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TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL seeks bidders for £3.6m contract to repair Piccadilly Line rolling stock

22.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) is seeking bidders for a contract to overhaul the brake parts and vertical suspension damper mounting brackets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line rolling stock. The contract is divided into five lots...

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

18.11.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has today confirmed that fares on all TfL services will remain frozen until 2020, formally fulfilling one of his major transport pledges made during this year’s mayoral election campaigns. Pay-as-you-go fares o...

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

18.11.16: Following Sadiq Khan’s first meeting as chair of Transport for London’s board, Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, sets out what the organisation believes should be the mayor’s main strate...

TSSA issues notice of ticket office ballot as transport watchdog reports ‘mixed picture’

TSSA issues notice of ticket office ballot as transport watchdog reports ‘mixed picture’

14.11.16: The TSSA has announced it is balloting members over the closure of ticket offices on the Underground, while the deputy chair of London TravelWatch told the London Assembly’s transport committee that a review of the changes has found a &ldq...

Night Tube: the journey so far

Night Tube: the journey so far

07.11.16: Shortly after more Night Tube services were rolled out on the Jubilee Line in October, Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, reflects on the successes of the all-night service so far, and its impact on the capital&...

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

01.11.16: Night Tube services are due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from 16 December, fulfilling London mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to have five lines running by the end of the year. The Night Tube opened on the Victoria and Central Li...

TfL board asked to approve £380m contract for credit card payments

TfL board asked to approve £380m contract for credit card payments

01.11.16: Transport for London (TfL) will approve the successful bidder for a £380m contract to process credit and debit card payments at a board meeting on 8 November. The contract will cover ticket sales, Oyster sales, the congestion charge...

RMT to ballot Piccadilly Line drivers over ‘wholesale relations breakdown’

RMT to ballot Piccadilly Line drivers over ‘wholesale relations breakdown’

27.10.16: RMT will ballot over 400 Piccadilly Line drivers on a proposed strike, alleging there has been a “wholesale breakdown in industrial relations” with London Underground (LU). The union accused LU of failing to properly administer...

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

14.10.16: More of London’s suburban rail services should be transferred to TfL, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said in a new business case. The principle of further devolution had been agreed by the government in a joint DfT/TfL prospectus in Janu...

DfT urged to end ‘worrying’ lack of communication on Southeastern devolution

DfT urged to end ‘worrying’ lack of communication on Southeastern devolution

12.10.16: Transport authorities in London are seeking clarification from Chris Grayling on whether the government supports the capital’s bid for devolution of more rail services, including the Southeastern franchise. Ahead of a London Assembly...

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...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >