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First section parts delivered for Custom House station

First section parts delivered for Custom House station

06.03.14: The first sections of the new Crossrail Custom House station have arrived on site in Docklands. The component parts of the new station, comprisingcolumns, platform beams and slabs, which have been installed using a 120-tonne crane, will now...

Crossrail celebrates its top-performing apprentices

Crossrail celebrates its top-performing apprentices

04.03.14: The Houses of Parliament were the impressive setting for the Crossrail Apprentice of the Year awards. A former self-employed labourer who was struggling to find work during the difficult economic times won the main prize at the ceremony yes...

Crossrail contract confirmed for Bombardier

Crossrail contract confirmed for Bombardier

19.02.14: Bombardier has been confirmed to deliver Crossrail rolling stock as the 10-day standstill period on the contract has been completed. TfL appointed Bombardier to supply, deliver and maintain 65 new trains, as well as a depot in Old Oak Commo...

Bombardier contract to safeguard UK jobs

Bombardier contract to safeguard UK jobs

07.02.14: Unions have welcomed Bombardier’s Crossrail win, which should safeguard the existing workforce as well as creating a further 350 jobs. The fleet contract to build Crossrail trains, worth £1bn, is for 65 new trains and a new depo...

Crossrail rolling stock contract goes to Bombardier

Crossrail rolling stock contract goes to Bombardier

06.02.14: Bombardier has been announced as the chosen supplier to build Crossrail trains. The fleet contract, worth £1bn, is for 65 new trains and a new depot at Old Oak Common. Bombardier will manufacture the trains at its Derby factory and de...

Crossrail has ‘done well’ – NAO

Crossrail has ‘done well’ – NAO

24.01.14: Crossrail is on track to achieve value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has stated in its new report – though progress is “just” behind schedule. In one of its most positive analyses of a major infrastructure pro...

Halfway point for Crossrail

Halfway point for Crossrail

17.01.14: The construction of Crossrail has now reached its halfway point. Prime minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Crossrail minister Stephen Hammond visited the project to see its progress yesterday. Over 29km of new tunnel...

Crossrail’s ‘Culture Line’ secures funding

Crossrail’s ‘Culture Line’ secures funding

16.12.13: The City of London Corporation is to match-fund 50% of Crossrail’s art programme in its new central London stations. Crossrail is trying to secure the other half of the funding for ‘The Culture Line’, which will see a perm...

£500m deal to finance Crossrail fleet agreed

£500m deal to finance Crossrail fleet agreed

13.12.13: The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide up to £500m to TfL to support Crossrail’s development. A new corporate facility will be used to finance the fleet of new trains and a maintenance depot for Crossrail. The 60 Cla...

Crossrail 2 options get ‘stamp of approval’

Crossrail 2 options get ‘stamp of approval’

29.11.13: A consultation shows huge support for Crossrail 2, with 95% of respondents in favour of the project. Crossrail 2 will be key to relieving congestion and boosting economic growth, and could see trains running at a rate of between 30-40 an ho...

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

Crossrail contract extension for GBRf

28.11.13: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has won a contract extension to shift excavated material from Crossrail tunnels. The contract is with BFK working with Costain/SkansaJV and will run until November 2014. It covers services from Willesden Euro terminal...

Rebuild of Ealing Broadway will ‘significantly improve’ station

Rebuild of Ealing Broadway will ‘significantly improve’ station

26.11.13: Crossrail has submitted its planning proposals for major improvements to Ealing Broadway station, including replacing the existing “cramped” entrance and ticket hall with a new, more spacious glass structure New lifts and stairc...

Construction contractors implement green measures

Construction contractors implement green measures

25.11.13: The Sustainability Report published by Crossrail shows progress in the construction sector against emissions. For the first time companies are adopting particle reduction technology, as Crossrail included a contractual requirement for contr...

Crossrail calls for more women to work in construction

Crossrail calls for more women to work in construction

21.11.13: The construction industry has a responsibility to do more about gender diversity, Crossrail has urged. Speaking at Gender Diversity in UK Engineering and Construction Industry, Ailie MacAdam, Crossrail Central Section delivery director, cal...

‘Phyllis’ completes first Crossrail tunnel

‘Phyllis’ completes first Crossrail tunnel

19.11.13: The first Crossrail train tunnel under London has been completed, with stunning new photographs unveiled. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘Phyllis’ has now travelled 6.8km from Royal Oak to Farringdon. Another three TBMs are due...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >