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RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

RMT suspends LU strikes after eleventh hour agreement

06 December 2016Drivers' strikes due to start today on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines have been called off after RMT and London Underground reached a last-minute agreement. The union had called the 24-hour strikes, due to start at 9.30pm tonight...

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

Watchdog rejects reopening LU ticket offices, but demands urgent action plan

05 December 2016Ticket office closures on London Underground (LU) can be implemented, but new measures should be carried out to address areas such as passenger safety, London TravelWatch’s review of the closures has concluded. The independent watchdog&rsqu...

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

TfL issues £4.8m flooring contract for Piccadilly Line rolling stock

30 November 2016Transport for London (TfL) has launched a contract to replace rolling stock parts on the London Underground Piccadilly Line. The notice is for a £4.8m goods and services contract for the supply of new saloon car and cab flooring on the 1973...

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

TSSA threatens ‘last resort’ strike over ticket office closures

30 November 2016Station staff on the London Underground have voted in favour of strike action over ticket office closures in a TSSA ballot. The union described the ballot, issued on 14 November, as concerning “station staffing and staff safety (post implem...

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line as union urges total closure until fleet is fixed

29 November 2016Passengers on the Piccadilly Line are suffering from severe delays as Transport for London (TfL) carries out urgent repairs on rolling stock – but RMT has called for the line to be closed altogether. TfL said it has to take the trains out o...

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

Tube driver strikes confirmed on Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines

28 November 2016London Underground (LU) drivers on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines will go on strike next month, rail union RMT announced last week. The strikes on both lines will begin at 9.30pm on 6 December and run for 24 hours. RMT said the...

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 November 2016Transport 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, which...

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

Khan confirms TfL fares set for four-year freeze

18 November 2016London 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 on the...

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

Setting the strategic priorities for the Underground

18 November 2016Following 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 strategic priorities acros...

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 November 2016The 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 &ldquo...

Night Tube: the journey so far

Night Tube: the journey so far

07 November 2016Shortly 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’s busine...

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

Khan promises Night Tube on Piccadilly Line in December

01 November 2016Night 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 Lines in...

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

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

01 November 2016Transport 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, retail...

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

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

27 October 2016RMT 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 its si...

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

Khan submits plan to take more control of suburban rail services

14 October 2016More 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 January 20...

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