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TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

26 March 2019TfL has completed a £1bn deal to sell and lease back new Crossrail-bound Class 345 trains, releasing the capital to reinvest into London’s transport network. The trains will be sold to the 345 Rail Leasing Consortium under a 20-year &...

Crossrail delays to cost businesses £600m as TfL reports half a billion pound deficit

Crossrail delays to cost businesses £600m as TfL reports half a billion pound deficit

20 March 2019The delayed opening and financial chaos around Crossrail are to cost businesses and developers up to £600m, as TfL announces a budget deficit of £500m – nearly half that of original estimates. A levy on business rates is to be e...

MP slams ‘appalling’ Southeastern rail delays amid reports that passengers were forced to ‘pay double’

MP slams ‘appalling’ Southeastern rail delays amid reports that passengers were forced to ‘pay double’

06 March 2019A Conservative MP has slammed “appalling” Southeastern rail services ahead of talks in Parliament following reports that the train operator faces a £100m legal claim over “making passengers pay double.” Sir David Eve...

TfL to reduce services on London Overground line after delays to new trains strike again

TfL to reduce services on London Overground line after delays to new trains strike again

05 March 2019London Overground services between Gospel Oak and Barking will be forced to operate reduced services every 30 minutes after TfL revealed that new Class 710 electric trains were still not ready for passenger use. The trains, originally due to be i...

Good Growth: Barking Riverside

Good Growth: Barking Riverside

05 March 2019Lucinda Turner, Transport for London’s (TfL) director of spatial planning, argues that transport investment is the key to unlock good growth in a city. Despite recent economic shocks, London’s population continues to grow. By 2041, th...

Crossrail bosses hope for new timetable estimate by April but Khan admits there is no confidence about opening date

Crossrail bosses hope for new timetable estimate by April but Khan admits there is no confidence about opening date

26 February 2019Crossrail chiefs hope to have a new estimate for a timeline for the heavily delayed railway project by April, but London mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted there is no date its chief executive Mark Wild can give “with confidence.” The Eliz...

TfL awards £220m contract to Balfour Beatty for tube track renewals

TfL awards £220m contract to Balfour Beatty for tube track renewals

14 February 2019Balfour Beatty has won a £220m contract from TfL to carry out track renewals on the London Underground. The four-year contract encompasses all aspects of track renewals including track, points and crossings, and trackside drainage across ov...

Heavy delays to new trains forces TfL to bring in temporary replacements on London Overground

Heavy delays to new trains forces TfL to bring in temporary replacements on London Overground

29 January 2019Modified electric trains have been launched by TfL on the London Overground as a temporary replacement for the delayed delivery of new Class 710 electric trains. Earlier this month, the planned rollout of electric trains on the troubled Gospel Oa...

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

25 January 2019TfL has said it remains fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 in papers published ahead of next week’s board meeting, but revealed it is disappointed with progress on the completion of the Elizabeth Line. In the papers, the London trans...

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22 January 2019Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock contract award. In November, Siemens Mobility Ltd was awarded a £1.5bn contract by London Underg...

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

21 January 2019TfL has launched an investigation after footage filmed by a passenger showed the door of a new Crossrail train opening directly onto the track. Footage posted on Twitter by Johnny Beverton at Stratford station showed a door opening on the wrong s...

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

14 January 2019London’s tram network is to be fitted with an automatic braking system in response to safety recommendations following the fatal Croydon tram crash. The new safety measures will automatically apply brakes and bring a tram to a controlled st...

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

10 January 2019The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has urged Crossrail policymakers not to postpone Crossrail 2 after it emerged that there are “thousands of hours of construction work still to be done” on Crossrail. Following discussions at a Lo...

Sir Terry Morgan launches attack on TfL and claims it altered his reports on Crossrail’s progress

Sir Terry Morgan launches attack on TfL and claims it altered his reports on Crossrail’s progress

09 January 2019Former Crossrail chair Sir Terry Morgan has accused TfL of altering reports on the schemes progress and manipulating the information on whether the flagship project would be delayed. Appearing before the London Assembly’s Transport Committe...

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

03 January 2019TfL has awarded a £196m contract to build a 4.5km rail extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside to a joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick (MSVF). The overground extension of...

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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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The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
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 >