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Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

20.04.16: A public transport leader from Australia has been announced as the new managing director of London Underground. Mark Wild will leave his current role as special advisor to the minister and secretary of the state government of Victoria and t...

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

Thameslink benefits already on the horizon

19.04.16: Nick Gray, principal programme sponsor for Thameslink, reveals the latest statistics and changes taking place in and around London Bridge ahead of project completion in 2018. In the last edition of RTM, rail systems project director on the...

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

LU report warns 57 Tube stations at high flooding risk

12.04.16: A London Underground report says that 57 Tube stations are at high risk of flooding as a result of climate change. The report, seen by RTM, says that 85 sites are at ‘high risk’, of which 57 are Tube stations, including Finsbury...

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

TfL under attack from London mayoral candidates

08.04.16: Two London mayoral candidates have criticised Transport for London (TfL), with Conservative Zac Goldsmith promising to cut free transport perks for staff to pay for more police officers and Labour’s Sadiq Khan promising efficiency savings...

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

Mayor backs London Overground extension to Barking Riverside

18.03.16: A rail extension for London’s largest housing development is set to go ahead after the mayor asked Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction. TfL are applying for a Transport and Work Acts Order to start con...

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

‘Vulnerable and unprepared’ TfL duped into £900m Tube disaster

15.03.16: A fatal mixture of poor commercial expertise, lack of IT procurement skills and ill-informed senior management led to the collapse of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) sub-surface upgrade programme (SSUP) contract with Bombardier, creat...

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

TBMs for Northern Line extension all set for testing

15.03.16: The two new 650-tonne tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Northern Line extension under south London have finished being built. Transport for London (TfL) said the new machines, built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in centr...

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

Night Tube will open in August, Aslef claim

14.03.16: The Night Tube will open in August, according to train drivers’ union Aslef, although Transport for London (TfL) denied that a date has been set. Aslef said in a statement today that the Tube will run all night on Fridays and Saturday...

First part-time drivers in training for Night Tube

First part-time drivers in training for Night Tube

11.03.16: Night Tube drivers are now being recruited and are in training as plans for the new service are set to go ahead, a new Commissioner’s Report has confirmed. The report from Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Mike Brown, to be cons...

Night Tube a step closer after Aslef vote in favour of revised contract

Night Tube a step closer after Aslef vote in favour of revised contract

07.03.16: The Night Tube scheme is a step closer to going ahead after Aslef members voted in favour of a revised pay offer. Members of the train drivers’ union, which represents four-fifths of London Underground drivers, voted 88.6% in favour o...

RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

RMT ‘overwhelmingly’ accepts revised Night Tube deal

02.03.16: The controversial Night Tube scheme has moved a substantial step forward as one of the main unions campaigning against it, RMT, has formally accepted London Underground’s (LU’s) latest offer. Its representatives confirmed yester...

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

Bakerloo platforms to close at Paddington Tube station for Crossrail improvements

19.02.16: Major improvement works will lead to Bakerloo Line platform closures at Paddington Tube Station from April to August in preparation for Crossrail. Bakerloo Line trains will not stop at the station from 2 April as engineers dig a 165m tunnel...

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

16.02.16: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance & Policy Committee is expected to approve “as a matter of urgency” £172m of third party funding today so that the Barking Riverside Line extension can be accepted by transp...

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

TfL takeover of London rail could be ‘Crossrail 3’ – Lord Adonis

16.02.16: ‘Crossrail 3’ could come about thanks to new plans for Transport for London (TfL) to take over suburban rail services in Greater London, according to the peer heading the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) investigation into Cr...

Track patrol staff join maintenance workers in Tube strike

Track patrol staff join maintenance workers in Tube strike

10.02.16: London Underground track patrol staff are joining maintenance workers in Friday’s strike over plans to increase the use of private contractors. RMT said that nearly 500 staff are joining the 24-hour strike in protest at plans to outso...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >