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Khan pledges ‘major’ passenger benefits if TfL devolution goes ahead

Khan pledges ‘major’ passenger benefits if TfL devolution goes ahead

05 January 2017London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged ‘major benefits’ to the city’s suburban rail passengers if commuter services are eventually devolved, including a match of TfL’s fares freeze until 2020. The other five pledges made by K...

LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

LU station staff strikes set to go ahead after talks break down

05 January 2017Talks between London Underground (LU) and rail unions have failed to reach an agreement, meaning a 24-hour strike of station staff is expected to take place on Sunday 8 January. RMT and TSSA called the strikes of station and revenue workers, whic...

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

TfL commercial trading arm could generate ‘tens of millions’

04 January 2017Work is already underway for TfL to potentially establish a commercial trading arm, which could help the organisation achieve its ambitious savings targets. Under its business plan, the transport body aims to achieve £800m in efficiency sav...

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

All LU routes to be hit by January station staff strike

22 December 2016London Underground passengers are facing more disruption in the New Year as two unions announced a strike of all station staff on 8 January. RMT and TSSA will instruct station and revenue workers on all London Underground routes not to book on fo...

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

TfL’s badge for disabled passengers to be rolled out permanently

22 December 2016Transport for London (TfL) has announced that its blue badge for disabled passengers less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year. The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge, and accompanying...

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

Khan: New Piccadilly rolling stock will be delivered by 2023

20 December 2016London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to deliver new rolling stock for the Piccadilly Line by 2023, and hinted that it would need to be capable of driverless operation. Khan appeared in a Mayor’s Question Time session before the London Assem...

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

MPs write to PM expressing dismay over Grayling’s snub of TfL devolution plans

20 December 2016Concerned MPs and peers have written to the prime minister Theresa May over transport secretary Chris Grayling’s rejection of plans to devolve suburban rail services to TfL. The plans, which would have meant TfL taking control of Southern...

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

Night Tube to launch on Piccadilly Line, despite union’s safety fears

16 December 2016The Night Tube is due to start running on the Piccadilly Line from tonight despite warnings from the RMT over the safety of rolling stock. Last month, the union called for the line to be completely closed as TfL took around half of the trains out...

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

DfT refuses to provide extra funding for over-budget Croxley rail link

14 December 2016The Croxley rail link is going over-budget again, but will not receive any additional government funding, the DfT has stated. The line, which will extend the London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction via Watford High Street...

LU promises to boost staff visibility as part of ticket office action plan

LU promises to boost staff visibility as part of ticket office action plan

09 December 2016London Underground (LU) has agreed to take new measures to make its services safer and easier to use after a watchdog report criticised the impact of ticket office closures. Almost all ticket offices on the network were closed in 2015 under the F...

Underground set to undergo biggest capacity expansion ever

Underground set to undergo biggest capacity expansion ever

09 December 2016The Underground is set to see the biggest increase in its capacity in history as Transport for London (TfL) published its plans for the coming year. The papers, published along with its business plan ahead of a board meeting on 15 December, revea...

LU platform accidents rise in 2016 after two-year decline

LU platform accidents rise in 2016 after two-year decline

08 December 2016London Underground (LU) passenger accidents at the interface between platform and train have gone up in this past year, Transport for London (TfL) board papers show. The TfL 2015-16 Health, Safety and Environment report, published ahead of a boar...

Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

Grayling under fire for desire to keep London rail services from ‘Labour clutches’

08 December 2016Transport secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to resign from his post after a letter leaked to the London Evening Standard showed that he once opposed rail devolution to London to keep it “out of the clutches” of a Labour mayor. H...

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

‘Flabby’ TfL seeks 2020 cash surplus in most ambitious business plan to date

08 December 2016Transport for London (TfL) will only achieve its proposed financial targets if it implements a wide-scale cost reduction programme in full, it has revealed in its new business plan – promised to be the organisation’s “most ambiti...

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

Khan promises £200m for London Underground step-free access

07 December 2016Disabled travellers and parents with pushchairs and buggies will be able to use more than 30 additional Tube stations as London mayor Sadiq Khan promised £200m funding for step-free access. The first stations to receive the investment are H...

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TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

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Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the tr... more >
Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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

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TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

10/07/2020TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

Transport for the North have today (July 10th) announced the appointment of Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel... more >