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Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

Government to invest £2m in Crossrail 2 business case

09.12.14: The government is to invest £2m over the next two years to support the development of a comprehensive business case for Crossrail 2, ahead of the next spending review.  Produced jointly by the DfT and Transport for London, the bu...

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

New Crossrail images released as project hits 60% milestone

28.11.14: New images released today by Crossrail reveal the project’s progress as it hits the 60% complete mark. More than 23 miles (nearly 90%) of train tunnels are now complete, with tunnelling due to finish in spring next year. Six of Crossr...

First section of Crossrail track laid as mammoth projects hits new phase

First section of Crossrail track laid as mammoth projects hits new phase

24.11.14: The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London. The 120-metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year and is the largest sin...

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

19.11.14: All of the stations on the Crossrail project will now benefit from step-free access after the government made £14m of investment available.  Announced by transport minister Baroness Kramer, the investment at Langley, Taplow and I...

Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

Crossrail 2 preferred route announced

28.10.14: Crossrail 2 moved a step closer to reality today as Boris Johnson announced the preferred route and claimed the Treasury is prepared to meet half of the £20bn projected cost. The line would run from Epsom in Surrey to Cheshunt in Hert...

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

Temporary station opens at Abbey Wood ahead of Crossrail work

28.10.14: A temporary station has opened at Abbey Wood to allow work for the new Crossrail station to get underway. The temporary station includes a staffed gate line, ticket machines and windows, a cash point and, for the first time, lifts to all pl...

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

Docklands and south-east London Crossrail tunnels complete

20.10.14: Crossrail’s train tunnels in Docklands and south-east London are now structurally complete, following the breakthrough by tunnel boring machine Ellie at Victoria Dock Portal in east London. Ellie had one of Crossrail’s shortest...

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

NR launches 110m-long temporary bridge over GWML at Iver

03.10.14: A 110m-long temporary road bridge has been launched over the Great Western Main Line (GWML), as part of Crossrail electrification works.  The temporary structure, which weighs 350 tonnes, has been installed at Thorney Lane in Iver ahea...

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

Work starts on Crossrail’s final east London tunnel

12.09.14: The boring of Crossrail’s last tunnel in east London has started, with the work expected to be complete in the next three months.  The 1,000 tonne tunnel machine Ellie, named after four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds OBE...

More than a railway

More than a railway

01.09.14: Crossrail took the ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ crown at the Investors in People Awards. After the ceremony, RTM caught up with the project’s head of organisational effectiveness, Rob Jones. Crossrail’s achievemen...

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

Paddington station excavation work reaches Crossrail tunnels

22.08.14: The Costain Skanska Joint Venture (JV) has excavated down to the new Crossrail tunnels at Paddington station, breaking into the top of the tunnels 16m below ground level. The JV partners will now excavate the earth between the two tunnels c...

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station gets planning approval

15.08.14: Ealing Council has given the green light to proposals to redevelop Ealing Broadway as part of Crossrail upgrades. After design proposals were initially rejected by the local authority at the end of last year, new plans were recently submitt...

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

Crossrail tunnelling works more than 80% complete

11.08.14: The Crossrail tunnel from Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock has been completed by tunnel boring machine Jessica. The 1,000 tonne machine, named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, completed its 900m journey in just nine weeks, tra...

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

Young people grab work opportunities on Crossrail

08.08.14: Crossrail is “leading the way in developing a new generation of skilled workers”, according to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. On a visit to Farringdon station yesterday – at which he also announced the proposals t...

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

Crossrail services could be extended to Hertfordshire

07.08.14: Plans to extend Crossrail services into Hertfordshire are being considered by the government, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has revealed. This morning he said that a feasibility study will look at how passengers from key commuter t...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

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New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >