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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...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >