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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...

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...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >