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Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

Tunnel boring starts to extend Northern Line to Battersea

12 April 2017Tunnelling work to extend the Northern Line to Battersea started today as the first of two boring machines began its 3.2km tunnelling journey to lengthen the line between Kennington to Battersea. The two machines, called Helen and Amy, were lower...

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

Unions call off Night Tube strike as LU agrees to demands

06 April 2017RMT and Aslef have this week called off strikes on Night Tube scheduled for this Saturday after London Underground (LU) agreed to the unions’ demands. The industrial action had been called due to the unions taking issue with LU’s poli...

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

TfL starts search for partner to deliver South Kensington tube refurb

29 March 2017Transport for London (TfL) has today begun their search for a property partner to carry out essential restoration and development works at South Kensington Tube station. The station, described as a “gateway” to one of London’s k...

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

24 March 2017A £2m funding package for the recently launched Rail Supply Growth Fund (RSGF), managed by Finance Birmingham, has been announced, allowing company Penso to push forward with innovating work on new composite designs for train doors. The RSG...

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

21 March 2017Chris Pateman, Crossrail’s Bond Street project manager, and Simon Bennett, head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail, discuss the value of strong stakeholder engagement while constructing a station in the heart of Mayfair.

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

Metropolitan extension needs additional £50m to ‘save project’

15 March 2017Work on the Metropolitan Line extension will require an additional £50m to be completed, and is at risk of stalling completely without extra funds, according to London Assembly member Gareth Bacon. In a letter to Bacon, TfL’s head of...

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

RMT votes overwhelmingly in favour of Night Tube strike

14 March 2017The RMT union is due to announce the result of a ballot this afternoon for either strike or action short of a strike on the Night Tube, meaning the capital’s 24-hour service could be plagued with further delays just six months after its open...

RMT confirms February Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

RMT confirms February Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

30 January 2017The RMT has confirmed that its staff will be conducting further strikes on 5 and 7 February as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with London Underground (LU) over station staffing and safety. The union has instructed all its LU station an...

Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20 January 2017London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was revealed that it would have been possible for him to freeze the price of travelcards. A leaked document acquired by the MayorW...

RMT threatens further Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

RMT threatens further Tube strikes in station staffing dispute

13 January 2017RMT has confirmed it will renew strike action on the Tube next month unless London Underground can meet its demands on station staffing and safety. The threat marks continuation of the union’s industrial action last weekend, when LU staff a...

Grayling rules out independent assessment on TfL rail devolution

Grayling rules out independent assessment on TfL rail devolution

13 January 2017The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has ruled out an independent assessment on whether to devolve suburban rail services in the capital to Transport for London (TfL). Grayling was asked the question by the shadow transport secretary, Andy Mc...

RMT to ballot LU fleet staff over further strikes

RMT to ballot LU fleet staff over further strikes

11 January 2017The RMT has confirmed that it will be balloting its London Underground (LU) fleet staff over potential industrial action, threatening further chaos to the Tube network. The union has accused LU’s management of numerous breaches of previous...

GLA members attack Khan in wake of LU ‘zero strikes’ failure

GLA members attack Khan in wake of LU ‘zero strikes’ failure

10 January 2017Members of the Greater London Authority (GLA) have criticised the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan for his failure to avert yesterday’s London Underground (LU) strike, accusing him of backing down on his pre-election pledge to bring ‘zero...

Watchdog tells DfT to make up for botched TfL devolution in next franchises

Watchdog tells DfT to make up for botched TfL devolution in next franchises

09 January 2017London TravelWatch has called for the DfT to make up for its refusal to devolve London rail services with a new round of improvements in the upcoming franchises, including stations, more frequent services and better reliability. Last month, trans...

Northern Line Extension enabling works completed ahead of schedule

Northern Line Extension enabling works completed ahead of schedule

09 January 2017The first phase of enabling works on the London Underground Northern Line Extension has been completed ahead of the planned 19 week schedule. Amey engineers designed and installed eight articulation joints along a 55m section of the South West St...

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

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Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

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Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >