new composite designs for train doors. T...

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

21.03.17: Chris Pateman, Crossrail’s Bond Street project manager, and Simon Bennett, head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail, discuss the value of strong stakeholder engagement while constructing a station in the heart of Mayfair. When Crossrail&r...

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

15.03.17: Work on the Metropolitan Line extension will require an additional £50m to be completed, and is at risk of stalling completely without extra funds, according to London Assembly member Gareth Bacon. In a letter to Bacon, TfL’s he...

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

14.03.17: The RMT union is due to announce the result of a ballot this afternoon for either strike or action short of a strike on the Night Tube, meaning the capital’s 24-hour service could be plagued with further delays just six months after its op...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >