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Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

05.07.17: Elizabeth Line services will now serve Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of a new plan between the airport, Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT). From 2019, at least 22 trains per hour, of which six will be on the Elizabe...

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

03.07.17: Crossrail has today released new images showing the progress being made on installing the overhead catenary system as part of the tunnel fit-out for the new service. Engineers are currently working around the clock to install the 2 x 25kV o...

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

30.06.17: The cost of constructing Crossrail is forecast to stay within its £14.8bn budget, but cost pressures are still increasing across the project, a statement released by the DfT has revealed. In its annual update of Crossrail, the departm...

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

23.06.17: Passengers in east-London and Essex were yesterday able to travel on the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth Line rolling stock for the first time. After extensive testing and preparation, and the launch of the trains being pushed back by TfL, t...

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

01.06.17: The introduction of the new Crossrail trains to run on Elizabeth Line services has been pushed back to this month, TfL has today confirmed. Trains were supposed to be rolled out on services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the end...

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

16.05.17: The two newly elected metro mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have called on the government to prioritise rail investment in the north by committing to building the HS3 rail link, alternatively known as Northern Powerhouse R...

Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

08.05.17: Work has been completed to upgrade the Great Eastern Main Line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street in preparation for the Elizabeth Line. The completion of the works means that a reduced rail service will now be run from Brentwood to She...

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

05.05.17: Michèle Dix CBE, managing director of Crossrail 2, explains why the rail link is a scheme the whole country should support. Crossrail 2 is a critical rail project for London and the south east, and is needed by the 2030s. We have sub...

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

04.05.17: Work to prepare Abbey Wood station for Elizabeth Line services moved forward yesterday as Crossrail announced that the construction of platform structures and tracks had been completed by engineers. The station will be ready for service in...

First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

28.04.17: Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director for the Elizabeth Line, on what the future looks like for London’s new east-west rail route as the first train readies to enter service in May this year.  The Elizabeth Line is going...

Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

24.04.17: Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released a number of striking images of the work that has been done to the two stations. At Farringdon...

Councils call for DfT to move forward on ‘crucial’ Crossrail 2 plans

Councils call for DfT to move forward on ‘crucial’ Crossrail 2 plans

20.04.17: Councils across London and the south east have come together to put their support behind plans for Crossrail 2 and have urged the government to fully support the project. Authorities from Cambridge to Portsmouth and the representative for L...

Crossrail moves forward with completion of electrification on major route

Crossrail moves forward with completion of electrification on major route

29.03.17: Crossrail took a step forward this week as Network Rail (NR) announced that electrification work had been completed on the 12-mile stretch of railway from Maidenhead to Stockley Junction. The project of electrification will allow new Great...

Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23.03.17: Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel for the new Elizabeth Line. Built in 1878, the Connaught Tunnel allowed the railway to be dive...

HS3 ambitions may side-track Crossrail 2 plans in Spring Budget

HS3 ambitions may side-track Crossrail 2 plans in Spring Budget

07.03.17: Plans for London’s Crossrail 2 network may be at risk of being eclipsed by ambitions from northern cities for the east-west HS3 link, senior MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of London have today warned. It is anticipa...

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve ... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the r... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The t... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >