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Northern Line extension to Battersea pushed back by a year to 2021

Northern Line extension to Battersea pushed back by a year to 2021

21 December 2018The extension to the London Underground’s Northern Line to the Battersea power station development has been delayed by a year. The £1bn project was due to open in 2020 but has now been pushed back to 2021, with the Financial Times rep...

TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12 December 2018Plans 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 financial difficulties. TfL has published its five-year business plan, revealing that the delayed ope...

Khan told in July of ‘high risk’ to Crossrail launch date as TfL reveals project’s ‘failed governance’

Khan told in July of ‘high risk’ to Crossrail launch date as TfL reveals project’s ‘failed governance’

11 December 2018Documents released by TfL show that the former Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan warned Sadiq Khan in July that schedule plans were at “high risk” and have been called a “serious indictment of Crossrail’s failed governanc...

Five new platforms for Waterloo station as old Eurostar terminal reopens

Five new platforms for Waterloo station as old Eurostar terminal reopens

11 December 2018The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station has been reopened for the first time in 12 years, bringing five new platforms to the Britain’s busiest railway station. Platforms 20 to 22 at Waterloo have been opened to the public, and plat...

Crossrail given £1.4bn bailout as launch date pushed back once again

Crossrail given £1.4bn bailout as launch date pushed back once again

10 December 2018Crossrail has suffered further delays to its schedule beyond the autumn of 2019 and London transport bosses have today announced a £1.4bn bailout of the flagship project – even worse than first estimates – in what represents yet...

New chair and deputy nominated for Crossrail amidst further delays

New chair and deputy nominated for Crossrail amidst further delays

10 December 2018Tony Meggs has been nominated as the new chair of Crossrail, replacing Sir Terry Morgan as the head of the £15.4bn project. The news comes at a turbulent day for the scheme, with TfL announcing a £1.4bn bailout and pushing back the la...

Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

10 December 2018Ministers are expected to announce a fresh £1bn bailout for Crossrail and admit that the project might need to be delayed beyond 2019. According to the Financial Times, officials from the DfT and TfL, who have been in emergency talks for mo...

London mayor criticised after appointing former auditor and advisor to investigate Crossrail delays

London mayor criticised after appointing former auditor and advisor to investigate Crossrail delays

07 December 2018Sadiq Khan has come under fire over a Crossrail probe after he appointed a former auditor and adviser for the Elizabeth Line project to investigate the delays and spiralling costs. Conservative MP and former minister Greg Hands has written to the...

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

03 December 2018London Underground and Balfour Beatty have been fined £100,000 and £333,000 respectively – a total of £433,000 – after both pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws in a prosecution brought by the ORR. Adri...

Transport minister blames Khan for TfL’s financial problems as it struggles to fund Crossrail

Transport minister blames Khan for TfL’s financial problems as it struggles to fund Crossrail

27 November 2018Transport minister Andrew Jones has criticised Sadiq Khan over the capital’s struggle to complete the Crossrail project and argued that it is “becoming clearer how the mayor’s policies are causing long-term problems with TfL&rsqu...

Night Tube: The twilight economy

Night Tube: The twilight economy

27 November 2018Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its journey. London boasts some of the best nightlife in the world, with its theatres, bars, and restauran...

Crossrail 2 ‘only goes some way’ to address ‘infrequent and unreliable’ London rail service

Crossrail 2 ‘only goes some way’ to address ‘infrequent and unreliable’ London rail service

26 November 2018The rail service in London is unreliable, overcrowded, expensive, and requires a single rail strategy produced by TfL and Network Rail for improvements to be made, according to the London transport watchdog. In a report published today, London As...

After five-month delay, Siemens and London Underground sign £1.5bn Deep Tube train contract

After five-month delay, Siemens and London Underground sign £1.5bn Deep Tube train contract

21 November 2018After almost six months of delay due to a long-running legal challenge, Siemens Mobility Ltd has formally signed the contract to design and build 94 brand-new Tube trains to replace the existing 1970s fleet running on London’s Piccadilly Lin...

Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

Crossrail delay to mount up £200m in lost TfL revenue, London Assembly says

16 November 2018Costs incurred by the lengthy delay to London’s Crossrail project could cost Transport for London (TfL) over £200m in lost revenue, London’s financial watchdog has revealed. In a report released this week, the London Assembly&rs...

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13 November 2018Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be...

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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 >
New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10/07/2020New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

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

09/07/2020Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are be... 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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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

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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 >