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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17.07.18: Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common depot which recently opened its doors in the capital. Operations have begun at the new, purpose-b...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

Crossrail 2 update moves project forward

Crossrail 2 update moves project forward

31.05.18: Crossrail 2 has moved a step closer to commencing work, it has claimed following the publication of updated plans to take the scheme forward. Since the last consultation on the proposals for the project, Crossrail 2 has been working to develop...

Elizabeth Line trains undergoing final testing phases, travelling through tunnels at 60mph

Elizabeth Line trains undergoing final testing phases, travelling through tunnels at 60mph

29.05.18:  The first footage of the new Elizabeth line of trains being tested in London has been released, with the major infrastructure project now in its final stages. Images show the new fleet’s automatic train control system (which ope...

Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

25.05.18: The working partnership between MTR Crossrail and trade union Aslef has been recognised in a case study by the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The case study highlights the working relationships that have been developed and sus...

Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

25.05.18: Sir John Armitt has called for the independent financial review of Crossrail 2 to report back by the end of this year. Speaking at the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday, the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ca...

TfL orders five more Elizabeth Line trains in £70m Bombardier deal

TfL orders five more Elizabeth Line trains in £70m Bombardier deal

28.03.18: Bombardier Transportation is to provide five additional Aventra trains for London’s Elizabeth Line in a major deal announced this week. The agreement with TfL also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover th...

Crossrail CEO Wolstenholme to step down after seven years at organisation

Crossrail CEO Wolstenholme to step down after seven years at organisation

09.03.18: Andrew Wolstenholme is to step down as chief executive of Crossrail, it has been announced. After seven years, Wolstenholme will take up a new role in the private sector, and programme director Simon Wright will lead the organisation in a comb...

Crossrail engineers hit key track, signalling and infrastructure milestones

Crossrail engineers hit key track, signalling and infrastructure milestones

07.03.18: A series of milestones have been reached as railway upgrades have been completed along the Crossrail route. Network Rail has completed track work at Pudding Mill Lane, where the Elizabeth line tunnels emerge and meet with the national rail infr...

DfT launches Crossrail 2 affordability review to ensure value for money

DfT launches Crossrail 2 affordability review to ensure value for money

05.03.18: Chris Grayling has announced an independent review to ensure the affordability of Crossrail 2. Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary explained that the Independent Afforda...

Phasing issues put Crossrail construction £190m over expected cost

Phasing issues put Crossrail construction £190m over expected cost

26.02.18: Construction costs on the Crossrail programme have come in 20% over the planned costs, amounting to around £190m of extra spending on the year to date. The difference in cost has been attributed in part to the phasing of certain works...

First Elizabeth Line trains run from Paddington for testing

First Elizabeth Line trains run from Paddington for testing

21.02.18: The first Crossrail trains have started running from Paddington to Reading this week. In a Twitter post from the Elizabeth line’s account, it was revealed that the new Class 345 trains are undergoing testing from Paddington to as far as R...

NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16.02.18: Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) chair, Sir John Armitt. The NIC’s first Annual Monitoring Report, published today, h...

New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

23.10.17: Abbey Wood’s new station building which will serve the Elizabeth Line in London and the south east has opened today. The station has been delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project to allow passengers using the Elizabeth l...

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...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >