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LU promises to boost staff visibility as part of ticket office action plan

LU promises to boost staff visibility as part of ticket office action plan

09.12.16: London Underground (LU) has agreed to take new measures to make its services safer and easier to use after a watchdog report criticised the impact of ticket office closures. Almost all ticket offices on the network were closed in 2015 under...

Underground set to undergo biggest capacity expansion ever

Underground set to undergo biggest capacity expansion ever

09.12.16: The Underground is set to see the biggest increase in its capacity in history as Transport for London (TfL) published its plans for the coming year. The papers, published along with its business plan ahead of a board meeting on 15 December...

LU platform accidents rise in 2016 after two-year decline

LU platform accidents rise in 2016 after two-year decline

08.12.16: London Underground (LU) passenger accidents at the interface between platform and train have gone up in this past year, Transport for London (TfL) board papers show. The TfL 2015-16 Health, Safety and Environment report, published ahead of...

Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

08.12.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to resign from his post after a letter leaked to the London Evening Standard showed that he once opposed rail devolution to London to keep it “out of the clutches” of a Labour mayor. ...

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

08.12.16: Transport for London (TfL) will only achieve its proposed financial targets if it implements a wide-scale cost reduction programme in full, it has revealed in its new five-year business plan – promised to be the organisation’s &ldquo...

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

07.12.16: Disabled travellers and parents with pushchairs and buggies will be able to use more than 30 additional Tube stations as London mayor Sadiq Khan promised £200m funding for step-free access. The first stations to receive the investment...

RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

06.12.16: Drivers' strikes due to start today on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines have been called off after RMT and London Underground reached a last-minute agreement. The union had called the 24-hour strikes, due to start at 9.30pm t...

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

05.12.16: Ticket office closures on London Underground (LU) can be implemented, but new measures should be carried out to address areas such as passenger safety, London TravelWatch’s review of the closures has concluded. The independent watchdo...

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

30.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) has launched a contract to replace rolling stock parts on the London Underground Piccadilly Line. The notice is for a £4.8m goods and services contract for the supply of new saloon car and cab flooring on th...

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

30.11.16: Station staff on the London Underground have voted in favour of strike action over ticket office closures in a TSSA ballot. The union described the ballot, issued on 14 November, as concerning “station staffing and staff safety (post...

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

29.11.16: Passengers on the Piccadilly Line are suffering from severe delays as Transport for London (TfL) carries out urgent repairs on rolling stock – but RMT has called for the line to be closed altogether. TfL said it has to take the trains...

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

28.11.16: London Underground (LU) drivers on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines will go on strike next month, rail union RMT announced last week. The strikes on both lines will begin at 9.30pm on 6 December and run for 24 hours. RMT...

TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

22.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) is seeking bidders for a contract to overhaul the brake parts and vertical suspension damper mounting brackets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line rolling stock. The contract is divided into five lots...

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

18.11.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has today confirmed that fares on all TfL services will remain frozen until 2020, formally fulfilling one of his major transport pledges made during this year’s mayoral election campaigns. Pay-as-you-go fares o...

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

18.11.16: Following Sadiq Khan’s first meeting as chair of Transport for London’s board, Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, sets out what the organisation believes should be the mayor’s main strate...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

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Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

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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

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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

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Customers want more rail freight

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British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >