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Night Tube: the journey so far

Night Tube: the journey so far

07.11.16: Shortly after more Night Tube services were rolled out on the Jubilee Line in October, Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, reflects on the successes of the all-night service so far, and its impact on the capital&...

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

01.11.16: Night Tube services are due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from 16 December, fulfilling London mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to have five lines running by the end of the year. The Night Tube opened on the Victoria and Central Li...

TfL board asked to approve £380m contract for credit card payments

TfL board asked to approve £380m contract for credit card payments

01.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) will approve the successful bidder for a £380m contract to process credit and debit card payments at a board meeting on 8 November. The contract will cover ticket sales, Oyster sales, the congestion charge...

RMT to ballot Piccadilly Line drivers over ‘wholesale relations breakdown’

RMT to ballot Piccadilly Line drivers over ‘wholesale relations breakdown’

27.10.16: RMT will ballot over 400 Piccadilly Line drivers on a proposed strike, alleging there has been a “wholesale breakdown in industrial relations” with London Underground (LU). The union accused LU of failing to properly administer...

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

14.10.16: More of London’s suburban rail services should be transferred to TfL, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said in a new business case. The principle of further devolution had been agreed by the government in a joint DfT/TfL prospectus in Janu...

DfT urged to end ‘worrying’ lack of communication on Southeastern devolution

DfT urged to end ‘worrying’ lack of communication on Southeastern devolution

12.10.16: Transport authorities in London are seeking clarification from Chris Grayling on whether the government supports the capital’s bid for devolution of more rail services, including the Southeastern franchise. Ahead of a London Assembly...

Night Tube to launch on Northern Line in November

Night Tube to launch on Northern Line in November

11.10.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan announced that Night Tube services will begin running on the Northern Line on 18 November after they opened on the Jubilee Line on Friday. Khan (pictured at the Jubilee Line launch) said that the Night Tube has been...

TfL seeks bidders for Bakerloo & Central line passenger information systems

TfL seeks bidders for Bakerloo & Central line passenger information systems

30.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) is offering a contract to install real-time passenger information systems (PIS) on London Underground’s Bakerloo and Central line trains. The final value of the contract is not yet known, but is open to bidd...

Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

23.09.16: Staff cuts on the London Underground (LU) are putting passenger safety at risk, RMT has warned following a leaked 21-page TfL report into an incident where a passenger was trapped between the train and platform at Canning Town. The woman&rs...

TfL picks London routes ripe for devolution ahead of DfT approval

TfL picks London routes ripe for devolution ahead of DfT approval

16.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has targeted four groups of suburban rail services across southeast London that would suit its intention to absorb a larger number of devolved routes into its network. The organisation first announced in January t...

LU drivers to strike tonight over ‘hour-long toilet breaks’ dispute

LU drivers to strike tonight over ‘hour-long toilet breaks’ dispute

15.09.16: Tube drivers on two routes are to begin two strikes today after RMT and London Underground (LU) failed to reach an agreement over a number of disputes, including allegations that managers are timing staff’s toilet breaks. Services wil...

Financial investigation casts doubt over TfL pledges

Financial investigation casts doubt over TfL pledges

12.09.16: Pledges to improve London’s transport services from the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, could be under threat because of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) straitened finances, a new report from the London Assembly Budget and Performance co...

Khan commissions London TravelWatch to review Tube ticket office closures

Khan commissions London TravelWatch to review Tube ticket office closures

09.09.16: London TravelWatch is to conduct an independent review into the ticket office closures on the London Underground network. The review, beginning on 12 September, will last for six weeks and consider whether the office closures allow passenge...

Night Tube to launch on Jubilee Line in October

Night Tube to launch on Jubilee Line in October

30.08.16: Night Tube services will launch on the Jubilee Line on 7 October, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said. Khan made the announcement after the service was successfully launched on the Victoria and Central lines on 19 August. It is expected t...

Amey loses LU maintenance contract after cost concerns

Amey loses LU maintenance contract after cost concerns

24.08.16: Maintenance work on key London Underground lines will be moved back in-house after concerns about the cost of its contract with Amey. Transport for London (TfL) announced today that it will move maintenance on the Jubilee, Northern and Picc...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

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As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >