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LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

05.01.17: Talks between London Underground (LU) and rail unions have failed to reach an agreement, meaning a 24-hour strike of station staff is expected to take place on Sunday 8 January. RMT and TSSA called the strikes of station and revenue workers...

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

04.01.17: Work is already underway for TfL to potentially establish a commercial trading arm, which could help the organisation achieve its ambitious savings targets. Under its business plan, the transport body aims to achieve £800m in efficien...

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

22.12.16: London Underground passengers are facing more disruption in the New Year as two unions announced a strike of all station staff on 8 January. RMT and TSSA will instruct station and revenue workers on all London Underground routes not to book...

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

22.12.16: Transport for London (TfL) has announced that its blue badge for disabled passengers less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year. The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge, and accompa...

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

20.12.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to deliver new rolling stock for the Piccadilly Line by 2023, and hinted that it would need to be capable of driverless operation. Khan appeared in a Mayor’s Question Time session before the London...

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

20.12.16: Concerned MPs and peers have written to the prime minister Theresa May over transport secretary Chris Grayling’s rejection of plans to devolve suburban rail services to TfL. The plans, which would have meant TfL taking control of Sout...

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

16.12.16: The Night Tube is due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from tonight despite warnings from the RMT over the safety of rolling stock. Last month, the union called for the line to be completely closed as TfL took around half of the trai...

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

14.12.16: The Croxley rail link is going over-budget again, but will not receive any additional government funding, the DfT has stated. The line, which will extend the London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction via Watford High...

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...

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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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27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, re... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >