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Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

14.09.17: A major landmark has been reached by Crossrail today as it announced that it had completed permanent track installation work on the Elizabeth Line. Transport secretary Chris Grayling joined deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross, Crossrai...

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

18.08.17: The wind screen wipers on TfL’s new Class 345 rolling stock to run on the Elizabeth Line encountered some difficulties in early testing from a build-up of insects, RTM can exclusively reveal. Despite being tested in a state-of-the-art...

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

17.08.17: Over half of the escalators have now been installed at Elizabeth Line stations, Crossrail has this week revealed. New pictures have shown how the construction is progressing as the company reaches the halfway point of its programme installi...

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

14.08.17: The roll-out of TfL’s new Elizabeth Line trains were delayed earlier this year to ensure they would not experience any problems when they entered service in order to maintain the confidence of the public, staff and TOCs, RTM was told today...

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

10.08.17: Pictures released by Crossrail have shown strong progress being made on the construction process for the Elizabeth Line above ground. Services have now started running on the line from Shenfield in East London to Liverpool Street, but const...

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...

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Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20/09/2017Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfro... more >
RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20/09/2017RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. F... more >
Work begins on new Maghull North station

20/09/2017Work begins on new Maghull North station

Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. ... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time to introduce the huge names that are making up our judging panel this year. The most exciting addition to the senior pan-industry panel this year is one of the most recognisable names in the ind... more >
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A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >
Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18/09/2017Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS ... more >
Enabling the Great North Rail Project

18/09/2017Enabling the Great North Rail Project

Mark Bellew writing on behalf of Network Rail discusses progress on the company’s Great North Rail Project, and the signalling that underpi... more >
A challenge for the rail industry?

18/09/2017A challenge for the rail industry?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Tra... 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 >