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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...

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...

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Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16/10/2018Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA... more >
HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16/10/2018HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “es... more >
Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

16/10/2018Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

The worst railway stations in the UK for late trains and cancellations have been revealed, with ten of the busiest seeing over half of all servic... 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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Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16/10/2018Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA... more >