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Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

Crossrail 2 requests funding from TfL board

24.06.15: The Crossrail 2 team has asked for an additional £14.1m for its current phase of planning. The agenda for the next meeting of the TfL board shows that it is to consider a request from Michèle Dix, managing director of Crossrail...

Crossrail completes tunnelling work

Crossrail completes tunnelling work

04.06.15: Crossrail has completed the tunnelling works on the new £14.8bn east-west railway, with 26 miles of new train tunnels created under the capital.  The prime minister, David Cameron, and mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated t...

Piecing it all together at custom house

Piecing it all together at custom house

01.05.15: Crossrail’s only Central Section surface station has had its superstructure made 130 miles away and delivered in pre-cast pieces for installation. That part of the build has just finished, explains project manager Mujahid Khalid. The...

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

Structure for new Crossrail station – built off-site in Derbyshire – completed

25.03.15: The structure of the new Crossrail Custom House station in the Royal Docks has been completed. Large sections of the station were manufactured in a state of the art Laing O’Rourke facility in Steetley, near Sheffield and then transpor...

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

Crossrail 2 safeguarding agreed

24.03.15: Crossrail 2 has taken a step forward as the safeguarding for the route has been agreed. The safeguarding was granted by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, and updated the previous safeguarding directions for the Chelsea to Hackney...

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

Tunnelling machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street

12.03.15: Tunnel machine Victoria has successfully broken into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station this week, joining her sister machine Elizabeth, which arrived in January.  The breakthrough, on Tuesday 10 March at about 1pm...

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

Garrandale awarded contract to help deliver Crossrail trains

06.03.15: Garrandale has been awarded a £15m contract by Bombardier to help deliver the Crossrail train contract. The deal will see Garrandale supply the front ends of the 65 Crossrail trains, as well as all the assembly and production line equ...

TfL appoints consultants to develop Crossrail 2 plans

TfL appoints consultants to develop Crossrail 2 plans

10.02.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed four consulting groups to develop detailed plans for Crossrail 2, and help make the case for funding for the major infrastructure project.  The consultants chosen formed part of TfL’s Engi...

Crossrail breaks into Liverpool Street

Crossrail breaks into Liverpool Street

30.01.15: Elizabeth, one of the last two Crossrail tunnelling machines, has arrived in the City of London after breaking through in to Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s...

TfL appoints consulting groups to develop Crossrail 2 plans

TfL appoints consulting groups to develop Crossrail 2 plans

15.01.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed four consulting groups to develop detailed plans for Crossrail 2. Crossrail 2 will link ‘key growth areas’ in south-west and north-east London, and will also serve some destinations in Su...

Contract awarded for £40m Bakerloo Line link

Contract awarded for £40m Bakerloo Line link

07.01.15: The contract to design and build the Paddington link tunnel has been awarded to Costain Skanska Joint Venture, London Underground has announced. The pedestrian tunnel will link the new Crossrail station and the Bakerloo Line platforms and t...

The world of rail, from Afghanistan  to Crossrail

The world of rail, from Afghanistan to Crossrail

01.01.15: A bright young engineer from Afghanistan has worked on Crossrail and is about to study for his Master’s in the USA, having received pointers on his career from the UK Rail Industry Training Trust, launched by RTM. Adam Hewitt reports. ...

‘We’re building two railways’

‘We’re building two railways’

01.01.15: Crossrail is being built physically, but also digitally. Ross Dentten, asset information and configuration manager for the project, has done groundbreaking and industry-leading work to ensure the supply chain is ready for a ‘single source...

Crossrail submits plans for new Hayes & Harlington station

Crossrail submits plans for new Hayes & Harlington station

22.12.14: Plans for a new station building at Hayes & Harlington have been submitted for approval to Hillingdon Council by Crossrail.  Designed by Bennetts Associates, the new building will be situated immediately to the north of the existin...

Crossrail’s surface works one-third complete

Crossrail’s surface works one-third complete

19.12.14: Work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one-third complete. The £2.3bn upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail is being undertaken by Network Rail. Highlights of the work to dat...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new... more >
RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >