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Night Tube to launch on Northern Line in November

Night Tube to launch on Northern Line in November

11.10.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan announced that Night Tube services will begin running on the Northern Line on 18 November after they opened on the Jubilee Line on Friday. Khan (pictured at the Jubilee Line launch) said that the Night Tube has been...

TfL seeks bidders for Bakerloo & Central line passenger information systems

TfL seeks bidders for Bakerloo & Central line passenger information systems

30.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) is offering a contract to install real-time passenger information systems (PIS) on London Underground’s Bakerloo and Central line trains. The final value of the contract is not yet known, but is open to bidd...

Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

Union calls for TfL workforce review as staff cuts have ‘created a death trap’

23.09.16: Staff cuts on the London Underground (LU) are putting passenger safety at risk, RMT has warned following a leaked 21-page TfL report into an incident where a passenger was trapped between the train and platform at Canning Town. The woman&rs...

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...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

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TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

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Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

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Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... 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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27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, re... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >