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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...

Khan orders TfL to sell Kidbrooke station land for affordable housing

Khan orders TfL to sell Kidbrooke station land for affordable housing

24.08.16: Affordable housing must be built on the land by Kidbrooke station after Transport for London (TfL) sells it, the London mayor has told the transport body. Sadiq Khan has issued a direction to TfL to ensure that, when it sells the land, at l...

Over 50,000 Londoners enjoy Night Tube launch

Over 50,000 Londoners enjoy Night Tube launch

22.08.16: London’s new Night Tube completed its first weekend of services successfully, with over 50,000 passengers taking advantage of the launch. The service, which will offer six trains an hour between 00.30am and 05.30am, opened on Friday o...

Unions promise ‘policy of extreme vigilance’ as Night Tube readies to run

Unions promise ‘policy of extreme vigilance’ as Night Tube readies to run

19.08.16: Union members have warned that they will be maintaining “a policy of extreme vigilance” as the Night Tube gears up for its launch later today (19 August). RMT representatives said they will be monitoring issues like safety, secu...

Night Tube set for weekend testing ahead of official launch

Night Tube set for weekend testing ahead of official launch

12.08.16: The much-delayed Night Tube is all set to be tested this weekend ahead of its official launch on 19 August – almost a year after the original debut date. The 24-hour Tube service will be trialled today and tomorrow on the Victoria and...

SSR re-signalling programme poses ‘significant risk’ to London Underground

SSR re-signalling programme poses ‘significant risk’ to London Underground

27.07.16: A major signalling renewal programme poses a significant risk to London Underground because it is slipping behind schedule, an independent report has said. The report from the Transport for London (TfL) Independent Investment Programme Advi...

Northern Line Extension ‘remains a high concern’

Northern Line Extension ‘remains a high concern’

26.07.16: The Northern Line Extension (NLE) on the London Underground remains at high risk of delay despite improvements, an independent report on Transport for London (TfL) has found. The £500m contract to design and build the extension was aw...

‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

‘Major step’ achieved in London Underground resignalling

08.06.16: The first modern signalling equipment has been installed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC signalling system, designed by Thales, is due to be installed in sections across the Circle, District...

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

Night Tube to start running on 19 August

23.05.16: The Night Tube will start running on the Victoria and Central lines from 19 August, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced today, ending speculation over when the service will open. The 24-hour tube service will then be implemented on t...

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

Design changes in Northern Line extension could hike costs by £240m

20.05.16: The cost of the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station could increase by £240m because of the need to redesign part of the station. Last month, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance and Policy Committee met to...

Extra evening services added on London Overground

Extra evening services added on London Overground

18.05.16: Evening services on the London Overground have been expanded to cope with growing demand. The East London line has been increased from two trains to four an hour between 10.00 and 11.30pm on the routes from Dalston Junction to New Cross and...

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

Two-year track and drainage upgrades set to start on Metropolitan Line

09.05.16: Metropolitan Line work to replace 6.4km of track and drainage systems will begin next Monday, meaning the line will close early on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two years. The work will take place on the section between Baker Street and...

Customer service innovation at LOROL

Customer service innovation at LOROL

06.05.16: Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improving customer service for the operator. Despite the intense focus within the industry on improvin...

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

TfL and Airports Commission at odds over impact of Heathrow third runway

25.04.16: Newly released documents show that the Airports Commission’s estimate of the cost of rail links needed to support the third runway at Heathrow airport is as much as £11bn below that of Transport for London (TfL). The documents...

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

Battersea Power Station to be extensively redesigned for Northern Line extension

22.04.16: A new design for Battersea Power Station to accommodate an extension of London Underground’s Northern Line is underway. At a meeting last night, Transport for London (TfL)’s finance and policy committee were asked to approve any...

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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 >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clo... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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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 >