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Keeping London on ICE

The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list recognised David Waboso, capital programmes director for London Underground (LU), with a CBE.David trained as a civil engineer....

Signalling the positive

This, to the surprise of many, was issued on New Year’s Eve: “London Underground (LU) and Bombardier Transportation today announced that the signalling contract...

Copenhagen – challenges for a modern metro

Cities that invested in the construction of a new metro system in recent years encountered both advantages and drawbacks compared to cities that built...

Keeping London Moving

Dating back 150 years, London Underground is the world’s oldest metro system and one of the busiest. With customer demand at its highest level...

Many sites at Liverpool Street

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is now progressing at a pace. The route from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the West to Shenfield and Abbey...

Plumstead portal box construction

As was highlighted in the accompanying article on Crossrail’s Thames tunnels, one of the challenges involved was agreeing a way to construct the portal...

Crossrail Thames Tunnels

When Paul Baker of Hochtief Murphy Joint Venture (HMJV) was kind enough to invite me to visit the Plumstead portal of the Crossrail Thames...

The name’s Bond… Street

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project involves a phenomenal amount of tunnelling work, as might be expected of a new rail link crossing a major...

Squeezing more from the tube

Anyone strap hanging on a crowded Victoria line train could be forgiven for not believing that, a few months ago, its upgrade gave a...

SSS – Sub Surface Signalling

London Underground is 150 years old this year. The first train on the Metropolitan Railway ran between Paddington and Farringdon on 9 January 1863.Today,...

Resignalling the Victoria Line

Much has been written about the excellent way in which public transport performed during the 2012 London Olympic Games. This was due to detailed...

IMechE visit sees Paris and London’s urban rail challenges

Paris and London are Europe’s largest cities after Moscow and rank amongst the world’s greatest. Although both are quite different, their size and populations...

Victoria Line renaissance

When London Underground’s Victoria Line opened in 1968, it measured 21km long and was the first metro in the world to have Automatic Train...

Clockwork Orange reborn

Andrew Smith Hallidie was shocked to see a cart overturning on the steep San Francisco streets, killing five horses. He later stated that this...

London orbital rail network complete

London’s new orbital railway will be complete on 9 December 2012 when the new timetable will introduce a service of four trains per hour...

Crossrail heads for Heathrow

Work has begun on the Stockley Interchange in west London which will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow.Network Rail, on behalf...