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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...

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...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot rea... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >