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‘Smart tunnel’ sensors monitor London’s ageing rail infrastructure

‘Smart tunnel’ sensors monitor London’s ageing rail infrastructure

01.07.14: Mehdi Alhaddad, asset protection engineer at Crossrail and a PhD student at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, talks about the use of innovative sensors in monitoring London’s ageing rail infrastructure. Uni...

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

01.07.14: Martin Reader, sector director of engineering services at Morgan Sindall Professional Services, describes the complex temporary works design that facilitated the completion of East London’s newly opened Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. Pu...

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

Bond Street upgrade works pass another milestone

30.06.14: Jubilee line trains are no longer stopping at Bond Street Underground station because of improvement works. But Central line services resumed calling at the station from 18 June. The transformations include a new ticket hall, new escal...

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

Structural stage of Canary Wharf Crossrail station complete

19.06.14: The striking timber lattice roof above Canary Wharf Crossrail station has been completed on time, and marks the final stage of construction at the site. Canary Wharf Group plc began work on the new station in May 2009, and now the last of 5...

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

Crossrail tunnelling four-fifths complete

04.06.14: Crossrail’s shortest tunnelling drive began yesterday, running from Limmo Peninsula at Canning Town station towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London. The veteran tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Jessica is creating the 900m tunnel...

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

Crossrail reveals new Ealing Broadway station designs

03.06.14: Crossrail has unveiled its redesigned improvement proposals for Ealing Broadway station, including a new entrance twice the size of the existing one.  Since submitting proposals at the end of last year that were rejected by Ealing Coun...

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

Stockley flyover launched for Crossrail

27.05.14: A new rail bridge has been launched over the Great Western Main Line as part of works to ensure that the existing railway is ready for Crossrail trains to and from Heathrow. The new flyover in Stockley, Hillingdon, will allow Crossrail and...

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

Crossrail shortlisted for ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ award

15.05.14: Investors in People has announced the shortlist for its inaugural awards, including the final four candidates for the Excellence in the Public Sector category. That award is to be presented on the night by Roy Rowlands, business development...

Collaborative Crossrail

Collaborative Crossrail

01.05.14: Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, chief executive of Crossrail, discusses the latest developments on the largest construction project in Europe and gives his opinion on the benefits of collaborative working. Construction of Crossrail has reached the h...

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

16.04.14: Work to deliver a “bigger” and “better” new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Pudding Mill Lane station and connect it up to the wider network is nearing completion, TfL has confirmed. The works, which will help to incre...

Crossrail extended to Reading

Crossrail extended to Reading

27.03.14: After years of debate, the Crossrail route is to be extended to Reading following recommendations by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL).  The extension will see the east-west rail line serve two additiona...

Gleeds wins second Crossrail contract

Gleeds wins second Crossrail contract

25.03.14: International management and construction consultancy Gleeds has been appointed on its second Crossrail contract since Europe’s largest construction project began in May 2009. The company has been commissioned by Bombardier to project...

The Culture Line

The Culture Line

14.03.14: Christina Andersen, art programme director at Crossrail, talks to RTM about the new ‘Culture Line’ being developed throughout London’s new stations. Crossrail is already well-known for its emphasis on the local neighbourhood...

The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

14.03.14: RTM speaks to Crossrail’s new strategic projects director, John Pelton, about programme management, innovation, organisational change and skills for the future. The programme partner for Crossrail is the Transcend joint venture of CH2M...

Crossrail 2 is ‘Global Engineering Project of the Year

Crossrail 2 is ‘Global Engineering Project of the Year

12.03.14: Crossrail 2, the new proposed rail link connecting southwest to northeast London, has won the Global Engineering Project of the Year award at the 7th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum. The Award honours the projects that demonstrate th...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >