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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...

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...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >