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Crossrail soars £600m over budget, further costs on the way

Crossrail soars £600m over budget, further costs on the way

25.07.18: The Crossrail budget is operating at £600m over budget and extra funding will still be required for the project in the future. In a written statement to Parliament yesterday, rail minister Jo Johnson said that despite it being “...

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...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >